Paul Mitchell (hairdresser)

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Paul Mitchell
Cyril Thomson Mitchell.jpg
Cyril Thomson Mitchell

(1936-01-27)January 27, 1936
DiedApril 21, 1989(1989-04-21) (aged 53)
Known forCo-founding John Paul Mitchell Systems

Paul Mitchell (born Cyril Thomson Mitchell; January 27, 1936 – April 21, 1989[1]) was a Scottish American hairstylist and co-founder of the hair care product company John Paul Mitchell Systems in 1980.[2] Paul Mitchell the School was later inspired in 2000, now with over 100 locations.[3]

Early life[edit]

His mother Jenny was Carnwath's first hairdresser.[4] Mitchell was very proud of his Scottish roots and was reportedly "a Scot through and through."[5] His family moved to London in 1939. He trained as a silversmith before following in his mother's footsteps. At age sixteen, Mitchell enrolled in the Morris School of Hairdressing in London, and by eighteen, had won multiple hairdressing competitions.

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell married a Polish-Filipina fashion model and actress named Jolina Wyrzykowski. Their only child, Angus Mitchell, was born in 1970. In 1974, Mitchell sold his New York City salon Superhair and moved to Hawaii.

In 1985, Mitchell established a fully functional awapuhi farm on the Big Island of Hawaii.

On July 18, 1988, Mitchell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died on April 21, 1989 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is buried on his estate on the Big Island of Hawaii.[6]


  1. ^ Estate Of Paul Mitchell, Deceased, Patrick T
  2. ^ "Hair-care giant targets crooks: Head of John Paul Mitchell Systems uses street smarts". The Albany Herald. June 13, 1999.
  3. ^ Zimmerman, Michael. "Paul Mitchell the School | Sacramento, CA | MTI College". MTI College. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ "Our Company". Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  5. ^ Clydesdale, Lindsay (9 September 2010). "I inherited my famous dad's skills.. and his love of Scotland, says celebrity hairstylist Angus Mitchell". The Daily Record. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Icons: Paul Mitchell". Focus on Hair. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Paul Mitchell: Man, Work Vision. Who Was He? Jocelyn Fujii.

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