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VCC Salon and Spa Gives Students and Clients the Keys to a Dynamic City
Written by Fresh Vancouver   

Two years after the beauty school’s high-end update, the film and fashion world is calling.

spa facial treatmentIn 2013, the VCC Salon and Spa—an institution devoted to teaching future beauty professionals their craft—got its own makeover. The campus was renovated into a truly high-end environment, as sleek and tranquil as any downtown salon or spa. At the same time, the training program got a business unit that freed up its instructors to focus on teaching and pursuing training in the latest hair and spa techniques.

It was a major overhaul for VCC’s longrunning hair design and skin and body therapy certificate programs. Was the investment worth it?

Geeta Charach, the Business Manager who came to the VCC Salon and Spa along with the high-end renovations, believes the results speak for themselves. “We keep increasing number of classes. Our enrollment is increasing. Clients want to be in our state-of-the-art facilities. We’re typically fully booked and have a daily wait list.”

That’s something that should pique the interest of prospective students. Learning the ins and outs of the beauty trade in a fully booked salon and spa can make a world of difference.

For example, hair design students at VCC Salon and Spa learn by working with people, not mannequins. Charach explains the difference: “Mannequins sit on a stand and don’t move or talk. They don’t have hair that’s been coloured or permed many times. They don’t bring their kids. Our students get a dynamic experience of working with real people.”

Indeed, the dynamism of the VCC Salon and Spa experience extends far beyond mannequins. A quick survey of the school’s activities reveals an institution that is deeply integrated with the vibrant city it calls home.

Top beauty brands regularly rent the school’s facilities for demonstrations or to prep for hair shows. Professionals use the space to prep for photo shoots. The film industry is beginning to knock on VCC’s doors. VCC students have now spent five seasons providing hair services in the glamorous whirlwind that is Vancouver Fashion Week.

“Our students get opportunities that make them more excited and motivated,” says Charach. “And when they do their practicums, chances are they are going to get hired. In fact, our students’ rate for employment is 89%.”

Clients of the salon and spa are equally excited by what they experience. “People come to us because they get a genuine highend salon spa experience with top-shelf beauty brands like Eminence, Dermalogica, Joico, and Goldwell for a reasonable price. I mean…$11 for a haircut? Facials starting at $32.50? That’s amazing!”

If you’re a future beauty professional looking for a dynamic training experience, or if you’re on the hunt for top-shelf yet affordable services, visit www.VCC.ca/services/eatshop--more/vcc-salon--spa/. Or check out VCC students’ latest creations on Instagram@vccsalonspa.