Mitch Stone, creator of Mitch Stone Essentials, is one of the hair styling world’s most respected and talented citizens. Stone’s career has spanned film, television, fashion, editorial and advertising, and given him a rich perspective that makes him one of the most sought after celebrity hairstylists around. His work is also informed by a multitude of passions and avocations that include photography, writing, surfing, and environmental activism.
Stone grew up in Malibu, California, where he became a junior Olympic swimmer at the age of 12. The drive to succeed behind this early success would later propel Stone to make waves of a different sort as an esteemed hair artist with an enviable, high profile clientele. Stone received his early training from the legendary Rossella Cusenza, co-founder of Sebastian International. Cusenza recognized Stone’s innate talent and took him under her wing. After only two years as an assistant, he began to build a flourishing client base. When three of his regulars were cast in the same movie, and each independently requested his services, Stone’s career in hair styling for film began, and took him to the sets of indie films and blockbusters alike. He was even honored with an Oscar in 2005 for his work on Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.
In the interim, Stone also established himself among the fashion elite of New York City, where he spent three years. He was hired for fashion shoots by prestigious photographers including Herb Ritts, Albert Watson, Arthur Elgort and Peter Arnell, as well as to style runway shows for designers including Armani, Cynthia Rowley, Adrienne Vittadini and Patricia Fields. His editorial work has appeared in Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, InStyle, Rolling Stone and countless other glossies. He has also worked on major advertising campaigns for Redken, Victoria’s Secret, Ray Ban, Pantene, Levi’s and many more.
Happily settled back in his native Southern California, Stone has a celebrity clientele that relies on his talents both for film and television work and red carpet appearances. He regularly tends to the tresses of Kim Basinger, Kristin Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Brooke Burke, Denise Richards and Helena Bonham Carter. He is also the go to groomer for leading Hollywood men including George Clooney, Ewan MacGregor, Al Pacino and many more.
Stone brings his lengthy experience working with models and actors to his eponymous line of styling products, the first to be infused with a proprietary vitamin complex known as VCompS. He has always considered it his job not only to make his clients look good, but to keep their hair healthy, despite the hot lights, long hours, and serial styling required on set.
Stone is represented by the prestigious Cloutier/Remix agency.