If it’s one thing we’ve learned here at CC, it’s that all people are fascinating (Yes, even your econ professor). Let’s face it – people love to glimpse into the lives of other people. Disagree? Then please explain why you’re currently looking at your friend’s brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s photos on Facebook. Or reading about the latest Lauren/Heidi dramz in this weeks’ tabloids. Yeah we thought so.
Fact is we connect to others by learning about them. And everyone has something to share (even if it is a story about that one time they had a little accident at Burger King…)
So to give you yet another reason to procrastinate, we started ‘The Five Questions We Ask Everyone’ (and five just for that one person) because we know whether we’re schmoozing with an A- list celeb or your local bartender, you’ll be equally entertained.
Last week we talked to Brody Jenner; this time College Candy spent some time talking with celebrity hair stylist and major sweetheart, Harry Josh. He’s proof in the fat-free pudding that hard work and big dreams pay off big time as he’s spends his days face to face with just about any celeb you’d want to call your BFF (or workout buddy – um hellllo Gisele Bundchen).
Harry opens up to us about how he followed his passion, his obsession with cheesy pop (I knew there were more of us out there!) and how you, dear reader, can have Gisele’s fabulous “I don’t care” hair:
The 5 Questions We Ask Everyone:
1. What is your most hysterical/ridiculous college memory/most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
HJ: I was an angel!
2. What are five things you can’t live without?
HJ: 1) friends/family
3) good health
3. What’s your motto/advice you live by?
HJ: Always see the glass as half full!
4. Your favorite song to belt out at the bar? In the car? At karaoke?
HJ: Anything and everything cheesy, I love me a good pop song. I am known for my poor taste in Top 40 hits…latest obsession is Beyonce ‘Single Ladies.’
HJ: Continuing to be grateful for all the good things that have happened and will continue to happen to me and people around me. [There is] so much greatness in this world it’s often overwhelming.
5 questions for Harry Josh:
1. When did you realize that hair was your passion and that you needed to this as a career? How did you get into this?
HJ: Around 15, I was flipping through fashion magazines and was obsessed with models and got the bug to be in the business. Much later I saw an out-take shot from the photo shoot and it showed a man standing on a cliff in some exotic location brushing a gorgeous models hair and I thought, “That’s it! I can be a hairdresser!!”
First I started with the basics like anyone else, but then the journey was brutal – lots of rejections. I started out doing regular hairdresser things, but to get to be able to be the hairdresser that does session work meant I needed to move to where all the stuff happens, which is NYC. So I packed my bags and left Vancouver to go to NYC and then was told that I [was] not good enough and that I [would] have to be an assitant and learn the ropes (little did I know that meant starting all over). I ended up assisting for 6 years! I finally started to get my own work slowly but surely the jobs came.
2. When was the moment you realized “okay I made it?”
HJ: Well that’s quite a statement and I’m not sure I have, but my first big break was Vogue magazine. They had listed me as one of the five new guys to look out for and they featured a full page picture of me!! I had pictures of Helena Christensen, Christy Tulington, etc. all over my walls growing up and now I do their hair and know their kids. It’s so crazy to look back and see how far I’ve come! Since then I have been lucky enough to touch most major A-listers at least once: Cameron Diaz, Hilary Swank, Julianne Moore, SJP, Gwyneth etc…
3. Hair product that every girl must have?
HJ: A few things. One is a good strong blow-dryer (Super Salono), a great round brush, and some John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Serum (it’s great to help smooth out frayed ends, dry hair, frizzy hair, etc.).
4. What’s the easiest way for College Candy readers to take their hair from class to happy hour and still look great?
HJ: Messy hair is sexy and loose and it’s a great way to show that you’re comfortable with yourself. Look at women like Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, Gisele Bundchen; they all have loose easy hair, they embrace the fact that it’s not styled (or doesn’t really look like it is), but that look is deliberate.
If you’re a pony tail girl, wear it down, but make sure you give the crown of your head some height. Backcomb about 4 square inches worth on the top of your head then gently brush non backcombed hair over it until it blends itself out. Use some rollers or a curling iron around a few pieces to give the hair a loose wave. If your hair falls flat fast or doesn’t hold a curl, use a tiny iron so it drops to a good wave or use a bigger iron and use hairspray to hold it….
5. Hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
HJ: Believing in yourself when no one else will. You must you visualize your success and work hard, don’t worry about the “how to’s” just see yourself doing it and believing it and it will happen.
For more information, or to connect directly with Harry, check out harryjosh.com.
Photos courtesy of harryjosh.com