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November 30, 2017 / / Inspiration & Helpful Tips, News

A Day Of Inspiration With Winn Claybaugh & Tim Storey

The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School was thrilled to host “A Day of Inspiration” for Future Professionals featuring Winn Claybaugh and Tim Storey this fall!

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome this caliber of guest artist to our campus for our Future Professionals,” said Charles Riser, co-owner of The Temple. “These two individuals are excellent mentors, not to mention wonderful human beings. It was truly an experience to remember.”

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Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A national speaker for major corporations and a business owner for more than 30 years Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership Paul Mitchell Schools have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $18.2 million for multiple charitable organizations.

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Tim Storey is an acclaimed author, speaker, and life advisor known for inspiring and motivating people of all ages, faiths, and walks of life. Quincy Jones called him “the voice of encouragement to our generation.”  Well known for inspiring and motivating people of all walks of life, from entertainment executives, celebrities and athletes to adults and children in the most deprived neighborhoods in the country, Tim has also appeared numerous times on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.

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.


September 2, 2017 / / Inspiration & Helpful Tips, News

10 Reasons to Pursue Your Cosmetology Education at The TEMPLE

A well-rounded cosmetology education from a reputable school is critical for achieving industry success. As one of your biggest career decisions, it’s important to choose a strong program at a good school—The TEMPLE is one of the best. Scroll down to find out why…

10. Our Tools:

One of the most exciting times for our Future Professionals is the day they get to unwrap your professional kit. It’s packed with all the essentials—hot styling tools, mannequin heads, shears, scissors and clips, and much more—so you’re ready to succeed in school and launch your dream career.

9. Our Teaching Style:

We use a unique approach to learning that gets you out of your chair, even working on the floor, on the very first week of class!  We use multi-media, video, live demos, lectures—even music!—in every lesson.

Not only will we teach you the technical proficiency needed in the beauty industry, we’ll also make sure you understand the business and personal skills we believe are vital to creating happy, productive professionals.

We also offer specialty classes in:

  • personal branding & social media
  • financial literacy
  • resume writing
  • vision boarding & goal setting

Our clinic floor boasts hundreds of guests each month giving you tons of opportunity to gain experience with guests! Online booking for guests makes the process easy and convenient. We also equip you with the marketing materials you need to start build your own clientele.

8. Our Culture:

Our culture is about bringing out the best in people and situations, changing lives, and making a difference in the world. You’ll feel it the minute you walk through our doors—the vibe is unmistakable and intentionally positive. The TEMPLE sets the stage early for your future success!

7. Our Staff & Leadership

The TEMPLE is home to instructors and Learning Leaders who are licensed cosmetologists and experienced professionals—and they’re passionate about your success! Many are also “home growns” having graduated from The Temple as well. No one is more uniquely qualified to prepare you for the industry then the very alumni who have gone before you.

Sharon and Charles Riser, owners of The TEMPLE Frederick and Annapolis campuses, are highly regarded members of beauty industry. Their schools have received numerous national, regional and local awards; and their staff continuously strives to improve their technical skills and industry knowledge in order to create an excellent educational experience.

6. Our Financial Assistance Program:

If you’re thinking about financing your education at The TEMPLE, we can help! Navigating the process can be confusing and tricky, and our financial aid team supports you through the entire process. Different types of financial assistance options are available, including (but not limited to) Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, VA benefits and scholarships. We’ll meet with you one-on-one to create an individualized financial aid package to fit your lifestyle and needs.

5. Our Guest Artists:

From sharing a favorite technique to delivering the inside scoop on industry trends, our guest artists will encourage, teach and guide you on a path to your dream career. At The TEMPLE, we showcase a wide variety of regional, national and international guests to inspire and expand your concept of the potential in the beauty industry!

We’ve hosted guest artists such as:

  • Noogie Thai
  • Winn Claybaugh
  • Melissa Jaqua & Abe Barron
  • Tim Storey
  • Ted Gibson
  • Diana Schmidtke
  • Debra Dietrich
  • Jeanne Braa-Foster
  • Martin Parsons
  • Geno Stampora

4. Our Placement Opportunities:

One of the most important things to consider when choosing your cosmetology school is career opportunities, and graduates of The TEMPLE have a 97%  job placement rate!*

We have a team of individuals whose goal is to equip you with the tools you need to find your dream job. Career planning starts on day one at The TEMPLE, from landing that first job and mapping out a long-range plan, to achieving the career of your dreams. We support you every step of the way.

Professional development classes include a series of courses covering

  • resume building
  • creating a portfolio
  • personal branding & social media

These classes, along with multiple job fairs and outreach opportunities, are an essential part of the curriculum and will set you up to ace job interviews and get a head start on your career!

3. Our State Board Prep:

Our Final Phase program at The TEMPLE is the secret to our Future Professionals’ state board exam success! We go above and beyond to help ensure you pass your licensing exams with flying colors—something unmatched by other cosmetology schools.

Not only do we prepare you for both the written and practical portions of the exams, we also:

  • schedule your state board exams
  • provide you with the full testing kit materials customized to MD, VA or DE
  • pay for your written and practical state board exams

We boast a 98 percent passing rate with Future Professionals in the Final Phase program—we know what it takes to achieve success with the state boards!

2. Our Giving:

Giving back to the community through philanthropy and volunteerism is an integral part of the values practiced and taught at our school. Not only do we believe it’s important to support the area in which we live, we hope to instill that value in our Future Professionals.

Your experience at The TEMPLE will include involvement in our community partnerships, as well as participation in student-run programs. You’ll feel good knowing that you’re making a difference even while attending school! Organizations we work with include …. SHIP, Women to Women Mentoring, John’s Hopkins Camp Sunrise, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, Haircuts for the Homless, Operation Second Chance and much more!

1. Our Opportunities:

Our education doesn’t end at the classroom door, though! The TEMPLE offers exciting local, regional and national opportunities including magazine and television work, as well as unique education experiences with industry icons in locations like Las Vegas – Beacon, New York – Hair Show, Hollywood – First 100 FUNraising Gala, Orlando – Caper and more!

Student teams are also a huge part of our campus culture. You’ll have the opportunity to socialize with industry experts and be involved in experiences that will help build positive leadership and teamwork skills while you prepare for a successful career in the beauty industry.

Opportunities include:

  • Hair shows
  • Paul Mitchell national contests (Caper, The First 100, Electric Youth and others!)
  • Local hair shows, modeling and assisting, among others

If you’re interested in advanced achievement opportunities, our Phase 2 and Dean’s List programs will provide you with options to excel beyond the curriculum and to challenge you to the highest level of performance. Makeup at The TEMPLE, our exclusive makeup certification program, also offers advanced training in many specialties, including Bridal Pro, Editorial Pro and Fashion Pro.

BONUS – Our Graduation:

Your education formally ends with us when you hit your 1,500 hours, and that means one thing: it’s time to celebrate! The TEMPLE hosts formal graduation ceremonies twice a year to acknowledge your achievements and celebrate your future success. Graduation is held at the elegant Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts, in beautiful downtown Frederick. The event has no limit on the amount of guests you can bring with you and is live-streamed so that your support team far and wide will be able to watch as walk across the stage in front of family and friends and accept recognition for the achievement that you’ve worked so hard towards!

Interested in beginning your beauty career at The TEMPLE? Submit your information today and our admissions team members will guide you through the process.

We’re looking forward to making your career dreams come true!

*(NOTE: The Temple does not guaranteed placement.) 

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
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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.