Joseph has literally been around the business of hair his entire life. He is a second-generation hairstylist, thanks to his mother who owned and operated a technical hair school for many years outside of Chicago. After completing basic technical training and receiving his license in 1978, Joseph enrolled in a two-year advanced apprenticeship with “Karl of Germany” at Coiffures International, which was the finest European Hair Salon in Madison during its years of operation. Many of the area’s best hairdressers came from this salon, as the standards were the highest anyone had seen at that time.
In addition, Joseph received advanced training from Vidal Sasson Academy, Irvine Rusk, Toni & Guy, and Aveda Institute, among others. He has worked with hair colour companies such as Framisi, Goldwell, and recently Tocco Magico, producer of the finest permanent colour on the market (blonde shades stay longer, reds don’t fade).
Joseph has spent over 30 years pursuing the best training possible, both following and shaping current trends and styles. He has owned two hair salons, most recently Genre Hair Studio which he has operated for the past 16 years.
As primary hair stylist of the former Madison Repertory Theatre, the Edgewood College Theater Department, and Madison College Theater Department, he has done extensive work in period hair styles, and wig making and styling. Visit the Theatre Work page for examples of Joe’s theater work.
Joseph has also done work in film and TV, most notably Road Rules [MTV] and Wisconsin Death Trip [BBC].