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Hair Stylist

Approved Career Program

High caliber education, pairing practical & theoretical skills.

Encompassing all aspects of the art and science of Hairstyling, OCI’s mission is to prepare each individual for a career beyond education. Delivered from highly experienced and educated instructors using professional grade equipment, your education will encompass products, skills and scenarios that mirror a professional salon environment that you will experience in the industry. The OCI Hairstylist programs will walk you through all of the criteria as set-forth by the Industry Training Authority to prepare each stylist for the theoretical and practical assessments of Red Seal Designation.

OCI is now ITA Designated for Hairstylist Foundations,
Level 1 and Level 2 technical training
– one of the first
private schools
in BC to earn such a designation.

Thank you for being the most awesome, patient & kindest instructors in the whole wide world (and for helping and stuff)!

- Robin B.

Your OCI education leads to many career opportunities:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Educator
  • Colour Specialist
  • Up-Do Specialist
  • Cruise Ship Stylist
  • Platform Artist
  • Salon Owner
  • Movie & Film
  • Celebrity Stylist
  • Hair Instructor

I love to see the transformation of the students from when they first start the program until they emerge from their foundations program into functional, confident, talented stylists.

Laura Makeiff is a Red Seal Endorsed Hair stylist  instructor with over 13 years experience in the Industry.  Laura has used her talents to specialize  in hair extensions with Balmain Paris, and made it her mission to take as many cutting classes, and advanced courses to continually expand her knowledge. Laura has never stopped learning, and has used that dedication by successfully completing the five year Provincial Instructor Diploma Program(PIDP).

Laura’s her true passion is advanced cutting and brings her commitment to leadership  as an instructor at OCI.  Laura has used LAB to design a foundations program that ensures each student has the opportunity to learn these skills.


  • Tuition: $11,500
  • Kit & Textbooks: $2,760
  • Registration Fees: $250
  • Student Fees: $330
  • Assesment Fee: $250
  • TOTAL: $15,090 + tax

Course Start Dates

  • February 5, 2019
  • September 3, 2019
  • February 4, 2020
  • September 1, 2020
  • February 2, 2021

* Start dates are subject to change


This is the flagship program of OCI that offers all components of the Red Seal Hairstylist Program. This program is designed to take students from the basics of hairstyling all the way through to the advanced portion. This program allows students to stay under the supervision of red seal instructors & invigilators while developing the skills taught in Foundations throughout the work based training hours, in our in-house salon. This allows students to develop their skill set and confidence, before seamlessly moving into the Level 2 technical training.

In the duration of this program students will achieve ITA Hairstylist Foundations program, ITA Standardized Level Exam (SLE), ITA Hairstylist Level 2 and the ITA Interprovincial Red Seal Exam.


Level 2

This is the advanced portion of the Red Seal Hairstylist Program. This program is designed for industry professionals with a minimum of 2 years in the industry, completed the Level 1 Apprenticeship or having completed the Foundations Program. An industry sponsor is required. The successful completion of this program results in ITA Hairstylist Level 2 and completing the ITA Interprovincial Red Seal Exam.

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