John Paul DeJoria's inspirational rags-to-riches success story exemplifies the American Dream. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share his success with others.
Co-founder and chairman of the board
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 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. The same year, he established JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation as a hub for his charitable investments, which support the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness.
With just $700, John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell launch John Paul Mitchell Systems. Their “office” consists of a post office box and an answering machine with a message recorded by a female friend.
Always looking out for our furry friends, Paul Mitchell becomes the first professional beauty company to announce that we don’t conduct or endorse animal testing.
Winn Claybaugh opens the Von Curtis Academy. Nearly two decades later, Von Curtis would become Paul Mitchell The School Provo.
Green from the get-go, Paul Mitchell establishes a self-sustaining, solar-powered Awapuhi farm in Hawaii—all of the Awapuhi used in our products is still harvested there today.
Paul Mitchell (the man) stars in a national advertising campaign with the tagline, “This man does not want you to buy his products. Anywhere.” The ad firmly establishes our company’s commitment to the professional beauty industry and fighting diversion.
Winn tells Von Curtis students that if they can sell a certain amount of retail products, he’ll take them to the Long Beach hair show. Half a dozen students get to go on this cross-country “Caper.”
John Paul Mitchell Systems receives a Humanitarian Award from People magazine for our ethical treatment of animals.
Winn and John Paul come together to create a new vision in cosmetology education. They open Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa, and Von Curtis Academy becomes Paul Mitchell The School Provo.
Inspired by a student whose dad was a New York firefighter, Paul Mitchell Schools begin holding annual 9/11 remembrance days. Activities include fundraising and free beauty services for first responders.
The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) inducts Winn into their Hall of Leaders. He is the youngest person ever to receive the honor.
Our global “Head for Change” campaign is launched based on the belief that if we all make small changes to the way we live and work, we can help make the world a better place.
Paul Mitchell Schools reach 100 locations (and 10,000 Future Professionals) nationwide.
Modern Salon magazine creates its annual Excellence in Education awards. Paul Mitchell Schools are among the honorees this first year and in the years that follow.
In honor of the passing of Winn’s 92-year-old best friend Ann, schools begin a holiday tradition of visiting nursing homes and spreading cheer.
Winn receives the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope award from Behindthechair.com. The award recognizes his work to make giving back an integral part of cosmetology education.
Paul Mitchell Schools gets its first international location—in Slovenia.
Paul Mitchell Schools celebrate 10 years of FUNraising with a gala featuring Betty White, Fran Drescher, Magic Johnson, and other celebrity superstars. The amount raised for charity over the course of the decade totals over $11.2 million.
Our website gets a makeover with fresh new imagery, alumni profiles, inspiration and career advice from top industry mentors, a peek inside our unique culture and history, and much more!