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Meet some of the Learning Leaders and team members who make Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa so special.

Ed Ruiz

Owner and Director

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been in the beauty industry since 1979. I opened Hair Expressions Salon in June of 1985, and then went on to open Hair Expressions Academy in 2000. In 2005, I created Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School. In January 2013, I opened Paul Mitchell The School Jessup.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My sister, Myrna, inspired me to become a cosmetologist.

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

Watching the Future Professionals prepare themselves for an exciting future in the cosmetology business.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Enjoying every day with the people you love!

Sharon Ruiz

Co-Director / Enrollment Team Director

Experience in the beauty industry…

I started helping out at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, when it opened its doors in 2000. I came on full-time when I retired after 27 years with the government. I am now blessed to work out of both schools and to be around all of the amazing Future Professionals!

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My husband, Ed! He is a very giving and kind person. He inspires me to be the best that I can be and to always keep learning and expanding my knowledge.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The Future Professionals—they are truly amazing! I love being around them and to share their victories, excitement, and laughter.

To me, living beautifully means…

Living life to the fullest, giving back, and paying it forward.

Myrna Russell

Assistant Director

Experience in education…

I have been a stylist for 39 years and have worked at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, for 15 years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been in the beauty industry for 41 years and still love it. I have done hair shows and weddings, and I love the art of hair shapes and color.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Jeanne Braa. She was always and still is so talented with up-dos and hair designs.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The satisfaction I get when I see all my Future Professionals growing and excelling in all areas.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Taking care of yourself so you can share all your knowledge with others.

Shirin Dehghan

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I graduated cosmetology school in 2008 and I have worked as a stylist with the Ratner Companies since that time.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

At the age of 33, I decided to make a career change from journalism to the hair industry with no prior beauty experience, and started school in 2007. After graduating I spent three years as a stylist, followed by two years as an instructor for professionals before I returned to a Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, as a Learning Leader.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Ed Ruiz, Myrna Russell, and Canda Baker. These three mentors were the first people to introduce me to this industry, and I still respect them as my teachers although we are co-workers now.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The teamwork, support, and positivity.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Do everything from your heart and don't hold back.

Veronica Bentos

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I have been a stylist for over 26 years and I became a Learning Leader in 2010.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I graduated cosmetology school in California and have been in the industry 26 years. I started as a Learning Leader in 2010, when I realized my passion for education and the difference I can make with each and every Future Professional.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Vidal Sassoon for being the pioneer in the industry. Without him, we wouldn't be where we are today.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The Learning Leaders, the Future Professionals, and seeing their growth every day.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Making someone happy every day!

Erika Orellana

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I have been employed by Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, for the last 12 years and have gained all of my experience from the school. I have also worked as a freelance stylist and makeup artist.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 12 years of experience, four of which teaching.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Paul Mitchell.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

Sharing all my knowledge with the Future Professionals.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Enjoying life, loving who you are.

Tam Pham

Front Desk Coordinator

Experience in the beauty industry…

My experience in the beauty industry started in 2012 when I attended cosmetology school in Virginia for esthetics. I am now a licensed esthetician and a receptionist, where I am the first point of contact for all of the clientele and potential Future Professionals.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My mother is such an inspiration to me because she sets an example of hard work and determination. She truly has defined to me the meaning of "where there's a will, there's a way." My mother came from a very humble background and has worked very hard to support her family. She is able to live her American dream and retire comfortably in America where she now calls home.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The everyday interactions with people of all diversities and backgrounds. It is a job that has given me the opportunity to learn new things in the fast-paced beauty industry.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To live my life with no regrets and to take everything one step at a time with an appreciation for every encounter—whether it is good or bad, it's always a learning experience. There are no mistakes, only opportunities to grow.

 

Kimberly Williams

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I have taught and learned much in my 29-year career.  

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have extended my style and creativity to television, film, and editorial.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My source inspiration in the field is the legendary Paul Mitchell. His unparalleled talent with hairdressing and product development has encouraged me to become a visionary.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

Mentoring the Future Professionals and watching their talent blossom into a promising career.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Pursuing your passion to the fullest and living life with no regrets.

Crystal Ibarra

Front Desk Coordinator / Substitute Learning Leader, Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School graduate

Experience in education…

Since graduating from Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, in 2011, I have worked as stylist and as a substitute Learning Leader. It has been a great learning experience for myself!

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

My experience in the beauty industry has been great, and I’ve met great people along the way. I've learned great techniques for applying color and cutting hair. I am so excited to keep learning and furthering my education.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Myrna Russell. She gives me motivation to keep going no matter what. Even when things seem to get hard, I always keep pushing and keep going, knowing that anything is possible—just try.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The good vibes that everyone gives. Everyone is always in a good mood. If you are not having a good day, they try their best to cheer you up and put a smile on your face.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

There can be 1000 things going wrong in your life, but you still find a way to look at the bright side of life and uplift yourself and others.

Dana Kemeys

Learning Leader, Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School graduate

Experience in education…

Since graduating from Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, I have worked in salons as a stylist as well as a Learning Leader at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I graduated from Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, in 2007 and came back in 2010 as a Learning Leader. When I am at the school you can find me in the classroom or on the clinic floor. You can also find me behind the chair in a salon two days a week "practicing what I teach" on my guests.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Mike Helm, of the Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy cutting team, for inspiring me to master the cutting system and be the best I can be for my Future Professionals and guests. Also Robyn Corcoran, for teaching me to create magic for all that surrounds me.

 

My favorite thing about working at Hair Expressions, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

My fellow Learning Leaders and Future Professionals! I am so lucky that I get to work and have fun with such amazing people. Every day, the Future Professionals inspire me to look at something like it's brand new and be better than I was the day before.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To look for the beautiful and good in all that surrounds us in life, have fun every day, SMILE, surround yourself with people that bring you joy and push you to be better; LAUGH, make everyone you meet feel special, appreciate what's in front of you, and never stop learning.

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