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Paul Mitchell The Gathering

Paul Mitchell The Gathering 2018

The renowned John Paul Mitchell Systems® Gathering was held on July 9-10, 2018 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, attracting 2,500 passionate hairstylists, colorists and salon owners from 25 countries around the world to celebrate artistry, family, philanthropy and professional commitment in one place. The theme of the multi-day experience was “Learn. Earn. Thrill. Chill," challenging attendees to maximize their learning and earning power, while exercising their social skills with various thrilling performances, presentations and parties.

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Hosted by John Paul Mitchell Systems® co-owners John Paul DeJoria and Angus Mitchell, the two-day educational extravaganza featured three spectacular mainstage presentations replete with cutting-edge hairstyles, bold fashion, inspirational speakers and unforgettable performances. Each attendee had the opportunity to customize their experience with a choice of 5 out of 17 hands-on and Look and Learn workshops offered over the two days. Facilitated by top artists, educators and business coaches, these advanced sessions introduced new trends and techniques for hair color, haircutting, barbering, red carpet styling, as well as personal business development.


The show kicked off on Monday, July 9 with “Yours Truly,” a 73 Questions-style interview starring John Paul Mitchell Systems® Co-founder John Paul DeJoria. Presented on a spectacular 170-foot, curved LED screen, the short video shared a lighthearted and inspiring glimpse into the daily life of John Paul from his Century City headquarters.

DeJoria warmly welcomed audience members and introduced his wife of 25 years Eloise DeJoria. Co-owner Angus Mitchell joined DeJoria onstage to motivate guests for the days ahead, while also introducing Vice Chairman Michaeline DeJoria, who spoke on her passion and commitment to the professional salon industry. Chief Operating Officer Jason Yates joined Michaeline onstage and offered industry insights and an overview of the company’s direction with Kline Report statistics supporting our success.

  • #1 master brand in hair styling globally
  • #1 master brand in hair styling in North America
  • #1 master brand in hair styling in United States
  • #1 master brand in shampoos and conditioners in North America
  • Leading master brand in hair styling in Germany


Together Jason Yates and Michaeline DeJoria formally announced newly appointed Creative Director Lucie Doughty who heads the Creative and Media departments for John Paul Mitchell Systems®. Lucie debuted the latest Paul Mitchell® campaign, “Live Beautifully,” alongside gorgeous lifestyle model imagery and real models.  

Global Artistic + Business Director Robert Cromeans took to the stage with Jason Yates to introduce “Come Sit in Our Chair,” a moving video introducing the John Paul Mitchell Systems® Artist Collaborations, featuring Robert Cromeans, Lucie Doughty, Colin Caruso, Heather Ka’anoi, Noogie Thai,International Trainer Jason Reyes and Business Coach Antony Whitaker.

This led to the big reveal of MVRCKTM, a dynamic new line of barbershop-inspired products for men, and the impressive Barber Team: Jason Reyes, Fern Andong, John Mosely, Brandon Palmore, Corey Bakon, Megan Porter and Michael Stout.


Jason Yates introduced a Neuro® Halo and NeuroTM Liquid Collection presentation led by Editorial Director Noogie Thai, Artistic Director Heather Ka’anoi and International Artists Alessandro Iannaccone of Italy and Severine Papin of France. The artistic team demonstrated how to achieve gorgeous styles using the cutting-edge technology in Neuro® Halo tools and the NeuroTM Liquid Collection. 

To celebrate 20 years of Paul Mitchell® Professional Hair Color, Artistic Director of Education Angus Mitchell, Lucas Doney, Chelsea Litchfield, Heather Ka’anoi and Jason Reyes brought Paul Mitchell® Blonde to life onstage through simultaneous haircutting demonstrations on beautiful blonde models.

An amazing presentation highlighting the versatility of Color Craft® customized conditioning treatment followed featuring two sets of identical twins to showcase the before and after results. The mainstage presentations concluded with a high-energy artistic presentation of the 20/20 Collection led by Colin Caruso, Heather Ka’anoi, Ryan Belmonte, Jenn Montoya and Jamie Stout.  


After an energizing kickoff to day one of Gathering, attendees began their educational journeys with a wide selection of 17 hands-on workshops featuring advanced haircutting, hair color, barbering, grooming and style courses. Salon owners and stylists were also encouraged to participate in interactive business-building strategy workshops.

In between classes, participants were encouraged to “Go Digital and Win Big” by downloading the exclusive Gathering App. In addition to instant access to their personal class schedule, a hotel map and event updates, the app connected participants to a social posting contest with prizes, including a ticket to the Hawaii Seminar in January 2019. Gathering attendees also played games inside Neuro®, Paul Mitchell® and Tea Tree interactive pods that lined the conference center’s hallways. It was a great way to learn about some of the fastest-growing product and service categories in our industry while having a little fun.

The first day concluded with a fabulous Thrill and Chill party at the ARIA’s popular JEWEL Nightclub, giving attendees a chance to network, let down their hair and flaunt their incredible style. Co-owners John Paul DeJoria, Angus Mitchell and the management and artistic leadership greeted attendees and posed for pictures throughout the evening.


