Unlock your passion. Unleash your potential. Join us for a year of immersive training with top Industry Pros, and forge your future in Pro Hair. This is hands-on-hair education with real salon experience.
Hair professionals today require a balance of technical, creative, interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in a competitive industry. That’s why we equip our students with a deep understanding of the hair business and a range of professional skills that will open doors locally, nationally and internationally. Our Pro Hair Program will give you the professional edge to step straight into the heart of the hair industry.
Within our walls you’ll find a caring community that values creativity and nurtures confidence. In our classrooms you’ll meet industry insiders and expert professionals who will guide you, mentor you, and set you up for success. At our professional student salon, Q&A, you’ll clock countless hours of real-world salon experience and cultivate a client base even before you graduate. Join the ranks of our prestigious Alumni who are shaping the world of Pro Hair.
Over twelve life-changing months our Pro Hair Program will transform you into an industry-ready hair professional. Under the mentorship of our award-winning instructors you will gain a broad set of tools and techniques, learn the business inside out and develop the confidence and creativity to become a successful Hair professional.
Our Pro Hair Program goes beyond Cutting and Colouring to immerse you in all aspects of the hair industry. This is a step-by-step journey of the hair world, through Extensions, Perming, Fashion, Editorial, Runway, Photo Shoots, Platform work and much more. Ours is the first Hair Program in Canada to integrate the essential skills and applications for Hair for TV and Film, E-marketing, and Art and Technology. This is 360-degree education.
Each level involves a curated mix of theory, workshops, practical work, and real-life experience. You will take part in a series of professional photo shoots to capture your work, which you will use to build an industry-standard portfolio. We’ll explore the fundamentals of the business, coaching you in client relations, resumé building, networking and retail strategies. In our state-of-the-art professional salon, Q&A, you will develop proven technical ability while building a client base that will follow you throughout your career.
Our progressive curriculum allows you the flexibility and fluidity to move between salon, platform, competition, editorial, runway, television production studio and film set. These are transferable skills that can take your career to the local, national or international level.
To become a top Hair professional, you need hundreds of hours of practice and practical application. Only by cutting, colouring, and creating on a continual basis can you develop the speed, accuracy and confidence that you need to compete and excel. Q&A is our cutting edge, student-operated hair salon at the multi-million dollar Atelier Campus, nestled in the downtown hub of Robson Street. This is where our Pro Hair student stylists put their knowledge to practice.
Throughout your training at Blanche Macdonald, practical skills are honed and sharpened with countless hours working on outside clients at Q&A. Receiving and reacting to immediate constructive feedback from our expert instructors will build your confidence, skills and technical repertoire. You’ll learn how to deal with challenges on the spot and keep cool under pressure. You will also gain exclusive product knowledge, attend private training sessions, work with premiere product lines, and interact with industry professionals. This experiential approach to education will create a fluidity between your in-class and ‘real world’ experiences so that, when you graduate, you can make a seamless transition from classroom to career.
|Level 2||Colour Theory|
|Level 3||Chemical Treatments|
|Level 6||Hair for TV & Film|
|Level 7||Professional Development|
|Level 8||Design Forum|
|Level 9||Art & Technology|
|Level 10||Salon Prep & Business|
Immersed in the practical and hands-on aspects of cutting hair, you will develop a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to build upon throughout the program. Cutting, shampooing, draping, wet setting and thermal styling go hand in hand with client relation skills and the science behind the style: trichology, anatomy, bacteriology and sanitation. Through hands-on practice, in-class demonstrations and mannequin work, you’ll gain a “toolkit” of style elements that will allow you to replicate any cut. You’ll also develop the confidence to make the move from the classroom to Q&A, our student salon, where you’ll perform your new skills on real clients in real time.
Learn to harness the vast potential of hue in this hands-on study of advanced colour theory and practical application of dye. Working from virgin and single applications through to double processing, you will learn the colour formulations, placements and creative possibilities of highlights, lowlights, balayage, ombre, hand tip, scrunch and an array of special effects colouring. Master the intricacies of bleach and tone, tackle colour corrections, and learn the importance of client consultation in working with this creative chemical medium.
Channel your inner scientist in this extensive study of the chemical processes of hair. From perming and thermal straightening to hair reforming and chemical blowouts, you’ll learn to safely formulate chemical reactions for texturing and relaxing your clients’ locks. Develop proper consultation and analysis techniques to determine chemical hair structures, gain professional product knowledge, and learn how to appropriately work with all hair types.
