Hair Styling Program Highlights

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.

Thumbs up for hair grad Lisa Hau who opened “Lisa’s Chop Shop” in Gastown.

A BIG BIG BIG congrats to Makeup & Hair Grad Katie Sullivan who teamed up with Stylist Philip Ferreira of AXIS salons at the Wella Trend Vision Competition in Madrid. Katie was on makeup, Philip was on hair, and together they earned FIRST PLACE Worldwide!

Congrats to Jordi Schonwetter, Canadian Silver Winner of the Goldwell #ColorZoom 2014 Challenge in the New Talent Colorist category. She will be competing in Berlin this October representing Canada!

Shout out to Marlee McConnell who was a finalist for the International Beauty Stylist 2014 Competition.

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Hair Stylist in a Salon or Spa A Hair Stylist’s job is to provide beauty and grooming services including shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair as well as scalp treatment techniques such as massaging and applying treatments.

Platform Hair Stylist A Platform Hair Stylist represents product companies doing creative platform work for trade shows, salon education & training, and is responsible for trend development.

Hair Product Sales Rep As a Hair Product Sales Representative, you represent one or more product lines and are responsible for building relationships with salons, spas, and schools as a distributor of product for hair suppliers.

Film & TV Hair Stylist (Union or non-union) As a Hair Stylist for Film & TV, you provide hair styling services for any and all cast members of a particular film, TV series or commercial. Hair Styling needs may vary from simple grooming to edgy cuts and styling.

Freelance Hair Stylist As a Freelance Hair Stylist, you will be called to work on various projects including fashion shows, weddings, commercial photo shoots and more.

Hair Salon Manager As the Hair Salon Manager/Owner, you manage a team of stylists and are responsible for hiring, scheduling, and conducting employee reviews. Responsibilities also include reception duties, inventory control, restocking, and tracking success.

Hair Styling School



Philip Ferreira International Trend Vision Gold Winner / Wella Top Stylist & Platform Artist “Throughout my 30 years in the hair industry, I have worked with students from many academies across North America. I personally feel that the Hair Art Design Program at JCI produces the most industry ready young talent out there. Their students have confidence, skill and a great foundation for success.”

Bruce Peters Zazou Salon and Spa “As a salon that strives to be cutting edge and dynamic, our relationship with JCI continues to be a positive venture. We have the privilege of welcoming students into our environment during their work experience practicum. The students at JCI are always eager to jump in and motivated to learn about the industry. It is already apparent that their first few months of schooling have prepared them for what the world of hair has in store. JCI students are privileged to have instructors who the industry holds in such high regard. We are fortunate to have a handful of JCI grads on our team. These team members are dynamic, constantly growing both personally and professionally. JCI has been a stepping stone for some very successful stylists. Notably, Andree Rodrigues, a JCI grad currently in our apprenticeship, is a finalist for the 2014 Contessa’s. We can always count on JCI to provide a strong foundation for up and coming stylists.”

Jon Paul Holt Avantgarde Hair Vancouver “I have had many young graduates from John Casablancas training academy in my salon for years. The students have great salon working knowledge right from the get go; mainly because all of the teachers at the school are top stylists that also work some days every week at Axis, one of the top Vancouver salons. I think this working relationship is a huge benefit to the students as they are given an understanding of the reality of working in a real salon way before they come to have a work experience in other salons. My current right hand stylist assistant, Bailey, is actually a very recent graduate from the school. She graduated only six months ago and yet is going to be working alongside me on stage in my upcoming show presentation as a stylist in her own right. She will be showing and talking about things she has learned and experienced. She is starting to live and experience the dreams and goals that all young stylist graduates should have. So much of this confidence is because of the early training she received at the JCI academy”

Anthony Crosfield Owner Union Hair Salons / Winner Hairdresser Superstart “My name is Anthony Crosfield and I own Union Salon in Vancouver B.C. I hold positions on the Design Team with NIOXIN, and I am an Educator and Platform Artist with Wella Professionals. As an employer and active hairdresser in this industry for over 30 years, I firmly believe in the mentor/mentee relationship. The JCI Institute produces students willing to participate in this environment. Presently, at Union Salon, we have many past graduates employed, several at the senior stylist level. All have proven themselves as exemplary employees, willing to reach and surpass all goals and challenges set before them. Time and time again, I am witness to the success graduates of the JCI Institute consistently produce. Without hesitation, Union salon would hire any graduate of this hairdressing program, as they are set for success in this industry.


Natalie Harlow “The course was everything I expected and more. I began the program not believing that I would be confident enough to work in a salon after a 6-month program, but after completion I am fully prepared and excited to start my new career.”

Bethany Wilson “I am so grateful to have attended JCI and to be introduced to so many influential people. I have truly learned so much from all of the instructors. This school has opened up so many opportunities for me and I will carry everything I’ve learned here with me through it all. Thank you!”

Jericka Los “All I have to say is that this course is amazing. I will be recommending it to anyone I know who wants to take a hair design course. Every teacher has taught us with enthusiasm and great skills and knowledge. Each of them has opened themselves up to us in great ways and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to know them!”

