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Jenna Johnson: JCI Hair Graduate and Stylist of the Year

02
10.2017

John Casablancas Institute’s Hair graduate Jenna Johnson is Kelowna’s Hairstylist of the Year.

“I’ve always been the creative type.”  

Born and raised in British Columbia, Jenna had known since high school that she wanted to pursue a career in hair styling. She enrolled at John Casablancas Institute to complete the 6-month long Hair Art Design Program in 2012.

“I’ve always been a wild one— I couldn’t sit still in classes and constantly had to be doing something with my hands.”

After picking up her first pair of scissors 5 years ago at JCI, Jenna has accomplished amazing goals. She recently celebrated 3 years of working at Plan B Headquarters, a hair salon based in Kelowna.

Jenna has been strongly inspired by one of her JCI Instructors Karl Brown, who has influenced her hair techniques. Other inspirations include Jamie Sea, the girls at Habit Salon, and Sofie.

“I loved my instructors at JCI. They were incredibly talented and knowledgeable. Each instructor had a different way of teaching but it was important learning all techniques going forward into my career.” 

Jenna gives her clients tips on how to properly maintain healthy hair and suggests two important tools: protein and moisture! Especially after a lightening hair treatment, it’s important to keep your hair nourished.

“My favorite hairstyle to create is a bob— whether it’s textured or blunt.”

If you’re interested in becoming a hairdresser, then you have to know that there is no time for sitting down in a busy hair salon! Jenna acknowledges that the best part of being a hair stylist is having a creative outlet that allows you to express your unique personality throughout every service.

“If you enjoy a clear headspace, then this is probably not the best job for you.” 

At the age of 21 and 22, Jenna has won Silver for Hairstylist of the Year in Okanagan, BC and this year she takes home a Gold for 2017’s Hairstylist of the Year.

Keep up with Jenna Johnson via Instagram: Blonde and Balayage


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

Autumn Hair Colour Trends

13
09.2017

A new season calls for a hair colour change-up! If you’re looking to dye your hair just in time for Fall, then you’ve come to the right blog post. Refresh your hair with the latest Autumn hair trends.

Here are all the colour, style and cut inspiration you’ll need for the new season: 

Keep the Crop

Ladies, if you’re thinking of growing your hair out, think again! The cropped look is still in style for Fall and we are loving the layered bob cut.

Keep your hair all one length, allowing it to slightly touch your collarbones. This bob cut and colour is done by JCI Hair graduate Jericka Los.

Fire Red for Fall

Red hair is a trend that blooms throughout Fall. This season, change up your red hair by adding well-blended tones and perfectly-rooted highlights.

JCI Hair graduate Jaden Sware-Stevenson knows how to freshen up red hair for Autumn!

Try These New Fall Colours

JCI Hair graduate and Instagram-famous stylist, Elissa Wolfe, knows how to give you your ultimate hair goals. Check out these new fall colours done by Elissa:

 

“Trends like balayage and babylights will continue to remain popular,” Redken’s Global Colorist Justin Isaac told Style Caster while forecasting the top hair color trends of fall 2017 for us. “But the term ‘hair painting’ will be one to watch.”

Hair Ideas from the Runways

From curly bangs to swept back styles, here are a few hairstyles that have become blogger favourites!

Have fun with your hair this season and remember to keep it healthy after coloring!

Book your next hair appointment at John Casablancas Institute’s Hair Salon.


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

JCI Hair Graduate’s Secrets to Maintaining Healthy Hair

22
08.2017

In order to keep your hair healthy and clean, it requires maintenance and proper care. John Casablancas Institute’s Hair Program graduates reveal the secrets to maintaining beautiful and healthy hair:

Melissa McKenna / @hairbymelissamckenna 

The best advice I could give to keeping your hair healthy would be to get regular trims, wash your hair with salon quality products and use more heat-less styles like braids and updos!

