“Our orange looking days are over!”

The Style Academy is excited to launch Sunless Tanning as part of our Education Empire this fall. Guest educator Jamie, owner of After Glow Regina Spray Tanning, is excited to share her passion and knowledge about the industry and art of sunless tanning. From basics to body sculpting and special fx classes Jamie will educate you on products and equipment to make sure you are ready for what ever request you might get!


Message from Jamie

We are far from just spray tanners were also making people feel beautiful in many other ways. Women put make-up on there faces everyday to make them feel beautiful, what if you could the same to your body??? Many of my repeat clients are not just coming for tans but making them feel good about there skin and body. Not too mention our many expecting clients that love to come in those pregnancy stages for that perfect glow. With the wide range of amazing products now on the market I can almost make anything happen and the answer to my number question everyday “Will I be orange”? No absolutely not, product has come such a long way since then. Our orange looking days are over!


Learn more about the new Sunless Tanning classes!

This January 2016, Richard’s Beauty College which was est. 1961 will be launching in a new location on Broad Street, South Regina as “The Style Academy”.

Dan and Candyce have spent the past two years working on building a power team to execute new curriculum’s in Hair, Spa, Nail and Fashion Programs. We would like to acknowledge Deb Forsberg for her years of dedication to building a solid foundation and reputation for the college.

We are excited to build future Industry Leaders through The Style Academy and raising Industry standards.

Check back for more details soon!


Richards Beauty College has some exciting news and we cannot wait to share it with you! Watch for our announcement very soon.

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REGINA — Regina’s passion for fashion continues to grow.

On the heels of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, the Queen City is getting a new fashion styling certificate program, being introduced at Richards Beauty College.

“We believe the demand is there,” said Candyce Fiessel, co-owner of the popular local beauty college.

“Over the past few years, Saskatchewan’s fashion industry has grown into a creative community that has inspired individuals across the province to come together and showcase a diverse platform of talent,” she said. “In efforts to build upon the success of the local fashion industry, Richards Beauty College will be offering a fashion styling program for individuals to develop existing skills, or who want to be part of a creative industry that will continue to prosper for years to come.”

Fiessel, her cousin Chris Pritchard, and friend Chelsea Petterson founded Saskatchewan Fashion Week four years ago. Then in 2013, Fiessel and her uncle, Dan Pritchard (Chris’ dad), took over the reins at Richards.

For years, Fiessel, Petterson and the Pritchards have nurtured others who have made style their career choice.

“A big inspiration for me is growing people,” Fiessel said.

The annual provincial showcase and new fashion-styling program both provide an opportunity to do that.

“They celebrate the talent in Saskatchewan,” she said.

A hairdresser by trade, Fiessel’s experience in the fashion industry has been “strictly as a consumer.”

But her passion for the beauty industry knows no bounds.

So Fiessel recruited Petterson to be the new fashion-styling program’s main educator. Petterson is co-owner and buyer for Cade Style Lounge and Coda Clothing and Shoes.

The new program is designed for individuals to develop existing skills, as well as those who are new to the fashion industry.

What career opportunities exist? They include retail buyers, visual merchandiser, store planners, inventory control specialist, wholesale agents, manufacturers, retail management, fashion stylists, fashion show co-ordinator, fashion public relations and entrepreneur.

Classes are structured to be “small and intimate … to ensure students are exposed to the right balance of one-to-one and interactive group study.”

Each program is six weeks long, with a total of 48 hours of classes held two evenings per week. Tuition is $600.

Four introductory programs are being offered:

* The foundations of fashion program is a prerequisite for the other three programs.

The class includes a history of modern fashion, teaches how to build mood and inspiration boards, looks at how to dress different body types, and focuses on understanding apparel fundamentals, such as fit, texture and colour, patterns and prints, and layering.

* The fashion styling program teaches everything from how to prep and wrap a styling job to building industry contacts, setting up a photo shoot (editorial, catalogue and advertising) and how to do paperwork and billing as a wardrobe stylist.

