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Understanding Options For Your Hairstyling License

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Cosmetology Choices: Understanding Options For Your Hairstyling License

Looking for the perfect career? If you:
  • Are fueled by creativity
  • Love the idea of socializing at work
  • Want to help people feel better about themselves
  • Like the idea of flexible hours and fun working environments
the Hairstylist occupation could be the right path for you! The Alberta Learning Information System has a great breakdown of this exciting career. Before you jump right in, you have two primary options to consider. In Alberta, Hairdressing is considered a Red Seal Journeyman Trade. This means higher standards in Alberta for Hairstylists. Certification is based on education and hours worked in the salon.

Option One: The Apprenticeship Program

The Apprenticeship path will take you two years to complete. This includes a minimum of 1400 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of technical training each year (20 weeks total). The benefit of this route is the cost effectiveness and the real life, hands on training.

Steps to obtaining your apprenticeship

1. Secure a job in a salon. This could be getting hired as a salon technician, receptionist, or retail specialist. Your supervisor should be a Journeyman Hairstylist to train you and confirm your hours worked. 2. After securing employment, you may apply to be a Registered Apprentice in Alberta. Once you have completed your application and pay the $35 registration fee, you may be issued an Apprenticeship Card and Blue Book (this is the record log in which your worked hours are tracked). As an Apprentice Hairstylist, you are able to buy product (no chemicals!) from salon distribution centers, and you are legally able to handle the tools of the trade. 3. Your on-the-job hours are divided into two twelve-month periods. During each period, you are expected to complete 1450 hours (this is 40 weeks based on 35 hours a week). 4. Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at DelMar College in Calgary and MC College in Edmonton.
  • Your technical training is divided into Period One and Period Two. Both are 10 weeks in length (700 hours total). You may be eligible for financial benefits while in technical training. The average cost of tuition for both periods generally doesn’t exceed $2500. Tool kits would be available for learning purposes only, and it would be your responsibility to invest in your kit for your work experience.
5. Once your on-the-job training, technical training, and corresponding examinations (theory and technical exams for Period One and Two) are successfully completed, you are eligible to take the theory and technical exam for your Interprovincial Red Seal.

Don’t forget about grants and loans available!

  • Alberta Student Aid provides loans and grants to apprentices registered in the Alberta apprenticeship program with Apprenticeship and Industry Training who are attending an approved technical training program as a full-time student.
  • The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade. You can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. The money would be available to help with tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages and to help support your family.
  • The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, to a maximum of $2,000. This Grant helps registered apprentices get started in the designated Red Seal trades.
  • The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. This Grant helps registered apprentices who have completed their training to become certified journeypersons in the designated Red Seal trades.
  • Canada Revenue offers a tax benefit for Tradespersons’ Tools Deduction . Apprentices may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools bought to earn employment income as a skilled tradesperson.
We recommend you review the Hairstylist Apprenticeship and Industry Training Outline and the Hairstylist Exam Outline and the newest updated information for the Apprenticeship Program before you begin your journey.

Option Two: Full Time Cosmetology Program

Although it is not necessary to attend a full-time program to enter the beauty industry, many cosmetology programs are available for you to enroll in in Alberta before you get a job in a salon. The advantage of this is that you have a wide selection of schools to choose from to ensure you receive the education you require. Full time programs are beneficial to those who feel they need to be trained before they enter the industry. Career training facilities, like full-time cosmetology schools, are independent, private institutions that are regulated by the Private Vocational Training Act. The cost of a full-time cosmetology program in Alberta ranges from $11,000 to $16,000, and generally includes a starter toolkit. These programs can take anywhere from 9 months to 1 year to complete, depending on the facility’s required hours – this is, on average, 1400 hours. The Alberta Apprenticeship Board, however, only requires 1,050 hours from an approved institution. An advantage of some cosmetology programs is the length of time spent in a learning environment as opposed to a working environment. Some participants find this beneficial as they feel they may need more time learning to feel comfortable before they start taking clients. The facility may also teach advanced techniques, outside of what the Apprenticeship Program deems necessary for licensing. Alberta Advanced Education has a great page on what to know before enrolling in a Private Vocational Training School. The Approved Technical Training Schools in Edmonton are: MC College CLI College Est-Elle Academy of Hair Design Eveline Charles Academy

Barbering is not a separate license in Alberta.

