If you’ve ever brought in a photo of a Victoria’s Secret model to your hair appointment, you know that a lot of work goes into creating the perfect bombshell blowout (and cut and color)! Well if you’ve ever wanted to find the man behind some of the world’s most coveted manes, the name Harry Josh would ring true. Harry has perfected the art of sexy, beautiful, touchable hair, with an impressive roster of celebrity clients that include Kate Hudson, Rose Byrne, Giselle Bündchen, and Miranda Kerr. So with a little string pulling, we had a chat with Harry about everything from his favorite Instagram accounts to follow to the big break in his career. Read on to learn more!
How did you get your start in the industry?
I was working as a casting agent and moonlighting as a colorist and stylist. The models that I worked with were coming to my walk-up apartment and getting their hair colored in my bathroom. Eventually, Vogue caught wind of my secret life—Amy Astley featured me in the magazine and my career has grown from there.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
Maintaining a status. Like any business, there’s constant competition and there is such great talent in the industry currently. It’s constant work to keep yourself relevant in a sea of talent.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
Serge Normant. He has been a friend, a mentor, and an idol for many years. I love his work as a stylist and he’s truly a wonderful, kind, and inspiring human being. The way that he runs his business and his career—it’s a template that I aspire to follow.
What app do you use the most?
What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?
There are so many. I follow all of my fellow beauty mavens—hair stylists, makeup artists—they are a constant source of inspiration to be. I love knowing that everyone is working and I love seeing the immense beauty that my colleagues create. I’m proud to work in such a creative industry.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
Sexy, effortless hair. The ultimate goal is to always give a cut and color that looks glossy and expensive – an enhanced version of your hair.
What was your last major makeover that you’ve done?
At the beginning of the year I gave Kate Bosworth a bob that really looks beautiful on her. It was for a role but the cut definitely suits her face and her personality. We cut off over a foot of hair.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
John Frieda Frizz Ease serums—specifically the Frizz Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum, Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo, a misting bottle to wet down hair if necessary, and everything from my line: Harry Josh Pro Tools. We started with a hair dryer and now have added brushes, clips and a flatiron (with more to come, soon!).
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Don’t compromise who you are and what you believe in for any measure of success – it will ultimately come across as unauthentic.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Serge Normant told me to always be grateful when the phone rings. Nobody is REALLY your client. Things can change any day. You should feel lucky when they call you. Furthermore, he’s always reiterated that who you are as a person is more important than who you are as a stylist.
What advice would you give to new stylists?
No dream is too big, regardless of your socioeconomic background. It doesn’t matter where you come from. There’s enough work to go around for everybody. Be happy. Your positive energy will drive people to you—share that energy with everyone that you touch and bring happiness to those around you.