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Our Story

In 1980, two friends—Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria—were inspired to create a company that would support the success of hairdressers and provide luxury hair care at an affordable price. With just $700, they launched a revolutionary hair care system with three products: Shampoo One®, Shampoo Two®, and The Conditioner®. Today, their dream is a reality. Paul Mitchell currently produces over 100 products and is available in over 80 countries worldwide.

From the very beginning, education was a big part of the two friends’ vision. Soon, the company had assembled an A-team of outstanding stylists and educators. Among them was Winn Claybaugh, a top motivational speaker and business expert. As he inspired audiences across America, Winn was spreading a philosophy of business that has helped an entire generation of beauty professionals find success—and has profoundly shaped the Paul Mitchell Schools culture.

Everything finally came together in 2000 when Winn, John Paul, and Paul’s son Angus Mitchell—by that time co-owner of the company that bears his late father’s name—decided to create Paul Mitchell Schools with just one location. Today, Paul Mitchell Schools is over 100 locations strong—and growing.

Our Founders

Winn Claybaugh

Winn Claybaugh is the dean and co-owner of Paul Mitchell Schools and a motivational expert, acclaimed by Larry King as “one of the best motivational speakers in the country.” As an educator, consultant and speaker, Winn has helped thousands of companies—from airlines to restaurant chains—build their brands and create successful working cultures. Winn’s “Be Nice” philosophy of business and education and his ethic of inclusivity and acceptance form the core values of Paul Mitchell Schools.

John Paul DeJoria

John Paul DeJoria is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist and pillar of the business community. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share his success with others, always living by his motto: “Success unshared is failure.” In 2011, John Paul signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s “The Giving Pledge” as a formal promise to continue giving back. He established JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, which supports the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness.

Our History

Whether you’re talking about excellence in education or the number one brand of professional
beauty products, there’s no name more respected in the beauty industry than ours. Here is a little of
the history behind Paul Mitchell and Paul Mitchell Schools.

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