It is very important to know that Barbering is not a separate license in Alberta. Although there are training facilities specifically for barbering, you should be aware that a full Hairstylist Apprenticeship (including technical training) needs to be completed for licensing. There has been an important change to note regarding technical trade schools. Previously, on-the-job training hours were credited for completing a full-time hairstyling program at an approved school. As of September 1st 2018, on-the-job work experience credit will only be given on a case-by-case basis. This means that you are no longer granted 1400 hours from your training provider that can be used to lessen your time as an apprentice. Once technical schooling has completed, you still must register as an apprentice and complete 2800 on-the-job hours. READ MORE. Knowing your options will help you make an informed decision regarding your education. For more information on Hairstyling careers contact (780) 604 2772 #103. EXECUTIVE SPA GROUP Career and Employment Centre Alberta Beauty Industry

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Registration Now Open for Face and Body Waxing Course

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FACE AND BODY WAXING COURSE

Course Outline

Chapter 1: SANITATION, STERILIZATION AND INFECTION CONTROL
Chapter 2: CONTRAINDICATIONS AND MEDICAL HISTORY
Chapter 3: HAIR ANATOMY, GROWTH CYCLES & PATTERNS
Chapter 4: PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 5: TREATMENT ROOM SETUP
Chapter 6: PREPARATION ON SKIN AND HAIR
Chapter 7: PROPER WAX APPLICATION AND REMOVAL
Chapter 8: POST PROCEDURE AND HOME CARE RECOMMENDATION
Chapter 9: REBOOKING TIMEFRAME
Chapter 10: TREATMENT ROOM TAKEDOWN

Course Details

NEXT START DATE: OCT 8, 2018
COURSE DURATION: 28 hrs
COURSE DELIVERY: OCT 8-11, 2018; 10am – 5pm daily

COURSE PREREQUISITE: No experience is necessary.
MODELS REQUIRED: TBA
COURSE INVESTMENT: $1499 + tax (includes tuition/materials)

This course includes:
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Lip
  • Chin
  • Face
  • Brows

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

BROW SHAPING

TUITION: $250
Kit (optional): $80
COURSE DURATION: 3 hrs
COURSE DELIVERY: Week 2: Thursday 5pm – 8pm

LASH & BROW TINTING

TUITION: $250
Kit (optional): $50
COURSE DURATION: 3 hrs
COURSE DELIVERY: Week 3: Thursday 5pm – 8pm

ARE THERE GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR THIS COURSE?

Yes, if you are currently unemployed, there is a grant available for this course IF this course will lead directly to employment. You must be able to present an employment offer letter on letterhead signed by the employer indicating that certification in Face and Body Waxing is conditional upon hiring.

If you are already employed in a beauty industry job, your employer might be eligible to receive a grant to cover 2/3 of the training costs.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

To register, call (780) 604 2772 # 102. Once you are enrolled you will receive email confirmation, receipt of you deposit, and your class schedule. Please have your credit card ready as we will be taking a $500 deposit to enroll you in the course. You can also register online by clicking HERE.

EXECUTIVE SPA GROUP
(780)604-2772
info@executivespagroup.com

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Store-bought vs. Professional skincare

Enlightening your clients: The difference between store-bought and professional skincare

Selling skincare at work comes naturally when you are able to answer a client’s questions regarding the professional lines carried at your salon or spa. When you have the answers, your sales pitch can turn into a fun, fact-filled conversation.

Have you ever had a client ask you what the difference is between store-bought and professional skincare?

Walking up and down the skincare aisles of the drugstore can leave your clients’ head spinning with promises of “No More Wrinkles” or “The Best Acne Treatment” and my personal favourite, “The Best Anti-aging Cream”.

The fact is there is no one product on the market that can deliver on these claims alone, especially ones found at the drugstore.

Why?

Because to get results to actually back-up these claims clients need to use high quality products with an array of ingredients and these are not found on shelves.

They are found at spa’s, medi-spas and dermatologist offices. Places such as ‘Sephora’ and ‘Shopper’s Beauty Boutique’ are also a few good places to get good quality products.

Let’s take a deeper look at the difference between store-bought products versus professional skincare, so that we can educate our clients on the difference.

Ingredients and Dosages

The skincare market is a billion dollar industry which relies heavily on marketing to get people to pick their products over others. They usually do this is by using some of the catch phrases mentioned at the beginning of this article.

People who are not in the skincare industry, for example our clients, may not be able to verify if the ingredients have the ability to actually benefit their skin.
Additionally for safety reasons, store-bought products cannot have high amounts of active ingredients because they must be safe for the general public to pick off a shelf, without consultation with a professional. For this reason, drugstore products usually have low levels of active ingredients which may not, and more often, does not, live up to their promises.

