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Solo Snaps: California Dreamin' from Solo Artist Mitchell Field

Victoria Wurdinger | October 15, 2015 | 9:20 AM
Mitchell Field’s interpretation of the updated hippie. Since he started styling in the Swinging ‘60s (he even had 5 seconds of fame in the movie Woodstock), he naturally has ample experience with the original look. (photo credit: Mitchell Field)
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Mitchell Field, who works out of Mitchell Field Salon in Fairfax, California, has seen hippies, punks and hipsters come and go. A 50-year hairstyling veteran, he began in London at the original Sassoon Bond Street Salon, working personally with Vidal himself. From there, he owned and operated two Montreal salons in the ‘70s, traveled for two years as a platform artist and became styles director for Stewarts, which at the time was a renowned Midwestern salon chain.

What did he learn from these experiences? “Never say never—almost everything comes back,” says Field. “I'm working on a lot of modified mullets right now; I just call it something else.”

The ‘80s found him in Hollywood, styling hair for celebrities, bands and musicians, including Billy Idol, Adam Ant, Guns 'n' Roses, Michael Schenker of The Scorpions, Alice Cooper, Michael Richards (Kramer on TV’s Seinfeld) and Dan Hamilton of Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. But eventually, he settled in affluent Marin county as a Solo Artist. To reinterpret the original hippie style for his current well-heeled clients, he started with this cut, which features a one-length back and face-framing sides: “Sexy face-framing layers are still a big hit,” says Field. Then, he added the crucial blonde. Here’s how:

Start with ash blonde background color (Wella Color Charm liquid permanent tint # 8A) and overlay with warmer hazel-blonde chunks (Color Charm # 6G and 7NG with 20-volume developer). Next, follow-up with bleached babylights (Clairol BW2 powder bleach with 40-volume developer and Olaplex). Lastly, gloss with Redken Shades EQ Clear.

Adds Field, “It’s obvious that today, hair coloring is important—it has replaced cutting as most salons main revenue generator. Hair color is the cut of the twenty-first century.”

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