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Free Hugs Day 2018: Paul Mitchell Schools Believe a Hug Can Make a Difference

Can a hug make a difference? The 14,000 future beauty professionals from Paul Mitchell Schools believe it can, and they’ll set out to prove it on Tuesday, October 9, when students and staff from 110 Paul Mitchell Schools head to plazas, parks, and other popular spots in their local communities to offer “Free Hugs” and make someone’s day.

In an industry based on making people look their best, Paul Mitchell future professionals want to make people feel fabulous, too. Inspired by the Sick Puppies YouTube music video about Juan Mann’s popular Free Hugs campaign, Paul Mitchell Schools have held Free Hugs Days every October since 2009, fanning out to offer hugs across America — from Times Square to the Golden Gate Bridge, from the St. Louis Arch to the Alamo, and everywhere in between.

Dressed in their signature black outfits, carrying handmade “Free Hugs” signs, and naturally sporting fabulous styles, the students will "hug it out" twice in each location: once during day school hours, and again during night school. Leading Paul Mitchell artists, educators, executives, and superstars will join the events in select areas.

Asked about the annual event, Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh says, “Our Paul Mitchell Schools across the country take time once a year to offer Free Hugs to their communities. We also hold annual events to remember September 11 and Veterans Day, we visit care facilities for the elderly, we raise awareness about cancer, and we’ve raised over $19.7 million for a variety of charitable causes through our annual FUNraising campaign. We absolutely prepare our graduates with the best training to cut and color beautiful hair, pass the state board exam, and launch highly successful careers, as recognized by our 30-plus years of experience—and we care about helping our students live better lives, become better citizens and human beings, and know how to give back to their communities. Now, that's a great education!”

To locate a school near you and get more information about Paul Mitchell Schools’ 2018 Free Hugs Day, visit www.paulmitchell.edu > FIND A SCHOOL. 

Related Links

Free Hugs Day Highlights Video: http://bit.ly/19rdwEd

Visit our FUNraising site to learn more about our philanthropic promise: www.PaulMitchellSchoolsFUNraising.org

Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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