On the other hand…

Professional products contain high amounts of active ingredients that can actually back-up the claims they promise.
They contain numerous active or as I like to call them “performance” ingredients such as antioxidants like Vitamin C, B, and Ferulic acid, acne fighting ingredients like Salicylic acid, Anti-Aging acids such as Glycolic acid and the best ingredient to fight aging… Retinol… just to name a few.

The reason professional products are not sold in stores is because of the science behind the products. People selling these products have to be properly trained on skin analysis, ingredients, and contraindications. They are expected to educate the client on how to use the products safely and recommend the appropriate products for their skin/ skin concerns.

In conclusion, when it comes to skincare the best thing to do is educate your clients on the differences between professional and store bought products, the price point may be a bit higher but if results are what your clients want; knowing what they need to use to get those results will usually out weigh any price concerns.

Shauna Jenkins
EXECUTIVE SPA GROUP

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Are you ready for an inspection?

BACTERIA IS A BEAUTY BANISHER

As service providers our goal is to send clients home feeling amazing, relaxed, and rocking beautiful manicured fingers and toes, glowing skin and trendy/healthy hair. We do our best to accomplish our goals. We use the best products and ensure we are properly trained.

We know what it takes to make our clients look their best… but do we know how to best protect our clients?

Germs and viruses will take that amazing service upside down!
Let’s take a look at some of the guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services to keep our clients looking gorgeous, glowing and most importantly germ free!

Some serious viruses and infections can be and have been known to be spread in salons and spas. Hepatitis C, MRSA, respiratory disease, fungus and even Hot Tub Folliculitis (an infection caused by a type of bacteria that thrives in poorly sanitized foot baths) have been confirmed.

Are You Inspection Ready?

These are some of the guidelines to follow to help you protect your clients:
  • All work surfaces shall be constructed of smooth, non-porous and cleanable materials (i.e. painted drywall, vinyl composite tiles, linoleum or sealed concrete, etc.).
  • Work areas must be adequately lit and ventilated.
  • Client contact surfaces (tables, chairs, headrests etc.) must have a smooth, non-porous and easy to clean finish.
  • Adequate storage space must be available for equipment, instruments and supplies.
  • Suitable garbage containers must be readily available, maintained and emptied regularly.
  • Approved disinfectants for disinfecting equipment, surfaces and reusable instruments must be available.
  • An acceptable skin antiseptic shall be provided for skin preparation and post treatment.
  • Items, that cannot be properly disinfected/sterilized or are intended for single use, must be discarded after each client use.
  • A puncture-resistant container shall be provided for the disposal of needles, razor blades and other sharp devices or instruments.
  • Pigments, cosmetics and other supplies must be labeled and handled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Chemicals, detergents and cleaners must be stored, maintained and prepared in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

The spread of these beauty banishing bacteria is completely preventable and should be the #1 priority.

So remember to follow all sanitization procedures, use the proper level disinfectants and disinfection tools because no matter how gorgeous your client looks when they leave BACTERIA IS A BEAUTY BANISHER!

Please refer to the Personal Service Regulation and the associated Health Standards and Guidelines for a complete list of requirements.

Executive Spa Group

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The Most Innovative Services of 2018

Employers: If You’re Not Offering These Services Yet…You Need To Be!!

Welcome to the new and exciting era of the Beauty Industry, where Medical and Esthetics treatments have collided into what promises to be the beginning of some of the most amazing advancements this industry has ever seen. Services formerly considered surgical and invasive have been adapted and are being delivered with little to no down-time. Treatments like Botox® and Fillers were often kept on the hush-hush years ago. Now, not only have they become mainstream, but are amongst the most celebrated and effective warriors fighting the battle on aging!

The Most Innovative Services of 2018

PRP aka Vampire Facials

This treatment has become wildly popular but we believe the name “Vampire Facial” has roots that stem back to 1590. Countess Elizabeth Bathory is one of the most prolific female serial killers of all time. She is also referred to as ‘The Blood Countess’ and legend has it that she bathed in the blood of young female victims to retain her youth.

In love with a younger man and obsessed with maintaining her youth (and maybe some mental health issues), Lady Bathory came to believe that blood had rejuvenating effects after one of her maids cut herself while brushing her hair. A small amount of blood landed on Bathory’s face which threw her into a rage. To start the day off right and avoid unpleasantness from the previous day, the other maids complimented Bathory on how youthful she looked that morning. Somehow, Bathory connected these compliments to the events of the prior day, and 500 years later we have Vampire Facials…ok ok, maybe our imagination is running a little bit wild!

