Hairstyling Salon and Program

Hairstyling Program

Be a cut above the rest.

Do you have an artistic flair and enjoy working with your hands, then you should consider the Hairstyling program at Portage College and transform your creative passion and ability into a successful career. Training is hands-on in our Hairstyling Salon offering hair cutting, design, colouring, lightening, chemical texturizing and as a bonus basic manicuring, pedicuring, facials, eyebrow waxing and makeup is included. This program offers you the whole package--everything you need to get a job in a salon or become an entrepreneur and own your own salon.

This program is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).

Career Potential

As a recognized program by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) you can challenge the Provincial exams, upon successfully completing this program.

Work in your community or travel the world working for beauty salons, spas, beauty care suppliers, theatre, television or even a movie set. 


What you need to apply into the Hairstyling Program:

Recommended:  English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20, Chemistry 20 or Science 20
Minimum: English 10-2, Math 10-3, Science 10 or all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

If you need to upgrade first, we offer courses that can assist you.

Important Links:
How to Apply and Dates & Cost
Textbooks & Supplies
Funding Options
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Hairstyling Salon

The Hairstyling Salon offers hairstyling services like cuts, colours and texturizing, as well as, some basic aesthetics services such as manicures, pedicures and waxing.   Our modern salon is equipped with 28 Hairstyling stations, three posh leather pedicure chairs and four manicure stations.  We can also offer hairstyling services in a private cutting room.  The salon carries high-end hair care and colouring products which are used in the salon and a selection of professional products for retail.  Be sure to check out the conveniently linked Hairstyling Salon Services brochure here.

Have a look at the Salon Specials for November and December  'Season Specials' click here

Before you book, below is a list of the dates, services and hours the Salon will be open in the 2018-2019 academic year:

September 24 - October 5........................  Hair & Scalp Treatments, Wash & Blow Dry, Simple Style
November 13 - November 23..................  Additional to above, Men's, Women's and Children's Cuts
December 10 - December 21....................  Additional to above, Manicures, Pedicures, Facial Waxing
                                                                                      and Eyebrow/Lash Tinting
January 21, January 24 and January 25.. All previous services
February 25 - March 8.............................. Additional to above, Colours and Highlights
March 25 - April 5..................................... Additional to above, Perms and
Chemical Hair Relaxers (straightening)
April 17 - April 18...................................... Additional to above, Formal Hairstyles (updos)
April 29 - May 10.....................................  All above services
May 21 - May 24.......................................  All above services
June 3 - June 17, June 20 - June 27........  All above services

Salon Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday....    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays...................................................  11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Select Saturdays............................................   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
           (November 17, 2018, December 15, 2018,
            May 4, 2019 and June 15, 2019)

Click here to Book an Appointment Online in the Hairstyling Salon in Lac La Biche
Click here to view the Hairstyling Salon Services Brochure (new 2018-2019 brochure coming soon)
Alternately, you can call 780-623-5555 to book an appointment by telephone

*As a Training Salon, please anticipate that appointments may take longer*



    Course ID: HAIR115


    Hours: 70

    Credits: 4.0

    Aesthetics is one of the fastest growing set of services in the salon today. The ability to perform services such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrow and eyelash tinting will be an asset while building your hairstyling clientele. In this course, you will identify safety and sanitation procedures involved in nail and skin care. You will learn the functions, shapes and basic nail structure, as well as, how to examine nails and identify nail diseases and disorders. You will then learn to perform a basic manicure and pedicure along with treatments and shellac polish. As well, you will be able to perform basic facial waxing and basic make-up application. The final techniques you will be able to perform are eyebrow and eyelash tinting. You will have the opportunity to learn the theory behind specialty services such as wigs, hairpieces and hair additions.


    Course ID: HAIR114


    Hours: 46

    Credits: 3.0

    This is the beginning of your hairstyling journey. This course covers a wide range of topics to get you started. You will begin by learning safe work practices and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety Standards, WHMIS, infection control, and hygiene. You will also study how professional image and professional ethics affect both your personal and salon success. Understanding the basics of hair will help you understand the courses that follow. You will learn about the structure, chemical composition, and growth of hair, as well as, how to perform a hair and scalp analysis. You will also study mechanical, environmental, chemical and thermal damage to hair and be able to recognize and describe scalp disorders. Finally, you will create the outline for your online portfolio that you will continue to build throughout the program. At the end of the program, you will present your portfolio in HAIR215 Salon Business and Career Launch. This course is a foundational course that informs both theory and practice in the rest of your courses in the program.


