Stylist, salon owner, educator, innovator and maker Paul Brown died July 7 in San Francisco after battling cancer. He was the owner of Paul Brown salons in Hawaii and the founder of the Paul Brown Hawaii hair care company. He was 74 years old.
For decades, if you attended a professional beauty salon and saw attendees walking around wearing leis made from dark brown Kukui nuts, you could bet Paul Brown was just around the corner to bestow them all. those who came to say hello.
Brown opened his first hair salon in Honolulu in 1971 and made his mark in the industry with a revolutionary heat straightening system and flat iron. With the success of her salons, Brown recognized the need for a unique professional hair care product system that would incorporate the naturally grown organic botanicals of Hawaii to help clients of all cultures.
Combining love of Hawaii with beauty
By the late 1980s, Brown had founded the successful international hair care products company that bears his name, Paul Brown Hawaii. Inspired by Hawaii’s tropical flora, various cultural and ethnic influences, he has developed herbal hair care products used worldwide. Inspired by Hawaiian wildlife, marine essences and Kukui nut oil, the products provide clients with manageable, soft and shiny hair.
Despite all the challenges, Brown never forgot what inspired him: his beloved Hawaii. He continued to spend four days a week doing what he loved most, cutting his clients’ hair, while continuing to guide his professional salon products business through innovation. “With a commitment to progressive research and product development, Paul Brown Hawaii’s primary focus remains hair care solutions for all cultures and peoples,” he said.
A motto to give back
Brown’s involvement in the industry goes far beyond the show and the product line. From representing the industry in Washington to lobbying for various bills in favor of beauty professionals, Brown’s reputation as an educator and developer of a well-respected line of products extends internationally. He traveled widely and presented educational seminars to large groups of visitors. He frequently gave demonstrations and explained his distinctive hair design techniques around the world. And, he has given a tremendous amount of time and money by “giving back” – an important motto for his continued growth and values.
“My success in the professional salon, spa and product industry is based on my professional commitment to education, hair fashion and industry trends,” he said. “I love having the opportunity to continue working behind the chair in a salon while building a brand that I’m extremely proud of.
Brown was a former Vice President of the International Salon/Spa Business Network, where he worked for more than a decade to bring positive change to the beauty industry, its businesses and the countless people who work in it. .
Brown was also well known in his beloved Hawaiian Islands for his extraordinary charitable efforts and contributions to the state. His charity work benefited the American Cancer Society and he volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association. He donated his styling services to Goodwill Industries and their “Goodwill Goes Glam” fundraising event, where models lit up the runway in lightly worn clothes to raise money to help underprivileged residents find meaningful work.
Kat Malencha, salon general manager Paul Brown, said the salon’s stylists, staff, apprentices and assistants will continue to honor his legacy. He says the salon will remain open and the staff will continue to work under the Paul Brown name, as he wished.
Industry remembers Paul Brown
“It is a sad day as we mourn the passing of a true legend, Paul Brown. Paul was dedicated to the hair industry and to Hawaii. He worked tirelessly to promote both. not being born on the islands, but he captured their essence – from his dynamic personality to the groundbreaking hair care line he founded. There were so many firsts when it came to Paul. He was the first to introduce the benefits of Kukui nut oil in a line of professional beauty products – and he did so long before hair oils were all the rage. He has collaborated with biologists and researchers from the University of Hawaii to develop the omega-rich Hawaiian Protein Flora Complex (HPFC. It helped introduce the flat iron to the U.S. And who can forget its hair straightening system with its magnetic board and rollers ?In its ongoing journey to maintain the health and integrity of s hair, he introduced perms which were found to be more gentle in restructuring hair than most conventional perms. But in addition to his creative genius, Paul was quick to donate his time and energy to mentoring young stylists, the International Salon/Spa Business Network and the Wounded Warriors Project. He has dedicated countless hours and resources to helping military wives, mothers and daughters feel beautiful. It was her gift – to make another person feel beautiful.—Scott Bowers, CEO of Paul Brown Hawaii
“I had the pleasure of knowing Paul for several decades. For years we have been board members with ISBN. I was his godfather for membership in Intercoiffure. With him being in Hawaii and me in Ohio, it wasn’t easy to connect as often as we would have liked, but when we did, it was always a great experience. We both started in the beauty industry in the 1960s, we were lucky enough to have studied and partied with the greats of that era. Each time we were together, we would take a walk down memory lane and relive the halcyon days of our youth and the joy of being in the “Renaissance” of the beauty industry. One of my fondest memories with Paul was around 2000. We had gone to an Intercoiffure meeting together in New York and after the meeting Paul accompanied me and my wife Debbie back to our home in Ohio. for a few days. The conversations never ended and his love for our industry showed through all the time. Additionally, his love of Duckhorn Merlot became apparent on this trip. Since then, I have never drunk a Merlot without thinking of Paul. Another memory I will never forget is presenting an ISBN Lifetime Achievement Award with Paul to our idol and mentor Vidal Sassoon. Paul and I were the first apostles of Vidal and we attribute all professional success to him. We were both like little boys meeting Michael Jordan or Tom Brady this weekend. We each knew exactly how the other was feeling at the time. Paul was an incredible artist and businessman, but more importantly, he was a kind, graceful and charming man. Moreover, he was the quintessential gentleman who could have written a book on the subject. Those of us who knew Paul loved him. And those of us who loved him will sincerely miss him.—Charles Penzone, Penzone Salons + Spas
“Paul was one of the first people I met when I joined ISBN. He was so warm and welcoming…and what energy, pizzazz and personality! I always look forward to seeing him. I admired his strength in bringing about change in his business and personal life.We were one of a kind…and just AMAZING!—Rhoda Olsen, great clips
“Paul was one of those ‘one of a kind’ guys. He was smart, enterprising, talented, funny and incredibly generous. He hosted my family when we stopped in for a visit to the salon, arranging for our daughters a beachside massages before taking us around the island. How important is SPAM to the islands of Hawaii? Paul took us to his favorite restaurant in the heart of Maui where we swallowed the food of Hawaiian base and learned more about the history of both food and Hawaii. Ours were the only non-native faces in the restaurant, but we were kissed because of Paul. On the other hand, every time Paul came to New York, his work took me to the best restaurants for sumptuous meals – from SPAM to the lobster that was Paul! At trade shows, stopping at the Paul Brown booth was an important destination for me. Of course, I wanted to one of the necklaces he has distributed, but I knew he would have something interesting to share, such as a new product, service or technique, he was intended to improve the lives of hairstylists and customers and bring quality to the industry. We will miss him.”—Maggie Mulhern, Estetica USA editor-in-chief and former beauty and fashion director, MODERN LIVING ROOM
“Paul Brown was always a journalist’s dream – he was as generous with his stories as he was with his time and he always knew how to do the perfect quote. I was always amazed when we talked about a new business concept or his product company to find out how much he has given back to his community with his time, talent and money.In 2013 my husband and I were in Honolulu for a few days and called Paul to see if we could visit one of his signature lounges. Not only did he graciously show us his flagship lounge, but he spent the afternoon showing us his favorite spots in town and taking us to lunch on the waterfront. of his club’s swimming pool. It remains one of my favorite memories, and like Paul, he delivered much more than expected.”—Stacey Soble, SHOW TODAY
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