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HAIR ART DESIGN
DIPLOMA PROGRAM

In 2004, JCI and AXIS Training Systems teamed up because there wasn’t a curriculum out there that addressed the changing needs of hairdressers and their clients. By replacing outdated methods with an innovative, fresh approach, JCI and AXIS Training Systems were the first to launch a program that considered the future of hair: the Hair Art Design Program.

Our 6-month, hands-on program is broken down into 20 hours per week, with the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes. If you’re currently working, our flexible class times make retraining for a new career more doable than ever. Student loans are also available for those who qualify.

Your work space should inspire you—our teaching salon is no exception. Located in Gastown, the salon occupies a 1,200 square foot loft-style space, putting you at the centre of Vancouver’s creative and cultural hub. The school is run exactly like the AXIS Salon, so you’ll learn how to provide clients with a professional salon experience.

As for your teachers, they are top-working professionals and guest instructors who are dialed in to industry trends. They’ll help you build strong foundations in cutting, colouring and styling, so that upon graduation, you’ll have the skills and confidence to start working immediately.

HAIR ART DESIGN PROGRAM PROFILE

HAIR ART DESIGN PROGRAM PROFILE

HAIR ART DESIGN PROGRAM PROFILE

HAIR IMMERSION

WEEK 1-6

THEORY

  • Customer service at the basin
  • General customer service
  • Textbook–4 chapters
  • Product knowledge
  • Demos

CUTTING

  • Long hair
  • Long hair with layers
  • Bob
  • Graduated bobs
  • Short vertical cuts
  • Scissor over comb

COLOURING

  • Theory
  • All-over colour
  • Semi-permanent
  • Permanent
  • Virgin applications
  • Highlights/lowlights

STYLING

  • Blow-drying (back combing)
  • Curling iron techniques
  • Flat iron techniques
  • Roller sets

HAIR IMMERSION

WEEK 1-6

THEORY

  • Customer service at the basin
  • General customer service
  • Textbook–4 chapters
  • Product knowledge
  • Demos

CUTTING

  • Long hair
  • Long hair with layers
  • Bob
  • Graduated bobs
  • Short vertical cuts
  • Scissor over comb

COLOURING

  • Theory
  • All-over colour
  • Semi-permanent
  • Permanent
  • Virgin applications
  • Highlights/lowlights

STYLING

  • Blow-drying (back combing)
  • Curling iron techniques
  • Flat iron techniques
  • Roller sets

FAMILY AND FRIENDS

WEEK 7

After working on mannequin heads for the first 6 weeks, it’s time to put your skills to test on REAL HUMANS! Start thinking of whom you’ll bring during this week for FREE services.

PRACTICE

  • Cuts
  • Blowouts

THEORY

  • Customer service
  • Textbook–9 chapters
  • Demos

CUTTING

  • Review all classic cuts
  • Creative variations on clients

COLOURING

  • Creative variations on clients
  • Multi-colour applications
  • Touch-up applications
  • Bleach outs
  • Highlights/lowlights

STYLING

  • Blow outs
  • Curling iron techniques
  • Flat iron techniques
  • Up do’s–classic to avante garde
  • Braids
  • Roller sets
  • Barrel curl sets

THE CLASSICS

  • Finger waves/skip waves
  • Perms

FAMILY AND FRIENDS

WEEK 7

After working on mannequin heads for the first 6 weeks, it’s time to put your skills to test on REAL HUMANS! Start thinking of whom you’ll bring during this week for FREE services.

PRACTICE

  • Cuts
  • Blowouts

THEORY

  • Customer service
  • Textbook–9 chapters
  • Demos

CUTTING

  • Review all classic cuts
  • Creative variations on clients

COLOURING

  • Creative variations on clients
  • Multi-colour applications
  • Touch-up applications
  • Bleach outs
  • Highlights/lowlights

STYLING

  • Blow outs
  • Curling iron techniques
  • Flat iron techniques
  • Up do’s–classic to avante garde
  • Braids
  • Roller sets
  • Barrel curl sets

THE CLASSICS

  • Finger waves/skip waves
  • Perms

BARBERING ESSENTIALS

WEEK 10

  • History of men’s barbering, tools of the trade
  • Modern approaches to men’s styling and barbering
  • Clipper work
  • Scissors over comb, trimming facial hair, hair tattooing
  • Working on live models

WORK EXPERIENCE

WEEK 21

In addition to your training at JCI, you’ll complete 20 hours of work experience in a salon of your choice.

