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1st-Aug-2008 10:56 pm
1.) Are any of you about to start attending/currently attending The Emerald Academy- Paul Mitchell Partner School? I'm about to start there, and I'm transferring after having HORRIBLE experiences at my previous school. I would like to meet some fellow Future Professionals so that I know a few people going in. =]

2.) What are your favorite straighteners & blow dryers? Right now I'm using the ones out of my old school kit, but they are SO heavy and both make my hair frizzy, not to mention the straightener has a burning smell and only works when it wants to- they are both by Hot Tools. Right now I'm leaning towards Sedu, but I would love to hear other opinions and options.

3.) I'm feeling a little bit nervous about starting a new cosmetology school after what happened at the last place I was at, but I know Paul Mitchell is a great company and their schools are amazing. I want to hear some personal experiences from Paul Mitchell Schools, maybe some advice and things to expect? Also, if any of you work in a Paul Mitchell focus salon/any salon or are working another job in the industry after graduating from the school, how do you think the school helped you out in your career/how it prepared you for your career in this industry? What was your first job after graduating from one of the schools?

Thank you so much!
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2nd-Aug-2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Which school did you go to?
PM is the only other school (besides where I was at) for me to go to, and the few people I have talked to said that they loved the school. What was it that made it horrible (so that I know what to expect)?

I'm just worried about using it on myself at home then forgetting to put it back in my kit. lol.
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2nd-Aug-2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard much about the schools out there- I'm in Raleigh, NC.

I think Paul Mitchell schools are a lot like other chain schools- there are some good ones and some bad ones. I know I've talked to girls who went to the Aveda school in Chapel-Hill (about an hour away from me) and they said that they were completely miserable and had similar experiences to yours at Paul Mitchell. But I've also met people who went to other Aveda schools and loved them.

Your learning leaders sound a lot like my instructors at my old school =[. One day a few of the girls were making fun of me for being biracial, and all FOUR of the instructors on the floor joined in- it turned into a semester full of racial slurs, but I've gotten that shit my whole life so it didn't bother me too much. I'm sorry about your experience- they are people too and they should understand the importance of making money so that you can survive.

I sincerely hope that you get to transfer to the other school and have a much more positive experience- especially since you paid/are paying $20 grand to get an education.
27th-Sep-2008 12:45 am (UTC) - bella capelli
i go to the paul mitchell school bella capelli in pittsburgh and i love it i go back
on wednesday of next week to finish out because i was on leave
i had no problems with anyone there i loved the people it was upbeat
you focus on so much more than stateboard stuff and learn you dont make mistakes
you make improvements

the kit is very nice at least ours were
and most of the students i got along with

2nd-Aug-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Beauty School is Beauty School. It is always going to be full of snobby bitches you'll butt heads with whether your in a free highschool program or a 20 grand private school. It's just part of the game. It'll just be the luck of the draw to see if you end up with some cool people in your class. But switching beauty schools is like switching highschools.... they're all basically the same, and you don't really know what you're going to get.

DO NOT GET A SEDU. Mine was a complete waste of money. I am in love with CHI irons and dryers. Paul Mitchell also makes a rockin' iron that you'll get in your kit anyway.

Paul Mitchell salons definately favor Paul Mitchell students, HOWEVER, talent and personality are the biggest factors, and Paul Mitchell can't teach you how to interact with people or how to be great at hair. They just give you the building blocks... it's up to you to make a career for yourself.
2nd-Aug-2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Well, my problems at my old school wasn't so much with the people there as with the policies and the fact that I learned nothing. We took 15 minute smoking breaks every hour on the hour, and were forced to sign out for those breaks whether we smoked or not. We spent more time painting each other's nails than actually doing hair because the teacher didn't want to teach us.
I just want to be somewhere where I will learn what I need to learn, get the hours I need and go to state board.

I was looking at CHIs, but all the stylists at the salon I go to said that they preferred Sedus. I'll do some more reasearch on CHIs. My only problem using my iron that comes in my kit is the fact that I don't want to accidently leave it at home- I'm forgetful like that sometimes.

Thanks for your help! =]
2nd-Aug-2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
My problem is everyone in my class is lazy as fuck, or bitches about having to sit through theory before actually doing work... and then the teacher gets frustrated and gives up on trying to teach us for the day. Beauty School teaches you the basics. The rest comes with practice and experience. Working in a salon helps a lot, too. Look for assistant or receptionist positions. A lot of places are willing to teach you things or let you watch what they're doing when it isn't busy. I worked in both a mall salon and a trendy, more formal salon and they both taught me a lot. It also helps when you get to kind of observe hairdressers in action and see how everything operates before you actually get your license. It can be very intimidating having your first salon job be a stylist position.

You could buy a Paul Mitchell iron, too, if you try the one from your kit and like it. I have a CHI for my kit, and one for my own personal use. Yeah, it seems kind of pointless spending money on something you already have, but I'm forgetful too, and no one else totes their CHI around with them, so if I forget it I'm out of luck. If you go to a store that is for hairstylists only you can get it for a lot cheaper than if you get it at a salon or other such store.
3rd-Aug-2008 03:13 am (UTC)
2. get the sedu! i have one and i love it. it heats up so fast and doesn't pull/snag my hair.
4th-Aug-2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
ghd mk4 = god
7th-Aug-2008 03:24 am (UTC)
i went to paul mitchell the school atlanta; i personally hated 90% of the student body but the learning leaders were all awesome. sadly, my grandmother passed away about four months into classes- i went into this huge dramatic depression and haven't been back since. the school wasn't really down with letting me back in after my end date was up 10 months later. business is business, you know..

the kits you get are pretty amazing. my "smoothing" iron is still transforming my curly locks into smooth strands 2 years later. the blow dryer is UNBELIEVABLE and you can sell your core cutting dvds on ebay for about $300 after you are done with them.

21st-Aug-2008 05:50 am (UTC)
hey i just came across this and im going to be attending paul mitchell in september in san diego and im honestly a little nervous but that normal im really excited to go and start....but im just afraid like im going to be the only one who doesnt know anything about cutting hair hahaa like on the first day.....i love hair but ive never cut it or anything....so when you guys started did you have any experience with hair like you just did it yourself or what?
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