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 Foundations 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 part-time Pro Hair Foundations 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 fundamental business skills, and develop the confidence and creativity to succeed in the competitive hair industry.
We know that not every aspiring Hair Professional can commit to a year of full-time study. That’s why we created our concentrated part-time Hair Foundations Program. We’ll fast-track you to the salon floor by equipping you with the fundamental skills for cutting, colouring and chemical treatments, along with essential industry and business knowledge. Each level involves a curated mix of theory, workshops, practical work, and real-life experience. You will take part in 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’ll need countless 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.
Program Structure and Hours
Professional Hairstyling Foundations is a 600-hour Program that runs from 6pm-10pm on Tuesday evenings, and 9am-5.30pm on Sundays, with two weeks holiday over the Christmas period and an additional two-week break over summer.
After you successfully complete the academic criteria (including a final exam), fulfill your financial obligations and meet the requisite hours of attendance, you will receive a Blanche Macdonald Centre Diploma of Cosmetology. This Diploma is recognized as a First Class Standard of Excellence in Education and Training.
|Level 3||Chemical Technology|
|Level 4||Salon-readiness Training|
Once you understand the fundamentals, anything is possible. 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 the science behind the style: trichology, anatomy, bacteriology and sanitation. We’ll coach you in client relations and help you develop the stellar service skills that will keep your customers coming back.
Progressing from theory to practice with in-class demonstrations and mannequin work, you’ll develop a “toolkit” of style elements that will allow you to accurately replicate any cut. You’ll learn to work with a range of salon equipment, professional products, tools and materials as you develop the confidence to make the move from classroom to salon. Once you’ve mastered basic cutting techniques, you’ll demonstrate everything you’ve learned on real clients in real time at Q&A, our student salon. Our instructors will support you at every step, always on hand to answer questions, give feedback and help you perform to the best of your ability.
Learn to harness the vast potential of hue in this hands-on study of advanced theory and practical application of colour. Working from virgin and single applications through to double processing, we will guide you through colour formulations, placements and zoning. Learn how to perform highlights, lowlights, balayage, ombre, hand tip, scrunch and an array of special effects colouring. Master the intricacies of bleach and tone, and learn how to create texture with foils and freehand colour.
We’ll coach you in the essential art of client consultation and walk you through classification, problem solving, colour correction and essential safety precautions. Our expert instructors will share their insider tips for enhancing a cut with colour, and mentor you as you perform your own applications. At Q&A you will gain further practical experience and develop your creative talents by practicing your new palette of colour skills on real clients.
Channel your inner scientist in this extensive study of the chemical processing of hair. From perming and thermal straightening to hair reforming and chemical blowouts, you’ll learn to formulate chemical reactions for texturing and relaxing your clients’ hair. We’ll walk you through the crucial safety measures for using chemical products and show you how to deal with allergic reactions.
Each client is different. So is each head of hair. To become a knowledgeable and adaptable Chemical Technician, you must learn how deal with all of the hair types you’ll encounter in your culturally diverse clientele. 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. Once you’re salon ready, you’ll perform a variety of straightening, perming and wrapping techniques on your clients at Q&A.
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 out in the field 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.
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 multi-national 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.
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.
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.
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.
Salon owner and Davines West Coast Educator
Hair Stylist at SIR Modern Barbershop
Owner of Artel Salon, with 2 locations
Edmonton’s Vanity Corner Hair Boutique owner
Hair talent featured in Allure and Teen Vogue
Saskatchewan's Shear Talent
Multicultural and BC Hairstylist of the Year
Hennessey Salon and Spa's new talent
Star Stylist at Workshop Salon
Canada’s Hairdresser Magazine Awards winner
Owner of Parlour Beauty Boutique
Celebrating Life in Vancouver's In.Crowd
“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