Big volume is big business. Add value to your freelance repertoire by learning the theory and practical application of natural and synthetic hair extensions. Learn to cornrow hair for single and full-head braids, apply hair and attach wefts to a single-track row, double track row and full head weave placement. Delving deeper into the art of extensions, we’ll examine different styles of individual strand applications, including fusions, clip-ins, tape-ins and Euro Locks. Our expert instructors will guide you through wig building and custom fitting, and coach you in the importance of client consultation.
A well-rounded hair professional who can execute a complete look will always have a competitive edge. From casual daytime makeup and evening glamour to bridal glow and photoshoot-ready skin corrections, this course gives you an introduction to professional makeup application. By developing makeup techniques and product knowledge, you will be able to complete a beauty look with confidence for your client’s special day, for a fashion editorial, or to enhance your salon’s service menu.
From the artful disarray of Edward Scissorhands to the double buns of Princess Leia, hair professionals have been making on-screen icons for decades. In this course we will guide you through every aspect of Hair for Television and Film. Starting with set etiquette, you’ll learn how to work with a creative team and navigate the complex world of film unions. We’ll coach you in the trinity of critical production skills: script breakdown, character development and maintaining continuity. Putting theory into practice, you’ll conceive and create a winning on-screen look, which will be captured in a professional photoshoot.
Here’s where your creativity takes flight. Together we’ll examine the latest hair trends and techniques for runway and fashion editorial, break down on-set etiquette and show you how to coordinate hair with the artistic vision of a creative team – makeup artists, fashion stylists and photographers. Your portfolio will take shape as you develop styles for avant-garde, editorial, bridal, elegant evening, long hair and fantasy looks for a series of professional photo shoots.
Time to show us, and yourself, everything you’ve learned so far. You’ll design blueprint formulations and structures of signature cut and colours, before turning them into reality on live models for a professional photoshoot. Learn how to work with a photographer and understand the basics of lighting. ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos will be a perfect addition to your growing professional portfolio.
In today’s digital world it is essential to be able to market yourself online. Blanche Macdonald is the first college in Canada to integrate Art & Technology into an advanced and progressive Hair curriculum. Within our state-of-the-art Mac computer lab you will learn the fundamentals of design applications and create a personal Digital Portfolio. Develop image editing skills and advance into digital production to create a personal business card and build your own professional website.
Develop the skills and confidence you’ll need in your role as an emerging Hair Professional. We’ll teach you how to compose a great resumé, search for a job, perform a winning interview and network like a pro. Learn about accessing government resources, essential accounting and budgeting practices, retail and merchandising strategies, inventory control, salon operations and marketing essentials. We’ll take you to some of the very best salons in Vancouver to network and examine different professional environments. By the end of the course, you’ll be prepared to build a successful hair business from the ground up.
A selection of Blanche Macdonald Hair graduates and their career placements.
Adam Lee Suki’s
Adriana Vero Emma & Co
Alex Duford Mario Pro Hair Design
AlexaRae Hamilton Atomic
Alex Kraubner Elianes
Alicia Emperingham Fuzion Tek
Alissa Shalagan Avant Garde
Alissia West Abantu
Alyssa Meek Joie de Vivre
Alyssa Swenson Locks & Lashes Hair & Aesthetics Salon
Amanda McIlmoyl Salon M2
Ana Luisa Valdes Toni & Guy