  • Cuts, colours, blowouts, up do’s
  • Salon protocol
  • Networking

INSIDE THE INDUSTRY

WEEK 22

  • Career planning
  • Freelance Session Work Seminar
  • Cover letter and resume preparation
  • Bridal Hair Seminar
  • Avante Garde Day
  • Guest speakers

THAT’S A WRAP

WEEK 23-24

    REVIEW

  • All classic cuts–on mannequin
  • Focus on individual needs
  • Prepare for final graduation presentation

BREAKDOWN OF MARKS

Cutting 30% (approximately 60 haircuts)

Colouring 30% (approximately 30 colours)

Textbook 30%

Attendance 5%

Final Presentation 5%

Total 100%

Passing grade 70%

BARBERING ESSENTIALS

WEEK 10

  • History of men’s barbering, tools of the trade
  • Modern approaches to men’s styling and barbering
  • Clipper work
  • Scissors over comb, trimming facial hair, hair tattooing
  • Working on live models

WORK EXPERIENCE

WEEK 21

In addition to your training at JCI, you’ll complete 20 hours of work experience in a salon of your choice.

  • Cuts, colours, blowouts, up do’s
  • Salon protocol
  • Networking

INSIDE THE INDUSTRY

WEEK 22

  • Career planning
  • Freelance Session Work Seminar
  • Cover letter and resume preparation
  • Bridal Hair Seminar
  • Avante Garde Day
  • Guest speakers

THAT’S A WRAP

WEEK 23-24

    REVIEW

  • All classic cuts–on mannequin
  • Focus on individual needs
  • Prepare for final graduation presentation

BREAKDOWN OF MARKS

Cutting 30% (approximately 60 haircuts)

Colouring 30% (approximately 30 colours)

Textbook 30%

Attendance 5%

Final Presentation 5%

Total 100%

Passing grade 70%

HAIR ART DESIGN PROGRAM DIRECTORS

HAIR ART DESIGN PROGRAM DIRECTORS

HAIR ART DESIGN PROGRAM DIRECTORS

FOSTER EASTMAN

Program Director

Foster is the founder and driving force behind AXIS Salons and Training Systems.

Throughout his career, Foster has consistently cut through the noise, establishing himself as a pioneer in the industry. He’s won numerous awards, including B.C. Hairdresser of the Year, Canadian Hairdresser of the Year, as well as 5 nominations for North American Hairdresser of the Year. He’s represented manufacturers and distributors as a platform artist all across North America, performing for groups as large as 4,000.

Through his wildly successful salons and loads of experience, Foster created AXIS Training Systems and has nurtured the training of hundreds of apprentices embarking on their hairdressing careers. Alumni from AXIS Training Systems have gone on to work in the world’s most creative cities, like London, Paris and New York—doing hair for actors, models and TV shows. Some iconic clients include Jennifer Aniston, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Thanks to the deregulation of the B.C. Licensing Program in 2004, Foster partnered with JCI to launch the Hair Art Design Program, which revolutionized outdated teaching methods by offering a curriculum better suited to current trends and the needs of today’s hairdressing clientele.

As a graduate of the Hair Art Design Program, you’ll receive a diploma and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the hair industry and make your mark. On top of it all, you’ll also benefit from the prestige of training with JCI and AXIS Training Systems.

*Foster is the Creator and Director of the program but is not an instructor.

PORTFOLIO WORKSHOPS

PORTFOLIO WORKSHOPS

PORTFOLIO WORKSHOPS

JCI MIXERS

JCI MIXERS are free photo shoots designed for JCI students looking to put their skills to use and gain more practical experience. Each student will work on a team consisting of a makeup student, a hair student and a fashion student. Together, the students will create three looks. At the end of the workshop students will receive a Certificate of Recognition and credit towards their final grade. JCI MIXERS happen on the last Sunday of every month and are great rehearsals for the Build Your Own Book (BYOB) workshop.

BYOB

BYOB sounds fun, because it is. Build Your Own Book is a photo shoot developed for the top JCI students in the hair, makeup and fashion programs. The networking opportunities, creative advancement, team development and photoshoot experience are just a few reasons why this is one of JCI’s most coveted workshops. During this full-scale photo shoot, students work alongside JC Model Management models and local professional photographers to create 20 production quality images for their portfolio.

