Student of the Month: Cinthia Tejeda

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Growing up in Mexico, Cinthia always believed that everyone deserves a chance. “I worked as a volunteer for an orphanage in Mexico City. In a city with at least a million kids living [on] the streets, it was hard for me to ignore that growing problem…”. After studying law for a year and immigrating to Calgary from Mexico in 2008, Cinthia decided to follow her passion and start her career towards becoming an Esthetician. “Cinthia has impressed us at the campus with her open and positive personality. She is an extremely hard worker that consistently goes above and beyond the call” says Calgary Director, Todd Maki.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“I love making people feel happy. When they come here, they might be stressed out from life but I get to help them feel their best and I love that feeling…I always knew I wanted to be an Esthetician but it took me awhile to realize it. For so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. I studied law for a year in Mexico…but I wasn’t passionate about it….I love beauty products and making people happy. When I came to Calgary, I started investigating Esthetics”.

 

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“Facials and body treatments! I love the theory behind why facials are good for your skin and body. I can’t wait to learn about advanced facials…It’s so interesting!! I also like working closely with customers. They trust you with their looks and their secrets.”

 

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What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How much you can do and learn in one month. After one month in school, I learned how to do facials and manicures. To me, this is amazing that we could learn so much in just one month.”

 

What do you love about MC College?
“Everything about MC is OMG. Everything is amazing. Destiny (Esthetics Instructor) is amazing! She makes the place shine and she is entertaining, passionate and knowledgeable. Everyday we learn something new and everyday is different. I have been given so many tools to learn different things.”


What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Balancing life at home with school. I love all of my instructors and classmates but at the same time, you get stressed out because you see them more than your family.”

What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“Follow your passion. Put your heart into it and try your best and always work hard…for so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. But when I moved to Calgary, I realized that it wasn’t my calling.”

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Follow her!!
Instagram: @canadianesthetician
Snapchat: canadianestheician

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Painting Alberta PINK for Hair Massacure!

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From the Edmonton Eskimos to the Calgary Roughnecks, pink hair and poodles can only mean one thing: Hair Massacure 2016!

 

Throughout February, our Hairstyling and Esthetics Squad at the Calgary and Edmonton campus “Pinked” hair and nails, and shaved heads as part of Hair Massacure’s official events. What’s “pinking” you ask? It’s getting your hair or beard coloured/lightened pink to raise awareness and funds for charities such as: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta.

 

The official pinking event took place at our Edmonton and Calgary campus. From Freddy the poodle (don’t worry it’s just beet juice) and ShawTV to our very own staff, it was all hands on deck when it came to showing support for Hair Massacure. Dozens of people came through our doors to have their hair (and beards!) coloured pink.

 

#realMenWearPink. Our Director, Todd and Rona Inc slaying the pink nail game! (Calgary)

Did you catch us LIVE on ShawTV Calgary and Edmonton, and Global TV Edmonton?

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On February 24th and 28th, #BaldIsBeautiful and #NoHairDontCare was trending in Edmonton and Calgary during the Hair Massacure Shave Off Event! The event took place at the Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall and at the Calgary Roughnecks game. From children as young as five years old to cancer Survivors and the Edmonton Eskimos, hundreds of people shaved off their pink hair. MC College students were on hand to assist with shaving heads and doing pink manicures.

 

For information about Hair Massacure, visit: http://www.hairmassacure.com

 

 

Student of the Month: Afreen Merchant 💅

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From full time single Mom to student, this woman is a super hero! 👑 Our Student of the Month goes out to Esthetician-to-be, ➡️ Afreen Merchant ⬅️ from the Calgary campus. “She has an incredible attitude about her studies, the school and life… and spreads her own special brand of optimism” says Calgary Director, Todd Maki.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“Both my Mom and Grandma were Beauticians. Unfortunately, God felt that he was missing two Angels and they are now with him, so this allows me to feel connected to them in some way. Beauty has always been something I have found an interest in, and when I was at my lowest and didn’t know what to do with my life, Esthetics was there for me.”

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“I love the way people smile after they get their treatment done. It is the highlight of my day knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life no matter how big or little.”

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What do you love about MC College?
“I love my instructors!…My learning experience has been easier because they have been so understanding….Everyone is supportive here. They are always there for you and help you when you make a mistake. It feels like another family to me, we are always together”

 

We understand, the struggle is real…so what has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“I am a full time Mom. My son will always come first so it was very difficult taking care of him, balancing school, and studying for tests and quizzes. There are days where I wake up at 7am to get my son ready so that I can drop him off to day care before going to school, and staying up till 3 or 4 in the morning studying and finishing assignments after I have put him to bed.”

