CUT ABOVE: SLSS stu­dents schooled in cos­me­tol­ogy

Seaway News - - EDUCATION - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario –A hands- on pro­gram at St. Lawrence Sec­ondary School ( SLSS) is teach­ing the ins and outs of beau­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The cos­me­tol­ogy class at SLSS has be­come a big hit with stu­dents who plan on mak­ing a ca­reer out of hairstyling.

“This course pro­vides a credit to­wards their high school diploma as well as an insight into cos­me­tol­ogy pro­fes­sions,” said Kerri Berg­eron, cos­me­tol­ogy teacher.

The class spe­cial­izes in hairstyling, hair colour­ing, perms, makeup and man­i­cures.

It takes a few lessons be­fore stu­dents ac­tu­ally get some­one in a swivel chair for a chop. First, they learn how to fix a bad hair day on fel­low class­mates and man­nequins.

“In my class, only se­nior al­lowed to cut hair,” she said.

Berg­eron teaches three classes with ap­prox­i­mately 20 stu­dents in each and ev­ery class has a male stu­dent. The class­room fea­tures sev­eral hairstyling sta­tions equipped with mir­rors, shelv­ing, sinks and var­i­ous ameni­ties.

For stu­dent Caitlin Mingo- Loucks the class of­fers a real cut­ting edge for her fu­ture plans. She’s pur­su­ing hairstyling as a ca­reer and sees it as an op­por­tu­nity to prep for col­lege.

“I’ll know what to ex­pect and a lot more than other stu­dents,” said Mingo-Loucks, 17.

Stu­dent Ta­nis Lafram­boise sees the class as a way to stretch her artis­tic side.

“In­stead of a can­vass I’m us­ing some­one’s hair to find my cre­ativ­ity,” she said.

Both stu­dents agreed that it’s also a nice


are break from biology.

Berg­eron said peo­ple from the com­mu­nity have put their hair in the hands of her stu­dents with great re­sults.

“We are for­tu­nate that the Corn­wall po­lice have vol­un­teered to have a stu­dent cut their hair,” she said.

To get a real un­der­stand­ing of the trade busi­nesses come in for Q& As. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Art & Tech­nique Hairstyling Col­lege and makeup artist Kayla Bes­ner from ‘ A Cut Above’ show new tech­niques to stu­dents and an­swer ques­tions.

“It pro­vides them with the op­por­tu­nity to learn skills that en­hance their self- es­teem, con­fi­dence, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and abil­ity to work as a team,” said Berg­eron.

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