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Cosmetology

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.

Level 1 Core

Learn the fundamentals in the classroom and practice your skills on mannequinn heads. Your Core Learning Leader will guide 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

LEVEL 2: ADAPTIVE

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

Level 3 Creative

  • 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

  • Optional course of intensive study for highest-achieving Future Professionals

Cosmetology State Board Examination

Paul Mitchell Schools prepare you for your life beyond the classroom doors—but before you can land your dream job in the beauty industry, you must first pass the Cosmetology State Board Examination. Fortunately, our Learning Leaders are trained to teach using a unique multifaceted approach to address the full range of learning styles in every lesson and with every student. So whether you’re a visual learner or learn best hands-on, we'll help you feel confident and prepared to pass the state board examination and become a licensed cosmetologist.

Cosmetology License

Passing the Cosmetology State Board Examination is one of the eligibility requirements you must meet in order to obtain your cosmetology license. Additional requirements vary by state, so please contact a Paul Mitchell Schools Admissions Counselor at a location near you so we can provide you with the best information and guidance.

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Our programs graduate over 10,000 students every year from our 100+ schools. Programs vary by location, so please find a Paul Mitchell School near you for more information on class start dates, tuition and opportunities for scholarships and financial aid.

*For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt, who completed the program and other important information regarding the location you are interested in attending, please visit our website at paulmitchell.edu/ge.

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