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What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“Beauty will never go out of style”

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What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an Esthetician?
“It isn’t just a job, or just a hobby. It’s a full time commitment. The instructors are really helpful and they ensure that you will succeed. The most important thing to remember is that it’s okay to ask questions.”

What are your must have Bernard Cassiere or OPI products?
“Honey oxygenating line…I have sensitive skin and my face never reacts badly to it” 

 

SHOW HER SOME LOVE! 😘
Instagram: @afreen_rayyan
👻: afreenm
Twitter: @merchant_afreen

 

Top stories from 2015

From 💃flamenco dancing💃 in Barcelona to Marlo Steenman’s Spanx for not letting her down, these are the top MC College stories from 2015 (in chronological order):

Nepal Fundraiser 
MC College organized a company wide fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross. 50% of proceeds from salon and spa services on May 5th, at all six campuses, were donated to the Nepal Regional Earthquake Fund. We fund-raised over $5000!

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Red Deer Express
In June, MC College Red Deer was named top 3 best spas by Red Deer Express’ ‘Best of’ awards. Thank you to all of our clients and students for the support and the vote! 💅👏

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Creative Jam 2015
Last June, Pivot Point International hosted its first Creative Jam in Canada – a 2 day event of ‘hairspiration’ for Hairstylists and Educators. Our Educational Director, Anna Gemellaro, and MC College Instructors travelled to Toronto for hands-on education with industry leaders Yolly Ten Koppel, Joakim Roos, Severine LeBrun, Sabrina Hagenmueller and Laddie James. 💇

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Pop up Salon
Last summer, we launched our first Pop Up Salon in Edmonton: Colour Art Salon by Dona Karunathilake! From creating a dress code to setting salon prices, Dona and her team got to the #WorkGrind and experienced entrepreneurship firsthand. The Pop Up Salon gives students the chance to experience what it’s like to own a salon and learn on-the-job skills in marketing, finance and operations.

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The next Pop Up Salon is February 22- 27. To pre-book your appointment, call 780 429 4407 or email salon-ed@mccollege.ca (don’t forget to mention pop up salon!!).

#MCxNAHA 2015 
From July 11th to 13th, over 80 MC College students and staff boarded a plane for Las Vegas for the 10th annual #MCxNAHA show and the North American Hairstyling Awards. The highlight of the trip? One of our Hairstyling graduates, Marlo Steenman, won Hair Colorist of the year!

 

Global Beauty Masters
Reality TV meets the ABA show to the extreme. Two MC College students, Tao Ping and Nicolette Porritt, went to Las Vegas in September for the second annual Global Beauty Masters Competition. Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Tao and Nicolette endured a week of intensive competition with 13 teams from around the world. The show is set to premiere on TLC on March 17, 2016! 📺
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Beauty Abroad: Barcelona 
From November 3 to November 11 2015, we packed our bags and jet setted to the cobbled stone streets of Barcelona! “My days in Barcelona were filled with culture, shopping, dining, and training…. It was an experience I will never forget” says MC College Hairstyling Student, Meaghan Palmer.

 

Graduation
Saying ‘bye Felicia’ to their mannequin heads, creepy looking practice fingers and pulling an all-nighter to finish a garment can only mean one thing: it’s grad! In Spring and Fall 2015, over 400 Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design students across six campuses celebrated their success with friends, family, industry partners and MC staff.

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New Designers Fashion Show | Edmonton & Winnipeg
From floral appliqués surrounded by fighter jets to being the show to launch Western Canada Fashion Week, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:
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Sharing the Love
Throughout 2015, MC College Students and Staff at all campuses volunteered at a variety of events. Because we couldn’t just choose one event to highlight, we made a list of the top 2 events at each campus:

  •  Kelowna
    • Mini makeovers for the City of Kelowna Camp Girlz Summer Camp
    •  Cuts for a Cure at Kelowna Secondary School

 

  • Edmonton
    • “Pinked” and shaved heads at the 12th annual Hair Massacure event
    • Hair cuts at Homeless Connect
  • Calgary
    • “Pinked” hair for Hair Massacure in support of the Make a Wish Foundation
    • Mini manicures and backstage hair + makeup at the Calgary Women’s Show
  • Red Deer
    • Hair and make up for Central Alberta Theatre
    • In partnership with 90.5 shine FM, we did mini manicures and hairstyles at the Only Women’s Fun Run (in support of the Women’s Outreach Centre)

Alumni Profile: John Radu

 

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Photo credit: Allison Seto (allisonseto.com) via Branded Magazine

From Don Draper’s side part and the classic pompadour to EDM, John is a barber and master stylist by day and a DJ by night. As a 1997 graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Calgary campus, he is the owner and visionary behind Cannibale Barbershop; the first barbershop/lounge concept in Calgary. He is also:

• A stylist at Josef Saliba Salon
• An Educator and Platform Artist at Tigi.

