Hair Stylist Cutting Hair
I am often asked by my clients and students alike,WHY did you become a hairstylist? I always quickly follow that up with “because I just knew that’s what I wanted to do!” Just over ten years later, I am still so sure and happy with my choice in the beauty industry to become a hairstylist. I have had opportunities to travel, compete, teach, mentor, and be taught by some of the greats at JCInstitute and Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California. Every day in the salon brings me new challenges, stories and experiences. Now, who can say that about being in some stuffy office everyday?! (No offence, of course!)

Hair Blog Vidal Sassoon Academy Pixie Cut

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Vidal Sassoon Academy Avant Garde Hairstyle

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I remember being 15-years old and my mom’s best friend asked me to do her hair for her university grad ceremony. I was shocked, but honoured too! She told me she liked how I did my own hair, so I quickly assembled a hair kit and off I went. That was the beginning. I knew right then that I’d do hair from that point on, and I’d do whatever it took! I moved to Vancouver, and that’s where I found out about JCI Institute and their hair academy diploma program. It was the perfect fit for me: I could work part-time in a hair salon, go to school and still be a mom to my then 1-year old son. The best place to start is online by booking a walk through at JCI. Once you see the salon in person, set in a beautiful heritage building, with exposed wood beams and huge bright windows in the heart of Gastown, you’ll be struck the same way I was! I quickly started the countdown to my first day…
Hair School Mannequin Head
So why did I choose a hair diploma program over apprenticing? I already had the passion and the drive to be a busy stylist, and I just needed the know-how. The 6-month course is what I needed to get past my basic knowledge of hair and get me floor-ready. I started full-time at Axis Hair Salon two days after my school graduation, and I haven’t looked back since! Most students will choose to apprentice or junior after school to hone their hair skills, but I truly believe that if you push yourself and show up and be present in every class, you’ll be salon ready in no time!
Hair School Hairspray and Blonde Curls
Turn your passion or hobby into a career that changes daily, pushes you to learn everyday, and provides you an energetic, high octane environment. There is never a dull moment in a hair salon! The people whose lives you get to change, the relationships you build- all of this is part of being a hairstylist. Hairdressing is a skill that goes way beyond a haircut.
You’re online already, so maybe it’s time to book a tour?

Hair Blog contributor: Elissa Wolfe, JCI HAD Instructor
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.