Contained in the thoughts of superstar hairstylist Josh Liu

Not many individuals get to the touch the dear locks of mega stars Miranda Kerr, Olivia Munn, and Ariana Grande, however while you’re a star hairstylist like Josh Liu, it is simply one other day on the workplace. From working in PR to helping hair trade icons like Chris Appleton, to now styling a number of the greatest names in trend, Hollywood, and music, we caught up with Josh to allow us to in on his secrets and techniques to success and the way he went from being a fan of Ariana Grande to styling her hair. 

How did you get began within the magnificence trade? Did you all the time know you needed to be a hairstylist?

It’s form of a comic story—I truly went to Pepperdine College for public relations as a result of I needed to be a star publicist or work in trend publicity. So once I graduated from college, I began working as an assistant publicist at a star PR agency. As an assistant publicist, you e book hair, make-up, styling and many others. to your purchasers, so I turned uncovered to the sweetness trade by means of PR and began studying who the most important artists within the trade have been.

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato, styled by Josh Liu

What was your “large break” as a star hairstylist?

I don’t suppose there was ever actually a “large break” maybe in my profession…it takes lots of arduous work and dedication to maneuver ahead within the trade. If I had to decide on one pivotal second, it might in all probability be once I had constructed up a rapport with the hairstylists that I used to be helping on the time, that I’d get referred to different jobs by them. You understand you’ve reached your break, when you begin getting referred jobs and purchasers and/or sharing purchasers together with your mentors. It’s such a beautiful feeling and delightful factor to see. I can’t wait to see my assistants have their large break. It’s a phenomenal cycle, to be trustworthy.

Who was the one key determine who leap began your development into the superstar hair world?

This can be a troublesome query to reply as a result of it wasn’t only one individual. On the earth of hairstyling, you begin off helping many hairstylists to be taught all of the strategies, types and tips of the commerce. I can’t offer you one, however I’ve been so fortunate to help a number of the most wonderful hairstylists whose work vary from superstar to editorial to trend within the hair trade from Chris Appleton, Teddy Charles, John Ruggiero, Ericka Verrett, Anna Cofone, Christian Wooden, amongst many others. 

Olivia MunnOlivia Munn, styled by Josh Liu

If I had any recommendation for an aspiring hairstylist who needs to get into superstar styling, you need to attempt to help as many various hairstylists with totally different hairstyling strategies as a lot as doable so you’ll be able to be taught every part you probably can. You possibly can by no means cease studying, there are 100,000 methods to do the identical factor in hair to perform the identical or comparable seems. As an example, I in all probability find out about 35 other ways to do a ponytail with extensions. When you’ve constructed belief and rapport with the hairstylists you help, they’ll finally refer you to purchasers and jobs.

What’s the most difficult factor about your profession? 

It must be touring for lengthy durations of time being away from household and associates, and likewise being a workaholic. I love working, as a result of I love what I do. So I all the time discover it arduous to say no to jobs, and all the time attempt to stack up jobs and double e book myself, even after days the place I used to be working the day earlier than.

What’s the most rewarding factor?

Seeing the top results of my craft in photographs, movies, crimson carpet, on-stage. Nothing feels higher than seeing it in motion!

Miranda Kerr 1Miranda Kerr, styled by Josh Liu

We simply should ask…what was your profession development that finally led you to being Ariana Grande’s essential hairstylist?

I used to be truly a fan of Ariana’s lengthy earlier than I even labored together with her…like again within the Nickelodeon days! It’s all the time such an superior feat to find a way work with somebody you’ve been a fan of. I used to be a hair assistant for just a few of her music movies whereas helping one in every of her hairstylists. Shortly after, her staff had requested if I used to be accessible to go on tour together with her. In fact, I stated sure HAH!

What’s your favorite hair pattern in the intervening time and the way can these at residence obtain the look?

I like a relaxed flirty flip (inward or outward), whether or not it’s on a ponytail or simply down and flipped out. It’s tremendous simple to realize at residence. You possibly can simply use your extensions to assist make your hair have extra physique/fullness. Use a 1.25 inch barrel (in case your hair is brief/doesn’t maintain curls nicely) or 1.5 inch barrel (in case your hair is lengthy/your hair holds hair nicely) curling iron and roll the ends about midway upwards horizontally on the barrel. After cooling, let it cool for about 2 minutes and brush it out. (See this look styled beneath.)

Who’s your favorite individual to collaborate with within the influencer world?

My favourite influencer to collaborate with is my buddy Amber Scholl! She is my finest buddy from school and we’ve recognized one another for thus lengthy, and we’ve been in every others’ lives to see the beginnings of our careers to now. Additionally particular shoutout to Roxette Arisa who’s equally supportive and love collaborating together with her too!

What’s your favorite means to make use of hair extensions? 

I like altering a glance dramatically utilizing hair extensions—going brief to lengthy. It’s form of an organized puzzle—getting lots of hair in there to make it look actual!


What’s your recommendation for somebody who needs to begin utilizing hair extensions however doesn’t know the place to begin?

Do not be afraid, simply go for it! I all the time suggest simple to make use of items that contain little effort like a Halo for additional quantity and little additional size. It’s the equal to coaching wheels for extensions! As soon as they get the grasp of that, I like to recommend clip ins as a result of they’re much more customizable.

It’s additionally vital to determine what you’re making an attempt to perform: extra quantity? Extra size? Or each? In order for you extra quantity AND extra size, you are going to want one thing with lots of hair like the amount bundle clip ins. In case you simply need extra quantity, a basic bundle clip ins will suffice.

Are you able to give us a styling secret for these at residence?

When doubtful, put it up or half up. 

It’s a lot simpler to appear to be you place extra effort in your hair, if you happen to put it up in a pony. Go away a bang piece out, give it some texture or smooth it again or flip the ends. 

Once you put your hair up, it’s fast and straightforward to only curl the hair in your pony (I like to recommend utilizing a 1 inch or 1.25 inch iron when curling a pony that’s already put up), as an alternative of feeling like it’s a must to curl your complete head.


As a hairstylist, you will need to obtain so many hair merchandise—what’s one product that you will need to have always in your equipment?

This can be a robust one! It’s arduous to decide on only one product. I’ll select one product in every class:

Sizzling instruments

T3 SINGLE PASS X—this can be a vast 1.5 inch flat iron that I can do most types with: straightening, waving and curling.

Hair spray

Got2B Glued Hairspray—excessive maintain hair spray, however may be versatile if you happen to flippantly spritz it and brush it out.


Sheila Stotts Software Brush—the very best brush for detangling/brushing out types.