In November 2015, he was featured on the cover of Branded Magazine and their “Cutting it Old School” article. Read it here: http://brandedyyc.com/cutting-it-old-school/

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Photo credit: Allison Seto (allisonseto.com) via Branded Magazine

His career in Hairstyling started at a young age.  “I have been around the industry all my life but at that time I never wanted to be a Hairdresser” says John.  His mother, a Hairstylist, influenced him to be part of the industry. He decided to enroll at MC College (it was Marvel College back then!) as he was looking for a school with a good reputation. “I really loved everything about the course. Even all the sets and finger waves…it does pay off in the long run! It was good to learn everything and never box yourself into just one thing”.

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From travelling across North America with Tigi to experiencing backstage madness at the Libertine Show at New York Fashion Week, John has over 18 years of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, he has taught barbering classes and has been an integral part of the Tigi Creative Team at events such as Chicago ABS (America’s Beauty Show), International salon and spa expo and more. “Since I’ve graduated, I‘ve had an amazing career. It’s an amazing industry that lets you be creative and make a pretty damn good living.

We asked him: What advice would you give to MC College students?
“Work hard and really absorb everything that is being taught…never stop educating yourself. Education is the key to success!”

Follow him on Instagram! @cannibalebarber_yyc

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Photo credit: Robert Valentine Photography (http://www.rvphotographics.com/)

Fall Graduation 2015: recap

We are game changers. We are innovators” – Rebecca Johnson,Winnipeg Fashion graduate, Fall 2015

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Saying ‘bye Felicia’ 👋👋 to a closet full of black clothing, people who ask you “so you’re going to be on project runway?”, and creepy looking practice fingers can only mean one thing: you’re finally done school!

In November, over 200 Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design graduates across our 6 campuses celebrated their success with their families, friends, classmates, industry partners and MC College staff.  🙌

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From “improvising last minute embellishments on garments when things don’t go as planned” (Rebecca Johnson) to soliciting friends and family to be models for exams and doing perm wraps for hours on end, graduates spent the last 7-12 months working through their blood, sweat and tears (figuratively of course!!) towards the career they’ve always been dreaming about. “As with most worthy things in life, it is never an easy journey to success and the program at MC College is no exception…obsessively saving our progress after every little edit to…regularly running on less hours of sleep than I can count” says Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Rebecca Johnson. “The first day of classes quite possibly have been one of the most monumental days of our lives… we found friends that can only be described as life long…not only did we make friends, we made family” adds Angie McGill.

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Awards such as Academic Achievement, Valedictorian and the Frank Cairo Awards were handed out. In addition, funny awards such as biggest hair, three musketeers and ‘person who always slept in class’ award were also handed out.

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At every graduation, Spring and Fall, the Frank Cairo Award is given to students who best represents the quality’s of Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. He is the Founder and Visionary of MC College Group. Each winner received a personalized glass trophy. Congrats to the winners of this prestigious award!!
KELOWNA:
Esthetics: Courtney Rota
Hair: Tashina-Mae Raphael.

EDMONTON:
Hair: Kelly Shirtliff
Fashion: Nicole Kluthe

RED DEER
Hair: Angela Brososky
Esthetics: Samantha Jacobson

WINNIPEG
Hair: Tanja Unrau-Ginter
Esthetics: Jasmin Wolfe
Fashion: Sherri Cardona
CALGARY:
Esthetics: Rachel Kern- Ali
Hair: Megan Brunner
SASKATOON:
Esthetics: Tiana Cappo
Hair: Muzzafar Ali Noon

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Missed the live social media and periscope feed from each campuses graduation? Search up #mcgrad on Instagram or Twitter!

MC College in the Community: May

No more winter coats, mittens and Uggs because summer is finally here! Students and Staff at MC College celebrated the new season by getting out in the sun and volunteering in their communities. Here’s what we were up to in the month of May:

Woman’s Show- Calgary, AB
Between May 2-4, MC College Hairstyling and Esthetics students did hair and makeup for 15 runway models at Calgary’s Woman’s Show. From beachey hair to radiant orchid make-up looks, students highlighted this seasons’ top trends on models as they strutted across the runway.

