READY TO SHINE 6: A Cut Above the Rest

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From bougie dresses to blouses channeling Coachella vibes, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools got the chance to show off their designs at Kingsway Mall’s Ready to Shine event. Now in its 6th year, the event challenges High School students to design and construct garments for evening, career and casual wear. They also made garments out of unconventional materials such as recycled newspaper, shopping bags and bubble wrap.

 

As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see the designs of Edmonton’s next top fashion designers. The garments were modelled on the runway by High School Students and local celebrities such as: Nicole Crosbie (95.7 Cruz FM), Kimberley Wynn (CTV), Stacey Brotzel (CTV), Dana Giesbrecht (Shaw TV), Nancy Carlson (Global TV) and Ami Amato (Up 99.3 FM). The show did not disappoint….it was LIT!!

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Last years’ winner of our scholarship and current MC College Fashion Student, Aike Zhumaglova, was on location to announce the winner of this year’s scholarship recipient.

Congrats to the participating High Schools: Harry Ainlay, Ross Shepard, WP Wagner, McNally, M.E Lazerte, L.Y Cairns and Jasper Place High School.

 

Did you miss the live segment on Dinner Television? You can watch it here: http://www.kingswaymall.com/ready_to_shine.asp
‘Ready to Shine’ is a fundraising partnership with Kingsway mall and the Edmonton Public School Foundation to showcase young fashion designers and their creative minds. This year, the event raised $20,000 for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation’s full day kindergarten program in schools located in vulnerable social communities.

 

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MC Alumni Profile: Sid Neigum

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Sid was born in Drayton Valley, Alberta. After a year in a Bachelor of Science program and working part time in retail, he decided to enroll at MC College to pursue Fashion Design as a career. At the beginning of the program, he had only ever sewn one garment. After the program he’d put together around 30 garments, including complicated designs such a leather jacket.

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In 2009, he graduated from MC College and then moved to New York to intern at Yigal Azrouel.

 

Since the launch of his career, he has won several awards, including: Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Award (2009), Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Award (2012), Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award (2014) and the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award (2015).

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Sid’s work has been featured in Vogue Italia, Flare, Fashion Magazine, Elle Magazine and Business of Fashion to name a few.

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His garments have been worn by celebrities such as: Coco Rocha, Yasmin Warsame, Jennifer Aniston, Jada Pinkett Smith, Stacey McKenzie, Fergie, Jully Black and MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank.

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

 

 

MC Pop Up Salon presents: Shear Envy ✂️

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Located in the heart of the Ice District in Edmonton, the MC Pop Up Salon was up and running for business last month! From February 23 to 27, MC College Hairstyling Students: Kelly Shirtliff (@kdshirtliff), Desire Poulin (@hairbydesirep), Nicolette Pirrott (@sharksloveteeth) and Taya Tkachuk (@taya.hair) worked as a squad to manage and operate their own salon, Shear Envy. “We got the opportunity to run our own salon. We built the prices and brought in our own clients. Just getting a feel of what a salon would be like was the best part!” says Desire.
Check out their Instagram and @mccollegegroup for some of the lit hair transformations they did!

Under the guidance of our Education Director, Anna Gemellaro, the students had over 36 customers and did 102 services – from candy colored hair to cuts and balayage. We even had return customers from our past Pop Up Salon! “They had great people skills and were independent yet willing to learn…They were never afraid to try a new technique…They kept me young at heart. BRAVO!” says Anna.

 

Before beginning Shear Envy, the group presented a business plan and collaborated with MC College’s marketing department to create a logo and promotional materials. The students were provided with a POS, appointment booking system, and a full blown color and retail bar to enhance their experience as a salon owner.


We asked them: what was your favorite part about the experience?
Desire: “The team atmosphere. We all pulled together and really stepped on board. I learned how to customize every client and personalize their experience. ”
Taya: “It was a great experience outside of school! It helped me understand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon”.
Kelly: “I loved the atmosphere, clientele and our team. This was such a great opportunity to learn the business aspect of a salon”
Nicolette: “The infinite amounts of coffee and of course being able to make the rules!!…It’s all about your team and working as one”.


