Weyburn's hairstylist program gives hands-on experience to students

The Teach-and-Trim salon at Southeast College provides the students hands-on practical experience in hair styling, cutting and colouring.

The program is full with 10 students currently, studying under instructor Kate Mahoney at the Weyburn campus, with the salon open for clients five days a week by appointment.

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The 45-week program started up in September with classroom sessions, where the students learned the theory of hair-styling, with techniques and processes explained using mannequins as practice.

The students then began operating the Teach-and-Trim salon in January, and will go until the end of July.

“It duplicates a hair salon in every way, and by the end they should be completely independent,” said Mahoney, adding having actual clients come in for a hair cut or style will help the students make the transition into a salon business.

When the girls first began having clients, whether it was a family member, friend or someone from the public, they were very nervous and dependent on her to help them.

“It’s when they learn the most,” said Mahoney. “It mimics a real salon in so many ways.”

During the program, she also tries to bring in educators from the community, from different salons in the city or from Regina, to bring their expertise to the classroom.

The services range from cuts, colours and perms to skin care, waxing, styles and treatments.

As the salon follows all COVID protocols, including a questionnaire at the door before coming inside, no walk-ins are permitted, but appointments can be made by calling 306-848-2509.

The program can also be followed in Instagram, @southeastcollegeteachandtrim.

The posts feature student work, in-class competitions and salon specials.