Archive | June, 2012

The lucky one: Celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend talks about his famous clientele, his rise to the top, and his advice for new stylists

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The lucky one: Celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend talks about his famous clientele, his rise to the top, and his advice for new stylists

Posted on 24 June 2012 by DELCommInc

By Shayna Wiwierski

MarkTownsendWhen Mark Townsend visited New York with a friend who was attending an interview for college, little did he know that that opportunity would lead him to styling the hair of some of Hollywood’s most famous it-girls.

Before styling the locks of A-listers like Rachel McAdams, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, and so many more, Townsend started off as a stylist at New York’s famed Oribe salon.

“I went to New York City with a friend for his interview for college.  When he was there I went to Oribe and the manager happened to be at the front desk and I asked if he needed any help.  He took the time to give me a tour and asked me to try out to be on the Oribe team.  Using a model, I had to style her hair three different ways; the stylists took a look at it and liked it.” Continue Reading

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OPI announces new limited-edition Outrageous Neons, the brand’s first neon lacquer

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OPI announces new limited-edition Outrageous Neons, the brand’s first neon lacquer

Posted on 20 June 2012 by DELCommInc

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OPI launches its first neon nail lacquer with the Outrageous Neons mini pack, including four limited-edition neon shades, a neon white base coat, and OPI Top Coat. The four fluorescent hues include vivid shades of yellow, orange, pink, and purple. The essential step for achieving the best results is to prep nails with one coat of neon white base, followed by two coats of neon lacquer. Colours dry matte, but adding one layer of OPI Top Coat results in bright, bold colour with a shiny finish. Continue Reading

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Flying High: Joico International Artistic Director Damien Carney opens up on life, travelling, and what it takes to be a good hairdresser

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Flying High: Joico International Artistic Director Damien Carney opens up on life, travelling, and what it takes to be a good hairdresser

Posted on 17 June 2012 by DELCommInc

By Shayna Wiwierski

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Damien Carney jumps on a plane the way most people hop on a bus.

Between splitting his time between three cosmopolitan cities (New York, London, and Los Angeles) and heading up his own mobile hairstyling academy, Carney is the international artistic director for Joico Laboratories, Inc., one of the leading salon beauty brands in the world.  Add to this the accolades of being one of the most influential hairstylists of our time and having received numerous awards, not to mention that even a single appointment with him has a year-plus waiting list, and it’s obvious to all that Carney is a bonafide hair legend.  However, although he has achieved what most stylists only dream of, to him he’s just plain ol’ Damien. Continue Reading

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The new kids in town: The Aveda Institute Winnipeg makes over the Exchange District

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The new kids in town: The Aveda Institute Winnipeg makes over the Exchange District

Posted on 17 June 2012 by DELCommInc

By Shayna Wiwierski

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One of North America’s leading hair institutes recently set up shop in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District.

The Aveda Institute, which officially opened on April 17, 2012, transformed the former 10,000-square-foot Capelli Academy on 80 Rorie Street (and the space they vacated in the Ashdown Warehouse building) into Canada’s seventh institute by the iconic eco-friendly brand, as well as the country’s 16th Aveda store.

“We couldn’t have picked a better space,” says Raheela Gangji, assistant director of the Aveda Institute Winnipeg.  “Our concept network is large in the city and we felt there was a big need for the institute here.  It was the right place at the right time.”

Manitoba currently has 10 full Aveda concept salons.  In addition to teaching students and the full retail store, clients can come and get cut and colour services done, which features the full Aveda experience at a reduced rate.

“We try as much as possible to give our students real-life experience on real guests. Our students work on 200 to 250 guests.  We prepare them for beyond the salon walls; we set the same times as salon hours so they become accustomed to what the industry demands from its staff so there are no surprises.”

muralThe nine-month Hairstyling program takes place on the institute floor where there are 44 chairs and teaches the fundamentals of skin care, nail care, hairstyling, makeup, as well as business modules and career development.  The 1400-hour program is where the basic technical training is done and the only pre-requisite is a high school diploma or an equivalent exam.

For the hairstylist who is looking to advance their education, the institute also offers an Academy Salon program where students get accelerated training.  The six-month program is for any licensed stylist and they work in the salon area (which has 12 chairs) and receive advanced training in cut and colour.

Once students graduate from the program there is a 95 per cent placement rate which the institute helps with placing new grads in the Aveda network, of which there are over 7,000 salons/spas, institutes, and stores worldwide.  If the student wishes to work outside the network, the institute fully supports that decision as well.

hairschoolIntakes for the program happen in January, April, July, and September and feature small class sizes of 15 students which gives them individualized attention while still delivering quality education.  The institute also opened another intake in October because of the high demand.  Currently, intakes for the program have basically been filled up until 2013.

“We are so appreciative of the reception we have received so far in the city and our enrolments have shown that our presence here has been welcomed with open arms.”

For more information on the Aveda Institute Winnipeg, please visit them online at http://www.avedainstitute.ca/winnipeg/.

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