Harry Josh is known around town as THE hair guru!
Noted for tousling the tresses of many a Hollywood A-lister, Harry has become a celebrity in his own right thanks to his innovative color and styling techniques, the recent launch of a highly coveted pro-tools line and his winning personality.
With so many hats to wear, Harry still manages to stay grounded and keep a sense of humor, often introducing himself as ” Harry! Harry like Harry Potter!”
Recently I had the good fortune to sit down with Harry and quiz him on his favorite hair tips!
BWB: What inspired you to be a hair stylist?
I was always interested in fashion, beauty and entertainment growing up. One day I was flipping through a magazine and I saw a behind the scenes shot of Serge Normant styling this gorgeous model on set in Europe. I hadn’t realized until that moment that being a stylist could be a career. I was hooked.
BWB: What is your favorite part of your job? Least favorite?
I’ve met so many inspirational stylists, photographers models, actresses – artists is probably the best overarching word. I am constantly surrounded by creative individuals and I feel truly blessed. It’s hard to name a least favorite.
Sometimes I wish I got to spend more time at home with my family but I really love what I do and I think part of being great at what you do is being hungry and wanting to always do more – and I do.
An overarching theme of the brand is that these are tools that stylists want and need but also tools that any woman can use to help her achieve extraordinary hair.
BWB: Tell us about your Pro Tools line – what sets it apart from other similar products on the market?
The tools are handmade in France – they are literally couture beauty products. Furthermore, I think an overarching theme of the brand is that these are tools that stylists want and need but also tools that any woman can use to help her achieve extraordinary hair. They are meant to create beautiful results, and they do. (Buy them HERE)
I always recommend regular trims and deep conditioning masks to help stop that damage dead in its tracks.
BWB: What is the biggest hair “problem” you encounter in your work? And what advice would you give to prevent this?
Damage is a big one. So many models and actresses are constantly getting their hair tortured: dyed, teased, ironed – you name it. I always recommend regular trims and deep conditioning masks to help stop that damage dead in its tracks. Healthy hair is key to beautiful hair. You’re never going to be able to make dry, damaged hair look shiny and bouncy unless you take care of it.
Never go into a salon and get a cut that’s only going to look good if you’re getting it professionally blown out.
BWB: Can you give us a tip for each hair type?
For fine, thin hair – whats your trick for creating volume? For thicker and curly hair types? Ethnic?
- Fine hair: If you only carry one single styling product, make it dry shampoo. It has a dual effect: sucking up oil while simultaneously giving volume. It’s a necessity for most women with fine hair who are often prone to oily, limp locks.
- Frizzy hair: Use a serum before you style your hair, even if you’re letting it dry naturally. Frizz is so difficult to control. My kit ALWAYS has John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum. It’s a necessity no matter what.
- Curly and ethnic hair: Evaluate how you’re going to wear your hair every day. Never go into a salon and get a cut that’s only going to look good if you’re getting it professionally blown out.
What is manageable for you? Are you most likely to keep your natural texture? Talk to your stylist and have him cut it in a way that will be easiest for you to manage day to day.
If your hair is difficult to style, you’ll never stick to a tricky or time-consuming routine unless it’s a special occasion.
A New York City based fitness expert and small business owner who enjoys cooking and singing as forms of exploration and creative outlet. Katherine’s daily “mantra” is one seeking personal freedom and compassion for all.