Ontario hair stylists call for updates to OCOT educational standards

July 28, 2021
Hair stylists in Ontario are concerned over the lack of training stylists receive for working with textured hair. The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), which sets educational standards for Ontario hairstylists, reportedly began work to incorporate Black and ethnic hairstyling techniques into the standards in 2017, but never finished the revisions. CBC reports that hair schools do not provide mandatory training on working with textured hair, and Algonquin College hairstyling program co-ordinator Deanna Douglas explained that the OCOT standards are ambiguous. “It’s time for the curriculum to be updated and to be really laid out,” said Douglas. OCOT has said that it is reviewing the current standards and plans to finalize the process for developing new standards by the end of the year. CBC (ON)