Inspiration & Helpful Tips

September 14, 2017 / / Inspiration & Helpful Tips

Future Professional Spotlight: Serena Russell

Tell us a little about yourself…

I am a dork, and a complete Harry Potter fanatic! I was originally born in England. You’ll always see me with a smile on my face. I have a lot of big dreams, like Harry… I am going to catch the “snitch.”

Did you always know that you wanted to work in the beauty industry?

Yes and no. I have a degree in photography and was a make-up artist for five years. So I enjoy beauty. However, people began asking me to do their hair and I had no clue how. This is what led me pursue my cosmetology education.

Why did you choose The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School over other cosmetology schools?

I had heard from friends in the salon that a Paul Mitchell school would be best. The joyous feeling I received from walking into The Temple was unmatched by any other school. After my tour, I knew this was the school for me!

As a Future Professional you participated in many events while participating in on our Student Run Programs. Which ones were your favorite?

My favorite events were A Night to Shine and Hair Cuts for the Homeless. I love the feeling I get knowing I’ve made someone else feel great about themselves. I love giving back and love that it is a part of the Paul Mitchell culture here at The Temple. Another awesome event I got to participate in was working behind the scenes of the Cosmoprof Fashion Focus Hair Show at the National Harbor.

Congratulations, by the way, on winning the Electric Youth Contest! Tell us a little about the contest and the incredible grand prize you won.

For the Electric Youth Contest I had to submit a photo of a hairstyle inspired by the new Neon product line from Paul Mitchell. I chose to do a braided on purple hair with wooden toothpicks. I submitted my entry on the last day of the contest. Only one Future Professional and one Learning Leader in Paul Mitchell Schools across the nation were chosen. I was so excited to discover I won! The grand prize was that I got to go to California and work among the beauty industry’s best professionals for a Paul Mitchell photo shoot!

How was it working behind the scenes of a photo shoot with some of the top stylists/educators in the Paul Mitchell world?

Working behind the scenes was incredible. I met and assisted Noogie Thai, LaDonna Dryer, Mary Cuomo, Robert Cromeans, Stephanie Kocielski and Lucie Doughty. I learned so many tips and tricks regarding hair, and I got to see how it was working on an editorial photo shoot for Paul Mitchell. The outfits, hair, and models were flawless – I was completely beside myself. Considering my passions are hair, make up, and photography, this trip was a dream come true for me.

Let’s talk about your experiences with guests on the clinic floor. What are your top three favorite services you performed?

Of course, I loved doing any and all make up applications. (It’s one of my favorites.) I enjoy doing avant garde updos, too. However, I love the challenges presented by a double process. [Double processing is taking a guests’ hair light in a two-step process.] For me, taking a guest’s hair blonde is challenging and rewarding at the same time!

What advice would you give to people who have an interest in pursuing a career in the beauty industry?

This is an industry full of people who love what they do! Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life. Go for it – this industry is full of opportunity and wonder! I never would’ve imagined traveling this much to do what I love. I have been blessed to be apart of The Temple and the numerous opportunities that were presented to me.

Graduation is quickly approaching for you! What are your plan for when you finish your 1,500 hours?

After graduation, I will be working at Plane Jane Salon in Bethesda, MD. I cannot wait to begin working there to continue building my beautiful, vibrant and colorful clientele. After having my licesned for two years, I plan on obtaining my senior cosmetologist license!

So, do you see yourself being behind the chair forever? If not, where do you see yourself? (What is the big dream?)

I am excited to be working behind the chair. However, I do have bigger dreams. One day, I  hope to be an artist for John Paul Mitchell Systems and become a salon owner. (It would be my  own version of the Pulp Riot Butterfly Loft!)

Lastly, what message would you send to your fellow Future Professionals?

Say “yes” to absolutely everything. Say yes to every event and every opportunity that is presented to you. Apply for Student Run Programs and Phase 2! Participate in Beacon, Caper, and all contests that you can. Do it all – there is nothing more rewarding. The opportunities at The Temple have shaped me into the person I am today. Only one year after starting school, I am more confident than I have ever been. I am not afraid to do anything, and have had the chance to travel while being among the greatest in the beauty industry. This experience has  truly bettered me as a stylist and student.


