What hair were you obsessed with before Pinterest even existed? As in, the hair that you tore out of Teen Vogue circa 2005 and put on your bulletin board? Or the hair you first attempted with a box of dye in college? Does that hair happen to belong to a certain Brazilian, mononym supermodel? You know, because before everyone, including your mom was doing ombré, balayage, sombré, bronde or some iteration of brunette with blonde highlights; if you’re anything like us, you were pasting pictures of Gisele into your high school agenda. Sure, her insane abs and flawless smile probably had something to do with it, but it was the hair that, if it could only be replicated, would surely yield runway-worthy results.
Of course, now, the entirety of the fashion industry, plus Hollywood, wears the beach hair that Gisele first perfected on the regular, and we’re guessing you’ve figured out your own approximation of it with the help of a wand and half a can of texturizing spray. And all of it—Brazilian bombshell, onward—is the work of one very handy hairstylist: the one and only Harry Josh. Not to get all worship-at-the-altar-of, but Josh is one of those behind-the-scenes types who is anything by behind-the-scenes.
Sure, he regularly works on Vogue shoots, helps to develop products for John Frieda, and even launched his own hair tools line (that green blow dryer you see in everyone's Instagrams and Snapchats? Kind of revolutionary), but Josh himself is way more than the sum of his extremely glamorous work, as we were quick to discover upon arriving at his downtown Manhattan duplex. For one thing, Josh has quite the origin story. It’s one he loves to tell and goes something like this: born to Indian immigrant parents in Canada, he chased the glamour from a downtown Vancouver salon, to South Beach, to New York, where he worked as a freelance casting agent for year before being discovered by then-Vogue beauty director, Amy Astley, as the genius hairdresser we know him as today just because he was cutting all his model friends’ hair (ahem, Gisele) in his spare time. Now, he grooms the likes of Karlie Kloss, Kate Bosworth and Gigi Hadid on the regular. And yes, he still counts Gisele among his besties.