Jaden Sware-Stevenson / @beautyby.jaden

The most important rule for girls with blonde hair is, don’t throw your hair up in a wet ponytail! It’s a sure shot way to break fragile strands. I’d recommend investing in a wet brush which detangles wet hair gently. At my workplace, High Fidelity Hair, we mostly use Goldwell products and I love the KMS moist repair line.

They even have an anti-breakage spray to keep your hair strong, which you can layer under their revival cream for smooth and healthy locks. It’s tempting to opt for cheaper drug store products, but you get what you pay for when using Goldwell products.

Most drug store shampoos strip the healthy protective oils from your hair and the drug store conditioners coat it with silicone or wax, leaving it looking smooth with a lot of build-ups, which will weigh your hair down and damage your hair color.  

I can’t stress enough how important a heat protector is for people who heat style their hair often. I hear from a lot of clients that they apply their hair oils or serums before they flat iron their hair. Always apply your oils after you flat iron, to smooth out the look and to protect your hair from environmental damage through the day. If you use the oil and run a 400-degree flat iron over your hair, you’re basically deep frying it!

Brittany Ostash / @hair.by.britt

For me, maintaining healthy hair is getting regular haircuts, even if they are only little trims. Using leave-in condition or oils in your hair right after a good wash is also something you can do to keep your hair healthy.

Having a heat protectant in your hair before styling it is always key. I use Axis Mor Oil right after I wash my hair before brushing or blow-drying!

Jenna Johnson / @blondeandbalyage

My tip to maintaining healthy color treated hair, especially blondes, is protein and moisture! The biggest downfall of lifting hair is losing at the nutrients, so as a stylist, I also ensure that my clients have at home treatments to keep the integrity of your hair.

My go-to products include Redken Extreme Cat (protein treatment) and the EVO Great Hydrator (moisture mask).  

Jo Vandenberg-Clark / @_queenculture

In order to keep your hair healthy, I would recommend using healthy hair products such as hair masks, heat protectant and go in for regular trims. My favorite products to date are definitely from AG Hair or Redken.

The AG line has a great heat protectant called firewall and it helps keep your hair healthy, also the entire line smells amazing! I also suggest using Redken Anti-Snap for damaged/distressed hair.


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Body Spa / Fashion / Hair / Makeup

How to Take Better Instagram Photos

17
08.2017

Capturing a picture for social media requires patience, good apps for filters and a lot of editing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a professional camera, you can use your old iPhone 5 and still make a photo look bright and sharp as if it were taken with an iPhone 7.

The Tips and Tricks to Taking High-Quality Instagram Pictures: 

The Basic Rules:

Before you take any picture with your smartphone, make sure you have the grid feature turned on and try to use natural lighting as much as possible. Keep an eye on the subject you are trying to capture for your photo, and play around with the angles. Taking pictures from unusual viewpoints tend to come out very interesting and different.

The Background: 

The background where you take your photos is crucially important. Choose an appropriate background that will go along with your Instagram feed and one that doesn’t have distractions. A great image can often be ruined with a Starbucks cup or other clutter in the back.

Here’s some inspiration for different styles of photos: 

Hair Photos: 

When using a ring light for hair photos, make sure you are up close and personal with your client! The closer you are, the clearer the picture. Using natural light is also a great option. Get your client to laugh, play with their hair or shake it around to add some movement to your feed. With those action shots – use the burst function to get a clear photo.

Up your Instagram hair page by using decor with clients pictures. See these inspirations photos from John Casablancas Institute’s Hair graduate and instructor, Elissa Wolfe:

Fashion Photos: 

Fashion photos are always tricky, because finding that perfect background that suits your outfit is time consuming. Take a look at where local bloggers around you take their pictures by clicking on the location tagged in their photos. That should give you some inspiration on where to find good backdrops around your area! Try a mix of urban settings, natural backgrounds and plain walls to capture the perfect #OOTD post.

And don’t forget to take pictures from all angles!

