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Takashi, Global Director of Motion and Film for John Paul Mitchell Systems


Global Director of Motion and Film for John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Born in Japan, Takashi Kitamura is a second-generation hairdresser. His mother influenced his vision to become a global icon of the beauty industry as well as a filmmaker, photographer, platform artist and International Trainer for Paul Mitchell®.

Takashi has traveled internationally for almost 20 years on behalf of Paul Mitchell, sharing his innovative cutting style with hairdressers across the world. In 2012, he was appointed Creative Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems. In his current role as Global Director of Film and Motion, Takashi serves as the creative visionary behind numerous Paul Mitchell commercials, launch promos, educational how-tos, and other creative video content. When he's not behind the camera, he continues to inspire other hairdressers with his vision and state-of-the-art cutting techniques around the world.

My favorite product is…

Sculpting Foam® because it enhances my natural texture.

My greatest accomplishments are…

Living the life I dreamed of.  I've shared the stage with my close friends and mentors; I’ve taught classes around the word; and most significantly, I was given the honor of photographing the “We Care” campaign featuring John Paul and Eloise DeJoria, as well as the MITCH® campaign featuring Angus Mitchell. 

I love Paul Mitchell because…

The company doesn’t have any limitations. We can continue to grow and change and have freedom.

I started with Paul Mitchell…

After being introduced to Angus Mitchell in beauty school. I saw Paul Mitchell artists on stage at the Long Beach IBS hair show, and I knew I wanted to be a part of the Paul Mitchell family.

The first time I styled on stage was…

For Maly’s in Indianapolis with Robert Cromeans.

The best advice I ever got was…

“Don’t settle and always be humble.”

To me, living beautifully means…

Staying healthy and doing what you love.


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