Selkirk College Hairdressing Program students are inviting the community into their classroom where both student and client come away with a transformative experience.
The Selkirk College Hairdressing Program Salon on the Silver King Campus is now taking clients and the 13 student hairdressers in this year’s class are keen to put their shears, rollers and foils to work and their developing skills to the test.
“This is how they learn and gain important experience,” says Hairdressing Program Instructor Luree Gould. “They are building confidence with each client they see. The more experience they have, the better they get. I have already seen a huge improvement in the last month and all the pieces are coming together for them.”
Hairdressing is one of the original programs at the Silver King Campus and has been creating wonderful stylists for the last 50 years. The first semester of the nine-month program was primarily classroom learning and now students are honing their skills by spending the second semester working on clients.
“At first I felt pressure, but most people understand they are coming to a learning facility,” says 19-year-old student Robyn Lenardon. “Although we are just developing our skills, people are pleased to be looked after by talented stylists in the making.”
Lenardon grew up in Fruitvale and after graduating from Trail’s JL Crowe decided to come to Selkirk College to take the Esthetics Program. Graduating from the program last spring, Lenardon chose to continue her cosmetology training and enrolled in the Hairdressing Program in order to expand her employment options.
Like her classmates, Lenardon is embracing the challenge of welcoming customers into her chair.
“Every day is different because everyone wants something different, so it keeps you thinking,” says Lenardon. “You get to experiment with a whole bunch of different cuts, styles and colours… it’s really fun.”
The salon offers services for men and women including shampoos, perms, colours, cuts, styles, braids and more. Customers need to keep in mind that the salon is a classroom and there is a time commitment for those who visit. The reward for patience is the passion students have towards their newfound skills.
“You need to do your absolute best,” says Lenardon. “Your name is what they leave here with and your customers are advertising for you.”
To book an appointment and get a full list of prices please call 250.354.3243 or visit selkirk.ca/services/campus-services/cosmetology-services/hairdressing .
Learn more about the School of Cosmetology at Selkirk College at selkirk.ca/school/cosmetology.