Painting Alberta PINK for Hair Massacure!


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?


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.


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Top 10 Things that Happened at MC College in 2013

It’s that time of the year again….year end lists! From volunteer events to international trips, here’s our list of the Top 10 things that happened at MC College in 2013 (in chronological order):

1). Vernon MC College’s Celebrity: Dawn-Marie Needham

In 2013, Vernon MC College director, Dawn-Marie Needham was given the opportunity to write beauty blogs for a local news paper. She is now a Beauty Consultant for The Vernon Morning Star and regularly contributes to MC College’s blog, in the segment “Beauty Tips with Dawn Marie”. A few posts that she’s written about: choosing the best hair color for your skin tone, how to get a brighter whiter smile and the benefits of wasabi massage oil, to name a few.

Dawn-Marie Needham Director

2). Calgary MC College FORMA

Last January, students at the Calgary MC College campus competed in a student style competition called FORMA. Organized and founded by MC College Group, FORMA is a style competition designed to challenge students and give them the opportunity to work in teams and show off their creativity in 3 elements: Hairstyling, Makeup and Wardrobe Styling. The theme, “1940’s, 1980’s and Now” was chosen by Calgary’s Edges Salon and Spa, who also judged the students work.


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3). Edmonton Hair Massacure

Students and staff from the Edmonton MC College campus painted the town pink at the annual Hair Massacure event for Breast Cancer! This 2 part event kicked off on January 24th at the Edmonton MC College campus where Breakfast Television was on location to capture over 100 people getting their hair pinked. Included in those who were getting their hair pinked were our students and staff! The second part of Hair Massacure took place at West Edmonton Mall from 9AM to 9PM, where students assisted with shaving over 300 heads.


More pictures: 2013 Hair Massacure Pink-Off

4). Fashion design students’ trip to New York City

From April 24 to April 29th 2013, Fashion Design students from the Edmonton and Winnipeg MC College campuses traveled to the Big Apple…New York City! During their trip, the students went on a fabric buying trip to Marcop and A&A Textiles, and toured the famous Mood Fabrics and Nanette Lepore’s design studio. On the last day, they went to the Fashion and Technology Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where they saw how the advances in technology changed the fashion industry.


For more information: MC College Takes New York City!

5). Frank Cairo Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

On May 18th 2013, Frank Cairo, Founder and Visionary of MC College Group, was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Canadians recognized for this award have been chosen because of their significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada. It was presented by Cheryl Harrison, Vice President of Operations, at the Edmonton spring graduation.


More information: Frank Cairo Awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

6). Red Deer Children’s Festival

From May 31st to June 1st, students and staff at the Red Deer MC College campus participated at the 7th annual Children’s Festival in Red Deer. With over 8000 people in attendance, the MC College booth was a huge success and was voted the most popular booth at the event! During the 3 day event, students and staff provided the public with complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups, face painting and mini manicures. The festival’s goal is to provide fun and new activities for the Children of Central Alberta.


7). MC College raised over $7500 for the Alberta Red Cross

MC College wanted to support the Alberta Red Cross in rebuilding communities and assisting the Southern Alberta flood victims by donating 100% of the proceeds from salon and spa services at all locations, on July 6 2013. With the help of staff, students and clients, we donated over $7500 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with the Alberta Floods relief.

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8). #MCxNAHA 2013

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! On July 14th, students and staff from all seven MC College campuses travelled to Las Vegas for the 8th annual MC College Viva Las Vegas Conference and attended the North American Hairstyling Awards. During the conference, students attended a presentation by renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James, Charlie Price and Laura Dunphy of Salon Magazine. The purpose of the trip is to create an exciting impression of the industry for the students by meeting and listening to industry icons.

More information: Viva Las Vegas!

9). Graduating Fashion Show

In the early Fall, students from the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their final design collection at the New Designers Fashion Show. Every year, graduates design, create and present their final collections in a run-way show and are given the opportunity to network with local designers and fashion bloggers.

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Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show

Winnipeg New Designers Fashion Show

10). Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. 

MC College was selected as an Honoree in the Placement category of Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. The Placement category recognizes the school with the best approach to help students with their job placements, from Partners-in-Training programs to salon and spa visits. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries in eight categories ranging from marketing to placement. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the AACS.



MC College in the Community: November

Every month, MC College students volunteer at several community events. These events give the students the opportunity to give back to the community by allowing them to use their skills for the benefit of others. In addition, these events allow our students to network with potential clients and expand their technical experience. Here are a few of the events that MC College students volunteered at in November:

CATO fashion show, ‘The Final Cut’- Kelowna, BC

Hairstyling and Esthetic students from the Kelowna MC College campus had the opportunity to be the official Hairstylists and Makeup Artists for the Center for Arts and Technology’s fashion show, ‘The Final Cut’. In addition to creating connections with new fashion designers, photographers and models (great for the NAHA’s!), MC College students were able to experience what it was like to work behind the scenes at a fashion show.

It was exciting to learn in such a fast-paced environment, which helped show that there are plenty of different and unique opportunities for Hairstylists. It was a welcomed change to our usual routine and I am pleased that MC College offers these types of volunteer/working experience for their students…”-Kylie Florenu, student at Kelowna MC College

Engineering Head Shave- Edmonton, AB

On November 22 2013, Hairstyling students from the Edmonton MC College campus volunteered to shave over 40 heads at the engineering head shave fundraiser at the University of Alberta.This tenth annual event raises funds and awareness for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

@mccollegegroup your students are such an important part of our head shave events. Thank you for helping us redefine the future of cancer.” -@albertacancer

Festival of Trees (November 24-30)- Saskatoon, SK

To get into the Holiday spirit, students and staff from the Saskatoon MC College campus decorated a Christmas tree for Saskatoon’s Festival of Trees. The ‘Dashing through the Snow’ tree, sold for $750! This annual event engages the community by providing an opportunity for local businesses and school groups to display and sell their decorated Christmas tree, with all proceeds going to the Saskatchewan MS Clinical Research Chair Campaign through Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.

If you are hosting an event that you think our students can volunteer at, please contact


Alumni Profile: Jasmine Champagne Lusty, 2011 Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program

jasmine-lusty-e1351648897769As the Valedictorian in the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College, Jasmine Champagne Lusty has been designing and creating her own clothing since her early teens. Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she is the founder and designer of Champagne Dreams Design House. Her designs are inspired by timeless elegance and Hollywood glamour, and includes convertible pieces made from silk, organza and lace.

Her extensive portfolio includes a collaboration with the Canadian Fashion Designer, Justina McCaffrey; creating a hand-beaded evening gown for Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

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Jasmine became involved in charity for Africa when she organized a fashion show fundraiser for an orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa; raising over $2000. In November of 2012, Champagne Dreams Design House partnered with a Manitoban Impact Investment fund and Deliberate Economics to develop a partnership with Ibrahim Bangura, a survivor of Sierra Leone’s civil war and a bag maker/seller. Jasmine works with Ibrahim to sell his bags in the Canadian market and invests in his company by “helping him develop better facilities, staff, skills and the success he so deserves.”

On November 16, 2013, Champagne Dreams Design House is hosting a fashion show fundraiser, ‘Making Dreams Come True’, with “all proceeds going directly to assist Ibrahim to set up a shop in Freetown where he and his employee’s will earn a fair living wage”.


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