On January 3, 2024, Angus Mitchell, renowned in the world of hairdressing as the son of the legendary stylist and entrepreneur Paul Mitchell, passed away at the age of 53. The shocking incident occurred as he was found drowning in the swimming pool of his Honolulu, Hawaii home. Angus played a pivotal role in the industry, serving as the co-owner of Paul Mitchell Systems, a leading brand known for its hair products and salons.
Early Life and Career
Born on July 13, 1970, in Scotland, Angus was adopted by Paul and Jolina Mitchell. Growing up in Hawaii, he attended the prestigious Punahou School in Honolulu and later pursued studies at the University of Southern California. Angus inherited his father’s passion for hairstyling, commencing his career as an assistant in his father’s salons at the age of 16. Learning from the industry’s best stylists, he accompanied his father to various hair shows, expressing his aspiration to continue Paul Mitchell’s legacy.
Following his father’s passing in 1989 due to pancreatic cancer, Angus Mitchell, along with John Paul DeJoria, took on the role of co-owner of Paul Mitchell Systems. As the company’s artistic director, he supervised stylist education, product development, and technique innovation, emphasizing artistic vision, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.
Achievements and Contributions
Beyond his success in business, Angus was a dedicated philanthropist and environmentalist. Supporting causes such as the Boys and Girls Club of America, the American Cancer Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Humane Society, he also donated generously to Punahou School. Maintaining a commitment to Hawaii’s natural beauty, he owned a 63-acre estate in Hana, Maui, fostering organic agriculture and creating a wildlife sanctuary.
A pioneer in hairstyling, Angus developed the “Angus Cut,” a versatile layered and textured style suitable for all hair types. His innovative contributions extended to products like the “Angus Mitchell Protools” and the establishment of the “Angus Mitchell Academy” in Beverly Hills, California, dedicated to training aspiring stylists.
Angus Mitchell’s untimely death is a profound loss to the hair industry and beyond. As a beloved son, brother, father, friend, and colleague, his impact reached many lives through kindness, generosity, and talent. A visionary in hairstyling, Angus leaves an enduring legacy that will be remembered through his family, company, and contributions to the world of beauty.