August 14, 2017 / / Inspiration & Helpful Tips

Been There, Done That: Advice To New Future Professionals

Pictured left to right: Nichole Adams, Colby Nees & Marissa Benedict

Beginning your education in the beauty industry is an exciting time for every Future Professional! That being said, it can also sometimes be a bit overwhelming.

We asked a few Temple grads to give us their best advice on how you can thrive and make the most of your time as a Future Professional at The Temple.


“SAY YES. Say yes to everything, all the time. When you enroll, your learning leaders will tell you that visionaries say yes and that your time at The Temple is what you make it. In the beginning, you may want to blow those statements off  and not pay much attention to it. Don’t make that mistake! As Sharon Riser says “you’re interview starts the day you walk in those doors.” Listen to those words, really let them sink in.

What kind of future professional do you want to be? Showing up is only half the battle. You don’t become extraordinary by being ordinary. You have to go above and beyond. It’s always a choice but success is never owned, it’s rented, and the rent is due every single day. If you want to be successful you have to put the work in. Successful people aren’t just lucky or gifted, they work hard and succeed because of it. Successful people say YES. Say yes to all of the student run programs. Say yes to flipping pancakes in the morning, say yes to staying late and helping the team for open house. Say yes to every outside of school event they offer you. Say yes to the staff anytime they need help with something. Say yes to selling Caper promotions so you get a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Say yes to entering your work to the PBA and have a shot at winning Beacon and going to Las Vegas for the NAHA Awards. Say yes to any competition the school holds. Say yes to you friend when she wants you to do her hair. Say yes when another future professional is so nose deep in hair they can’t breathe and they need a coffee. Say yes to yourself and come to school, try your absolute best, and put in work. I promise you the school, this team, and your career will reward you in ways you cannot imagine. You won’t see it at first but in the end, it will all pay off. You will be a changed person and a completely different cosmetologist because of it. I said yes and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities that opened up because of it. The opportunities are everywhere all around you, take them. “Opportunities are often disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them”. -Ann Landers.  Just say YES!”


“My best advice? Don’t let other people judge you. Make your own decisions! If this is truly your passion DO IT! Before I applied for school I was very hesitant. I didn’t want people to look down on me or think bad about me because I wasn’t going to a “real” college to get a “real” degree and a “real” job. I was a college dropout going to beauty school. But I am so happy that I did!

From my very first steps into The Temple, I knew my life was going to change forever. This place is truly my home away from home! I have met my best friends here that I will have for a life time. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything different!”


“Looking back, if I could give myself advice in the beginning of this program, I would tell myself to stop worrying so much about other people’s progress and focus on my own. I remember getting so worked up about how I couldn’t do something like someone else could. But if I had reminded myself that this was MY journey, I would’ve been 1000 times better off!”

July 28, 2017 / / Inspiration & Helpful Tips

5 Minutes With A Professional: Candis Farmer

Professional Profile:

Candis Farmer
District Manager Maryland and Pennsylvania
Floyds 99 Barbershop

What would you tell someone who was considering beginning their cosmetology education at The Temple?

I graduated from The Temple – Frederick location – in 2006. I see a big difference comparing The Temple to other cosmetology schools that I’ve either visited as a potential student or ones that I’ve now visited as a presenter.

I would almost compare The Temple to a four-year university where some of the other schools are more along the lines of being a trade school. Trade schools are very focused on “checking the boxes” and doing the things needed to get a cosmetology license. But I really felt that at The Temple I was exposed to all of the options – kind of like general studies – like platform work, photo work, charity, etc. There was just so much more than just the state board curriculum and it gave me the opportunity to put my hand in a lot of buckets to see what I enjoyed. It was more comprehensive.

What wisdom would you pass along to current Future Professionals? 

My biggest advice is don’t be too good for anything. Learn all that you can because you’ve just hit the tip of the ice burg. When you get out of school you feel very knowledgeable as compared to when you started but in the grand scheme of the industry, there are so many people out there who have knowledge to offer you. It is important to keep your mind open to learning those things.

