Mitchell Field's long career as a hair stylist could serve as a timeline of popular culture.
From his days as an apprentice at the posh and world renowned Mayfair salon of Vidal Sassoon, to Montreal, Los Angeles and eventually Marin County, California, Field has cut, curled and colored his way through the last five decades. During his career he helped establish iconic hair designs; played an important role in popularizing punk-culture and rock 'n' roll hair styles of the 1980s; and even styled Michael Richards’ iconic 'Kramer' look for his role in the popular television series “Seinfeld.”
Field, who continues to operate an intimate, sophisticated salon in Fairfax, California is celebrating his 50th anniversary in 2013 recalling his five decades cutting through changes in fashion, culture and obsessions with hair.
In addition to his career as a hair stylist, Field also ventured into entertainment, establishing himself as a respected Bay Area actor and radio host. He's appeared in independent films and commercials and in stage plays and musicals for theater companies including the Marin Mountain Play, Ross Valley Players and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He also produces and hosts "The Field Trip," a weekly arts and entertainment interview show, broadcast on Radio Sausalito.
His passion however, is hair styling. Field has enjoyed a career which has brought him from Mayfair to Marin and from post World War II conventional hair styles into the 21st century, where individuality rules the day.
"It's hard to believe that 50 years went by that fast. In five decades I've seen hair styles go from pin-curls, teased bee-hives and flattops, to geometric cuts, punk and hair extensions, to the styles of today. My 'signature-style' is relaxed, modern cuts and great color and highlighting which suits my client's personality, looks and lifestyle," says Field, who lives in San Rafael. "Sexy, face-framing layers are a big hit with my female clients and no-nonsense, wash-and-wear cuts for the men."
Beginning as a shampoo boy, Field was 14-years-old when he landed a prestigious three-year apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon's original salon on Bond Street in London.
"In London in the 1960's, everything one needed to know about hair could be said in just two words - Vidal Sassoon. So, I decided to begin my career there."
Vidal Sassoon (who died in May 2012) established a revolution in hair styling in the 1960's. His "wash and wear," geometric hair cuts were embraced as modern and liberating.