Andrea Turley Mint Hair Lounge
Anella Cusano Spa Utopia
Angela Livotte Synergy
Angelica Frangolias Firefly
Angeline Greening MegaHair
Angeline Prasad Toni & Guy
Annalisa Sidonio Aveda
Annette Rae Image One
Asal Shahin Sets Salon and Spa
Ashley Budden Whip
Ashley Hathaway Great Clips
Ashley Rowan Karma Hair Lounge
Atefeh Baradaran Bambu
Beth Butchko Holts Salon and Spa
Bonnie Sexsmith-Buker Image 1
Bob Gaba Sonu
Brandi Nevin Hair F/X
Brian Linn Toni & Guy
Britney Hocker Core Salon and Spa
Brittany Kilburn Urban Hair
Brittany Tims Ask
Caitlin Sylvestri Style Lab
Candice McLean Absolute
Candice Tisseur Eterna Salon and Day Spa
Carmen Elebracht Creations Guy
Cayla O’Brien Angles
Carolyn Velasco Toni & Guy
Cindy Duerst Zone 4 Hair Salon
Chantelle Hodgson Knock-Outs
Charlotte Gee Rush Salon
Chelsea Bond, Pizazz Salon, Stylist, BC
Chelsea Kapiniak Cutting Café
Chelsey Cardinal Temptations
Cheryl Philpott Strands
Christina Mutch Maude
Christy Mullin Canvas Salon
Coco Manzano Holt Renfrew Salon
Cora Miller Rock it Out Salon, Stylist, Edmonton AB
Courtney Grunberg Citrus Hair Salon
Crystal Morgan MoHair
Cynthia Griffiths, Mou Jam, Stylist, Surrey BC
Cynthia Prost Holts
Cynthia Werbik Alchemy Hair Design and Spa
Dani Mitchell Stratosphere
Danielle Dalshaug Munro’s
Danielle Isaac Chop Shop
Danielle Oushal Canvas Salon
Donald MacPherson Aveda
Destiny Friesen, Accent on Hair, Port Coquitlam BC
Elizabeth Ferrier, Simplistic Hair Studio, Owner/Stylist, Yellowknife NT
Elizabeth Moul The Ridge
Emilie E Klaussen Toni & Guy
Emily Hope On the Fringe Hair Design
Emily Vu On the Fringe Hair Design
Emma Klasson Marcedus Hair Studio
Emma Lane, Michaud’s Salon & Spa, Stylist, Surrey BC
Enola Medina Mega Hair
Eva Chao Le Spot
Freddy Sim Moods
Gabriela Rojas Sets Salon and Spa
Heather Hall Colour Room
Heather Williams Glass Hair Studio
Hsu-Feng Tsung Mega Hair
James Hou Laelle
Jamie Allison Steiner Transocean
Janine Tellier Redemption Salon
Jason Hatheway, JD’s Barbershop, Stylist, Vancouver BC
Jee-Hyun Woo Aveda
Jeff Sudnicki Rain
Jennifer Ault Genta Bella
Jennifer Louangxay Whip
Jennifer Reid Bryley
Jenny Bell Cappelli Studio
Jessica Basso Glass Hair Studio
Jessica Lee Palmer Pretty Boutique and Salon
Jessica Krumin Firefly
Jessica Packman ARQ Hair Workshop
Jodi Gould Bryley
John Phung Opus Salon
Jordana Patterson Modas Operandi
Jordon Turner Moods
Josephine Bannavong Markus J Hair
Julie Ius Stratosphere
Kala Maines Embellished
Kaleesha Glazer Euphoria
Karine Dignard Toni & Guy
Katherine Macdonald The Lounge
Kathleen Sanderson Juice
Katie Maher Vivaci
Katie Paton Acacia
Katrina Danabassis Aura Salon
Katrina Spoor Blunt Salon
Katrina Suderman Europia
Kelsey Van Bodegom Michauds
Kim Belhumeur, Ultimate Hair Design, Delta BC
Kira Conrad Working in TV & Film
Kiran Pabla My Style Design
Kristin McKeown Opus
Kristina Bellagente Pacific Hair Replacement
Kristy Werbenuk Vault Salon and Spa
Krystle Blando Style Lab
Kylee Skoczylas Salon Cordeiro
Kym Werk On the Fringe Hair Design
Kyra Wise On the Fringe Hair Design
Lawrence Hon L’Oreal Lux
Leanna SmithersSalon Owner of Ingle’s
Lina Komiya Splash Studios
Linda Le Canvas Hair & Nail Salon
Lisa Riddell Mirage
Lisa Watson Julien Grenier
Liz Pederson Is
Lourdes Acosta Is
Meagan Hardie Rain Salon
Megan Irish Crimpers
Megan Parks i.d. Salon
Maggie Andrews Verve Hair
Mahala Boychuk Elysian
Marley Holowach, Beaute Studio, Stylist, Vancouver BC
Matt McNamee Zennkai
Meghan Genereaux Paris Styling Group
Melodie Fallah Space Salon
Michael Van Der Est Firefly
Nadine Maier Chatters
Natasha Eland Zazou
Natasha Melendy Trinity
Natasha Smith Style Lab
Natasha Quewezance Zinc
Nicole Findlay Atomic
Nicole Kerr Pretty Boutique and Salon
Pamela Jacek Kaboom
Patricia Manzano Lure
Rachelle Yates Bent
Rasna Dhami Hairspray
Reay Fen Ho Chu Pure Glow
Reeva Calanza Eva Lasting Hair Design
Robin Helenius ARQ Hair Workshop
Ross Neasloss Jr. Juju Beauty Vancouver Hair Salon
Sabrina Schoch Headspace Salon
Sade Kehler Style Lab Salon
Samantha Baxter Poppy’s Salon
Saleemah Hassam Opus Salon
Sanya Karmali Eveline Charles
Sara MacDonald Pure Form
Sarah Hennig Hair Benders
