Joh is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected hairstylists. With a loyal following including some of the world’s most beautiful women – Elle Macpherson, Eva Longoria, Linda Evangelista – his flair for hair has taken him to the most glamorous corners of the globe. Joh and his team regularly work with leading fashion houses on their season launches and their work appears frequently in Australia’s top fashion magazines.
Joh also owns three Sydney salons, is a media regular and was the official hair stylist for the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
The truth is I had no idea what I actually wanted to do and I saw the ad in a paper. I have always been extremely interested in fashion, grooming and women in particular. My earliest childhood memories are of watching Miss Australia and Miss World and loving all that. I started my apprenticeship three days after my HSC.
It was pretty quick really. I opened this salon eight months after I finished my apprenticeship when I was 22, so it came to me very naturally.
I think it takes a certain amount of natural ability, but it’s like anything really – it takes hard work, dedication and desire, more than anything else. You have to really want it.
I’ve done a lot of television. I’m in my fifth year of Mornings with Kerri-Anne. I also do Australia’s Next Top Model each season, Project Runway, The Biggest Loser and Burke’s Backyard. I suppose it isn’t something I signed up for in the beginning, but it’s become a natural progression and I really enjoy it. I’ve also worked all around the world – London, New York, Los Angeles, India and China.
Definitely Diana, Princess of Wales! She was the most famous woman in the world, and the most glamorous and the most beautiful. It was such a thrill to be asked to do her hair.
There is, but I’m confident. You need to at least appear very confident.
My advice would be to start in a good and reputable salon because you need to get the right training from the start.
Yes, we’re just launching a two-day education program for hairdressers who didn’t have the opportunity to start in such a good salon. We’ll be brushing them up on certain skills and hopefully giving them a bit of ‘wow’ factor.