JCI MIXERS

JCI MIXERS are free photo shoots designed for JCI students looking to put their skills to use and gain more practical experience. Each student will work on a team consisting of a makeup student, a hair student and a fashion student. Together, the students will create three looks. At the end of the workshop students will receive a Certificate of Recognition and credit towards their final grade. JCI MIXERS happen on the last Sunday of every month and are great rehearsals for the Build Your Own Book (BYOB) workshop.

BYOB

BYOB sounds fun, because it is. Build Your Own Book is a photo shoot developed for the top JCI students in the hair, makeup and fashion programs. The networking opportunities, creative advancement, team development and photoshoot experience are just a few reasons why this is one of JCI’s most coveted workshops. During this full-scale photo shoot, students work alongside JC Model Management models and local professional photographers to create 20 production quality images for their portfolio.

PICK A CAREER THAT SUITS YOUR STYLE

PICK A CAREER THAT SUITS YOUR STYLE

PICK A CAREER THAT SUITS YOUR STYLE

Hair Stylist In A Salon Or Spa

As a hair stylist, you’re responsible for bringing your client’s vision to life. Whether it’s a simple trim or a full-blown colour transformation, you’ll use your creativity and skill to help them achieve the look they want. You’ll be expected to offer a range of services, including shampooing, cutting, coloring, styling, and a client favourite: the scalp massage.

Platform Stylist

If you love the thought of being on the road and meeting new people, a platform stylist could be the perfect fit. As a representative for product companies, you’ll do creative platform work for tradeshows, salon education, and trend development.

Film & TV Hair Stylist (Union Or Non-Union)

If working on set is totally up your alley, you could become a hairstylist for film and TV. That means you’re responsible for providing styling services for any and all cast members of a film, TV series or commercial. The needs of the cast may vary—so be prepared to offer everything from simple grooming to edgy cuts and styling.

Sales Rep

Are you a people person? If you thrive in social situations and know how to lead a conversation, you could work as a sales representative. As a sales representative, you’ll represent one or more product lines and are responsible for building relationships with salons, spas, and schools, so that they can distribute and sell your product.

Hair Instructor

If you love what you do and want to share that passion with others, becoming a hair instructor is a no-brainer. As an instructor, you’ll draw from your experiences to help upcoming stylists develop their skills and build confidence. You’ll also be in charge of demonstrating hairdressing techniques and giving students the insider perspective on the industry.

Salon Manager

Maybe you like the thought of running the show. As a salon manager or owner, you’re responsible for managing a team of stylists and are in charge of hiring, scheduling, and reviewing your employees. You’ll also tend to duties like reception, inventory control, restocking, and tracking success.

Hair Stylist In A Salon Or Spa

As a hair stylist, you’re responsible for bringing your client’s vision to life. Whether it’s a simple trim or a full-blown colour transformation, you’ll use your creativity and skill to help them achieve the look they want. You’ll be expected to offer a range of services, including shampooing, cutting, coloring, styling, and a client favourite: the scalp massage.

Platform Stylist

If you love the thought of being on the road and meeting new people, a platform stylist could be the perfect fit. As a representative for product companies, you’ll do creative platform work for tradeshows, salon education, and trend development.

Film & TV Hair Stylist (Union Or Non-Union)

If working on set is totally up your alley, you could become a hairstylist for film and TV. That means you’re responsible for providing styling services for any and all cast members of a film, TV series or commercial. The needs of the cast may vary—so be prepared to offer everything from simple grooming to edgy cuts and styling.

Sales Rep

Are you a people person? If you thrive in social situations and know how to lead a conversation, you could work as a sales representative. As a sales representative, you’ll represent one or more product lines and are responsible for building relationships with salons, spas, and schools, so that they can distribute and sell your product.

Hair Instructor

If you love what you do and want to share that passion with others, becoming a hair instructor is a no-brainer. As an instructor, you’ll draw from your experiences to help upcoming stylists develop their skills and build confidence. You’ll also be in charge of demonstrating hairdressing techniques and giving students the insider perspective on the industry.