Sarah Krook Chatters
Sarah Taylor Barbarella
Sasha Urbanowski Propaganda
Shelby Sheppard Kast
Shelly Overend L’Atelier
Sophie McMullin East Vanity
Stephanie Abric Rockin Locks
Stephanie Barber Aveda
Sonya-Jean Bruneau Chop Shop
Sue Ho Aveda
Tabitha Brunner Propaganda
Tanya Holm Sets Salon and Spa
Tara Griffiths Capelli Hair Design
Taryn Day Hennessey
Tonya Heppell Hair Club for Men
Tran Do, Avant Garde Hair Studio, Stylist, Vancouver BC
Tyana Nichole, C-zô Hair Salon, Talent Leader, Vancouver BC
Veronica Chau Hennessey
Zachary Yang Hennessey
Note: Some of these Hairstyling graduates may have changed positions in the interim.
With billions of dollars being pumped into the hair industry every year, highly trained hair professionals are in constant demand across a vast spectrum of opportunities and experiences. Career possibilities are endless. Companies range from multinational conglomerates to independent local startups. Products can have the most advanced chemical components or be distilled down to the purest natural botanicals. Styles and trends can be customized to every consumer type and need, from the functional to the fantastic.
Our outstanding Career Services Team is connected to all areas of the hair industry, from luxury retail brands and high end salons to TV and Film departments and leading talent agencies. They will work tirelessly to connect you with employment, internship and volunteer opportunities that complement your unique skills, talents and professional goals – even after you graduate.
Our instructors are more than teachers. They will become your mentors, generously entrusting their wisdom and sharing their experience to help you in advancing your career. Often they become professional advocates who can open doors to exciting opportunities and introduce you to important contacts in the field.
Our Work Experience program, built right into the curriculum, connects you with our vast network of local salons, giving you a head start in a professional salon while you’re still in school. We’ve had countless graduates snapped up into their first position as a direct result of these internships.
As the pro hair universe propels endlessly forward, now is the time to discover how you fit in. Whether you dream of being a creative colour coiffeur, a stylist for fashion runway, a product educator or a salon owner, there’s a place for you in this ever-growing industry. Our Career Services Team will help you develop your network, boost your confidence, and prepare you to catapult into your career. We can’t wait to see the heights you’ll reach.
Open your very own signature space as a Salon Owner, igniting your passion for hair with an entrepreneurial spark.
Whether it’s a boutique barbershop, a global chain or a high end luxury enterprise, lead a team hair professionals as a Salon Manager or Salon Coordinator.
Mix hues to create rainbows of possibility to realize your clients’ chroma dreams as a Colourist.
Make hair your life and freelance your lifestyle: be your own boss, work exciting events and hop from one career possibility to another as a Freelance Hair Professional.
Create onscreen hair magic and join a dynamic, exciting industry as a TV & Film Department Head.
Channel your inner chemist and mix compounds to perm, relax, texture and straighten as a Chemical Treatment Technician.
Take a business vision from concept to creation as a Salon Developer.
Weave and weft synthetic or natural hair into fantastic or functional creations as a Wig Maker.
Relish the buzz of backstage or the rush or the runway as you work on the cutting edge as a Hair Professional for Editorial and Fashion.
Boost volume and confidence as an Extensions Specialist.
Preach about the products you love and educate fellow hair enthusiasts as a Brand Educator, Product Representative or Retail Advisor.
Experience diverse environments, meet new clients, and never have the same day twice as a Chair Rental Stylist.
Use hot air to create fierce looks and flowing locks as a Blowdry Bar Stylist.
Be coiffeur to the stars and cultivate red carpet radiance as a Celebrity Hair Stylist.
