HARRY JOSH RIDES THE WAVE

THE VET­ERAN HAIR­STYL­IST RAN A SA­LON OUT OF HIS APART­MENT BE­FORE GISELE BÜND­CHEN HELPED MAKE HIM THE MANE AT­TRAC­TION

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How the beloved stylist be­came the mane man for Kate Bos­worth, Gisele Bünd­chen, and Rose Byrne

“I REMEMBERWHEN [fel­low hair­styl­ist] Chris Mcmillan made a joke to a model in his chair about be­ing ‘ Harry Joshi­fied.’ I had bleached out her ends. It be­came very ‘ Harry’ to do that,” says Josh. Just as Mcmillan’s “Rachel” cut on Jen­nifer Anis­ton cat­a­pulted his ca­reer, sun-kissed beach waves put Josh on the map.

Josh’s path to icon sta­tus was hard-won. Grow­ing up in the Cana­dian sub­urbs with his par­ents, who had em­i­grated from In­dia, Josh ditched his col­lege classes to sweep floors at a sa­lon, even­tu­ally de­camp­ing to Mi­ami and then New York and work­ing as a hair­styl­ist’s as­sis­tant. A few years later, while sham­poo­ing an ex­ec­u­tive at a Madi­son Av­enue sa­lon, he sweet-talked her into giv­ing him an un­paid in­tern­ship at her fash­ion pro­duc­tion agency. With an ency- clo­pe­dic mem­ory for beauty ref­er­ences, Josh moved up from al­pha­bet­iz­ing model cards to cast­ing, work­ing on big shows like Marc Ja­cobs’s Louis Vuit­ton début. He be­friended mod­els such as Shalom Harlow and Am­ber Val­letta and si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­vel­oped “a quiet lit­tle hair busi­ness” at home. “They’d come over, we’d have wine, and I’d say, ‘Oh, you should cut bangs.’ I re­mem­ber color­ing Shalom’s hair jet-black be­fore a Chanel show.” Then along came a 16-year-old Brazil­ian stun­ner named Gisele Bünd­chen, who grew to trust Josh im­plic­itly with her locks. “She wanted her hair to look like she’d been on the beach, so I bleached it in my bath­room. I light­ened her ends and around her face.” When word got out, “I went from 0 to 100 in one night.”

He’s ex­panded his em­pire with high-qual­ity tools, and his han­dassem­bled hair dryer is a must for prosand clients. Friend and fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor Kate Bos­worth says his magic has to do, in part, with his sunny dis­po­si­tion: “Harry is full of hu­mil­ity and grace,” she says. “He has no ego and is al­ways armed with a com­pli­ment.”

“To think that an In­dian per­son with im­mi­grant par­ents could be­come a tastemaker in the high-fash­ion world …” he says. But then again, “I was al­ways a dreamer.”

“She wanted her hair to look like she’d been on the beach, so I bleached it in my bath­room.”

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