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Available at: Brockville | Kingston


The Hairstyling Diploma Program offers practical, theoretical, and experiential learning opportunities to prepare students for an exciting career in the Hairstyling industry. Our students gain knowledge and skills in all areas of hairstyling, including haircutting, styling, chemical services, hair additions as well as career preparation and business operations.

Our Diploma Program is fast-tracked.  Our students complete a two-year diploma and are ready to begin their careers in just 49 weeks.

Our faculty and staff are a group of highly trained, skilled professionals with years of experience in both the Hairstyling and educational fields and many of are faculty our graduates of our program! Our faculty team is continually updating their skills to offer our students the most current hairstyling techniques and trends to prepare them for this ever-changing industry.




  • Our program meets the 1,500 vocational training hours required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Our graduates are then eligible to complete an Apprenticeship (without completing any exemption testing), after which time graduates are eligible to write the Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) exam to become a licensed Hairstylist in Ontario.
  • Our students gain experiential learning in our fully operational training salons: Transition Training Salon (Brockville) and Dynamic Designs (Kingston).
  • Our students are trained with professional brand hair care, styling, and chemical products: Redken and Matrix; and in administrative operations using Milano Spa Software.
  • Our students learn from and network with industry professionals through guest speaker opportunities and applied learning experiences throughout the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our program can enjoy careers as:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Design, Color, or Texture Specialist
  • Salon Owner, Manager or Trainer
  • Self-Employed or Contract Stylist
  • Sales Consultant
  • Manufacturer Educator/Representative/Platform Artist
  • Editorial, Theatrical or Film Stylist
  • Industry Teacher/Instructor

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 2020-21

Semester 1
HAIR 53 Entrepreneurial Skills 1: Communications and Ethics
HAIR 101 Haircutting 1: Fundamentals
HAIR 111 Hairstyling 1: Preparatory Procedures
HAIR 121 Chemical Services 1: Introduction to Haircolouring Techniques
MATH 84 Math for Hairstylists
HAIR 102 Salon Safety Standards
HAIR 100 Applied Salon Services 1
General Education Course

Semester 2
HAIR 202 Haircutting 2: Barbering Fundamentals
HAIR 212 Hairstyling 2: Formal Styling
HAIR 222 Chemical Services 2: Intermediate Haircolouring and Chemical Techniques
HAIR 281 Applied Learning Experience 1
HAIR 200 Applied Salon Services 2
HAIR 54 Entrepreneurial Skills 2: Career Planning and Marketing
General Education Course

Semester 3
HAIR 49 Entrepreneurial Skills 3: Business Operations
HAIR 303 Haircutting 3: Advanced Haircutting Techniques
HAIR 313 Hairstyling 3: Trends and Customization
HAIR 323 Chemical Services 3: Advanced Haircolouring
HAIR 333 Hair Additions
HAIR 382 Applied Learning Experiences 2
HAIR 300 Applied Salon Services 3
HAIR 301 Advanced Hair Design
HAIR 302 Licensing Exam Preparation
HAIR 383 Applied Learning Experiences 3
General Education Elective (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.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details



    Health Requirements



    The hairstyling program and Dynamic Designs training salon surpassed all expectations and has provided me with the skills and experience to succeed in the hairstyling industry. If you're looking for superior teaching, exciting learning, and an experience that speaks for itself, choose St. Lawrence College.

    Alicia Cross

    Program Contact

    Paula Dickson

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    International Students Contact:

    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 12 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 hosts an Open House each fall and spring. Visit for more information.
    • 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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