Engage audiences in new creative concepts, techniques, tools or products onstage as a Platform Artist: part educator, part salesperson and part rockstar.
Create bridal bliss in elegant updos, sumptuous waves and luxurious curls as a Bridal Hair Specialist.
Travel the world while performing eye-catching cuts and colours at every port as a Cruiseship Stylist.
From exclusive internships to onsite employment fairs and industry partnerships, your success is our business. That’s why we have a dedicated Careers Team focused 24/7 on career placement. Their vast network of industry contacts, top employers, powerhouse brands and exclusive agencies know that Blanche Macdonald is the first port of call for anyone seeking Hair talent. Our Career Directors offer their lifelong support and one-on-one attention to help you find employment and opportunities – whether it’s the day you start, the day you graduate, or anytime from now to forever.
They’re winning Contessa Awards and opening their own successful salons. They’re jetsetting from blockbuster film and TV sets to exclusive industry events, becoming brand educators and platform artists, and pioneering freelance businesses. They’re our grads, and they’re leading lights of the Pro Hair world. Our graduates consistently rise to the top of the Hair business, bringing their artistry to every corner of the industry, garnering international recognition and making us proud. We want you to reach these same heights. So we have lovingly crafted Programs that will train you for the industry, coach you in professionalism, and prepare you for a successful career in Pro Hair once you graduate.
It is our mission to make you the most well-rounded, versatile Hair Professional you can be, with endless opportunities at your fingertips. We are the first and only Hair School in North America to offer training for Hair for TV and Film, and with our privileged position in Hollywood North, you can step straight from the classroom onto the set. Our Program is informed and shaped by the needs of the Hair Industry, and we continually update our progressive curriculum to offer you the most up-to-date and thorough technical training – which is why we also feature levels in Barbering and Makeup Artistry. Our Pro Hair Grads are the complete package because our Program is the most comprehensive hair training available.
Our cutting edge program takes you into the real world of Pro Hair, giving you hands-on practical experience and exposing you to a variety of professional environments. In our state-of-the-art Student Salon, Q&A, you’ll meet clients face to face, perform cuts and colour in real time, and develop a loyal clientele. Over months of intensive training and countless hours on the salon floor, you will practice and perfect your technical skills in styling, cuts, colour and chemical treatments while developing the client care skills and professionalism that will give you an incredible head start in the industry. You’ll have extensive product knowledge and practical experience with some of the Hair industry’s most prestigious brands: Bumble and Bumble, Oribe, Joico, Kevin Murphy etc.
Throughout your program you’ll be trained and mentored by a team of Industry experts and caring instructors. Fresh from award-winning salons, editorial photoshoots, film and television sets, and the boardrooms of global brands, they bring their international experience and expertise directly to the classroom – and straight to you. Our faculty and Directors have spent their lives in the industry, and have a vast network of connections at their fingertips. This connectedness allows them to invite exclusive guest speakers into the classroom for intimate conversations, skills building workshops, inspiring seminars and specialized training. You’ll hear the stories that have made hair industry superstars, get first-hand advice on facing challenges and building your career, and gain access to insider knowledge that will set you up for success.
“I still have some clients that have followed me all these years, from Blanche Macdonald’s student salons to dreaming of opening a salon to working at Style Lab and Beaute Salon to now opening my own salon in reality. I really feel that these clients have made the journey with me.”
Pro Hair Graduate and Owner of Artel Salon
“I really liked when we got the TV & Film module and the photo shoots. Blanche Macdonald gives you a broad spectrum of what you can do. It’s real life education.”
Pro Hair Grad and Leading hair stylist
One of Canada’s Top Ten New Hair Talents
“I looked into a lot of programs and Blanche was the one that had everything. I wanted to learn about every aspect of the industry and Blanche Macdonald had it all.”
Stylist & Master Colourist at Salon306
“I’m back at Blanche Macdonald all the time! The team there are close to a second family. Each instructor there has given me something I’ve taken away and used. The doors are always open. If you have a question or need advice, they’re there for you, whatever you need.”
Award-Winning Hair Stylist
“Blanche Macdonald has extremely solid training. Not only in technical expertise, but in the equally important skills of attitude and work ethic. We hire more people from Blanche Macdonald than any other hair school.”
Backstage Fashion Week Hair Legend
Chief Hair Officer & Co-owner at Moods Hair Salon