Program Information

The Hairstylist program is offered over three consecutive terms, and provides students with a two-year Ontario College Diploma delivered in only 12 months. This pre-apprenticeship program includes 1,500 hours of hairstyling education: 510 hours of hairstyling theory and 990 hours of practice in hair cutting, styling, colouring and lightening, permanent waving, chemical relaxing and hair additions and trends. Students will also have the opportunity to study three general education courses.

A highlight and important aspect of the learning experience is the operation of the Salon & Spa at Lambton, a live practical lab where students practice hairstyling skills and salon business skills in preparation for salon management or ownership. Each week, students welcome clients into the salon and offer a variety of services. The array of services grows throughout the year as students develop their knowledge and mastery of hairstyling skills.

At any point, the student may be eligible to register at an apprenticeship branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development as an apprentice to complete 2,000 hours of in-salon apprenticeship hours. Once both components, in-school and apprenticeship (in-salon) hours have been satisfied, graduates are able to write the provincial Certificate of Qualification Exam for an additional fee. Upon successful completion of this exam they become licensed hairstylists. 

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Course List

HSL-1028: Permanent Waving

In this course students will perform a permanent wave using current and relevant methods according to hair type and style. They will analyze the hair, choose the correct wrapping technique and use the test curl method of verification.

HSL-1036: Hair Cutting I

Through this course, the learner gains basic knowledge and the ability to cut and to style hair to the desired shape to meet client expectations and specifications using a variety of cutting tools. The learner will also gain the knowledge and the ability to properly shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp. The learner gains knowledge to demonstrate safe working practices in the workplace as well as performing preventative maintenance and decontamination procedures adhering to regulation, workplace standards and policies.

HSL-1008: Hair Colouring and Lightening I

Through this course, the learner gains the basic knowledge and ability to perform a colour treatment at a beginner level using various colouring products. The student is able to apply relevant knowledge and techniques of colour and lightening services to diffuse, replace and enhance natural and artificial pigmentation to meet the expected outcome, adhering to regulation and manufacturers specification.

HSL-1046: Styling and Finishing Techniques I

A hairstylist's reputation can be made on their ability to style and finish hair well. This course introduces students to the techniques used to style wet and dry hair. Students will use a variety of styling tools and work with medium and long hair to create a range of hair styles.

HSL-1064: Applied Salon Experience I

This course provides students the opportunity to practice on fellow students and perfect the skills they have acquired during this semester; in a professional spa setting. All facets of daily spa activities are introduced. Students are responsible for booking appointments, laundry, cleaning as well as performing services. Professionalism is stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-3062: Salon and Spa Development I

In this online course, the challenges of successfully owning and/or operating a spa, salon or related business are introduced in this course. Emphasis is placed on communication, marketing strategies and professionalism. The importance of selling services and products and building positive client relationships are discussed.

SPA-1033: Hair Removal (optional)

This hybrid course explores anatomy of the follicle/hair structure and appendages. Proper waxing techniques are demonstrated, followed by close supervision of "hands on practice". Proper hygienic procedures are stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-3013: Make-Up Artistry and Application (optional)

Course content includes various professional makeup techniques and discussion on the latest products available. A focus is placed on daytime and evening makeup application looks. Bridal, photography, creative and glamour looks are explored. Instruction on brow shaping and artificial lash application is included and practiced by students. Students study best practices for decontamination according to Canada Health and Safety Standards.

HSL-2048: Chemical Relaxing

In this course, students will chemically relax hair by selecting and applying relevant knowledge of, and skills with, chemical products and techniques in order to meet the needs and expectation of the client. They will analyze the hair, choose the correct strength of product and use the strand test method of verification.

HSL-2036: Hair Cutting II

In this course, the learner will develop advanced knowledge and skill in the ability to cut and style hair using a variety of cutting tools to meet client specifications. In addition students will enhance their knowledge and skills to properly shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp. They will also add to their knowledge of safe working practices and demonstrate their knowledge by performing preventative maintenance and decontamination procedures by adhering to regulation, workplace standards and policies.

HSL-2007: Hair Colour and Lightening II

Through this course, the learner gains the knowledge and ability to perform colour treatments at an advanced level using various colouring products. The student is able to apply relevant knowledge and techniques of colour and lightening services to diffuse, replace and enhance natural and artificial pigmentation to meet the expected outcome, adhering to regulation and manufacturers specification.

HSL-2046: Styling and Finishing Techniques II

In this course, the learner will develop advanced knowledge and skill in the techniques used to style wet and dry hair. Students will work with medium and long hair to create a range of hair styles. They will learn to use a variety of styling tools and techniques including blow drying, thermal styling, upstyling, finger methods, pin curls, braiding and finger waves.

HSL-2066: Applied Salon Experience II

In this course all facets of daily salon activities will be introduced. Students will work in a professional salon setting practicing, reinforcing and perfecting all the skills they have acquired. They will be responsible for booking appointments, interacting and consulting with clients. Students will maintain all aspects of the salon to the highest standards of cleanliness and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-4062: Salon and Spa Development II

Building on the skills and knowledge presented in Salon and Spa Development I, students examine the challenges of success owning and/or operating a spa/salon or related business. Employee personalities and management are discussed. Students expand on promotions and marketing ideas. Emphasis is placed on communication, professionalism, business mathemetics and the details of how to create a business plan.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

HSL-3075: Current Trends and Techniques

New Trends and Techniques introduces students to the world of hair additions, specialty styling and the needs of a wide array of clients. Students will build on all previous hairstyling classes and will hone their skills to prepare them for the studio.

HSL-3035: Hair Cutting III

In this course, the learner will develop advanced knowledge and skill in the ability to cut and style hair using a variety of cutting tools to meet client specifications. In addition students will enhance their knowledge and skills to properly shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp. They will also add to their knowledge of safe working practices and demonstrate their knowledge by performing preventative maintenance and decontamination procedures by adhering to regulation, workplace standards and policies.

HSL-3007: Hair Colour and Lightening III

Through this course, the learner gains the knowledge and ability to perform colour treatments at an advanced level using various colouring products. The student is able to apply relevant knowledge and techniques of colour and lightening services to diffuse, replace and enhance natural and artificial pigmentation to meet the expected outcome, adhering to regulation and manufacturers specification.

HSL-3045: Styling and Finishing Techniques III

In this course, the learner will develop advanced knowledge and skill in the techniques used to style wet and dry hair. Students will work with medium and long hair to create a range of hair styles. They will learn to use a variety of styling tools and techniques including blow drying, thermal styling, advanced upstyling, finger methods, pin curls, braiding and finger waves.

HSL-3069: Applied Salon Experience III

In this course all facets of daily salon activities will be introduced. Students will work in a professional salon setting practicing, reinforcing and perfecting all the skills they have acquired. They will be responsible for booking appointments, interacting and consulting with clients. Students will maintain all aspects of the salon to the highest standards of cleanliness and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a mobile device (laptop or tablet).

See full device requirements.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates work in salons, spas or resorts as hairstylists, stage artists, colour technicians, salon managers or business owners. They are also successful as sales representatives or product educators for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of hairstyling products.

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