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On the Cutting Edge

October 13, 2011

My interview with Canada’s top young hairstylist, Kaylyn Mack

This Saskatchewanian apprentice has experienced what many hairstylists only dream of. Last week, Kaylyn competed on the international stage at the WorldSkills competition in London, England.

The event, which was attended by more than 150,000 spectators, featured 1,000 competitions in 46 different trades and technologies.

Kaylyn landed this opportunity after winning top honours at the Skills Canada national competition. Such a huge accomplishment and an amazing experience! She said that “joy” and “pride” were the only two words to describe what it felt like to win.

I’m always curious to know where someone who is so successful and passionate finds their day-to-day inspiration. For Kaylyn, her clients’ smiles and pride when they leave an appointment are all she needs!

Kaylyn is currently finishing up a two-year apprenticeship. She believes that apprenticing is the best way for a beginning hairdresser to learn, and had only positive things to say about her experience.

“I have had the opportunity to work under successful hairstylists,” she explained. “Learning from their experiences, mistakes, and success has helped me the most.”

Kaylyn sees a successful future ahead in hairdressing and continues to strive to be the best by keeping it simple and leaving her doors wide open. What are her career aspirations? “Having a steady clientele, dabbling in the art of teaching, and working with a hair company, whether it be platform work or education.”

Hairdressing is just one of more than 50 Red Seal trades. If you’re thinking about becoming an apprentice in one of them, you should know that the Government of Canada offers up to $4,000 in grants.

Congratulations to Kaylyn and the rest of the WorldSkills Team Canada—you’ve made us proud.

Derek