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Cosmetology Programs

At Paul Mitchell The School Portsmouth, we prepare our students (or as we call them, Future Professionals) for careers in the beauty industry as licensed cosmetologists. Students are guided by our Learning Leaders through the Cosmetology program’s three levels—Core, Adaptive and Creative—taking on more advanced techniques and building real-world skills and confidence as they move through each stage.

Our Program Levels

Level 1: Core
Level 2: Adaptive
Level 3: Creative
Phase Two

Level 1: Core

A foundation course focusing on the fundamentals of cutting, color, texture, styling, skin and nails, and an introduction to our Paul Mitchell Schools culture. Future Professionals learn the fundamentals in theory, then practice them hands-on in the safe environment of the classroom. You’ll work on mannequin heads and receive close, personal attention from a Learning Leader guiding you every step of the way.

Technical Areas Covered Include:

  • Braiding, up-styling and finishing
  • Perming and smoothing hair
  • Hair coloring and lightening
  • Precision haircutting skills
  • Manicure, pedicure, makeup and facials
  • And much more

Level 2: Adaptive

The learning continues in the classroom and in the clinic classroom, where Future Professionals practice and perfect the fundamental skills learned in Core. Adaptive-level students work on live models in a salon-like environment with the oversight and support of their Learning Leaders. You will work with professional products and learn how to conduct client consultations and create extraordinary guest-service experiences.

Areas Covered Include:

  • Practice on real people in a salon-like environment
  • Perfect your skills with help from Learning Leaders

Level 3: Creative

The Creative phase is where Future Professionals begin to expand their skills and learn more advanced and creative techniques. At the Creative level, students prepare to become salon-ready by working more independently. The pace and conditions are similar to those in a salon. You will develop your speed, build a résumé and portfolio and prepare to pass the state board test.

Areas Covered Include:

  • Work independently (under the supervision of a Learning Leader)
  • Prepare a career portfolio
  • Prepare to pass the State Board test
  • Develop speed and prepare to start your career

Phase Two

An optional course of intensive study within the Cosmetology program for those Future Professionals who want to be challenged to their highest level of performance. Phase Two students get advanced training and work in conditions that mimic salon reality. By planning, managing and setting team goals, and going that extra mile, you’ll learn to create your own success.

The Phase Two program features:

  • A progressive clinic classroom setting environment
  • Accelerated guest booking and double-booking
  • Team-based guest service systems
  • Personal and team goal setting for services and Take Home
  • Refinement of creative technical skills
  • High level of independence in decision making
  • Collaborative and consultative relationship with the Phase Two Leader
  • Special Phase Two guest artists
  • Guest management training
  • Coaching on advanced Take Home and service skills

Student Kit

One of the most exciting days for our Future Professionals is the day they get to unwrap their very own professional kit. It’s packed with all the essentials—hot styling tools, mannequin heads, combs and brushes, scissors and clips, and much more—so you’re ready to succeed in school and launch your dream career.

“The program really gave me a broad knowledge base so that any salon I went to, there was something I could offer— I wasn’t just limited to doing one thing. That really sets you up for success.”

Program Cosmetology Programs


When you have the latest technology and resources at your fingertips, you’ll be more successful in school and in your career. That’s why every Future Professional at Paul Mitchell The School Portsmouth receives an iPad with their student kit, giving them on-the-go access to schoolwork, career advice from industry leaders, Paul Mitchell cutting and coloring apps, and much more.

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Learn more about our graduation, placement, and licensure rates, and much more.


We offer varying cosmetology program options. See below for more details on each of them.


Cosmetology Program

School Supplies, Kit, and Tuition Costs


Tuition: $18,000.00

Application Fee (nonrefundable): $100.00

NH Student Apprentice License (nonrefundable): $25.00

Kit, Equipment, Textbook, Supplies (nonrefundable): $2,995.00

Total Cost $21,120.00

Drop Fee: $100.00



School Required Hours


Commitment to Complete Program: 1500 hours


Ready to get started? Here are our upcoming start dates for this program:


  • 9/7/2021 Day
  • 9/27/2021 Night
  • 11/2/2021 Day
  • 1/3/2022 Day
  • 1/3/2022 Night

  • 1 Cutting System DVD Box Set, ISBN 978-0-9743205-2-6, $300.00
  • 1 The Cutting Book, ISBN 978-0-9743205-4-0, $32.00
  • 1 Men’s Cutting System DVD, ISBN N/A, $162.50
  • 1 Color System DVD Box Set, ISBN 978-0-9743205-1-9, $300.00
  • 1 The Coloring Book, ISBN 978-0-9743205-3-3, $26.00
  • 1 The Skill Cards, ISBN N/A, $26.25
  • 1 Paul Mitchell Product Guide Workbook,ISBN N/A,$2.50
  • 1 Connecting to My Future Book, ISBN 0-9743205-0-1, $19.95
  • 1 Be Nice (Or Else!) Book, ISBN-13: 978-0-974-993-99-7, $23.95
  • 1 Multiple Intelligence (MI) Letter, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 Plugged In Apron and membership (while enrolled)
  • 1 Master Audio Club subscription (while enrolled)
  • 1 The Color Paper Swatch Chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 PM SHINES® Paper Swatch Chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 Blonding Brochure, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 SHINES XG® Paper Swatch Chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 Black Messenger Bag
  • 1 Milady’s Standard Cosmetology 2012 /Textbook (hardcover); ISBN-13: 9781439059302, $114.95
  • Milady’s Standard Cosmetology 2012 Theory Workbook ; ISBN-13: 9781439059234-4, $47.95
  • Milady’s Standard Cosmetology 2012, Exam Review; ISBN-13: 9781439058992, $33.95
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Funding Your Future

Curious about your future as a cosmetologist? There are a wide variety of financial aid options out there—and we’re here to help you find them. Get information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and more from our helpful Portsmouth Financial Aid Leader.

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