Itâs no surprise Angus Mitchell says hairdressing chose him. What is surprising: He didnât take the easy route.
Angus' Surpise Secrets
Pimping Cars: âIâm a frustrated
mechanic. I collect cars, and if I hear
one odd noise, Iâve gottaâ get it fixed.
Iâm on car websites so much my wife
calls it âcar porn.ââ
Guilty Pleasure: Interior design.
âIâm always tearing out magazine
pages of furniture.â
Heartfelt Cause: The Art of Elysium,
which encourages artists to give their
time and talent to children with serious
Would love a week alone with:
Angus Mitchellâs latest dictum: âFor a world
without conflict, you must have communication.â
Letâs get right to the misconceptions:
Angus Mitchell, the only
child of hair care mogul Paul
Mitchell, wasnât born rich or spoiled.
âPeople think Iâm a good-time Charlie,
but I work 15 hours a day,â says Mitchell
of the many false impressions about
him. âI grew up in a two-bedroom apartment
in Manhattan, with my mother,
uncle and grandmother. My dadâs first
line, called PM, failed, and he lost a lot
Still, salons were in Mitchellâs blood.
As a child, heâd played in his fatherâs Superhair
salon: its curved walls, created
to prevent hair from gathering in corners,
were perfect for toy-truck racing.
He says he never realized he was surrounded
by celebrities (Raquel Welch,
Barbara Walters), nor did he know his
mother, the first Asian model to grace
the cover of Harperâs Bazaar, was famous
When the family moved to Hawaii,
Mitchell helped plant Awapui plants in
the hot sun. It was only when Mitchell
was 13 that Paul Mitchellâs eponymous
hair care line finally took off.
âI never took money for granted,
and wasnât the most popular guy in high
school,â says Mitchell. âI
became popular because
acted in plays. I wanted
to become an actor but
after a year of college,
realized I needed something
to fall back on.â
This sparks a recollection
that his father,
too, had the acting bug,
but also had been advised
try a craft. Good thing
both Mitchells listened, as
the whole world became
The Son Also Rises
To prove he could make it on his own,
Mitchell attended Vidal Sassoonâs Los
Angeles school. âPeople assumed hairdressing
would come to me naturally, but
it didnâtâimagine being Paul Mitchellâs
son at a Sassoon school,â he deadpans.
Having survived the pressure, he
learned fast that âNo job is too big and
no job is too smallâdetails matter.â
Those details set apart his own work, he
says; its refinement comes from looking
at art and pushing his eye.
As will happen, destiny eventually
called, and Mitchell joined the JPMS creative
team, to which he brings his own
multifaceted approach. A true child of
dissimilar generational influences, he
loves mash-ups, like old-school/newschool
music via his friend DJ Soulman.
Mashing-up his own responsibilities in
2010, he turned 40, opened Angus M
salon in Beverly Hills, and married his
long-time best friend.
When heâs not on stage or running his
hectic salon, he, his wife and daughter
are at his tranquil, 34-acre, wind-powered
Macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. His
future focus is on family life, he says,
and continuing to enjoy the intense variety
of a career he loves.
âI canât believe I have this life,â adds
Mitchell. âThereâs not a moment Iâm not
inspired by the
seen in metal
and the curvy
lines of â50s