Did you know that the VHA is part of Canada's most award-winning salon company over the last 10 years?
And did you know that our team is connected to some of the world's most highly regarded stylists? Like Jenny Strebe, AKA as Confessions of a Hairstylist.
Michael Levine is also Canada's only member of the Butterfly Circus, an incredible team of artists travelling North America teaching hairdressing.
Talk is cheap, we are out there every day, doing it.
Who do you want as your coach?
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER THE VHA?
There are a lot of schools out there to learn how to cut and colour hair. In fact, there are probably too many hairdressing schools. The difference is, most schools' agenda is to teach the student to pass an archaic and unnecessary exam, while our agenda is to teach them to be hairdressers.
The course at the Vancouver Hairdressing Academy is designed to teach the student the most important aspects of the job that most schools never touch on, and all salon owners wish they would. How do we know all of this? We live and breathe salon hairdressing every single day.
Our system is condensed into a 6-month program, allowing our students to graduate sooner and for less tuition cost than most hairdressing schools.
Add all of this to the fact that our relationships with North America's biggest and best stylists allows us to offer our students exclusive content, giving our graduates an edge on all other students in Vancouver.
We have the highest teacher to student ratio of any school. Our ability to offer one-on-one attention to our students is simply unheard of at any other school.
HOW COME THE VHA PROGRAM IS ONLY 6 MONTHS WHEN MOST SCHOOLS ARE 10 MONTHS?
What most schools don't want you to know is that the hair industry has been deregulated for many years. We no longer have to prepare students for an irrelevant exam.
Deregulation means we don't waste even a second of the students' time on anything that won't help to push them to be a successful hairstylist.
While most schools are sitting in a classroom discussing skin conditions, we are training our students in hands-on editorial styling. While most schools are showing how to wrap a perm and apply blue rinse, we are training our students to apply perfect foils in 45 minutes.
We're not saying we are better; it is just a completely different experience and concept, one based on a successful career and life in a high-end salon.
IT SOUNDS AMAZING BUT IS THIS LEGAL, AND WILL SALONS RECOGNIZE MY VANCOUVER HAIRDRESSING ACADEMY DIPLOMA?
Rest assured, we absolutely are legal, legitimate and recognized by the government. We are a Ministry Accredited Institution.
We have passed the same inspections, exams and criteria every single school must go through and our diploma holds the same weight as every other school. In fact, we like to think it holds a little more, since so few schools are run by and taught by people who ever made it in the hair industry. The VHA is run by one of the most successful salon owners and stylists in Canada and most of the instructors are currently working in high-end salons on clients. The advice and mentorship our students receive is truly outstanding.
As an aside, the Vancouver Hairdressing Academy is the only school that our parent company the Michael Levine Salon Group will hire from. This means any and all new talent hires in Caramel Salon and Space Salon will come from the VHA exclusively. Add to that that we have had graduates at prestigious salons like Suki's, Trim, Hype, Mohair, Eveline Charles, Hennessey, Moods, Supernova and many other fabulous locations all around Canada.
WHAT'S IN THE KIT?
Many schools place low quality tools in their students' bags and often the first thing many students do is start replacing things. We disagree with the idea that students should be given poor quality gear, so we've had a distributor put together the best kit possible at the best price. We put top quality tools into your hands from the first day, because if you act like a professional, you will become a professional. Your scissors are very good. You receive 6 mannequin heads. You get every brush you could possibly need in your career. Your flat iron, clippers and blowdryer are all top quality. And because we have real buying power due to the fact that we have 2 large sister salons, your investment gets you outstanding tools that you will be able to use in your career for years and years.
CAN I WRITE THIS PROGRAM OFF OR USE RESPs?
Absolutely yes to both questions. We are registered both provincially with the PCTIA and federally with the Canada Revenue Agency. For RESPs, your banker will find us on the list of federally registered institions, and at the end of your course you will be issued a tax receipt and form allowing you to claim your academy expenses on your next tax return.
HOW OFTEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE MICHAEL LEVINE ON CAMPUS?
Michael is in the academy often once a week to meet with students and generally delivers the resume and employment sessions personally. Usually Michael is involved in assisting students with their pre-exam as well, where he offers advice and coaching on where the student can improve their work.
Since much of the cutting in the course is delivered via video instruction, students get Michael's instruction in the most consistant way possible; on video.
WHY DO YOU USE VIDEO INSTRUCTION?
We've found that this method of instruction allows us the best, most consitant communication to our students. Constant repetition of the course material has our students learning and remembering our systems quickly and offers no confusion between instructors, the most common issue in most hairdressing schools.
But it's important to clarify that our students are not left alone. We have the highest teacher to student ratio of any school, anywhere. The video content is a tool so that the student can go back and clarify anything from any of the techniques they've learned any time.
We've created a culture based on sharing ideas and encouraging professional as well as life development. We'd love you to be a part of this experience.