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Admittedly, exposing your hair to extreme heat on the regular isn’t the best idea. But for those unable to resist the siren song of silken, pin-straight strands, we’d recommend putting yourself in the hands of a professional—sort of. Enter Harry Josh, the A-list stylist whose eponymous line of tools sent the beauty world into a social-media frenzy when his mint-colored blow-dryer launched late this summer (everyone from a topless Erin Wasson to Miranda Kerr raved via Instagram, while Rose Byrne devoted a Style Map post to her mane man). Thanks to an army of immaculately coiffed starlets and models shilling his wares, the brand was destined for a certain amount of success. But after road-testing Josh’s latest addition to the line, a flatiron, I’m to report that it’s worthy of all the hype. The lightweight wand heats up to its highest temperature in a scant 45 seconds, employing patented Nano-Ceramic and titanium plates that add moisture via negative ions—leaving hair glossy, and less parched than after your typical heat-styling session. Plus, the nine-foot cord never cuts you short of reach-around room—making it possible for non-contortionists to smooth those kinky pieces that often hide at the back of the head.

Harry Josh Pro Tools Professional Ceramic Styling Iron, $250,

A Top Model Gets Blown Away by a Hair-Dryer; Jared Leto Lands a Fragrance Campaign; and More


Erin-WassonHairstylist Harry Josh’s new $300 hair-dryer has gotten lots of love via social media, from both his colleagues and model friends. One of the latest free advertisements comes courtesy of Erin Wasson—snapped wearing only the strategically placed hot tool. [Instagram]

Jared Leto serves as the face for Hugo Boss’ new Red fragrance. Refinery29 reports that he doesn’t look a day older than he did in the nineties, when he played the role of crush-worthy Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life, and we couldn’t agree more.

In need of more beauty rest? There’s an app for that. According to Huffington Post, Sleep Cycle uses the accelerometer on your phone to monitor your movements and determine what phase of slumber you’re in. After setting a thirty-minute window, an alarm will wake you when you’re in the lightest zone—making for less bleary-eyed mornings.

Tomorrow marks a major milestone for YouTube beauty phenomenon Michelle Phan. Her own line of cosmetics, called Em (a Vietnamese term of endearment), is finally launching, after two years in development. []

Photo: Instagram

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Harry Josh


Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Harry Josh, celebrity hairstylist and John Frieda international creative consultant.

The Products: “Gisele and I have a long history. We met sixteen years ago when I was casting a fashion show for Richard Tyler in London. She was a new model who had just come from Brazil. We were friends for a year or two before I even touched her hair. The friendship always came first. She actually looked identical to the way she does now, only a little paler. I remember using John Frieda Ocean Waves on Gisele during those early days. It came in a spray bottle and you had to shake it up to activate the oil and ocean-y part. It was made with coconut oil and smelled like suntan lotion. It gave you that beachy texture that’s impossible to recreate from the ocean. Gisele always liked the smell; it was like summer. I think I used it on literally every single shoot for the Victoria Secret’s swim catalogs. The product was discontinued, though, so now I use Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Another old favorite that’s no longer around is John Frieda Spun Gold Finisher. It came in this little tin and you tapped it on your fingers and ran it through the hair. I always used it on Gisele, not that she would know it…she never knows what’s going on with her hair at shoots! She’s usually playing with her kids, but this product was the trick for giving her hair that super glossy and sleek finish.”

Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

“Glistening Beauty” Backstage at Catherine Malandrino Resort


“With Catherine, it’s always about the girl,” MAC Cosmetics director of makeup artistry Bianca Alexander told us backstage at Catherine Malandrino’s Resort presentation last night at MoMA. For anyone not familiar with Ms. Malandrino’s handiwork, that girl is usually super-chic, with an urban edge. “This is not the beginning of the party, this is the end of the night,” Alexander explained of the inspiration for the dark, wet, emollient eye she built working MAC’s Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline throughout the lash line. To simulate the way eye makeup may, um, evolve as any good soirée rages on, Alexander dragged MAC Pro Paint Stick in black into an elongated shape toward the temple before adding a slight cheek contour with a blend of two MAC Pro Cream Colour Bases in Root and Mid-tone Sepia.

“Empowering women” and “glistening beauty” were the words Malandrino gave hairstylist Harry Josh, who found himself in something of a quandary trying to create a structured style that still retained softness, wetness, and movement. “I didn’t want it to look like a helmet or a wet droopy noodle,” Josh joked of the predicament, which he resolved with a secret ingredient: castor oil. After raking a healthy portion of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Mousse through models’ hair and using a coloring brush to paint its Root Awakening Gel onto the sides only, Josh used a curling iron to create haphazard texture. Then he brushed out the newly formed waves and reached for the all-purpose oil, which he finger-combed through the hair for a sleek, not sticky, finish. The empowered and glistening Mary J. Blige—who walked the runway with Malandrino in support of her charity, FFAWN—was no doubt pleased.

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