Alumni Profile: Alicia Soulier

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Alicia graduated from the Hairstyling Program at the Saskatoon Campus in 2005. Since then, she has:

• been the lead Stylist at Saskatoon’s Fashion Week
• Won ‘Saskatchewan Salon Stylist of the Year’ at the 2014 Mirror Awards.
• Styled hair at Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week.
• Been nominated for ‘Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist of the Year’ at the Contessa Awards.

Currently, she is the owner and educator at Capelli Hair Studio, one of Saskatoon’s most prestigious salons.

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Why MC College?

Styling her Barbie dolls hair and making friends with Hairstylists was an early indicator that Alicia would start a career in the Beauty Industry. After taking Cosmetology classes in High School and receiving a scholarship, Alicia decided to accomplish her dream to become a Hairstylist. Her entrepreneurial spirit, need for hands-on education and word of mouth led Alicia to enroll and graduate from MC College Saskatoon. “MC College will teach you the fundamentals to becoming the best Hairstylist in the world…they give you a great foundation for the real world” says Alicia.

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Soon after graduating, Alicia was set on becoming a salon owner. After realizing that one of Saskatoon’s premiere neighborhoods lacked an upscale hair salon, she pounced on the opportunity and opened ‘Capelli Hair Studio’. In 2012, it placed top 5 in Contessa’s ‘Salon Interior of the Year’ award and was named as the best hair salon in Saskatoon by Fine Lifestyles magazine.

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Advice from Alumni

“Be humble. Be Passionate. Be respectful of your Mentors. Be passionate about what you do”

As an award winning superstar hairstylist, salon owner, educator and a board member of the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival, Alicia credits her success to her mentor, Kim Regier of Chel SalonSpa and her need for continuous learning. “Never think you know it all. Always strive for more education and inspiration” says Alicia. She is known for mentoring her staff, new Hairstylists and students so that they can become successful in their career.

Today, she continues to enter hair competitions and currently styles hair in photoshoots and fashion shows. She has done hair for Edge Agency and fashion houses such as White Dhalia House of Fashion, Hillberg and Berk, , Pyer Mossto and  Concept Korea to name a few.

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Alumni Profile: Jeff Louis, National Artistic Director for Artègo Canada

jeff louisJeff Louis,  the National Artistic Director of Artègo Canada is a Western Canadian award winning Hair Stylist and salon owner. He began his career in the industry by working at high-end salons in Canada and showcasing his creativity at competitions. His passion for the industry led him to open his own salon: Elysium Hair, Body and Spirit Salon. Throughout his career, he has been nominated and has won several awards from the Canadian Contessa Awards, including:

2005 Finalist Canadian Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
2006 WINNER Alberta Hairdresser of the Year
2006 Finalist Canadian Hairdresser of the Year
2007 Finalist Alberta Hairstylist of the Year
2008 Finalist Men’s Hairstylist of the Year

As an Artego Team Member and an educator, Jeff has travelled to Italy to train and perform onstage at the Globe Show. He enjoys working with Artègo Canada because “it inspires and connects hairdressers all across the globe everyday. It’s constantly evolving and pushing the boundaries of our industry by developing new products that unleash our creativity as artists”.

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When asked what advice he would give to a new hairstyling student, Jeff replied “The best advice I can give someone starting out is some advice that I got from a mentor when I was just beginning my career when I was worried about how was I gonna find new clients. He said: ‘worry about getting good and you will never have to look for clients , they will find you…’”.

For more information about Artègo Canada: http://www.myartego.ca/

To view Jeff Louis’ portfolio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuEyMI5NyxQ

Salon Magazine Presents The Contessa Awards 2013

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Are you ready to show Canada that you are the best? If yes, Salon Magazine is accepting submissions for the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards – better known as the Contessas.  Already in its 25th year, the Contessas are the premier awards in the Canadian beauty industry. The awards are not only limited to hairstylists but it also includes students and apprentices across Canada. For this photo-based competition, competitors use hair as their art medium with make-up providing the perfect complement. Start thinking of your ideas as the deadline is August 1, 2013 with the Gala taking place on November 10, 2013 in Toronto!

For more details and entry forms, check out Salon Magazine.

Photo: Salon Magazine