    Course ID: HAIR103


    Hours: 35

    Credits: 2.0

    In this course students will learn how to gather client information, keep accurate client records and use this data to ensure predictable results for all services. They will develop communication skills required in the hairstyling industry and learn to recommend and prescribe professional hair care products for client's home use.


    Course ID: HAIR106


    Hours: 52

    Credits: 2.0

    In this course, students will learn to appropriately drape, wash and perform hair treatment services. They will also learn about selecting appropriate shampoos and conditioners based on hair and scalp conditions. Hair brushing and scalp massaging techniques will be performed.


    Course ID: HAIR107

    Name: HAIR CUTTING 1

    Hours: 159

    Credits: 10.50

    In this course you will learn to describe and perform the basic types of haircuts using multiple cutting and texturizing techniques. You will also develop the ability to use and care for all haircutting tools. In addition, you will learn design considerations for male clients regarding the different types of moustaches and beards.


    Course ID: HAIR108


    Hours: 79

    Credits: 3.5

    In this course you will develop their ability to design and create hairstyles using an array of styling tools.  Basic techniques taught will allow students to manipulate and form hair into shapes, styles, add volume and perform basic finishing techniques.  By the end of the course you will be able to create hairstyles from wet to dry.  


    Course ID: HAIR110


    Hours: 70

    Credits: 3.0

    In this course students will learn to describe the categories of colour and its effects on hair. They will also be able to describe basic colour application techniques and procedures and apply the Law of Colour to create and mix colour formulations.


    Course ID: HAIR113

    Name: SALON

    Hours: 204

    Credits: 7.0

    This course combines all past evaluations, and applied skills, taught throughout the hairstyling program. The course covers the daily course evaluations, capstone written exam, and capstone practical exam, and prepare the student for their Provincial exam, and Apprenticeship.


    Course ID: HAIR201


    Hours: 21

    Credits: 1.0

    This course will introduce you to the concepts of anatomy, physiology and skin – the parts of the body and how they work – which will allow you to care for your clients while delivering salon services that will help them look and feel their best.


    Course ID: HAIR214


    Hours: 135

    Credits: 6.0

    In this course you will be introduced to the history of chemical texturizing. You will also be introduced to perming and hair relaxing services, which represent the processes of using physical and chemical actions to permanently change the texture of hair. Knowing how to perform these services accurately and professionally will help build a trusting and loyal clientele.


    Course ID: HAIR215


    Hours: 34

    Credits: 3.0

    As a salon professional you will perform many creative services for clients. However, to have a successful salon career, it is important to see “the big picture” of how the salon industry works as a whole. Knowing how to get a job, keep a job and move up in your career, combined with your artistic talents, will pave the way to a fulfilling professional life. To reach your goals in this dynamic, growing field you will need to build and maintain professional relationships. In this course you will learn about the professional foundation of hairstyling (Red Seal and interprovincial regulations) and start to identify and build your own professional support network. This course will also help prepare you to coach and mentor others apprenticing in the field. This course will prepare you for your job search and future professional development. Therefore, you will create a résumé, plan a job search and prepare for an interview. You will finish and present your portfolio. You will also develop a career strategy that explores specializations and educational enhancements within the hairstyling profession.


    Course ID: HAIR204


    Hours: 100

    Credits: 6.0

    Hair colouring services provide stylists and clients with an opportunity for creative expression and artistry. In this course you will develop good techniques in determining which products and hair colour services are appropriate for your client and use them to create hair colour designs that will enhance your client’s appearance.


    Course ID: HAIR205


    Hours: 52

    Credits: 3.0

    In this course you will learn how to use the theory of form and structure to produce a variety of results in the medium of hair. Hairstyling is an important, foundational skill that allows the professional to articulate creativity and deliver a specific outcome desired by the client.


    Course ID: HAIR206

    Name: HAIR CUTTING 2

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 3.0

    In this course you will familiarize yourself with haircutting basics for both men and women, and then go in and practice, practice, practice. The more cuts you perform, the more competent you become and the more client satisfaction is guaranteed. A good haircut that is easy to style and maintain will make clients happy with their service and will build repeat services. You will also learn how to design, shape and colour moustaches and beards as well as hair tattoos.


    Course ID: HAIR213

    Name: SALON

    Hours: 393

    Credits: 13.0

    This course combines all past evaluations, and applied skills, taught throughout the hairstyling program. The course covers the daily course evaluations, capstone written exam, and capstone practical exam, and prepare the student for their Provincial exam, and Apprenticeship.

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