Cosmetology & Beauty School - Columbia, SC
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Paul Mitchell The School Columbia - Cosmetology School
Long known for its hospitality, affordability, and abundant recreational activities, South Carolina’s capital and largest city is an up-and-coming center for business and career opportunities. This makes Paul Mitchell Beauty School Columbia a great place to grow as a stylist and launch your dream career.
Our 17,000-square-foot cosmetology school campus enjoys a prime location just over the Congaree river in West Columbia with plenty of parking and easy access. A mile up the road from the Riverwalk and another mile to Columbia’s trendy Vista downtown arts and entertainment district.
Come launch your beauty career in Columbia, the city ‘where friendliness flows.’Visit Our Campus
Start your cosmetology education and learn real-world haircutting, coloring, styling, makeup, skin care, and nails. You’ll explore the fundamentals and theory in the classroom, then practice skills like braiding, extensions, and other popular techniques in a salon environment, using professional products, tools, and skills.
Cosmetology (1500 hrs)
Students in our barbering programs learn classic short haircuts as well as scissor and clipper-over-comb techniques, fades, tapers, and precision haircutting. They also learn short-hair color placements, short-hair styling techniques, customized beard grooming, and shaves.
Barbering (1500 hrs)
Learn hands-on skincare techniques and theory in hair removal, waxing, brow design, makeup, facials, facial massage, use of facial machines, and skin therapy.
Esthetics (600 hr)
Students in our nails program learn about manicures, pedicures, nail enhancements, fills, gels, tips, and creative designs, as well as the business skills needed in the nail industry.
Nail Technology (300 hr)
Our Teacher Training program uses various methodologies to teach instructors how to facilitate theory and practical lessons, along with the necessary skill sets to evaluate student performance with proper coaching and feedback, and to prepare students for their cosmetology, barbering, or esthetician state board examination.
Student Instructor (750 hrs)
We love supporting the dreams of our Future Professionals. That’s why our Financial Aid Office at our Columbia campus is here to help educate you on the types of financial aid. There are several financial aid, alternative funding, and scholarship options available to those who qualify.Explore Your Financial Options
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Our cosmetology school students (we call them Future Professionals) donate their time, talent and energy to various charities through cut-a-thons, fashion shows and countless other fundraising events and philanthropic activities. We make a difference—and have fun doing it!See How We Give Back
Whether they’re at home, in the classroom, or hiking along Lake Murray, our beauty school students always have access to their assignments, the latest school news, and career tips from beauty industry leaders at their fingertips.Find Out How
At Paul Mitchell The School Columbia, education doesn’t end at the classroom door. Our student-run Green Team teaches our school and local communities how to respect the Earth and find innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.Learn More
We are committed to the health and well-being of our entire school community. For health and safety resources, and current information, visit our dedicated COVID-19 page.
Learn more about our graduation, placement, and licensure rates, and much more.
1008 Meeting St.
West Columbia, SC 29169