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Meet Janell Bye: JCI Fashion & Hair Artistry Graduate

14
05.2018

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Janell Bye moved to Vancouver, BC at the age of 19 and immediately fell in love with the city. Starting out young, Janell was a personal hairstylist to her many Barbie dolls when she was growing up. She later began practicing braiding and curling techniques on her friends. There was no doubt that Janell had a passion for hair and wanted to pursue a career as a hairstylist.

“What stood out almost immediately was the individuality and all of its forms. From hairstyles to artwork, to clothing and tattoos, Vancouver was all so new and inspiring. When I am not cutting hair I am biking the Seawall, enjoying the outdoors, and hanging out with friends.” 

Janell’s journey at John Casablancas Institute first began in 2014, when she enrolled in the Fashion Business & Creative Arts Program. Not only was Janell passionate about hair, she was just as interested in fashion and creative arts.

“Coming from an art and fashion background I can appreciate how hair and fashion can reflect an individual’s personal style. Having a good hair day is something everybody strives for. I love the artistic outlet that both the Fashion and Hair Artistry Programs have given me and I love when I get the opportunity to bring my fashion knowledge behind the chair to my clients.”

Weaving two industries together has allowed Janell to know what’s trending in both fashion and hair. She is currently working on a blog which will be her outlet for sharing her knowledge of both industries in one spot.

Before beginning the Hair Artistry Program at JCI, Janell had scored herself a position as a receptionist at Hairsoda, a salon located in North Vancouver. With great mentors to teach her all the insider tips and tricks to becoming an amazing hairstylist, Janell was inspired every day.

Shawn Scheepers, founder of Hairsoda, and hairstylist Jericka Los are two of JCI’s Hair Program graduates who have been working alongside with Janell and had nothing but amazing things to say about the Program. This influenced Janell’s decision to enroll at JCI in September 2017. 

“JCI focuses on hands-on experience and teaching techniques that are current. It has given me such a solid foundation, and learning from instructors who are currently working in the industry gave all of us students real-world experience. I loved the fact that we learned haircuts on the first day and we got to work on clients shortly after. A lot of my teachers went to JCI as well which is encouraging, as many of them have successful careers in the industry.”

While working at Hairsoda, Janell was inspired by the stylists around her and all things creative. Instagram is a platform with many international hairstylists and a few stylists that Janell was influenced by were Habit Salon, Michelle Hair, Guy Tang, Chris Weber, Elissa Wolfe (JCI Hair graduate), Hair by Sarmad, Zach Mesquit and Eva Lam

“My style is definitely bohemian— I love creating big bold braids and beachy waves. I love the undone messy but put together look, if that makes any sense.”

One of the biggest lessons Janell learned was to network while at school. Graduating from both the fashion and the hair program, she has a great understanding of both industries and can merge the two careers together to help her clients feel their very best.

“Do the JCI mixers and BYOBS, I met so many amazing makeup artists and fashion stylists and other hair students. You may end up collaborating down the road and it is a great way to build relationships with other artists in the industry.”

The Hair Industry is very competitive, as well as Fashion— which is why networking and getting hands-on experience is extremely beneficial.

“I was lucky to have great mentors who took the time to teach me in a real salon environment. Also, never underestimate the power of social media. Instagram is a necessity to build your portfolio. It is a great way to showcase your quality of work and is also a value to your potential clients, as it showcases your individual talent and what sets you apart from the rest. It is so important to be consistent with your posts and Instagram is a great tool for all stylists to have.”

Janell is currently working as a stylist-in-training at Hairsoda and hopes to be fully-booked at the salon while continuing to learn new techniques and be up to date with the industry.

“My goal always is and always will be to make sure my clients leave my chair loving their new look. Whether its a trim, cut, color or an entire style, I want them to genuinely love their new hair and feel both confident and beautiful. I love being a part of the process of a client getting a makeover, whether it’s a trim or a dramatic new look—  I hope my clients are completely satisfied and leave the chair feeling their best!”

Janell’s Must-Have Hair Products: Dry shampoo from Dove (Drugstore find) and Purple Shampoo and Conditioner from Kevin Murphy

Follow Janell Bye’s Hair Instagram Page


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 / Makeup

Grad Hair and Makeup Tips At Breakfast Television

01
05.2018

John Casablancas Institute was featured on Breakfast Television this morning showing off graduation hair and makeup looks for this season. JCI Makeup Industry Liaison Jennine Cook and Hair Design Instructor Josh Daurie prepared three different looks first thing this morning and discussed the latest trends for graduation.

These lovely models are wearing dresses and accessories from The Latest Scoop, a clothing boutique located in the heart of Gastown. Jennine and Josh created easy and stylish looks that you can recreate on your big night. Vintage rose eye-shadows and braided hairstyles are just some of the trends for girls to rock at their graduation or prom.

It was a spectacular morning to be featured on Breakfast Television, once again. We can’t wait to cook up something spooky for Halloween at BT this year!

In case you missed JCI live at BT this morning, watch the live video here


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table

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

How to Edit Your Photos with a Smartphone

10
04.2018

Not all bloggers with thousands of followers use online editing programs to edit their images, most people get away with the apps on their phones. If you’re ready to up your Instagram game and take your images to the next level, then get your phones ready and follow along.

How to take Insta-Worthy Images: 

First things first, stay clear of cameras within apps. Chances are the resolution isn’t as good as your phone’s camera, after all, you can always import pictures into the app you choose to edit with. Don’t forget to focus! This is very important to acknowledge because you could be one click away from either a really clear image, or stuck with a low-quality image. The way to focus your photo is to tap on the screen of your camera to where you want the main focus to be on.

