Stylist gets shot with Paul Mitchell [UPDATED]Published 10:52am Monday, August 20, 2012 Updated 11:17am Monday, August 20, 2012
Often looked at as the Holy Grail of the hair styling industry, Paul Mitchell is always on the cutting edge when it comes to styles and products. This weekend, one hair stylist from Fergus Falls is getting the opportunity to brush up on her skills and learn from the best of the best.
Salon Eclips hair stylist Maurya Torgerson was one of only five in the nation to be selected by Paul Mitchell to attend a one-weekend, labor intensive training in Salt Lake City, Utah. Eight weeks after she comes home, she will have a final audition, and if the representatives thing her skills can cut it, Torgerson could be selected to be a Paul Mitchell educator.
“This is a win-win no matter what,” she said. “I’m so thankful to have this immediate opportunity for education. No matter what it will help me and my clients.”
Torgerson grew up in Elbow Lake, and after graduating from high school, she attended the St. Cloud Regency Beauty Institute.
“I always knew I wanted to do something with creative work and people,” she said. “When it all shook out, this (hair stylist) was my first option, and I have been happy with the choice.”
In order to be selected to attend the training weekend, Torgerson had to put together an extensive application that included a full resume, references and photographs of her work including hair styles and colors, she said.
“I’ve always been interested in the education side of what I do,” Torgerson said. “I do a fair amount of educating in my chair every day. I teach my clients how to replicate and achieve what I’m doing. I think that’s really important.”
Torgerson said she has always liked Paul Mitchell as a company.
“I feel like they have a really sound and structured way of doing things,” she said. “They’re the pioneers of the industry, and they’re always evolving and fresh. They’re not just set in their ways. To be part of that family would be such an honor.”
While she would love the opportunity to work as a Paul Mitchell educator, Torgerson said her clients will come first.
“Even if I am offered an education position, I will still keep my clients at Salon Eclips,” she said. “Paul Mitchell educators are all full-time stylists or salon owners or managers.”
Paul Mitchell educators travel around on weekends to present demonstrations and educate others about styles and products.
“I’m so happy and content with my daily work here at the salon that this would just be an added bonus,” Torgerson said.