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Take a moment to get to know some extraordinary Vanguard College of Cosmetology, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, alumni.

Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big—and getting a great education.

Garrett Neal Halphen

Owner/Creative Director/ Stylist of the Garrett Neal Studio

A pioneer (as Mark would say) with the first graduating class of Vanguard College of Cosmetology, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, Garrett is blessed to be the son of two wonderful hairstylists and salon owners. His late father, Neal Halphen, owned a salon in Baton Rouge for 20 years. His mother Lydia was the artistic director of Lockworks and is still doing hair after 39 years. He is the owner/creative director and stylist of The Garrett Neal Studio. Business has been growing and expanding ever since opening! He loves motivating, inspiring and educating the Rising Stars on his team. Garrett loves putting all of his creativity and enthusiasm into his business and making people feel good about the way they look!

Some of his accolades and accreditations include:

• Six years at Paul Mitchell Schools

• Gathering Advanced Training (Las Vegas)

• We Run with Scissors Advanced Training (Connecticut)

• International beauty show in New York

• Three weeks at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London 2012, Advanced Color and Haircutting

• Revolution Advanced Business weekend seminar 2015 (Slidell)

• Winner of Beauty and the Big Easy 2013/2014

• Member of Paul Mitchell’s Color Club

• Dozens of in-salon and out-of-salon advanced education classes with Paul Mitchell National Educators

 

What do I do:

I create unique, head-turning styles that get my guests noticed!  Most importantly, I strive for you to feel like family when you leave my place of creativity!

Are there other Paul Mitchell graduates working at my salon:

Yes, 100% of my team is Vanguard graduates. My commitment to Mark Palermo and my team is to keep the culture alive and well and I do so by only hiring rising stars from my Vanguard/Paul Mitchell family. Currently I have eight Vanguard graduates as full-time team members. I hire them into their first salon; my goals are to maintain a long-lasting relationship with my team and that the Garrett Neal Studio will be the last salon that they work at. 

Also, my beautiful wife worked the front desk at Vanguard in Baton Rouge (we met each other while I was in school there.)

Who are my mentors:

I have many mentors in this industry including Robert Cromeans, for his passion for creative business; Stephanie Kocielski, for creating magic in this industry that pushes students to the next level; John Paul DeJoria for creating a space for schools like this to exist and for showing me what being humble and giving back looks like; and most importantly my mom and dad (Lydia and Neal), for being hairdressers themselves and showing me that you can have a fun career just by being a DayMaker. I wouldn't be the hairstylist or the man that I am without seeing that as an example every day.

Best advice:

"Every guest, every time!" and "Promise less, perform more."

What I love most about Paul Mitchell Schools:

The culture and the feel of family. My advice to all Future Professionals is to find a salon with ongoing education in and out of the salon. Find a group of people that love and support you in all domains of your life. 

 

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