Paul Mitchell Schools Announce 7th Annual Free Hugs Day

Sometimes, you just need a hug, and Paul Mitchell Schools across America will fill that need on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Inspired by the Sick Puppies YouTube music video about Juan Mann’s popular Free Hugs campaign, Paul Mitchell Schools have held Free Hugs Days since 2009, giving Free Hugs in Times Square, the Alamo, and downtowns everywhere. Carrying on the tradition for the seventh straight year, students and staff will take to the streets to spread a little love throughout the continental United States and Hawaii twice on October 13: once during day school and once during night school hours. 

Dressed in their signature black outfits, carrying handmade “Free Hugs” signs,  14,000 future professionals from 110 Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools will head for plazas, parks, and other popular spots to offer hugs and make people’s day. Leading Paul Mitchell artists, educators, top executives, and superstars will join the students at Free Hugs locations in their areas.

Asked about the annual event, Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh said, “Yes, our Paul Mitchell Schools across the country hit the streets once a year to offer Free Hugs. We also have annual events to honor September 11 and veterans, we visit care facilities for the elderly, we raise awareness about cancer, and we’ve raised over $15.2 million for a variety of charitable causes. We absolutely prepare our graduates with the best training to cut and color beautiful hair, pass the state board exam, and launch highly successful careers, as recognized by our 30-plus years of experience. But we also help our students live better lives, become better citizens and human beings, and know how to give back to their communities. Now, that's a great education!”

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