Portland Beauty School

★★★★☆

Beauty on a budget.

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8230 NE Siskiyou St Ste 102

Portland, OR

97220

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Mon Closed ; Tue-Fri 10am-9pm ; Sat 9am-5pm ; Sun Closed ; Appointments Available

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I'm not sure what the review from February about the school being investigated is all about, but I was a customer, who wanted to get my hair done without paying a huge price for it.

Quick overview of my hair before: many various blonde highlights throughout with A LOT of growth. I needed partial highlights, plus toner, plus a haircut.

I went in recently to get partial highlights and a haircut. Originally I had 3 consultations from salons that told me what I needed done would cost somewhere between $120-$170. I didn't want to pay that much so I went to the salon at Portland Beauty School and took a risk.

I was scared it would come out horrible, but I got my highlights, toner, and haircut all for $40. And my hair color turned out great. The haircut wasn't spectacular but I was more concerned about my color anyhow. Either way, I just saved $100+ and I've already had several compliments on the color.

I'd recommend going if you're trying to save money.

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★★★★☆

I'm not sure what the review from February about the school being investigated is all about, but I was a customer, who wanted to get my hair done without paying a huge price for it.

Quick overview of my hair before: many various blonde highlights throughout with A LOT of growth. I needed partial highlights, plus toner, plus a haircut.

I went in recently to get partial highlights and a haircut. Originally I had 3 consultations from salons that told me what I needed done would cost somewhere between $120-$170. I didn't want to pay that much so I went to the salon at Portland Beauty School and took a risk.

I was scared it would come out horrible, but I got my highlights, toner, and haircut all for $40. And my hair color turned out great. The haircut wasn't spectacular but I was more concerned about my color anyhow. Either way, I just saved $100+ and I've already had several compliments on the color.

I'd recommend going if you're trying to save money.

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State regulators continue to investigate allegations that Portland Beauty School falsified student records, sold hours to students who never attended the school and misused federal retraining money.

Health licensing officials, flanked by police officers, seized boxes of records from the school last week. State employment, education and justice officials also are involved.


It's the second beauty school targeted by Oregon Health Licensing Agency in less than a year. The agency licenses hairstylists, barbers and nail technicians to work in the state.

It also comes a month after the state temporarily halted exams for cosmetologists and nail technicians after concluding its integrity had been breached.

Richard Vial, an attorney for the school, denied the allegations and said school owners Mary Huynh and her children, Mytien and Tieno, have no idea why the raid occurred.

"We're just baffled," Vial said "They still have not given an indication of what they're charging."

An affidavit filed last week in Multnomah County by agency regulatory operations manager Tim Molloy sheds some light.

According to Molloy, the agency received information from "a reliable and credible source" alleging the school falsified student records, transcripts, social security numbers and state testing materials.

The informant alleged the school sold educational hours to students from other states who have not attended the school but who get correct answers to state and national cosmetology exams.

"Basically, people weren't going to school," said Kraig Bohot, the agency's spokesperson. "They were buying exam answers."

The students then work in other states that accept Oregon licenses, Molloy's affidavit said.

Oregon Department of Justice spokesman Tony Green, whose agency heads the investigation, declined comment.

The Oregon Employment Department oversees federal money to retrain trade-impacted workers. It's awaiting results of the licensing investigation before deciding whether to look into the school's use of worker retraining money and unemployment insurance, department spokesman Tom Fuller said.

Portland Beauty School has been a popular retraining destination for laid-off factory workers. From 2000 to 2003, it received more than $1.5 million in federal NAFTA-Transitional Adjustment Assistance to retrain laid-off factory workers -- more than any private or community college in the state, an investigation by The Oregonian found.

More recently, in December 2008, the licensing agency sought a warrant to search Anthony's Beauty School, according to Multnomah County Circuit Court records. Anthony's competed with Portland Beauty School, which has since closed, Vial said.

In August, days after taking the job, agency director Randall Everitt sent an "urgent" notice to beauty schools to tell them he was temporarily halting exams for cosmetologists and nail technologists after an outside review found "the integrity of the examination has been compromised." The state later resumed the exams after switching from computer-based testing to written exams, according to the notice.

Vial said the Oregon Department of Education, which oversees private trade schools, paid a visit to the school earlier this year after receiving allegations of test fraud but left satisfied.

He said Vietnamese students taking the state cosmetology exam have been singled out and searched by state officials ever since the agency took action against Anthony's. He accused the agency of targeting the school and students based on race.

"We're being scrutinized basically because of the nationality of the owners," Vial said.

Brent Hunsberger

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State regulators continue to investigate allegations that Portland Beauty School falsified student records, sold hours to students who never attended the school and misused federal retraining money.