PRP @ External Affairs Medical Spa


The name ‘Vampire Facial’ refers to the ties with Transylvania as well as the comparison of Bathory to Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula). Fast forward to present time and we have PRP (platelet rich plasma)/ PRF (platelet rich fibrin), a more modern approach and name.

This treatment was originally pioneered by orthopedic and sports doctors to promote faster healing and better results.

Courtesy of External Affairs Medical Spa

The process includes extracting a sample of blood from the patient then spinning it in a centrifuge which separates the platelet rich plasma/fibron from the platelet poor plasma in the blood. The PRP is then injected via needles or massaged onto the skin to promote rejuvenation and regeneration. This treatment can be used alone to provide amazing results OR in conjunction with dermal fillers, radio frequency, laser treatments and micro-needling. PRP can successfully treat the following:
  • Fine lines/ wrinkles- Skin renewal and healing is activated through the production of new collagen. Wrinkles are not individually erased but the overall quality of the are is improved.
  • Loss of firmness and tone- Tissue regeneration is achieved by pumping skin cells full of fresh Human Growth Factors. Tissue Regeneration+ HGF= Younger, Firmer and Plumper Skin.
  • Baldness/ Thinning Hair- When paired with micro-needling an improvement in the density of hair as well as the stimulation of dormant follicles can be achieved.
This treatment has little to no downtime, some redness/sunburn like effect is to be expected as well as possible bruising. The treatment uses the patients own blood so there are no contraindications other than those with anemia, blood/bone cancer or clotting related conditions. Best results are seen up to 3 months post treatment and can last up to 2 years.

Botox and Fillers

Courtesy of Face FX MedSpa

I know what you’re thinking, these are not new treatments…let me explain.

Botox and fillers have been around for a long time and initially weren’t even used for cosmetic purposes.

Botox has ophthalmologic roots and was originally used to treat spastic conditions of the eye.

Fillers have always served to fill in areas with loss of volume, but let’s just say some of the first-used filling agents have not only long been abandoned but banned! (Think paraffin injected into your face and hardening, then migrating and causing facial distortion just to name one of the reasons for the ban).

Botox® has evolved in the way of different benefits of new techniques. Dentists have been using Botox® for years as a treatment for TMJ and grinding of the jaw which after time causes a very masculine and defined jaw line. Presently, this treatment has crossed over to medi spas for anyone looking for a softer jawline.

Fillers have come A LONG way as new generation hyaluronic acids are formulated to last longer and are injected in new ways including the use of a canula to ensure precise and even distribution.
A new filler called Kybella has the ability to permanently destroy fat cells and is erasing double chins. It’s the first and only injectable agent able to successfully and permanently create a new face shape and recontour the jawline.

Botox® and Fillers have definitely become mainstream, gone are the days of living with small lips, unwanted creases or the yearn for that youthful plumpness your skin once possessed. The fix for these and many more concerns is readily available just a syringe away.

Plasma Pen

This Fibroblast Treatment is ELECTRIC (literally), not just because of how amazing it is, but the technology uses electricity to smooth lines, remove pigment, even out skin tone and texture, tighten loose skin and helps with the appearance of stretch marks.

Plasma is considered the fourth state of matter.
This pen works by creating a positive charge to particles and transferring this energy to matter. A luminous electrical discharge is created, “Arc”, which stimulates immediate healing and stimulation from the dermal layer of skin where your collagen and elastin are produced.

The Plasma Pen has been popular in Europe for over 20 years but has only recently made its way out West. This treatment has gained popularity successfully treating the following:
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles including: Forehead lines, lip lines, smile lines, crow’s feet and neck bands. This is a great alternative to Botox…no needles!
  • Eyelid Lifting: This skin lifting treatment is a great alternative to Blepharoplasty (a surgical eyelid lift) no cuts, anesthesia or surgery!
  • Collagen and Elastin stimulation: the dermal layer of our skin is often referred to as the “mattress” it gives our skin shape and plumpness but over time the mattress can become worn out and not have the same full and bouncy effect it once had. When we stimulate this layer of skin we are causing the body to stimulate more collagen and elastin production which in return plumps up the skin.
There is minimal downtime with this treatment, expect some redness and swelling (especially around the eyes) and some brown pigmentation may be visible for up to 2 weeks post treatment. Any pigmentation must not be picked at and will naturally exfoliate off when it is healed. Numbing is done prior to treatment to ensure maximum patient comfort.

Executive Spa Group
(780) 604 2772
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