Harry Josh’s Tips for Good Hair

First Version

Say you woke up late, went to work, and your hair is a mess. You find out at the end of the day that your girlfriend has set you up on a blind date with a guy right after work. You have no time to shower or go home, but need to pull your look together quick. Here is what I suggest.

1. Find a drugstore and buy a tight headband, one that you might see someone working out in, but get one that looks thin, cute and very tight (this will pull your face back). Perhaps get one with two elastic bands so it looks a little more special. It needs to have a good grip. Avoid childish colors and prints. Black is sexy and bold.

2. Secondly, buy some hairpins and one single elastic band.

3. Go into the bathroom, flip your hair upside down and secure a high ponytail on the crown of your head. Then twist your ponytail until it starts to buckle on the root around the elastic band and start to wrap your hair around the elastic band to create a messy bun. Secure the bun with hairpins instead of an elastic, as it creates a better shape.

4. Once the bun is secured, put on your headband. You instantly look chic and pulled together and can mimic some of the great looks on the runway today.

Second Version

If you’re someone who always wears your hair down, there are other five-minute tricks to making your hair look presentable. If your hair is flat or maybe a bit greasy at the roots but the rest of your texture is perfect, dry shampoo (also known as baby powder in spray form and available at most drugstores) is a great remedy for not only creating lift, but also volume.

1. Spray the dry shampoo into your roots and/or wherever your hair is a bit greasy.

2. Flip your head upside down and shake your hair well. Make sure to rake your fingers through the part where you put in the dry shampoo.

3. When you flip your hair back over, you will notice it looks fresh again. Now sex it up by giving your hair some height at the crown. Tease the bit of hair at the crown, à la Brigitte Bardot. This messy bed-head look will be perfect for a date.


At-Home Hair Mask

Have a day off and want to do an intense hydrating mask? With the summer months coming up, dry, frizzy, unmanageable hair is almost unavoidable for nearly all hair types. Sometimes home remedies can work like a charm. I often recommend that people use a half cup of olive oil and work it through dry hair, concentrating on the driest parts, combing it through but avoiding the roots. At first, your hair may look like an oil slick, but by the end of the day, once the oil has soaked in a bit, your hair just looks wet. The key is to leave it in as long as possible. If you have a day free, wrap it into a bun and secure it with an elastic band. Heat also helps penetrate the oil, so if you’re out and about walking around in the summer or even on vacation, multitask and put the treatment on during the morning, leave it in all day and give it a good shampoo at night. Your hair will be a lot softer after you wash it. What you want to avoid is over-shampooing to get the oil out. Don’t shampoo more than two times in one session. Your hair may appear a tad greasy the next day, but just know you have given it some essential oil and by the time you wash it a second time, the greasiness will disappear.

Harry Josh is a top celebrity hairstylist who splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.