He’s the man behind all that beautiful Hollywood hair. Meet Gisele’s BFF and stylist to the stars (and a Canadian to boot!), Mr. Harry Josh.
Can you believe that the man behind Gisele Bundchen’s gorgeous (and perfectly dyed) hair is originally an Indian guy from Vancouver, Canada? Fact!
The multi-talented, incredibly humble and gracious stylist has worked with supermodels and Hollywood stars like Rose Byrne, Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Christy Turlington, Helena Christensen, Tina Fey, Ellen Pompeo and Miranda Kerr. He’s also styled shoots for Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue, V Magazine, GQ and more. Harry Josh is living his dream.
We sat down with the celebrity stylist, who shared his inspirations, professional hair styling tips (long, wavy Kim Kardashian hair is so out), and who he’s dying to work with from Bollywood.
What inspires you?
I love looking at old movies and album covers, that really inspires me. I do a lot of research and spend a lot of time in libraries looking at old books and artsy album covers. I really like looking at the past and making it modern. Everything comes from somewhere for me. I get inspiration and I can take it and make it into a trend.
I’m also inspired by the street style in New York City – design on a dime. A lot of creativity without money and they gotta look cool. They’re individuals, and I love that they think outside the box. Thank god not everyone is wearing J. Crew!
Have you worked with anyone in Bollywood?
No, but I’m dying to work with Priyanka Chopra, I’m sure every hairdresser wants to work with her. I watched the movie Fashion and I told all my friends. She’s number one on my list from Bollywood actresses to work with. Aishwarya Rai would be a close second. I’m putting it out there and hopefully I get to work with her soon.
What’s your style critique for Bollywood?
Men’s hair is done very poorly. They need a really good men’s groomer, the hair is bad! The women aren’t daring. I would love to see some cool haircuts and would love to see them rock different looks with cut and colour.
Who are your favourite designers?
I don’t have a favourite designer, I have favourite collections by certain designers. I’ll tell you who I would like to be dressed by. For men, I would love to be dressed by Tom Ford. Sexy and sharp.
As a woman I would love to be dressed by Chloé or Isabel Marant. Sexy, modern, flirty.
What are the latest hair trends?
Shorter hair. No more big hair, it’s a little passé. All the cool girls are cutting their hair. If you have really long hair, go collarbone, if you have collarbone-length hair, go for a layered bob. We’ll see more of that. It’s the season of the “hair cut,” opposed to styling. But it’s not right for everyone, it may not suite some people.
Is ombre hair still in style?
Ombre hair will always have it’s a place. The problem is it’s done wrong 90% of the time. You need to have finesse. Certain girls like Minka Kelly and Gisele have it done and it looks natural, but the trend should die if it’s done wrong.
What hair trends do you want to see gone?
First, I hate the pastel, clip-on extensions – I think it’s awful. Second, bad ombre! It looks so bad! And three, monster long hair with extensions. Own your hair! Work with what you have.
Trends for men:
Scruff is in, clean-shaven is out. The slick Mad Men look is really in. Sharp, clean, polished, like Justin Timberlake.
Style tips for men:
If you’re looking for a change, look at the red carpet and bring in photographs of hair you like. Guys don’t know how to articulate what they want. Style it! Use product and ask for tips from your hair dresser. All guys need is a little pomade. There are great products from Serge Normant.
Must have hair products:
I’m a firm believer that you can get away with very little. If you shop in drug stores, try the John Frieda line. It’s available for all types of hair, from frizz to straight.
If you have money to spend, my favourite line of products are from Serge Normant. Try the dry shampoo for a bed hair look, and the dry oil to create shine without grease.
John Frieda Blond (you don’t have to be blond to use it). It’s very light and it’s the most brushable and reworkable spray.
Depends on the type of hair. John Frieda for all types of hair, or for luxury brands, try Kerastase or Bumble and Bumble.
What styling tools are a must?
This is my forté. Three important tools to have are good brushes, blow dryer and a flat iron.
I’ve been working on a luxury line for two years. After doing so many “How-to” videos, people wanted to know why they can’t reproduce the look at home, and they can’t because they don’t have a good blow dryer. I’ve started my own line this year and it’s called Harry Josh Pro Tools.
A good blow dryer gives you shine and body. Get an expert tool. People will pay for a hair cut but they won’t spend $200 on a blow dryer. It’s a long-term investment, but it should last you 15 years.
Photographs Courtesy Harry Josh and other sources