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Take a moment to get to know a few extraordinary Paul Mitchell Schools alumni. Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big—and getting a great education.

DJ Quintero

DJ Quintero is a fashion and celebrity stylist whose work has appeared everywhere from the runways of New York Fashion Week to the Golden Globes to Vogue. His star-studded client list includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Blake Lively, Mick Jagger, Miranda Kerr and many more.

Q: How did you get from Paul Mitchell Schools to where you are today?

A: I knew I wanted to work in fashion, so when I graduated I moved to New York City and applied to every major salon. Eventually I got a job with Serge Normant. He’s a top stylist in the fashion world, and I learned about the whole industry from him. When I’m not on a shoot or on the road with a celebrity, I’m behind the chair in his salon.

Q: You recently collaborated with the legendary designer Valentino when he created costumes for the New York City Ballet. What was that like?

A: Nerve-racking—but really cool! Valentino would give me drawings of how he wanted the hair to be, and I would practice the hairstyles in front of him. His vision was so grand and extravagant—huge things on the dancers’ heads—and they had to be able to dance. But we made it work. And now I have this whole book of Valentino sketches at my apartment.

Written By: PMAE

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