Learning on the cutting edge: Hair salon opens at Welland Campus Sept. 27


Real world experience is always in style at NC's Hair Salon. The salon opens at the Welland Campus on Sept. 27.

Applied learning is a cut above at Niagara College, and the Welland Campus now has a new hair salon to prove it.

September 27 marked the opening of the new hair salon at NC’s Welland Campus inside the transformed Pavilion building. The new salon will be a venue for the College’s Hairstyling students to brush up their skills in a real-world environment, with real clients. The College relocated its Hairstyling programs from the former Niagara Falls Campus, where they also operated a salon, to Welland in September as part of its Campus Redevelopment plan.

Open to the public, all services at the hair salon are provided by students. Students are fully supervised by staff and faculty members who are also included in service consultations with clients. Services offered include haircuts, colour, highlights, perms and straightening, up-styling, blowouts and more (full service and price list attached).

The new 9,000-square-foot space in the Pavilion building has had a full makeover before being taken over by the Hairstyling program. Expanded from its former location in Niagara Falls, the new salon features two modern-salon style labs that share a hair washing area, a third lab where students practice on mannequins, and a collaborative learning area / lounge. A full line of hair products for both men and women are also available for sale in the salon’s retail area.

Hairstyling Techniques and Apprenticeship coordinator Joe Abbruscato noted that he believes the opening at the larger Welland Campus will be a positive experience for students.

“Now that we are in Welland, the students will get the whole Niagara College experience. Along with that, our students will also gain a lot more experience on the enterprise side,” said Abbruscato. “With a built in clientele, students will get a chance to work on clients in our beautiful new labs.”

During fall term, clinics will run on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Appointments are required but walk-ins are also welcome.

Clients of the hair salon at NC also receive free parking permits to park on campus during their appointments. Contact the Teaching Hair Salon at 905-735-2211 extension 3620 to book an appointment or inquire about services.

Niagara College is home to a two-year Hairstyling diploma program as well as a Hairstylist Apprenticeship program (two to two-and-a-half years). Visit Niagaracollege.ca for details.

Niagara College Hair Salon Price List

(Taxes included)

Childrens Cut (under 12) $6
Haircut $12
Wash and Blowout $12
K-Pak Treatment (with blowout) $28
Partial Highlights $33
Full Highlights $50
Colour $27
Partial Highlights with Colour $42
Full Highlights with Colour $60
Perms & Straightening $35
Perms $35
Up-Styling $30
Ombre $50
Double Processing $60
K-Pak Treatment add on to any chemical service $10

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