In 1980, two friends—Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria—were inspired to create a company that would support the success of hairdressers and provide luxury hair care at an affordable price. With just $700, they launched a revolutionary hair care system with three products: Shampoo One®, Shampoo Two®, and The Conditioner®. Today, their dream is a reality. Paul Mitchell currently produces over 100 products and is available in over 80 countries worldwide.
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From the very beginning, education was a big part of the two friends’ vision. Soon, the company had assembled an A-team of outstanding stylists and educators. Among them was Winn Claybaugh, a top motivational speaker and business expert. As he inspired audiences across America, Winn was spreading a philosophy of business that has helped an entire generation of beauty professionals find success—and has profoundly shaped the Paul Mitchell Schools culture.
Everything finally came together in 2000 when Winn, John Paul, and Paul’s son Angus Mitchell—by that time co-owner of the company that bears his late father’s name—decided to create Paul Mitchell Schools with just one location. Today, Paul Mitchell Schools is over 100 locations strong—and growing.
With just $700, John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell launch John Paul Mitchell Systems. Their “office” consists of a post office box and an answering machine with a message recorded by a female friend.
Always looking out for our furry friends, Paul Mitchell becomes the first professional beauty company to announce that we don’t conduct or endorse animal testing.
Winn Claybaugh opens the Von Curtis Academy. Nearly two decades later, Von Curtis would become Paul Mitchell The School Provo.
Green from the get-go, Paul Mitchell establishes a self-sustaining, solar-powered Awapuhi farm in Hawaii—all of the Awapuhi used in our products is still harvested there today.
Paul Mitchell (the man) stars in a national advertising campaign with the tagline, “This man does not want you to buy his products. Anywhere.” The ad firmly establishes our company’s commitment to the professional beauty industry and fighting diversion.
Winn tells Von Curtis students that if they can sell a certain amount of retail products, he’ll take them to the Long Beach hair show. Half a dozen students get to go on this cross-country “Caper.”
John Paul Mitchell Systems receives a Humanitarian Award from People magazine for our ethical treatment of animals.
Winn and John Paul come together to create a new vision in cosmetology education. They open Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa, and Von Curtis Academy becomes Paul Mitchell The School Provo.
Inspired by a student whose dad was a New York firefighter, Paul Mitchell Schools begin holding annual 9/11 remembrance days. Activities include fundraising and free beauty services for first responders.
The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) inducts Winn into their Hall of Leaders. He is the youngest person ever to receive the honor.
Our global “Head for Change” campaign is launched based on the belief that if we all make small changes to the way we live and work, we can help make the world a better place.
Paul Mitchell Schools reach 100 locations (and 10,000 Future Professionals) nationwide.
Modern Salon magazine creates its annual Excellence in Education awards. Paul Mitchell Schools are among the honorees this first year and in the years that follow.
In honor of the passing of Winn’s 92-year-old best friend Ann, schools begin a holiday tradition of visiting nursing homes and spreading cheer.
Winn receives the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope award from Behindthechair.com. The award recognizes his work to make giving back an integral part of cosmetology education.
Paul Mitchell Schools gets its first international location—in Slovenia.
Paul Mitchell Schools celebrate 10 years of FUNraising with a gala featuring Betty White, Fran Drescher, Magic Johnson, and other celebrity superstars. The amount raised for charity over the course of the decade totals over $11.2 million.
Our website gets a makeover with fresh new imagery, alumni profiles, inspiration and career advice from top industry mentors, a peek inside our unique culture and history, and much more!