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Cosmetology Programs

At Paul Mitchell The School St. Louis, 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 on the clinic floor, 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 floor 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

Digital Curriculum

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 St. Louis receives digital curriculum with their student kit, giving them on-the-go access to schoolwork, career advice from industry leaders, Paul Mitchell cutting and coloring apps, our exclusive Business Fundamentals: Connecting to My Future curriculum 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 1500 Hours

School Supplies, Kit, and Tuition Costs


Tuition: $18,827.00

Application Fee (nonrefundable): $100.00

Registration Fee $50.00

Technical Kit $3,344.09

Textbooks (nonrefundable) $209.00

Sales Tax $379.47

Handling Fees (nonrefundable) $119.03

Testing Fee (nonrefundable) $140.00

Total Cost $23,168.86

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:


  • Core 138 - NOVEMBER 30TH, 2020 DAYTIME
  • Core 140 - JANUARY 19TH, 2021 DAYTIME
  • Core 142 - MARCH 15TH, 2021 DAYTIME
  • Core 143 - APRIL 12TH, 2021 EVENING/SATURDAY
  • Core 144 - MAY 17TH, 2021 DAYTIME
  • Core 145 - JUNE 14TH, 2021 EVENING/SATURDAY
  • Core 146 - JULY 19TH, 2021 DAYTIME
  • Core 147 - AUGUST 16TH, 2021 DAYTIME
  • Core 148 - AUGUST 16TH, 2021 EVENING/SATURDAY
  • Core 149 - SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 DAYTIME
  • Core 150 - OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 DAYTIME
  • CORE 151 - OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 - Evening/Saturday
  • Core 152 - NOVEMBER 29TH, 2021 DAYTIME

  • 1 Cutting System App, ISBN N/A, $199.00
  • 1 The Short Hair Cutting System App, ISBN N/A
  • 1 Color System App, ISBN N/A, $199.00
  • 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, $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 Plugged In 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 Apple Ipad, ISBN: N/A; $338.68

All cosmetology theory curriculum is taught in Pivot Point LAB, a ground-breaking integrated online learning environment built specifically for learners and educators in the beauty industry.

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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 St. Louis Financial Aid Leader.

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