A pop up store is a temporary shop that could be in business one week and then gone the next. As part of the MC Pop Up Salon initiative, a team of students get the chance to own a salon for one week. They learn on-the-job skills in marketing, finance and operations, as well as develop their technical and communication skills.


Follow us on social media to be the first to hear about the next Pop Up Salon!
For info about our Pop Up Salon, visit: Pop Up Salon 

💁 Student of the Month: Taya Tkachuk

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From balayage to “granny hair”, this lady is slaying it on Instagram! Born and raised in a small town, you may have seen her at last week’s MC Pop Up Salon  as a feature Entrepreneur/Stylist. 💇

Our Student of the Month is Hairstylist-to-be, Taya Tkachuk 👏 👏 from the Edmonton campus. “Taya is a lovely student inside and out. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and has an eagerness to learn” says Edmonton Director, Analia Rubie.

1). Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“It’s always been a passion of mine. Back home in Lac La Biche, there weren’t many opportunities for me to explore hair. I was always the one my friends and family went to for hair and makeup…and it just became my thing.”

2). What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Making people feel good about themselves. Once you’ve achieved this, it’s the best feeling ever and it makes you feel like you can do anything.”

3). How was the Pop Up Salon?
“It was a great experience outside of school! It helped me understand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon….I learned different techniques in blow drying…and running/managing a salon”.

4). What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“Unit 3. I wasn’t expecting to learn about anatomy. I hate that people stereotype hair school as dumb but that’s not true. You need to know your stuff…even anatomy. All the studying and hair that you do puts a lot of stress on your body. You put so many hours into doing one clients’ hair to make them happy and studying on top of that! Its not just applying color or cutting hair…it’s much more”.

5). What do you love about MC College?
“I love the teachers and the people…it’s so welcoming here and I wasn’t expecting that when I started school! Every day is a fun day at school even if you’re in class or not.”

6). What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Clients can be a bit overwhelming…you learn how to work with people of all personalities and know when to end a conversation politely…and saying no to clients can be hard too. Especially when it comes to hair color”

7). What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to stay in Edmonton for the opportunities when I graduate. But in the future, I would love to move to Toronto or Montreal, and start doing hair competitions. I want to see how far I can get with my career”

8). What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a Hairstylist?
“Make sure it’s a passion of yours and not just a job…You need passion and drive cause you can’t just do a half assed job in this. You gotta be all in.
9). What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“You can’t please everyone…do the best you can and work with your own knowledge.”

Follow her! 
Instagram: @Taya.Hair
Snapchat: tayatkachuk
Twitter: @tootie_19

Edmonton MC College Students to appear in TLC Network’s ‘Global Beauty Masters’ show

 

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Survivor meets the Contessa’s (Canada’s largest Hairstyling competition) to the extreme! Nicolette Pirrott (instagram: @sharksloveteeth)  and Tao Ping, two MC College Hairstyling Students from Edmonton will be featured in TLC network’s “Global Beauty Masters” show, set to premier on March 17th 2016 at 4pm (MT).

“We’re pleased to have ‘Global Beauty Masters’ on TLC” says David Melia, TLC’s Vice President of Programming. “This is a fascinating world that our viewers will be excited to explore.”

This past Fall, the two Edmonton students traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the second annual Global Beauty Masters competition. The competition is a television series that unites Hairstylists and Hairstyling Students from around the globe who compete to win the coveted title of “Global Beauty Masters”.

From the Global Beauty Masters website: “After a rough start to their first trip to Las Vegas, Canadians Nicolette and Tao arrive without their team leader. To remain in the competition, they are matched with local student Natalie who volunteers to help them.”

Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Nicolette and Tao endured a week of intensive hair, makeup, nails and styling competition against teams from around the world, while being filmed for the show.

It was an awesome experience that I’ll never forget. It was inspiring to be around people that have the same passion and feeding off their energy to create something amazing!” says Nicolette.

The show will premier on TLC on March 17 at 4:00 PM (MT).

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! 📺
Watch the promo video

 

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)

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!