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Skills Alberta- Edmonton, AB
MC College was one of the most popular booths at Skills Alberta. From May 14-15, over 300 High School students from all over Alberta stopped by our booth to talk to our Admissions Advisor about the programs we offer, and to receive complimentary hair touch-ups and make-up applications. After getting ’beautified’ by our Hairstyling and Esthetics students, guests were given the opportunity to be in and direct their own photo shoot with our ‘booth neighbour’, Guru Digital Arts!

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Cuts for Cancer- Kelowna, BC

On May 23, Kelowna MC College students were invited to Kelowna Secondary High School to do haircuts for cancer. Over 30 High School students cut their hair in front of an audience of 200 people – from classmates and administrative staff to friends and families.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes- Red Deer, AB
On May 22, Red Deer MC College helped local celebrity, Vinnie Taylor from 100.7 FM, prepare for his 1 mile trek in open-toed high heels for the ‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ fundraiser. Esthetics students gave Vinnie a pedicure, complete with sparkly pink nail polish to complement his fabulous stilettos and hot pink tie. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fundraiser where men walk one mile in women’s high heel shoes to raise funds for the programs and services that are offered at The Outreach Centre.

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The Princess Shop- Saskatoon, SK
On May 30th, Saskatoon Hairstyling and Esthetics students gave High School students the chance to become a princess for a day. Through The Princess Shop, 30 students were treated like royalty, as they received mini makeovers which included: a hairstyle (from Kate Middleton’s signature curls to glamorous updos), mini manicures and make-up application. The Princess Shop is a non-profit organization that helps young Women in need who are graduating from High School with a dress, accessories, and services.

Miss Teen Winnipeg- Winnipeg, MB
MC College students had a blast doing hair and make-up for 10 contestants in the Miss Teen Winnipeg pageant. Contestants rocked the latest make-up and hair trends on stage- from Marilyn Monroe red lips to tousled mermaid waves.

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Red Deer MC College Spring Graduation

Time flies by when you’re having fun. It’s hard for students to think about practical exams and mannequin work when graduation is around the corner. Throughout the month of May, the Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Red Deer, Saskatoon and Winnipeg MC College campuses each held a Spring Graduation to celebrate and recognize the achievements of their graduates.

On May 10th, I went to Red Deer’s Spring Graduation and got to experience what their grad was all about. The banquet hall was filled with friends, families, industry partners and faculty. From sky high stilettos to glitzy nails and big hair, the Hairstyling and Esthetics students were the superstars of the evening as they danced their way to the stage to their graduation song: Happy by Pharrell William. Throughout the night, toasts to Graduates, Staff, and Students’ families and friends were made.

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A picture slide show of the students played in the background, while graduates and their friends and families took selfies and group pictures at the photo booth (search #mcgrad on Instagram for more pictures!). The evening also included an awards ceremony, dinner and dance. Academic, Creative and the Frank Cairo award were a few of the awards that were handed out.

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The Frank Cairo Award is given to the student who best represents the qualities of: Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. Congratulations to the following students who received this prestigious award:

Sasakatoon: Taylor Sproxton and Jay-Lynn Zerebesky
Calgary: Sarah Petersen and Kassandra Delainey
Winnipeg: Kara Larkin
Kelowna: Amy Paxman
Red Deer: Erin Barchuk and Beth Talbot
Edmonton: Chelsea Wells

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Fun awards such as: biggest hair, most fashionable and the most talkative person were also handed out.

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MC College hosts two graduation events at each campus every year. The graduation allows the graduates, their friends and families, and the faculty and industry to come together to celebrate and recognize their achievements.

For more pictures: http://instagram.com/mccollegegroup

The Vernon MC College grad will be held on June 14th 2014.

“Survival of the Fittest” Hair, Make-up and Style Competition at Calgary MC College

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Last week, Calgary MC College students from the Esthetics and Hairstyling department went head-to-head in a hair, make-up and style competition. With a strict deadline of 3 hours to execute and complete their creative concept, 6 teams ‘rose up to the challenge of their rivals’ (brownie points if you know the song!) to create looks that showcased the “Survival of the Fittest” theme. From looks that were inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week to popular television series (Survivor and Walking Dead), students were judged based on the following criteria: creativity, originality, teamwork and the quality of make-up, hair and wardrobe styling, by the tribal council (the Calgary MC College administration team). With elements such as leopard print, camouflage, feathers and sparkling East Indian Sari’s, the 6 teams got the chance to capture their creativity in a professional photo shoot!

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Congratulations to the winning team!