Natalie Schulz “I couldn’t have been happier with this course. I met so many great people and the staff was always great. I’m so sad to leave and have learned more than I could ever have imagined. I would recommend this course to everyone!”

Mariayna Pincott “This course is definitely well managed and thorough. I entered this program with knowledge of the industry and felt the instructors did the best job possible meeting my requirements and needs. I will and actually already have recommended this program to many people in the industry. Thanks JCI and staff for teaching me the foundations of hairdressing to further pursue my career.”

Tiffany Jansen “The overall experience was amazing. I feel I have come a long way. My knowledge of the hair industry and being a stylist has improved 100%. But most of all, John Casablancas has improved my self confidence.”

Amanda Cobham “Overall, John Casablancas hair program has been an enjoyable journey for me. I have learned so much from the instruction and the very knowledgeable staff and teachers. I actually found the instruction to be beyond my expectation of the course. This is the best course in hairdressing in Vancouver! My appreciation and thanks.”

JoAnne Harris “I feel the Hair Art Program is exceptional at teaching a strong foundation of skill, experience, and understanding of the profession. The diversity in instructors provides a broader balance of knowledge and skill to provide the ability and confidence to carry into the field. This is an excellent program! I would recommend it always and am grateful for discovering it!”


JCI hair grads are working throughout the province and across the country in every big name salon out there. Since the program started in 2004, graduate placement rates in the industry have averaged over 90%!

Some amazing JCI GRADS hit the entrepreneur jackpot by OPENING THEIR OWN SALONS!!

Kim Brent – “INDENTITY” Alberta

Nabina Shah & Victoria Brooks – “Revive Hair & Body Lounge” Lower Mainland

Lisa Hau – “Lisa’s Chop Shop” – Gastown

Shawn Scheepers – Hair Soda”- North Vancouver

Laura Preckel – “Ginger Snips” Hair Studio Redken concept salon in Abbotsford

Marlee McConnell JCI’s hair students are no strangers to prestigious hair competitions. One of the biggest hair extravaganza’s in the world is the Wella Trend Vision, attracting competitors from over 100 countries. Wella Trend Vision hosted an online, in-house salon contest and the winner of the all expenses paid trip to Paris was JCI grad Marlee McConnell!

Marlee started her career after graduating with honours at the ultra cool AXIS Salons in Vancouver and is now a part of the elite team at BLACK2BLOND

She has become an active part of the La Biosthetique Team and continues to take part in events such as Miss World Canada and Eco-Fashion Week.

Recently, Marlee was a finalist for the International Beauty Stylist 2014 competition by La Biosthetique Paris.

Sue Carter 1st place Contessa Award Winner for Top Apprentice right after graduation!

Started her career in Vancouver with the prestigious Avant Garde Salon

Starting working in Montreal and New York City and has made her home in Montreal where she is now a BALAYAGE MASTER colourist with l’Oreal Professionnel Canada at Orbite salon.

Jordi Schonwetter The Canadian Silver Winner of the International Goldwell ColourZoom 2013 Challenge in the New Talent Colorist category. She will be competing in Berlin this coming October representing Canada. Keep you posted!

Katie Johnson & Karl Brown *We call them Ksquared*

Top graduates and handpicked for AXIS Salons by owner Foster Eastman, Katie and Karl very quickly started their creative and exciting careers together. After a number of years building their success in Vancouver, they jumped across the pond where they both worked as stylists and educators at the Pimps & Pinups Salon in London, England.

Katie also worked at Hob Salon where the owner has won British Hairdresser of the year twice.

Katie and Karl have returned to Vancouver and AXIS Salon where they are literally booked solid, instruct at JCI and work as educators for Wella Canada

If that’s not enough both Katie and Karl made it to the National finals last year for the Wella Trend Vision Competition!





Classes are 20 hrs per week.

The program is considered full-time for student loan purposes, but allows students to continue to work while they receive their training.

A variety of schedules are available: Monday to Friday – 4 hrs/day – (9:00  to 1:00; 1:15 to 5:15 or 5:30 to 9:30)  or Monday (5:30 to 9:30) and Saturday/Sunday (9:00 to 5:30).

Please contact the school for specific start date information.

Max Students: 15 per class

Total Course length: 26 weeks (including breaks/holidays)






Customer Service, Product Knowledge, Demonstrations

Classic Cutting

Long hair, Bobs, Short Vertical & scissor over comb


All over colour, semi-permanent, permanent, virgin applications, highlights/lowlights


Blowdrying, curl & flat iron techniques, roller sets


After working on mannequin heads for the first 5 weeks, now is the time to put your skills to test on family and friends.



Review classic cutting, creative variations on clients


Creative variations on clients, multi color applications, touch ups, bleach outs, highlights/lowlights


Blowouts, classic to avant garde updo’s, braids, barrel curl sets, roller sets, bridal, special occasion

The Classics

Fingerwaves, skipwaves, perms

Barbering Essentials

Barbering, Clipper work, scissor over comb, trimming facial hair


Students complete 20 hours of experience working in a salon of their choice.

Inside the Industry

Career Planning, Freelance Work Seminar, Interview Skills, Guest Speaker Series


Review all classic cuts on mannequin heads, focus on individual needs, career preparation and prepare for final graduation presentation.

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