Call In The Experts – Josh Wood

It was a complete thrill for The Balcony Gardener team to speak with internationally renowned hair colourist Josh Wood, a leading global trend setter in the fields of hair and beauty. Born in Barnsley, Josh has since gone on to colour the hair of supermodels and princesses, and travels regularly across the world for personal colour appointments. He contributes to international campaigns and his work has graced the pages of Vogue, Grazia, Elle and is often seen on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen. He has also recently been announced as the hair columnist for The Sunday Times Style Magazine.

What we really love though – is Josh’s ingenious approach to his hair salons. Actually less salon, and more an Atelier – a harmonious space and shrine to relax in whilst you hair is tended to. The highlight for us are the walls of living plants surrounding the work stations, living walls to maximise oxygen levels in the salon. We spoke with Josh about his living walls and how greenery inspires his work….

Lush indoor planting feature heavily in your beautiful salons, do you like to be surrounded by greenery? Does this help your work process?

I love nature and I think bringing outdoors indoors is a real way to make a salon feel more calm and tranquil. Any help to hush a salon environment makes for a more enhanced experience.

We love the living green walls, what was the impulse to plant them?

Living walls have been something I have wanted to use and work with for a long time. Having a living wall as an integral part of both of my ateliers interiors is something which will continue to be part of my design concept for future salon spaces.

The Living Wall at Josh Wood Atelier, Lansdowne.

How do your customers respond to the use of greenery in your salons?

They love the fact that not only do the walls look good but they are also great to re-oxygenate the environment.

You’re famed for your work with colour, do you look to nature for colour inspiration?

Nature to me is the starting point for most of the colour work I do –taking tones and hues that are found in nature and developing them to suit someone’s skin tone and eye colour I find both stimulating and challenging.

Do you have a favourite garden or outdoor green space? How do they inspire you? 
- What are your own favourite plants / flowers?

Gardens: Tuilleries in Paris, Trelissick in Cornwall, Majorelle in Marrakesh, Derek Jarman in Dungeness, Plants/Flowers: olive trees, hyacinths and poppies, grans of any description

How about home – do you incorporate indoor planting and greenery at home?

I have a very small garden but I love planting new colour schemes and watching the garden develop. I have plants or cut flowers in my home all the time – it’s a very important visual to me to have something living and add colour to my day to day life.

Josh Wood Colour