A CUT ABOVE THE REST: BLANCHE MACDONALD CENTRE

BEST EDUCATION IN CANADA

Enter the hair industry with confidence. Blanche Macdonald offers the most comprehensive education in Canada. Develop skills in cutting, colouring, styling and finishing techniques. Training you in hair extensions, wigs, perming & chemical treatments. Expand your portfolio fashion, editorial, and avant-garde hair looks for TV and Film.

AWARD WINNERS

We’re home to award winners. Our instructor and graduates have received numerous national and international awards for Hair and Barbering including the American Crew All-Star Challenge, Best in Hairstyling from the Canadian Hairdresser Magazine’s Mirror Awards, and the Contessa Awards from Salon Magazine.

RED SEAL DESIGNATION OPTION

While there is no special licensing required to work as a Hairstylist or Barber in BC, many provinces require Red Seal Designation. We offer students the option of completing technical training towards a Red Seal Designation for select 2020 start dates. This training will allow you to work anywhere across Canada.

OUR SCHOOL’S PRO SALON, Q&A

Develop your skills and confidence at our stunning Q&A Salon, located at our downtown Vancouver Atelier Campus.

SALON INTERNSHIPS

Blanche Macdonald Centre has cultivated relationships with a network of over 500 salons. Part of your core training in the PRO Hair 1500 program is a Salon internship at one of these professional salons.

ACCESS TO PREMIUM PRODUCTS

Adjoining our hair salon is our beautiful CurliQue Beauty Boutique. Here, students can find endless brands to experiment with including Oribe, Kevin Murphy, Goldwell, Sachajuan, Joico and Bumble and bumble..

REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE

Established in 1960, Blanche Macdonald has been dedicated to education for decades. With industry-leading curriculum, award-winning career departments, expert instructors and continuous support for students and graduates, we are proud to serve as an example of excellence in education.
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OUR PROFESSIONAL HAIR PROGRAMS

PROFESSIONAL HAIRSTYLING
1500 HRS, FT

  • - Full-time schedule, 3.5 days per week, 1 year
  • - Wed to Sat OR Sun to Wed; other schedule options available
  • - Red Seal Designation option for specific start dates
  • - Levels 1 to 10 (scroll down for full descriptions)

PROFESSIONAL HAIRSTYLING
FOUNDATIONS
600 HRS, FT + PT

  • - Full-time schedule, 3 days per week, six months
  • - Part-time schedule, Sun and Tues evenings, 1 year
  • - Levels 1 to 4 (scroll down for full descriptions)

OUR PROFESSIONAL BARBERING PROGRAMS

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PROFESSIONAL BARBERING
600 HRS, FT + PT

  • - Full-time schedule: 3 days per week, 6 months
  • - Part-time schedule: Sun and Tues evenings, 1 year
  • - Levels 1 to 14 (scroll down for full descriptions)

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PROFESSIONAL BARBERING
FOUNDATIONS
250 HRS, FT + PT

  • - Full-time schedule, 12.5 weeks
  • - Part-time schedule: Sun and Tues evenings, 6 months
  • - Levels 1 to 7 (scroll down for full descriptions)
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PRO HAIR DIPLOMA PROGRAMS: FULL- AND PART-TIME

A. PRO HAIR DIPLOMA PROGRAM | 1500 HRS | FT (LEVELS 1 – 10)
B. PRO HAIR FOUNDATIONS DIPLOMA PROGRAM | 600 HRS | FT OR PT (LEVELS 1 – 4)

LEVEL 1 | CORE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Cutting, Shampooing, Draping, Thermal Styling, Finishing, Traditional and Freehand creative techniques Trichology, Anatomy, Bacteriology, and Sanitation.

LEVEL 1B | BARBERING

Shampooing, Cutting, Styling, Grooming, Shave routines, Beard Designs.

LEVEL 2 | COLOUR THEORY

Colour Formulations, Application, Colour Corrections, Highlights and Lowlights, Balayage, Ombre, Hand Tip Foils, Special Effects, Zoning and Freehand Colour.

