Take a moment to get to know some extraordinary Paul Mitchell The School Michigan alumni.
Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big—and getting a great education.
Fernando is a native of Port Huron, Michigan and is currently a hairstylist at the Kelly Cardenas Salon in Carlsbad, California. Cosmetology has opened so many opportunities for him, including IBS shows and styling hair for international DJ Steve Aoki. Through hair, he hopes to inspire others to never give up on their dreams.
Q: How did you get your first job after graduating?
A: While at Paul Mitchell The School Michigan, a few of the girls from the KCS Chicago Salon came in as guest speakers. From the moment they started to speak about the company culture, I knew that’s where I wanted to be! I followed them all on social media and won my way to a retreat with Kelly Cardenas, the owner of the Kelly Cardenas Salons. I later went to a hiring event, did two hang dates, moved to Carlsbad, CA, and have been with KCS Chicago Salon since June 2014.
Q: The best advice I ever got was...
A: To say yes to every opportunity that came my way. I had so many great opportunities while in school that helped me get to where I am today.
Q: My advice for Future Professionals is...
A: To never give up on their dreams. Set small goals and make a timeline. Your dreams will all fall into place!