As one of Australia's most respected and dedicated hair talents, Joh Bailey's name has become synonymous with not only beautiful hair but with glamour and style.
His dedication to his craft as well as his clientele has seen his name rise to icon status throughout the country; garnering him international recognition and ensuring his longevity as Australia's most loved stylist. He and his salons have become an institution in the Sydney scene and evolved into a brand unto itself that ventures way beyond its roots.
Joh has set his sights firmly on broadening his media work in Australia. His recent appointment as head stylist on Foxtel's Project Runway has added to his regular appearances on Nine Network programs including Mornings with Kerri-Anne and 20 to 1.
Joh opened his flagship salon in Double Bay in 1985 and has also established salons in Sydney's CBD and Bondi Junction.
Joh explains: "My look is classical and beautiful, whilst always having a modern edge. My signature look of a polished, slick and feminine woman has been instilled into the culture of my staff and salons."
While best known as "Hairdresser to the Rich and Famous", often accompanying his loyal following to Los Angeles, New York and London; his special rapport with women from all walks of life has given him the unfair advantage over his peers. Instinctively knowing what women want, Joh has an outstanding ability to communicate and deliver above expectations, a talent vital to his continued success in a very competitive market.
Bailey and his team of highly trained stylists are consistently used by the leading luxury fashion houses such as Chanel, Bvlgari, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Gucci for their season launches. Their work also features in the fashion pages of Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Australia, elle, and Marie Claire.
Joh's celebrity clientele over the years ranges from supermodels Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista to performers Kylie, Olivia Newton John and Hollywood stars Eva Longoria, Kim & Chloe Kardshian and Paris Hilton. This has propelled him in to a celebrity status of his own, and in 2000, he was awarded the role as the official hair stylist for the opening ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games.
Joh's business success and caring nature have enabled him to support a number of charities such as The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Fashion Supports Breast Cancer, The Sydney Cancer Centre Foundation and Fashion for AIDS. He says the biggest highlight of his career was working with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, during her 1997 visit to Australia.
His entrée into his ultimate destiny came from his love of horses. As a young boy, he discovered his talent, braiding his prized thoroughbred Anika's mane, and so pursued his career in hairdressing. His passion for horses stays with Joh today as he competes at Championship-graded Equestrian events nationally with numerous accolades and ribbons.
It is perhaps Ita Buttrose's advice that guides him daily: "It is extraordinary services that always sticks in anyone's mind." And so he stresses, "I would go to any client's house at any time, if need be. Their hair is a reflection of me and the business."