Day two of Gathering began with a motivational talk on the mainstage from bestselling author and speaker Agapi Stassinopoulos, who shared excerpts from her new book Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life. Agapi led the audience on an enlightening and humorous journey of wisdom and meditation to help let go of what doesn’t work to create the lives they really want with five simple steps:

  • Prioritize your self-care with adequate restful sleep. Take small pauses throughout the day, whether it is taking conscious breaths or walking around the block, to disconnect from the franticness of your daily life.
  • Be authentic in who you are and celebrate your uniqueness.
  • Treat yourself like a VIP client and do the things that nurture, support and uplift yourself.
  • Let social media support rather than deplete you. Learn how to disconnect, turn off your devices and take time for yourself to create and do things that bring you joy. Don’t let anything rob you from your joy.
  •  Don’t engage with negative people; they are not your responsibility to fix. Here is a mantra you can always use: “Change my attitude or change my location.”

Next, John Paul DeJoria, Michaeline DeJoria and Corporate Culture Ambassador Mara Gourdine took to the stage to reiterate the company’s core commitment to the professional beauty industry, philanthropy and to Paul Mitchell’s cruelty-free pledge to never test its products on animals.

After announcing our partnership with Green Circle Salons, Founder Shane Price shared a compelling message about the beauty industry’s pathway to sustainability as they pioneer sustainable solutions for repurposing, recycling and capturing 95% of salon and spa waste. Thanks to Green Circle Salons, all of the leftover color, mannequin heads, foil, color tubes and bottles, hair and packaging used throughout Gathering were recycled!

Colin Caruso, Artistic Director for Hair Color, was joined by John Paul DeJoria and Angus Mitchell to announce the 2018 Color Outside the Lines winners:

  • National Natural - Regan Freeman
  • National Creative - Tristan Sustrino
  • Student Natural - Evangeline Maliones
  • Student Creative - Paige Anderson
  • International Natural Winner – Ruslan KhanMagomedov
  • International Creative - Mahmutllari Saimir


Hairbrained CEO Gordon Miller hosted a panel discussion about growth opportunities utilizing social media alongside renowned barbers John Mosely (@popular_nobody), Fern Andong (@fernthebarber), Jason Reyes (@iliketocuthair) and Jacob Khan (@jacobkhan). The expert panel shared their best practice tips and techniques for growing your social media following and building your salon and barber clientele.

Paul Mitchell Schools Dean Winn Claybaugh shared encouraging insight about the future labor force, the expertise and passion of the Paul Mitchell Schools graduates and the incredible fundraising efforts of the Future Professionals. His talk concluded with a stunning model presentation created by the Future Professionals of Paul Mitchell School Las Vegas.

Paul Mitchell’s original stage partner Jeanne Braa-Foster and Dr. Dean Foster, Founders of Eyes on Cancer, shared their mission to advance the prevention and early detection of cancer through education in the beauty industry. They seek to unite the beauty and medical professionals to help lower the fatality rates of melanoma through awareness, prevention and early detection.


The closing ceremony for Gathering was one for the record books, kicking off with a talk from Business Coach Antony Whitaker, who challenged every attendee to identify three things they learned during the two-day event and how they were going to implement them. Next, Robert Cromeans, Jason Yates and Stephanie Kocielski announced the lucky winner for free tuition to the 2019 Hawaii Seminar (a $1,799 value), including four days of hands-on learning, creative collaboration and professional development with Paul Mitchell’s famed artistic team. The grand prize went to Rebekah Vullman for posting extensively across social media platforms throughout the event.


The Grand Finale also featured five enchanting and crowd-pleasing presentations that combined the theatrical with the educational:

1)      Angus Mitchell’s Levitation Trick

With the help of renowned magician David Frost, Angus Mitchell was able to execute a beautiful long, layered haircut on David’s assistant while she levitated on stage.

2)      In Black and White

This presentation celebrated our 20/20 Collection, while giving a nod to our signature black and white branding. Our 20-year portfolio of hair color sparked trends, ranging from tone on tone to pops of complementary colors, while ensuring the color placement and haircut were cohesive.

3)      Hiplet Ballerinas

The viral hip-hop and ballet sensation Hiplet inspired this riveting segment. From head to pointe shoes, our artistic team used a combination of classic and urban elements to tie it all together.  

4)      Floral Expression

Based on fashion influences from editorial to runway, we used flowers to interpret those trends on the main stage.  

5)      Smoking Wigs

Inspired by Robert Cromeans, several specially styled wigs were crafted to conceal a small vessel of dry ice to create an unforgettable smoking effect.

6)      RC’s Fan Trick

Robert was inspired by Lucie Doughty when he conjured up this trick. He took their shared love of the “blowing hair effect,” created with fans during campaign photo shoots, to the next level!


The next Gathering will take place August 24-25, 2020 at the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. 

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