LEVEL 3 | CHEMICAL TREATMENTS

Chemical Processes for different Hair types, Perming, Thermal Straightening, Chemical Blowouts.

LEVEL 4 | HAIR EXTENSIONS AND WIGS

Natural and Synthetic Hair Extensions and Wigs, Euro Locks, Fusions, Weft rows, Single Cornrow, Single Cube, Glue Track, Full Head Weave.

LEVEL 5 | GROOMING AND MAKEUP BASICS

One-week course: Grooming and Beauty Makeup basics.

LEVEL 6 | HAIR FOR TV AND FILM

Set Etiquette, Script Breakdown, Character Development, Continuity, Hair and Wig application.

LEVEL 7 | PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREATIVE CONCEPTS

Design and execute Hair creations for Fashion, Bridal, Editorial and Avant-garde, Photoshoots.

LEVEL 8 | DESIGN FORUM

Custom Cut and Colour Placement Blueprints.

LEVEL 9 | ART AND TECHNOLOGY

Photoshop and Design applications, Image editing, Digital Portfolio, Social media branding.

LEVEL 10 | SALON PREP AND BUSINESS

Salon and Business Operations: Revenue, Accounting, Marketing, Inventory, Clientele.

SALON INTERNSHIP

The Pro Hair 1500 hour program includes a Salon Internship. Students are placed in one of the over 500 salons in our Salon Internship network.

NEW PRO BARBERING PROGRAMS: FULL- AND PART-TIME

A. PRO BARBERING DIPLOMA PROGRAM | 600 HRS | FT (LEVELS 1 – 14)
B. PRO BARBERING FOUNDATIONS DIPLOMA PROGRAM | 250 HRS | FT OR PT (LEVELS 1 – 7)

LEVEL 1 | THE CUT

16 traditional cuts.

LEVEL 2 | THE SHAVE

Razors, clippers, modern shaving tools, beards, moustaches.

LEVEL 3 | THE SCIENCE

Skin and scalp care.

LEVEL 4 | THE STYLE

Blowdrying and styling.

LEVEL 5 | THE PURITY

Sanitation, hygiene and safe work practices.

LEVEL 6 | THE PRODUCTS

Grooming, styling, skin care.

LEVEL 7 | THE CLIENTS

Service, developing a clientele, marketing essentials.

LEVEL 8 | THE COLOUR

Products, science, creativity, technique of hair colour.

LEVEL 9 | THE CHEMISTRY

‘Chem Tech’ treatments for hair.

LEVEL 10 | THE STENCIL

Creating hair stencils, hair tattoos.

LEVEL 11 | THE FASHION

Fashion photo shoot and editorial looks.

LEVEL 12 | THE TV AND FILM INDUSTRY

Barbering needs for working on set.

LEVEL 13 | THE SOCIAL

Developing your social media presence.

LEVEL 14 | THE SHOP

The business of barbering.

BLANCHE MACDONALD CENTRE DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

  • Global Makeup | 1 year
  • International Makeup Studio | 3 or 6 months
  • International Makeup Essentials | 3.5 or 7 weeks
  • Freelance Makeup Artistry | 6 or 9 months
  • Global Fashion Marketing | 1 year
  • Fashion Design | 1 year
  • International Fashion Marketing | 6 months
  • Professional Hairstyling | 1 year
  • Professional Hairstyling Foundations | 6 months or 1 year
  • Professional Barbering | 3 or 6 months, or 1 year
  • Professional Esthetics/Spa Therapist | 1 year
  • Nail Studio | 6 months or 1 year
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THREE CAMPUSES

At the centre of it all.

DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

460 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 2B5
+1 604 685 0337

ATELIER CAMPUS

201–410 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 0H3
+1 604 685 5560

UPTOWN CAMPUS

100–555 W 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 3X7
+1 604 685 0347

Blanche Macdonald Locations