Health licensing officials, flanked by police officers, seized boxes of records from the school last week. State employment, education and justice officials also are involved.


It's the second beauty school targeted by Oregon Health Licensing Agency in less than a year. The agency licenses hairstylists, barbers and nail technicians to work in the state.

It also comes a month after the state temporarily halted exams for cosmetologists and nail technicians after concluding its integrity had been breached.

Richard Vial, an attorney for the school, denied the allegations and said school owners Mary Huynh and her children, Mytien and Tieno, have no idea why the raid occurred.

"We're just baffled," Vial said "They still have not given an indication of what they're charging."

An affidavit filed last week in Multnomah County by agency regulatory operations manager Tim Molloy sheds some light.

According to Molloy, the agency received information from "a reliable and credible source" alleging the school falsified student records, transcripts, social security numbers and state testing materials.

The informant alleged the school sold educational hours to students from other states who have not attended the school but who get correct answers to state and national cosmetology exams.

"Basically, people weren't going to school," said Kraig Bohot, the agency's spokesperson. "They were buying exam answers."

The students then work in other states that accept Oregon licenses, Molloy's affidavit said.

Oregon Department of Justice spokesman Tony Green, whose agency heads the investigation, declined comment.

The Oregon Employment Department oversees federal money to retrain trade-impacted workers. It's awaiting results of the licensing investigation before deciding whether to look into the school's use of worker retraining money and unemployment insurance, department spokesman Tom Fuller said.

Portland Beauty School has been a popular retraining destination for laid-off factory workers. From 2000 to 2003, it received more than $1.5 million in federal NAFTA-Transitional Adjustment Assistance to retrain laid-off factory workers -- more than any private or community college in the state, an investigation by The Oregonian found.

More recently, in December 2008, the licensing agency sought a warrant to search Anthony's Beauty School, according to Multnomah County Circuit Court records. Anthony's competed with Portland Beauty School, which has since closed, Vial said.

In August, days after taking the job, agency director Randall Everitt sent an "urgent" notice to beauty schools to tell them he was temporarily halting exams for cosmetologists and nail technologists after an outside review found "the integrity of the examination has been compromised." The state later resumed the exams after switching from computer-based testing to written exams, according to the notice.

Vial said the Oregon Department of Education, which oversees private trade schools, paid a visit to the school earlier this year after receiving allegations of test fraud but left satisfied.

He said Vietnamese students taking the state cosmetology exam have been singled out and searched by state officials ever since the agency took action against Anthony's. He accused the agency of targeting the school and students based on race.

"We're being scrutinized basically because of the nationality of the owners," Vial said.

Brent Hunsberger

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I am a student at Portland Beauty School. I have to say, I am beyond happy with my choice. I looked at all the other school in Portland. But none of them made me feel as welcomed as Portland Beauty School. The day I walked in to do a tour. I knew this was the school for me. The Director, Mytien Kent was so warm and welcoming. She truly cared about my dreams and aspirations. She made me feel like I wasn??t just a number. I was right, the classes are small. So the instructors have lots of one on one time with you. The instructors have so much experience because, they both have taught in Paul Michael and Aveda schools, so they are really hands on and teach you so much. It feels like you get twice the education, because you learn all the techniques of different salons in one school. Also this is the only school that has advanced education classes while you are in school. They also offer classes to keep up with the latest techniques. I love that about this school because, you can always come back to learn new things. I really enjoy going to school everyday and they make it fun. You get lots of hands on experience here. They don??t push you only encourage and you. I don??t know how many schools do that. I would highly recommend this school to everyone.

5
★★★★★

I am a student at Portland Beauty School. I have to say, I am beyond happy with my choice. I looked at all the other school in Portland. But none of them made me feel as welcomed as Portland Beauty School. The day I walked in to do a tour. I knew this was the school for me. The Director, Mytien Kent was so warm and welcoming. She truly cared about my dreams and aspirations. She made me feel like I wasn??t just a number. I was right, the classes are small. So the instructors have lots of one on one time with you. The instructors have so much experience because, they both have taught in Paul Michael and Aveda schools, so they are really hands on and teach you so much. It feels like you get twice the education, because you learn all the techniques of different salons in one school. Also this is the only school that has advanced education classes while you are in school. They also offer classes to keep up with the latest techniques. I love that about this school because, you can always come back to learn new things. I really enjoy going to school everyday and they make it fun. You get lots of hands on experience here. They don??t push you only encourage and you. I don??t know how many schools do that. I would highly recommend this school to everyone.

