A CUT ABOVE THE REST: BLANCHE MACDONALD CENTRE
BEST EDUCATION IN CANADA
RED SEAL DESIGNATION OPTION
OUR SCHOOL’S PRO SALON, Q&A
ACCESS TO PREMIUM PRODUCTS
REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE
OUR PROFESSIONAL HAIR PROGRAMS
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)
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
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)
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)
I’ve met stylists who studied at other schools and I realized how much more you learn at Blanche Macdonald. I was really happy with what I’d learned once I finished Hair School. I was ready to move on and watch myself succeed.
I was having so much fun learning about everything. I wanted to know more. The photo shoots opened a door to show me what I was capable of.
I loved that Blanche Macdonald had a Business program built into it, as well as Makeup and Hair for TV and Film; you could really get a taste of everything. I wanted to come out of school feeling prepared.
Blanche Macdonald came up and had by far the most recognition and best reputation out of all the hair schools I looked at. When I came to Vancouver to check it out, I knew it was for me.
I loved the creative freedom we had [at Blanche] and being able to be hands-on with our hairstyling!
The connections I made at Blanche Macdonald continue to inspire my career. I cannot express how wonderful the admissions team, instructors, and career department are.
Work Experience was a big eye-opener for me. It gave me a sneak peek into the real salon environment.
[Blanche Macdonald Instructor] Renata was so professional. She taught us that our blow dry would have to be a ten out of ten every time. If you can finish with a great style, she told us, clients will always come back to you. That stuck with me.
Once I started researching, it was clear that Blanche Macdonald had the best reviews.
My favourite part of the Pro Hair program was colour class! I’ve always loved colour—it’s fun and creative and a little science-y, which my nerdy side secretly loves! I love formulating and I also really enjoyed the photoshoots.
For me, the program was absolutely a necessity. The client relations aspect of the program was huge. Figuring out how to get someone to trust you and feel comfortable with you as a student makes it so much easier to have people trust you when you’re a professional!
We learned the skills to look at any style and know how to do it. I only really noticed that I had the confidence to do this when I left school and had to do it all on my own.
PRO HAIR DIPLOMA PROGRAMS: FULL- AND PART-TIME
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.
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
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
At the centre of it all.
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Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 2B5
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Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 0H3
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Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 3X7
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