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all about walk with scissors 

Our Mission

At Walk with Scissors, we prepare our students for a career in the field of cosmetology and offer the quality of education to succeed in the industry. We are committed to offering the highest standard of education to our students by customizing their individual learning strategies for each and every aspiring cosmetologist. We are focused on developing advanced practical skillsets that are necessary for success in this growing industry. We ensure that upon graduation, our students will have a thorough understanding of professionalism, communication, customer service, and both business and interpersonal skills. We provide a state of-the-art facility, with in-depth theory practices, live model programs for beginning students and updated technology for lecture and hands-on work. We guarantee to create an environment of trust and respect for all. We believe in individuality, creativity, self-expression, and inclusion for all.

Our Vision

Our Vision at Walk with Scissors is to provide placement for each of our graduates. We look to build professional relationships with salons/spas for interview practices, guest speaking, demonstrations, and career events. Our graduates will complete school with a full understanding of the industry and express passion and confidence in all aspects of cosmetology. We are committed to strengthening a team of eager stylists, educators, mentors, and management.

Our Core Values

Teamwork- We believe teamwork empowers our individual strengths.

Respect- Respect guides the way that we operate at all levels.

Integrity- Ensure honesty and fairness in all our actions.

Value People- We will treat all people with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

Honesty- We are truthful and open in our interactions with each other.

Community Outreach

At Walk with Scissors, we are focused on being involved with the community to ensure the best experiences for both our students and those around us. We build strong relationships with local Salon/Spa/Shop owners on a privately owned/corporate level. We have connections for career placement with salons in major cities if a student decides to relocate after graduation. We work closely with local school districts with trade-school placement and volunteer services in hair and makeup for school dances, plays, musicals and events. We provide affordable haircare, skincare and nailcare services to the public in return which this helps to build the confidence and skillset practices within our learners. Our students and staff will coordinate a yearly hair and fashion showcase which is open to the public. We involve local vendors, businesses, and entertainment for this festive day.

Academy’s Philosophy

Walk with Scissors is dedicated to training students in the theory and practical skillsets necessary to become a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Pennsylvania. The Academy believes in developing students’ motivation, passion, commitment, and integrity in order for them to become successful in their chosen industry. The Academy will make every effort to ensure that all students receive a well-balanced training and support/guidance responding to the needs of the industry.

Course of Objectives

The ultimate goal at Walk with Scissors is to provide excellence in training that enables graduates to function to their fullest potential in today’s full-service salons and spas as well as to prepare students to pass the Pennsylvania State Board Examination. In order for these to be achieved, students are trained in the basics of every service performed in all aspects of cosmetology. It is also our aspiration that all students will be immersed with hands-on practices with various techniques and business skill training.

Areas of study

Your training will encompass three types of learning: Academic knowledge and experience, the foundation of your lessons in education; Practical skillsets, the application of your knowledge and experiences hands-on. Professional business skills, which is vital for your success in the industry. Each Phase of your education will emphasize different learning strategies and approaches.


  • Cosmetology (1,250 hours)

Explore the latest styles and techniques in haircutting, coloring, basic/advanced haircutting, hair coloring skills, chemical applications, hairstyling, updos, creativity, skincare, nailcare and makeup artistry.

  • Crossover Curriculum for Barbers (695 hours)

This program is designed for licensed Barbers wanting to receive licensure in Cosmetology. This 695 hour course helps connect the pieces for basic/advanced haircutting, hair coloring skills, chemical applications, hairstyling updos, creativity, skincare, nailcare and makeup artistry.



Nathan is a licensed Cosmetologist, Cosmetology Educator and Barber with over 20 years in the Salon and Education industry. Nathan has been able to cultivate his audience in different ways that motivate and inspire from organizing and hosting yearly hair/fashion shows to freelance platform/print work with RAW that include natural born artists and coordinating school-wide hair competition and events. Nathan has always kept ahead of the cosmetology industry to encourage his learners, guests and community. 


A native from Enola, Pennsylvania, Nathan decided early in his career to move to Philadelphia, PA and work in education. He spent a majority of his career working for premiere cosmetology schools such as Aveda, Toni & Guy, The Beauty Institute/Schwarzkopf and Paul Mitchell. Over the years he had the opportunity to mentor and train hundreds of the City's most budding hairstylists. Nathan has received advanced education and certifications with companies such as; Goldwell, Wella, Framesi, Joico and Tigi.

With such strong passion, commitment and experience in education, Nathan decided to create his own vision of a cosmetology academy and bring this inspiration to central PA to offer a stellar experience for all students.

This brings us to Walk with Scissors. An Academy that is focused on the learner receiving the best quality of education. Learning the latest trends and advanced technical skills. Nathan is prepared to utilize its surrounding community to build incredible partnerships. He will offer top notch equipment, tools and supplies so students can work to their fullest potentials. Walk With Scissors thrives on guest speakers, demonstrations from other professionals, salon visits, career events, interviewing practices, business skills, competitions, photo shoots, portfolio building, and hair & makeup shows.

We THRIVE on your success!

Meet Ryan

Director of Admissions and Operations

With over 19 years of experience in Operations Leadership with a heavy equipment dealership and rental company, Ryan Walk has made the decision to join Walk with Scissors to work both behind the scenes on the financial & Operations management side of the business, and on the Student Admissions side to ensure students will start their education with confidence and excitement.  With Ryan’s communication and leadership skills, he quickly turned his passion into coming up with procedures to put focus on the overall success of Walk with Scissors which will start at the very beginning of a potential student’s interest in this exciting industry of Cosmetology and will extend beyond graduation.  As Ryan has always put his family first, his family values shine towards others with empathy, compassion and success for all. 

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