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Are you creative and detail-oriented? Are you a “people person” and work well with others? Do you have a desire for life-long learning in a career that is constantly changing? Hairstyling may be the right career choice for you! Read on to find out why the Hairstyling Diploma Program at St. Lawrence College is the right place to start!

Hands-on Learning: The Hairstyling Diploma Program offers a balance of practical, theoretical, and experiential learning opportunities. Our students gain knowledge and skills in all areas of:

  • Hairstyling

  • Haircutting

  • Chemical services

  • Hair additions

  • Career preparation

  • Business operations

Be career ready – fast: Our Diploma Program is fast-tracked.  This means you complete a two-year diploma and are ready to begin your career in just 49 weeks (September-August).

Small class taught by industry professionals: Our faculty and staff have years of experience in both the Hairstyling and educational fields. Many of our faculty our graduates of our program! Practical (lab) classes have a low student to faculty/advisor ratio, giving students the attention they required to develop their hairstyling skills.

Real world learning: St. Lawrence College operates two training salons: Transitions (Brockville); Dynamic Designs (Kingston). The training salons give students the opportunity to apply their skills in a real-world setting. Additionally, the program also includes several field placement opportunities with our salon partners.

The full college experience: With campus services available to our students and options for paying for college which can include scholarships and bursaries St. Lawrence College is the start of something amazing!

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  • 1,500 vocational training hours as required by the Ministry of Advance Education & Skill Development.
  • Experiential learning in our fully operational training salons.
  • Professional brand hair care, styling, and chemical products.
  • Learn from and network with industry professionals through guest speaker opportunities and applied learning experiences.
  • Each year graduates of the Hairstyling Diploma Program are eligible to win one of three manufacturer sponsored awards.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our program can enjoy careers as:

  • Hair Stylists
  • Design, Color, or Texture Specialists
  • Salon Owner, Manager or Trainers
  • Self-Employed or Contract Stylists
  • Industry Sales Consultants
  • Manufacturer Educator/Representative/Platform Artists
  • Editorial, Theatrical or Film Stylists
  • Industry Teacher/Instructors

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Program Name


Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

49 Weeks

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Required books: Approximately $400.
Required dress: Professional Black and white dress code/student name plate.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

At the conclusion of each year graduates of the Hairstyling Diploma Program are eligible to win one of three manufacturer awards:

  • NP Group Beauty Supply Award – Awarded to a Hairstyling graduate based on outstanding proficiency in skill, who displays the highest degree of professionalism which will enhance the quality of the hair design industry.
  • Beauty Systems Group Volunteer Award – Awarded to a Hairstyling graduate who has volunteered exceedingly, exhibited professional appearance and behavior, promoted class spirit and demonstrated dedication to the hair design industry.
  • Redken Elite Scholarship – Awarded to a full-time student who has displayed leadership abilities, dedication with professional work ethic, determination, commitment to product prescriptive services, enthusiasm, and positive attitude to developing their artistic skills to a high level of expertise in the Hairstyling industry.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
HAIR 101 Haircutting 1
HAIR 111 Hairstyling 1
HAIR 121 Chemical Services 1
HAIR 50 Hairstyling Theory I
HAIR 53 Salon Career Preparation
MATH 94 Mathematics for Service Professionals
General Education

Semester 2
HAIR 202 Haircutting 2
HAIR 212 Hairstyling 2
HAIR 222 Chemical Services 2
HAIR 60 Hairstyling Theory II
HAIR 281 Applied Learning Experience 1
General Education

Semester 3
HAIR 303 Haircutting 3
HAIR 313 Hairstyling 3
HAIR 323 Chemical Services 3
HAIR 333 Hair Additions
HAIR 49 Business for Salon Professionals
HAIR 70 Hairstyling Theory III
HAIR 382 Applied Learning Experience 2
HAIR 383 Applied Learning Experience 3
General Education Online

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:
    • Grade 12 English at the C, U or E level
    • Grade 11 Math
    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.



    Health Requirements



    The Hairstyling program at St Lawrence College exceeded my expectations in every way. The teachers are knowledgeable, helpful and actually work in the industry as leading stylists, salon owners and platform artists. The theory classes are definitely useful as it shows you the science behind making hair look beautiful. The classroom is set up like an actual salon which gave me hands-on experience and allowed to learn what would be expected out in the work force.The Hairstyling program at SLC is perfect for anyone that is looking to get prepared for a career that is fun, creative and offers limitless possibilities in the beauty industry!

    Lacey McGinnis, St. Lawrence College Hairstyling program

    Program Contact

    Paula Dickson

    Admissions Information

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does “fast-track” mean?

    • Fast-track means that this two-year diploma program will be completed in 49 condensed weeks. This is completed with the inclusion of a third (spring semester). The program operates from the beginning of September to the middle of August. Class schedules are also condensed with classes taking place every weekday, approximately 6-8 hours of class per day. Ultimately, fast-track means you will career ready in less than 1 year!

    Other than tuition, what costs are associated with this program?

    • In addition to tuition, all students also pay compulsory fees associated with each program. Compulsory fees cover cost for student facilities, such as the gym. In the Hairstyling Program, compulsory fee also cover the cost of the “hairstyling kit”, which contains all the tools and mannequins needed for the program.

    Are all the pre-requisites required?    

    • Yes, applicants must have their OSSD or equivalent, with grade 12 English (E, C, U, or M level) and grade 11 Math (E, C, U, or M level). Applicants without these pre-requisites should consider contacting St. Lawrence’s Career/College Prep Program to complete required courses.

    Is this program offered on a part-time basis?

    • This is a full-time program, meaning priority goes to full-time applicants. However, in cases where seats are still available, student may be eligible to take part-time. Applicants interested in this option should first contact the Program Coordinator. Kingston, contact Paula Dickson – 613-544-5400 ext.6823 Brockville, contact Taunya Murphy – 613-345-0660 ext. 1921

    Are their options for credit transfers?

    • Students who have courses from other Ontario College or Universities may be eligible to transfer those credits to qualify for courses in our program. Most commonly student with previous College or University experience are eligible to credit transfer General Education credits. Student who have credits to transfer should book an appointment with Program Coordinator within the first week of school to discuss eligibility. Students should bring the course outline/syllabus of the courses they wish to transfer and their official transcript showing completed credits. Credit transfers of other St. Lawrence College course are free. Credit transfers from other institutions are subject to a fee.

    How and when do I apply?

    • All applicants must apply through the Ontario Colleges Applicant Service (OCAS): Typically, applicant deadline is the beginning of February. However, as long as seats are available, you can apply. Contact the recruiting team for more information:

    How do I know what the status of my application is?

    • For questions concerning the status of your application, please contact the recruiting team at or 1-800-463-0752.

    How can I find out more information?

    • St. Lawrence College offers an “Open House” each fall and each spring.
    • The recruiting team can answer many question you may have about the program or the College in general or schedule a college tour:
    • Program Coordinators at each campus can answer your program/course specific questions: Kingston, Paula Dickson: Brockville, Taunya Murphy:  

    Advanced Standing

    Not Applicable
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