Always remember to take as many pictures as you can from multiple angles. This way you have a variety of images to choose from when editing. Always shoot in natural light and turn off that flash!

The Must-Have Apps on your Phone and How to Edit:
AfterLight

The AfterLight app offers many filters and adjustment tools for you to brighten and sharpen your image before posting to Instagram. This app is also available in a second version, AfterLight 2, for $3.99.

This all-in-one photo editing app allows you to get creative with your photos by blending multiple images together, adding powerful effects and overlays, and customizing filters. Get started with importing an image from your camera roll and follow the icons listed to edit from left to right.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit your photos with Afterlight

A Color Story

A Color Story is every blogger’s design kit. With over 100 filters, 40+ effects and 20+ tools, this app allows you to enhance your images and the colours, from bright whites to rich colours.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit your photos with A Color Story

FaceTune

FaceTune is equivalent to Photoshop. This app is perfect to use for editing portrait images as it offers smoothing tools, to make your skin look smooth and clearer than ever, re-shaping tools, and tons of filters. You can use your finger to paint on effects including whitening/brightening an image, detailing, de-focusing, and more. The detail tool can be used to sharpen your eyes, lips, or even piercings to allow them to stand out more in your image.

Need to get rid a pimple? No worries, FaceTune’s patching tool removes all blemishes from your image, including pimples, wrinkles or even hair that might be in the way. (Tip: always use the patching tool before smoothing skin.)

Click here for tutorials on how to edit your photos with FaceTune

Snapseed

Snapseed is a free app that is known for its healing tool. If you have an image with a lot going on in the background that you’d like to get rid of, the healing app does just that. Drag your finger across the screen just like a magic eraser to get rid of unwanted details in your image.

Snapseed allows you to adjust your image exactly how you’d like with the touch of your finger! Your finger is equivalent to a paintbrush, allowing you to scroll your finger up for brightness. The icon ‘Tune Image’ offers contrast and saturation details to your image. With the right amount of filter and tuning done to your image, you will notice the quality going from 0-100, real quick.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit photos with Snapseed.

VSCO

VSCO is a free app used by many bloggers to theme their images in order for their Instagram feed to look cohesive. This all-in-one editing and photo sharing app has many filters for you to choose from.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit photos with VSCO

What are your favourite editing apps? Let us know!


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

10 JCI Hair Graduates That Will Give You Spring Hair Goals

02
04.2018

Our Instagram feed has been blessed with amazing hairstylists trying new Spring hair colors and styles. These John Casablancas Institute Hair Art Design graduates are experimenting with colors that are perfect for Spring. From freshened up blondes to fun Avant Garde inspired hairstyles, our Hair graduates aren’t afraid to try daring looks on their clients.

It’s the perfect season to play with unique colors and new hairstyles. With Coachella around the corner, there are many looks to try, including rainbow colors, deconstructed french twists, and all other looks that make you feel “extra!” Whether you’re debating between chopping your hair off or testing out new colors, here are 10 JCI Hair graduates that will give you Spring hair goals.

SAMANTHA ST JOHN / @STJOHNHAIR

JENNA PRETZER / @BEAUTYBYJPRETZ

AMRIT CHOHAN / @AMUCHOHAN

ROBYN RENTE / @HAIRBYROBYNRENTE

ELISSA WOLFE / @ELISSAWOLFE

JERICKA LOS / @JERPODHAIR

JANELL BYE / @NELLIE.DOOZ

MANDY / @HAIR.BYMJ

DANNA RADONS / @HAIRBYDANNA

STEVEN VAN HORN / @STEVENVANHAIR


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision, and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table.

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

Beauty Innovations: Your Guide to Achieve 2018 Hair Goals

23
02.2018

Do you dream of luxurious and healthy hair? Was your resolution this year to learn proper hair care and maintenance? It’s time to step up your hair game! We’ve got you covered with the latest trending salon products that you need to keep your hair looking fresh, healthy and fabulous this year.

Ouai Products

Ouai, pronounced like “WAY”, is a popular emerging brand that sells hair products. Founded by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, these products have been trending all over Instagram and have been used by popular Instagram bloggers and celebrities, including the Kardashians.

“With OUAI, I wanted to create a “breath of fresh hair”—a line for real life, for real women. Luxury products that are simple, affordable, and classic in a world full of loud noise.” – Jen Atkin 

Ouai products include shampoos, conditioners, hair mists, oils, and more, focusing on repairing damaged hair. The Ouai hair styling products can be used for blow-dried hair and are guaranteed to leave your hair looking fresher than ever.

Coconut Oils

Coconut oils are popular hair products and there’s a good reason for that. Not only does it contribute to hair growth, but it also removes sebum build-up from hair, promoting scalp health. This Spring, try coconut leave-in oil products from L’Oreal, IGK and OGX.

Hair Treatment Sheet Masks

Hair masks are the latest trending products in the hair industry. These styling products are perfect travel-size and are now offered by many hair companies including Ouai and L’Oreal.

Volumising Products

Volumising hair products including conditioning mousses from Herbal Essences and Pantene offer hydration for fine hair. These products are great for quick and easy styling techniques.

Take care of your scalp and hair by investing in good quality products, and consult with the experts at your salon to find the best selection for your specific hair type.

Make your next hair appointment at John Casablancas Institute.


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision, and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table.

Davneet Dhillon,
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