Nail Photos: 

Before taking pictures of your nails, or your client’s, many bloggers say that their secret tip is to use baby wipes to moisten any dry bits on your hands and have it looking clean before taking pictures. Lighting is also super important! Try using a ring light or taking your pictures outside to get the clearest image. Make sure your nails are the focus in your pictures and use these pictures as inspiration:

Makeup Photos: 

Whatever you do, do not use the Instagram camera to take pictures, especially when taking pictures of close-up makeup looks. Makeup pictures always have to be extra clear in order to view crease lines, eyebrow colouring and all other products used on your/your client’s face. See below for examples:

The Smartphone Rules:

  • Always use the Rule of Thirds
  • Keep HDR off: Photos may turn out unnatural and overdone
  • Try a clip-on selfie ring light for your smartphone when taking close-up selfie pictures
  • Shoot during cloudy days: lighting is diffused and these days are perfect for photography

The APPS:

Here are the must-have editing apps that you will need:

With these tips and apps, your Instagram pictures will be better than ever! Remember to stick to an Instagram theme and you’ll start gaining more likes and followers.


(JCI) is widely recognized as the industry leader in providing job-ready training and has been setting the standard for artistry and innovation for over 30 years.

Established in Vancouver since 1978, JCI continues to stand behind top professionals in the areas of fashionmake up, hair and esthetics. With note-worthy careers as award-winning makeup artists, international fashion stylists, skilled spa technicians and cutting edge hairstylists, graduates of JCI continue to shine.

Supportive and positive learning practices provide students with the most beneficial educational experience.

Our faculty is comprised of leading industry professionals and guest instructors from various aspects of their respective fields. Our instructors and graduates continue to win awards and gain recognition for their work and contributions to their industries. Just 1 block down from the Waterfront Station, JCI sits surrounded by cafes, design studios, art galleries and photographers’ studios – the perfect place for students to absorb creativity and find constant inspiration.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

Men’s Summer Hairstyle Trends

25
07.2017

From high or low fades to colored hair, there are many great hairstyles trending for men this summer. Stay fresh and stylish with these trends by JCI Hair students, graduates and instructors.

Feeling the Blues: 

Men, don’t let the women have all the fun coloring their hair this season. Keep it cool with blue hair:

Light blue by @hairbytaradawn

JCI graduate and educator, Tara Chow, knows how to keep her clients looking fresh and trendy this summer.

Denim Blue Highlights by @jerpodhair 

There’s no wonder that JCI graduate, Jericka Los, was named one of Narcity Canada’s Top Hair Stylist in Vancouver, she’s a mastermind behind the chair! These denim blue highlights will definitely turn some heads!

Mermaid Blue by @lisa.hau.love

Lisa (JCI Hair graduate and owner of Lisa’s Chop Shop) gave her client the perfect mermaid hue for summer. Now that’s a true blue!

Fresh Fades:

Skin fades will keep you in cool in any weather. Check out some of the awesome designs that JCI students and graduates have created:

Low Fade by @vancouvhair 

Take your haircut to a new level by trying out new fades and designs. This creative cut is by JCI graduate and educator, Amanda.

Curved and Faded by @shawnscheepers

 Not only is Shawn a JCI Hair graduate, he is the owner of Hair Soda and was also on the list of Narcity Canada’s Top Hairstylists in Vancouver. Shawn is known for his scissor skills and creative designs!

Switch it Up by @the_simple_b

JCI Hair student, Allen Borja, knows that summer is the perfect time to switch up your hairstyle. Get a fresh cut and color with Allen at the JCI Hair Salon!

The Trends You Need This Summer:

Bleach-out by @hairbymelissamckenna

Reach your ultimate hair goals with JCI Hair graduate and Narcity Canada’s Top Hair Stylist, Melissa McKenna. Instagram fashion icon, Steven Kruger, got his bleached out summer hair styled by Melissa and we are totally digging this look!

Who is your favourite hair inspiration for summer?  

Book yourself a hair appointment at the JCI Hair Salon to get one of these trending styles! 


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Davneet Dhillon,
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