Also keep in mind that nothing is free. You might get to go to work with an amazing colorist but in exchange you might need to scrub the toilet there every night. But the knowledge that you receive from that colorist is free and might have taken that person 20 years to learn. And that is priceless.

Is there one thing you wished graduates knew coming out of cosmetology school?

What you put into your career is directly reflected into your paycheck.

People that wait for clients to magically show up and get haircuts/color are the people who don’t have what they want and they’re also the ones always complaining about money. The people who really live it understand that sometimes you have to work full weekends and nights even if you don’t want to.

You have to pay your dues in this industry and be available for clients. If you put in a couple of good years of solid availability then you get to the point where people like you and request you because you put the work in. That is the point when you get to create your own schedule. You just have to grind when you are new at this.

Just strive to do your best. If you present your best self every day, life will lay itself out for you.

June 22, 2017 / / Inspiration & Helpful Tips

Using The FAFSA To Fund Your Cosmetology Education At The Temple

by Ingrid Nelson

So, you need help paying for your education at The Temple?  The FAFSA isn’t as scary and confusing as you might think.  Follow the steps below for what to do and what NOT to do when filling out your FAFSA for your cosmetology education.

This video introduces you to what this process looks like: 


What to Do:

  • Get an FSA ID at
  • Dependent Student? Parent needs an FSA ID too
  • Visit
  • Sign in with Student’s FSA ID
  • Choose the 2017/2018 FAFSA
  • Add our school code: 041518
  • Use 2015 tax information
  • Sign with Student’s (and Parent’s, if necessary) FSA ID
  • Results will arrive at The Temple in 3-5 business days

What NOT to Do:

  • Losing or Forgetting your FSA ID – write it down, take a picture, save in your phone!
  • Losing or Forgetting your FSA ID!
  • Forgetting to sign the FAFSA – all results will be blank
  • Using the wrong tax information – 2017/2018 FAFSA uses 2015 taxes
  • We are The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School – not Temple University

If you have a tour of our campus in the future, fill out your FAFSA now!  We can review your results with a member of our Financial Aid Team after your tour.  Just remember it takes 3-5 business days for your results to arrive.

We look forward to meeting you and helping make your cosmetology dreams come true!

About Ingrid: Ingrid brings years of real-world experience to The Temple.  She was a Makeup Artist and Beauty Advisor for Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme and Jolie Day Spa & Hair Design in Bethesda, Maryland.  She also has experience with the business side of beauty, having been Retail Manager, Assistant Director and Spa Director for Jolie Day Spa & Hair Design.  In her time at The Temple, she has had the privilege of being on the Service Desk Team, Makeup Team for Lingerie Fashion Week 2013 & 2014 in New York City, Education Team & Enrollment Team.  She loves to impart her years of experience to the next generation of our industry here at The Temple. 

February 21, 2017 / / Inspiration & Helpful Tips

Advice From The Pros: Connecting With Mentors For Success

What is the best way to for finding and connecting with mentors for both career and personal growth?

Network at events that inspire you. Utilize social media. Attend as many classes as you can, and connect with those artists. – Fernie Andong

Mentors surround us in every aspect of our lives. Some we may never meet in person, but don’t let that stop you from learning from their work, actions, and beliefs. For ones within our reach, the best thing we can do is ask for their support and guidance. Show your gratefulness by becoming a mentor yourself. –Linda Yodice

Find mentors in every aspect of life who possess the energy, passion and aspirations you desire. –Heather Kaanoi

Find a mentor who inspires you artistically, professionally and personally and let them know you’d like them to mentor you. Stay connected with them and take action on the advice they give you. To get the most from your mentor, be coachable. –Lucie Doughty

Find someone humble who respects others and do the same. –Julian Perlingiero

Once you’ve found someone who’s doing what you want to be doing, be willing to invest in that relationship. Sacrifice the late nights, spend the money to fly yourself to their shows, do what you need to do to be where they are. The growth you’ll experience will be incredible! –Paula Peralta