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We prepare our students—or as we call them, Future Professionals—for successful careers in the beauty industry as licensed cosmetologists. Students are guided through our program’s three levels—CORE, ADAPTIVE, and CREATIVE—by expert, dedicated Learning Leaders, taking on more advanced techniques, real-world skills, and independence as they move through each stage.

LEVEL 1: Core

CORE is a foundation course in cutting, color, texture, styling, skin and nails, and an introduction to our Paul Mitchell Schools culture. Future Professionals learn the fundamentals in theory, and 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 who will guide you every step of the way.

Technical Areas
Covered Include:

  • Fingerwaves, pin-curls, braiding, up-styling and style finishing

  • Texture, including perming and smoothing hair using chemicals and thermal tools

  • Theory, application and foil work for hair coloring and lightening

  • Precision haircutting skills for one-length, graduation and layered techniques

  • Manicure, pedicure, makeup and facials

  • And much more

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 experienced stylists and passionate educators who use 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 specific information and guidance.

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Our programs graduate nearly 14,000 students every year from our 100+ schools. Opportunities may 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.

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