Who Was Paul Mitchell

I bet most of you don’t know who he was, maybe must of you know he is just a bottle of shampoo in a counter, well not exactly. Myself as a Paul Mitchell Student I wanted to share his story of this extraordinary person.

Paul Mitchell was born in Cyril Thomson Mitchell on January 27, 1936 in Scotland – April 21, 1989. He was a famous hairdresser and founder of the hair care product company known as John Paul Mitchell Systems.

Mitchell enrolled in beauty school at age sixteen, and after completing his five year apprenticeship began working at various hair salons, following in his mother’s footsteps. He won multiple hairstyling competitions and then joined Vidal Sassoon in the 1960s, becoming one of the best known stylists in London. He left Sassoon in 1966 and went on to open several salons in the United States.

In 1980, he founded John Paul Mitchell Systems with his business partner John Paul DeJoria. The goal of the company was to market professional hair care products through salons. Its first product was Hair Sculpting Lotion.

On July 18, 1988, Paul Mitchell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died in 1989 in Cedars Sinai Medical Center as a result of liver and pancreatic cancer.


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