"By the 1990's I was ready again for a change. After a dozen crazy years in Los Angeles, I was burned-out and needed to switch gears. I was traveling through Marin County in Northern California and had a few free days to explore the county. I drove into the little town of Fairfax and that was it," says Field.
"The downtown salon that I've been in for the past 20 years was miraculously vacant; I met the owner and signed the lease that day - within a month I had moved to Marin. I commuted to L.A. three days a week for the first two years until I had built my clientele here, then I sold the businesses in L.A."
Field opened his current salon, located on Broadway Boulevard in Fairfax, in 1992 and settled into a more relaxed pace in order to pursue new experiences, including performing on stage and screen, hosting a radio show and leading trail and mountain hikes.
"Once I got settled in Marin I finally had the time to explore personal interests including acting and the outdoors," says Field. "I still enjoy working as a hair stylist and love helping my clients’ look and feel their best. There is no particular dominant style or length today; it's all about wearing what suits you. A great haircut is important but what's most important is great hair color. Color is the hair cut of the 21st Century," says Field.
"Hair styles serve as an important marker for the transformations that society has made in the last 50 years. It's been exciting to be part of that. A timeline of hair style photos marking each decade would tell the story of how we've gone from conventional and uptight to relaxed.”
“It’s important to understand each clients’ needs. My clients range in age from teenagers to Baby Boomers, so I’m constantly spending time searching the internet for ideas; video education; and the latest trends while incorporating the 'classics' in my work.”
"I've followed and maybe even been part of establishing fashion trends, but today, for me the great fun of what I do is working with my clients to find the perfect cut, color and style for them. Fashion comes and goes but great style is timeless," says Field.
For more information about Mitchell Field Salon in Fairfax, Calif. and its special 50th Anniversary promotions and events call 415-454-8818 or visit www.mitchellfieldsalon.com