Angus Mitchell, son of the late Paul Mitchell and co-owner/artistic director of John Paul Mitchell Systems, opened his first signature salon in Beverly Hills, CA, in October, and American Salon was invited to the grand opening. Located on North Canon Drive, it's a fitting addition to a neighborhood known for its first-class restaurants and shopping—La Scala is right next door. For the event, a tent was erected in the parking lot in back of the salon where guests, including Michelle Phillips of seminal '60s rock band The Mamas and the Papas, enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks made with Patron tequila. Members of the Paul Mitchell family who turned out to celebrate included John Paul DeJoria, founder and CEO; Luke Jacobellis, president; Nanette Bercu, senior vice president and creative director; Robert Yates, senior vice president of marketing; and Scott Cole and Linda Yodice, artistic directors. Hanna Compton, a student at The Cao Institute, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Alhambra, CA, who is blogging about her experiences as a Future Professional for us, got to meet John Paul and Angus, two of her hair heroes, at the opening. Her dream? To work for Angus someday, of course. —Brett Vinovich, publisher, email@example.com
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: American Salon's Brett Vinovich with Robert Yates and Scott Cole; Nanette Bercu and John Paul DeJoria; DeJoria, Future Professional Hanna Compton and Angus Mitchell
Hanna Compton is a student at The Cao Institute, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Alhambra, CA. She'll be sharing her experiences in this space and on our blog (blog.americansalonmag.com) as she follows her dream to become a beauty professional.
To help support myself while I'm going to beauty school, I got a job at Best Buy in Los Angeles. I was cast for the holiday campaign, and now my picture is on posters nationwide. So if you're doing a little Christmas shopping at Best Buy this month, you might see my face when you walk in the door. My dad and my baby brother, Cale, posed in front of the poster at the Best Buy I work at. It's been fun being the "face of Best Buy," but not as much fun as I have every day at The Cao Institute. —Hanna Compton