* The fashion merchandising and buying program provides an overview of the fashion industry and examines fashion show production, as well as fashion wholesaling. The retail buying component will deal with planning sales and merchandise assortment. Visual merchandising will also be discussed, including developing floor plans and displays to maximize sales.

* The fashion marketing program will examine how the Internet and social networks affect today’s fashion, how to build social media skills in relation to business and branding and how to build a fashion business and brand. Fashion journalism and blogging will also be discussed. And students will be taught how to determining their worth how to price their services and products.

“We are very excited to begin with introductory programs for those looking to aspire a career in the fashion industry,” Fiessel said.



Certificate ProgramsRichards Beauty College is proud to introduce certificate and professional development programs designed specifically for health and beauty industry professionals who are striving to diversify and grow their skills and client portfolio. These four day, 16 hour programs deliver theoretical and practical education from award-winning educators.

Program dates will be determined based on enrolment demand.

Certified Manicurist

Certified Pedicurist

Waxing & Tinting

Brazilian Waxing






Course Schedule

4:30-8:30 p.m.

4:30-8:30 p.m.

4:30-8:30 p.m.

4:30-8:30 p.m.

Please contact Richards Beauty College to enrol in these programs or request more program information:

306.522.2077 | info@richardscollege.com

To review the course requirements and outlines for each program, visit the following links:

Certified Manicurist

Certified Pedicurist

Waxing & Tinting

Brazilian Waxing 


Siobhan Loos, Richards' Creative and Advanced Design educator and WorldSkills hairdressing judge. Regina’s Siobhan Loos knows hair.

So much so, in fact, that she’s recognized both nationally and internationally as a hairdressing expert.

Loos is a member of the prestigious WorldSkills Team Canada.

That has taken her to competitions all over Canada, as well as London, England and Leipzig, Germany both training and judging hairdressers.

“We have two sets of judges,” she explained.

One set of judges oversees the creative process “to make sure everything is going OK,” and the other set judges the finished work.

“In Canada, I’m part of the first set, because I am usually training a student and would recognize their work,” Loos said. “But when I go international, I’m the other a final (judge).

Judging on the world stage is a major commitment.

“It can be exhausting,” Loos admitted. “You are up at 5:30 a.m., and you are not back until 8:30 p.m. And you are going the whole time.”

After 10 days at this hectic pace, Loos said she was glad to be storm-stayed in a hotel in Toronto for two days on her way back to Regina following her most recent judging experience overseas in Leipzig.

Loos has made a lifelong commitment to the art of hairdressing.

“I have been a hairstylist all my life,” the 47-year-old instructor at Richard’s Beauty College and Esthetics said. “I have been teaching for about 18 years … I teach colour theory and an advanced design class.”

“I really enjoy it,” Loos said. “I like working with students.”

Not all students at the beauty college are cut out for the demanding and expensive hair competitions.

“There’s always just a certain percentage that come through that have that passion,” Loos said.

Not only do they need the skills, competitors need stamina.

“It’s mentally and physically exhausting,” Loos said.

Competitors need to be disciplined. Preparing for competitions involves an incredible amount of repetitiveness, she pointed out. “You have to practise, practise, practise. There’s no way around it … You have to repeat the same thing over and over again.

Time management is crucial. Stylists must break down the timing of creating their hairstyle, so they can get through all the steps necessary to accomplish what they need to within the allotted time period, which is typically three to four hours. That includes doing a technical cut, applying a colour and strategically placed foils, as well as styling the hair.

Not only does participating in hairdressing competitions involve a major time commitment, there’s a substantial financial commitment involved, as well.

“It’s thousands of dollars,” Loos said, adding that sponsorships help cover some costs.

To create a fair playing field, “high quality mannequin heads” are used, rather than live models, she explained.

They don’t come cheap. Male mannequin heads average $250 to $300, while female heads average $130 to $200, and upwards. Male mannequin heads tend to be more expensive because the heads are larger and a lot have full beards, Loos said. Competition mannequin heads feature glass eyes with eyelashes, and the ears are designed so earrings can be put on.