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My daughter and I researched several Portland cosmetology schools before finding Portland Beauty School. This small school, affiliated with Paul Mitchell really stood out beyond the others. Mytien, the director was fabulous. She was warm, upbeat and put together an individualized program plan that fit my daughter??s interests and long-range goals. We loved the fact that it is a competency-based school and that students can move at their own pace. So far, my daughter has finished the Freshman Hair classes with Robert and Sarah. They were incredible teachers - very knowledgeable and thorough in their training. Now my daughter is enjoying her Esthetics class it so much that she has decided to take the advanced classes. The caliber and scope of the curriculum is impressive. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for excellent instructors, a warm and happy learning environment, and a wide range of exciting, top-notch classes.

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★★★★★

My daughter and I researched several Portland cosmetology schools before finding Portland Beauty School. This small school, affiliated with Paul Mitchell really stood out beyond the others. Mytien, the director was fabulous. She was warm, upbeat and put together an individualized program plan that fit my daughter??s interests and long-range goals. We loved the fact that it is a competency-based school and that students can move at their own pace. So far, my daughter has finished the Freshman Hair classes with Robert and Sarah. They were incredible teachers - very knowledgeable and thorough in their training. Now my daughter is enjoying her Esthetics class it so much that she has decided to take the advanced classes. The caliber and scope of the curriculum is impressive. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for excellent instructors, a warm and happy learning environment, and a wide range of exciting, top-notch classes.

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Yesterday I got my haircut by Heidi and she did great! The salon is very clean and the instructor Sunny (not sure of her name?) was very helpful. Both the student and instructor seemed to care a lot about what I thought of the cut and gave me what I wanted and even made some great suggestions.

5
★★★★★

Yesterday I got my haircut by Heidi and she did great! The salon is very clean and the instructor Sunny (not sure of her name?) was very helpful. Both the student and instructor seemed to care a lot about what I thought of the cut and gave me what I wanted and even made some great suggestions.

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I've been to all the beauty schools in the area and Portland Beauty School has the most reasonable pricing for the services rendered. The location is very nice and clean. It is a beauty school so I don't expect the students to complete services at lightning speed. However, I have received great hair cuts, hair color, mani & pedi's, the Human Touch massage chairs are worth the $18, 1 Hr massage for $25 was great, and I didn't get the snobby feeling coming in. Instead everyone was very helpful and eager to please.

5
★★★★★

I've been to all the beauty schools in the area and Portland Beauty School has the most reasonable pricing for the services rendered. The location is very nice and clean. It is a beauty school so I don't expect the students to complete services at lightning speed. However, I have received great hair cuts, hair color, mani & pedi's, the Human Touch massage chairs are worth the $18, 1 Hr massage for $25 was great, and I didn't get the snobby feeling coming in. Instead everyone was very helpful and eager to please.

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As a former student, I would like to say that Portland Beauty School is great. The instructors and staff are genuinely concerned about the students and the customers they work on.

The school is very clean and the brand new location is beautiful. I would reccomend it for future students and customers.

5
★★★★★

As a former student, I would like to say that Portland Beauty School is great. The instructors and staff are genuinely concerned about the students and the customers they work on.

The school is very clean and the brand new location is beautiful. I would reccomend it for future students and customers.

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Portland Beauty School has great prices and the work is very professional. Pretty nice inside too! I had my hair, nails, and make-up done here for Prom and they did a really nice job! I was a little afraid in going to a school for such an important event but they did great!. I would return and I think they are very concerned with their client's satisfaction.

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★★★★★

Portland Beauty School has great prices and the work is very professional. Pretty nice inside too! I had my hair, nails, and make-up done here for Prom and they did a really nice job! I was a little afraid in going to a school for such an important event but they did great!. I would return and I think they are very concerned with their client's satisfaction.

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I've had a haircut at this school and pedicures. The haircut I had was good but the service was a little slow and since most of the students do not speak english it was a little hard to communicate what I wanted. BUT! The pedicures are great. You have to remember that these are students and they are still learning. But for the price - wow! You don't get a spa pedicure anywhere else for $11. They do a good job as long as you don't get to fancy with the painting part and don't mind sitting in a heated massage chair for awhile. If you wanna just go pamper youself - go! Don't go for ambience - yet anyway... The building is a little run down but it's still clean and a great experience...

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★★★☆☆

I've had a haircut at this school and pedicures. The haircut I had was good but the service was a little slow and since most of the students do not speak english it was a little hard to communicate what I wanted. BUT! The pedicures are great. You have to remember that these are students and they are still learning. But for the price - wow! You don't get a spa pedicure anywhere else for $11. They do a good job as long as you don't get to fancy with the painting part and don't mind sitting in a heated massage chair for awhile. If you wanna just go pamper youself - go! Don't go for ambience - yet anyway... The building is a little run down but it's still clean and a great experience...

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