Salon Manager

Maybe you like the thought of running the show. As a salon manager or owner, you’re responsible for managing a team of stylists and are in charge of hiring, scheduling, and reviewing your employees. You’ll also tend to duties like reception, inventory control, restocking, and tracking success.

OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“Prior to beginning the HAD program, I had no idea what to expect. Moving to a new city and beginning in a completely new industry was both exciting and nerve-wracking. The administration answered all of my program and living arrangement inquiries. My fellow students soon became close friends. Gastown is always an exciting place to commute to every day and the instructors were both immensely inspiring and knowledgeable. I am so proud of all I have learned, all of the work I have completed, and for my future as a stylist.”

DANEKA MCKETRIDGE

“I am glad that I chose to come back to JCI. It was great the first time I came, and great the second time. I feel like I have gained so much knowledge over the last six months, and I am excited to learn more. I appreciate that we got to meet so many guest speakers; it encourages me to get to know more people in the industry. The instructors were amazing. They made it possible for me to succeed.”

ANDREA ALLEYNE

“My overall experience was amazing and worth the investment. I was doubtful about taking the course, but the instructors and friends made it seem easy. I enjoyed learning and coming to school every day and never felt frustrated. The teachers were super helpful and knowledgeable about their passion and inspired me more throughout the months. I couldn’t be happier where I am today and the amount of knowledge I learnt in 6 months. I feel super confident and ready for the real world.”

PRIVA PRANDIVAN

“My overall experience at JCI was amazing–so much so, that I wish I didn’t have to leave. Staff and instructors were all fabulous, and it has been a pleasure getting to know and learn from every one of them. Leaving the program, I feel confident, excited, and inspired. I feel like I have a great support team behind me if I ever need anything. Thank you to all at JCI!”

CHRISTINA TONEFF

HAIR ART DESIGN GRADUATE SPOTLIGHTS

HAIR ART DESIGN GRADUATE SPOTLIGHTS

HAIR ART DESIGN GRADUATE SPOTLIGHTS

CHRISTINA THOMSON

Co-owner • The Dye Lot

Christina graduated at the top of her class from JCI’s Hair Art Design program in 2006. Since then, she’s made a name for herself as both a stylist and entrepreneur. After spending 3 years working at AXIS, Christina co-opened The Dye Lot—a wildly successful salon in North Vancouver. The Dye Lot has been voted among the top salons in both The Georgia Straight and North Shore ews. Christina’s other business ventures include The Wig Room, which offers custom cut/coloured hair pieces for clients, and Hair 101: an in-person tutorial service that will help you crush your hair goals.

SHAWN SHEEPERS

Owner • Hair Soda

Shawn’s career started in the most unconventional way: he opened a salon first, then decided to study hair. Initially, Shawn had intended to take care of the photography side of his salon, Hair Soda, but after seeing the impact that could be made through hair, Shawn decided to enroll at JCI to see where it could take him. He graduated in the top of his class and is now not just an owner of Hair Soda, but a stylist as well. Shawn’s specialty? He’s an expert in men’s barbering—consider him your go-to guy for classic cuts, skin fades, beard and hair designs, and edgy styles.

ELISSA WOLFE

Master Stylist and Colour Expert at AXIS Salon, JCI Instructor

Elissa took home the Top Student Award in her graduating class at JCI. On top of her training at JCI, she’s also studied creative cutting at Vidal Sassoon in Los Angeles. Now, Elissa works as a Master Stylist at AXIS. A self-proclaimed hair nerd, Elissa truly believes there are no days off when you love what you do, which is why she continues to push herself and take on new creative opportunities. She’s made Vancouver’s Top 20 Best Hair Stylists List, and was also a semi-finalist for Wella Trend Vision. Elissa’s extensive experience and natural ability to teach lead her back to JCI, where continues to bring out the best in her students as a Senior Instructor.

LISA HAU

Owner • Lisa’s Chop Shop

Lisa attended JCI’s Hair Art Design program on a well-deserved scholarship. After graduating, she went on to pursue a career at the Chop Shop on Granville Street. There, she learnt from some of the top talents in the industry, and after honing her craft, decided to forge her own path. Just eight months out of school, Lisa established her own Chop Shop as a sole ownership franchise. Now, she specializes in edgy styles, while simultaneously running a successful salon. Lisa’s drive, passion, and creativity make her one to watch in the industry.

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