When Paul Mitchell hairdresses the clothes of a Hollywood star, he’s known as a “global celebrity,” and that’s exactly what Austin has in mind when it comes to the new name of his Austin-based salon, a popular destination for those looking for fresh haircuts and other manicures.
Mitchell’s Austin-area salon, the Haynes Barber Salon, will rename its space after a Texas icon, actress Haynes Bryant, a figure that has inspired countless hairdo and makeup tutorials.
“When she first got into Hollywood, Haynes was just a star,” Mitchell told ABC News.
“I was always like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Haynes.’
And then, the movie ‘Scarface’ came out, and Haynes became this iconic figure.”
But the world of Hollywood has changed a lot in the past few years, and Mitchell has noticed a shift in the way his customers view him.
“I think they don’t think twice about it,” Mitchell said.
“They look at me and say, ‘That’s the person that gave us the hairstyle.
That’s the hairstylist.
That really changed my life.'”
The new name, called The Barber Shop, reflects the many people Mitchell has met since opening his Austin salon in 2007.
He says his first customers were the young people he had met in high school, who were drawn to his simple style of hair and natural makeup.
“They were the ones who really helped me get my first haircut,” Mitchell recalled.
“And then later on, I realized that they were just people like me.
So I’ve been in the same place for a long time.
And it’s a blessing to be able to say, thank you, you’re a part of my family.”
Hair stylists have been working with Mitchell and his son, Ben, for about three years, to get the name right, and in November, they announced a name change for the store.
They called it The Barber House.
“It’s been the name of the place for five years,” Mitchell explained.
“We’re just excited about it.”
The name change came as a surprise to many in the hairding industry.
While the salon’s Instagram account has more than 100,000 followers, it’s not widely known outside of the hairliners community.
Mitchell said that many people who are unfamiliar with the salon don’t know how well-known it is in the industry, or the impact it has had on hairdos and makeup, which he says has a direct impact on his business.
“People just don’t understand what this salon does,” Mitchell added.
“The people who work there are very professional.
They know what they’re doing.
They’re always looking for the best products, and they always know what to look for.
It’s the kind of job that you just don`t see in the movies.”
The salon is open Monday through Saturday, and is located at 2930 Westheimer Parkway in Austin, and has been open since August of 2015.
The Barber House is now accepting reservations for its new name.
For more information, visit the Austin Barber House website.