Alumni Profile: Marlo Steenman

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Marlo Steenman- she’s a rockstar award winning hairstylist who knows the importance of her family, friends and her “spanx for not letting [her] down” at the North American Hairstyling Awards (watch her acceptance speech below!!)

Marlo is a graduate from MC College Edmonton’s Hairstyling Program. Since graduating, she has:

  • Won 2015 ‘Colorist of the Year’ at the North American Hairstyling Awards (ps. Did you know that her winning pictures were taken at the Artego Creative Lounge at MC College Edmonton?!).
  • Finalist for ‘Master Colourist of the Year’ at the 2012, 2014 and 2015 Contessa Awards.
  • Finalist for ‘Colourist of the Year’ at the 2012 Mirror Awards.

Today, she is a Color Educator at Revlon Professional Canada and a Master Stylist at The Men’s Room in Edmonton, Alberta. cj0o94hveaafqkf

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Her obsession with hair started at a young age: “I remember [my dad] bringing home mannequin heads to practice on…I would do their hair…make a salon in my bedroom…I CAUGHT THE BEAUTY BUG!”.

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Coming from a family full of Hairstylists, who all went to MC College (it was called Marvel back then), she decided to enroll in the Hairstyling program as it offered everything that she was looking for: good reputation, hands-on education and opportunities to practice her craft. “Some of the Instructors still stand out to me and as I look back…I now understand the things they would tell you and it all makes sense”.

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From Master Colorist to Educator and Platform Artist, Marlo has dedicated over 26 years to the beauty industry. She has jet setted across the globe to places such as Spain, France, Mexico, Dominican Republic, New York, Las Vegas and throughout Canada to name a few, to teach and perform in hair shows.

Looking back at her career, Marlo attributes her mentor, Philip Capobianco for her success and growth. Phillip was a global performing artist, hairstylist, salon owner and creative manager at Colomer Canada. “He really guided and pushed me…Through him, I was able to meet a number of amazing artists who always support me”.

We asked her: What advice would you give to MC College students?

“Dress the part and act the part….Ask the industry people for guidance, we are an amazing community and we are willing to help each other out…you will never know everything…remember we are all students for life”.

Marlo’s Acceptance Speech:

Alumni Profile: Jessilyn Poole

eveandenoch_2_newJessilyn Poole is a graduate from MC College Edmonton’s Fashion Design program. Fresh out of school and driven by her dedication for “carefully curated” clothing pieces, she founded EVE + ENOCH in 2011.From clean lines to flirty silhouettes, she describes the contemporary clothing line as “very wearable and comfortable. It’s trendy, but… will last and transition into several seasons”. eve and enochAs a Canadian Fashion Designer, she is an advocate of shopping local, “I want to create clothing in my city because…people have become disconnected in retail…if you put a face behind it, you can make them realize what they’re buying and make more conscious decisions” she says.

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From sewing with a needle and thread at 5 years old to mastering the sewing machine at 7, her career in Fashion started at a young age. “I’ve always dreamed about design for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I lived in a world of scissors and construction paper. Later, I played with fabric to create clothing” says Jessilyn. After designing and constructing her High School graduation dress, Jessilyn decided to make her dream career as a Fashion Designer a reality, and enroll in a Fashion program. MC College Edmonton was the right place for her as it offered everything that she was looking for: internship opportunities, clothing line and collection development, fashion marketing, and more.

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We asked her: what was your favorite part of the course?
The New Designers Fashion Show. “It was cool to be able to show friends and family what I had designed and created. This part was helpful in showing me what fashion shows looks like and what is needed to organize one”.

As a designer and entrepreneur, her biggest eye opener was the amount of blood, sweat and tears that was put into starting a clothing line: from business loans and sourcing local materials to creating an e-commerce website. Her advice to current and prospective MC College fashion students is to be ready to live, “eat” and breathe fashion, “Be sure you’re ready to dedicate all your time. Take a little time each day…to clear your head, and get inspired and get new ideas outside of your routine”.

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Today, EVE + ENOCH is available online (eveandenoch.com) and at Bamboo Ballroom. Jessilyn’s goal is to sell her designs in retail stores across Canada and expand her production studio.

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