Competition mannequin heads can only be used once. “And you can’t just have two or three mannequins,” Loos pointed out. “You need dozens of mannequin heads to practise on.”

Hairdressing competitions provide an ideal opportunity to hone skills. Competitors need to stay abreast of new technology, continuously challenge their own creativity, and be aware of new, modern looks, she said. And that benefits salons in the long-run.

Regina definitely has the talent to participate on the world stage, Loos insisted.

“Just because we are a little smaller city doesn’t mean we are any less styling,” she said. “We go out of our way to be creative and give back.”

“Regina has a very, very good foundation when it comes to fashion and hair,” Loos said. “We are right in there with the big cities.”

Story: Irene Seiberling, Leader Post

RBEC-Dan & Candyce

Candyce Fiessel and Dan Pritchard have long been key players in Saskatchewan’s rapidly growing beauty industry. For years, they have nurtured others who have made style their career choice.

And now, the dynamic duo are taking it a step further by taking over the reins at a popular local beauty college.

At 61, Debra Forsberg, longtime owner of Richards Beauty and

 Esthetics College in Regina, has decided to retire.

“I enjoyed the passion of it all,” she said. “I have always worked hard-core.”

So selling the school she worked at for almost three decades, and owned for almost two, was not something Forsberg took lightly. There were opportunities to sell in the past.

“I have had a lot of people approach me,” she said.

But Forsberg was holding out for just the right fit. new owners who shared her vision and passion.

Fiessel and Pritchard first approached Forsberg several years ago, expressing interest in taking over the beauty school. But it wasn’t until this summer that the change of ownership became reality.

“The timing was right this time for me,” Forsberg said. “Dan brings so much wisdom from working behind the chair. And Candyce is a high-energy, talented, young woman.”

Pritchard, 51, has been working in the beauty industry since he was a teenager.

“I started when I was 16. I started with Mario in the Regina Inn,” he said.

In addition to working behind the chair, Pritchard has been an educator, sharing his expertise with other hairdressers during his years as a platform artist.

“He was my mentor and teacher,” the 29-year-old Fiessel said. It’s a family affair. Pritchard is Fiessel’s uncle. He shared his passion for the beauty industry not only with his niece, but also his son, Christopher, who is his partner at a salon in Harbor Landing. And Pritchard’s wife and Fiessel’s mother. who are sisters. are also involved, handling the accounting side of the business.

“My biggest passion is growing people,” Pritchard said. “Setting people up to succeed.” Fiessel echoed that sentiment. “The education part of it is just a passion. I wanted to be able to help grow young people into this industry successfully … to really help them set goals and strive towards growing to the next level.”

Another goal is to change the status quo of being a hairdresser, Pritchard said.

“We want to change the mentality of being ‘just a hairdresser.'” Hairdressers are entrepreneurs, educators, communicators and leaders, as well as stylists, he emphasized.

“There is so much involved in being a hairdresser. They can be very successful career people.”

His advice to young hairdressers? “Don’t undersell yourself !” Promoting the province’s beauty industry is something Pritchard and Fiessel take every opportunity to do. Both have been involved in the production of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, encouraging local talent and showcasing the province’s creativity.

Taking over the beauty college will allow them to expand their influence, they agreed.

“It’s exciting to dive back into educating on a weekly basis,” Pritchard said.

The school’s teaching instructors and curriculum will remain the same. As far as its location, Fiessel smiled and said, “We’re looking forward to outgrowing the current location!” “I hope we build our school into a model, a first in Saskatchewan,” Pritchard said.

“The biggest compliment would be to have salon owners waiting for our graduates to hire them,” Fiessel said.

“Just to see our students become successful based on the tools that we gave them, not by luck or by chance,” Pritchard added.

They’re up for the challenge, Fiessel and Pritchard agreed.

“It’s exciting!” Fiessel said.

“We’re passionate about this.”

Story: Irene Seiberling, Leader Post