Studio and Editorial Hairstyling Summer School


Being able to style hair is a vital skill for makeup artists in Canada, not only because it is expected that you are able to do both (hair and make-up) but it can also gain you leverage in a very competitive industry; as it allows you to say yes to more jobs.

Hairstyling is almost always required for print and film shoots (excluding union projects) as well as private clients and red-carpet beauty. Those with bridal clientele, will certainly benefit from offering hairstyling services as well.

This is course is two days a week, run over a three week period, totalling 6 full days. The course covers wet & dry setting, blowouts, various curling techniques (using a curling iron and a straightener) various up-dos, basic braids, the perfect pony tail, proper back combing techniques.

Because hair styling involves muscle memory, we have designed this course to maximize hands on practice time. This allows the students to not only absorb the theory, but also put it in to practice and work through any roadblocks or challenges they may come across.

Our goal is to get your hair styling skills “360º camera ready”

Class Schedule

1. July 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
2. August 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24, 2018 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Class Time

9am - 4:30pm includes 1 hour lunch break

Class Fee
Tuition Balance: $995.00 (due two weeks before first day of class)

GianLuca Orienti

Born in Florence and raised in the Tuscan countryside, GianLuca developed passions for art and nature from a young age. Texture, colours, and the power of transformation and creation always fascinated him. Captivated by the seductive force and contrasting fragility of female beauty, GianLuca studied makeup, skincare, and special effects in Florence.

GianLuca began his career in Italy as the protégé of the late celebrity makeup artist Gil Cagné. He learned about the architectural aspects of face and hair, in addition to acquiring Gil’s very distinctive techniques. GianLuca’s skills, professionalism, and warm personality, garnered him a succession of television appearances and fashion shows in Milan, Rome, and Florence. After finding success in Italy, GianLuca brought his talent to Canada in search of new challenges.

GianLuca’s insightful, conceptual contributions and technical expertise have been seen in numerous Canadian magazines, such as FASHION, FQ, Glow, Elle Canada, Hello!, and Zoomer.

In addition to fashion and beauty editorials, GianLuca has worked for many commercial clients, including Sony, CTV, UTV, Rogers, Nivea, Cineplex Odeon, TD Insurance, QuickBooks, Clorox, Gatorade, Mott’s Clamato Juice, and YSL Beauté. It was for YSL Beauté that he worked on a number of occasions with supermodel Coco Rocha.

GianLuca continuously keeps abreast of the newest products and has been a favourite amongst French makeup lines for representation and media events in Toronto, namely, Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, and YSL Beauté. GianLuca has also enjoyed working with the English fashion house of Burberry since the Canadian launch of their first makeup line.

GianLuca has also collaborated on set for television programmes such as Canadian Idol, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, and The Shopping Network for Jay Manual Cosmetics. He worked for Canada’s Next Top Model too, where he prepared supermodel Yasmine Warsame.

Some of GianLuca's work can be seen here:


* Please note that this course does not certify you as a hairdresser. Students will receive a Certificate upon successful completion of the program.