Stylist finds success in ultra-basic haircuts |

Stylist finds success in ultra-basic haircuts

Michael Joseph does not have a mirror in his Nevada City hair studio. The small sink offers only enough room to wash hands, not hair. The number of items in the room can probably be counted on both hands.

Although the space seems sparse, Joseph would not have it any other way. For the past 25 years, he has offered only one service in his studio – a haircut. Joseph feels so passionately about his method, he wants to begin a series of seminars to educate others about its simplicity.

There are no shampoos, conditioners, or other hair products. No blow dryers or devices to straighten, curl or crimp locks. Hair is cut dry to harmonize with its natural wave pattern, Joseph said.

“Free your hair, and your mind will follow,” Joseph said, only half jokingly.

Joseph cuts hair based on the way it grows, making it fit the person rather than cutting it to fit a specific style. That way, Joseph said, it will look good with or without a daily routine of blow drying or styling.

He learned this unique way to trim tresses from a man who applied for a job in one of Joseph’s hip Southern California salons – Michael Joseph Furie. After a few weeks of living with his new haircut by the prospective employee, Joseph said he was sold.

But Joseph is quick to point out that his natural method is not something he would be able to do well without first knowing the traditional ways to cut hair.

Some may be dubious of Joseph’s method, but others flock to it. Joseph has clients travel from Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chico for a $55 cut. Business has been brisk enough to make a living from the comfort of home for more than two decades.

Joseph’s studio, attached to his garage, is as stripped-down as his haircuts. Three of the four walls are glass, showcasing an expansive view from his back yard. Pine and oak trees tower over clients as they sit in an antique barber shop chair. The only other furniture in the room is a set of wicker chairs for visitors.

For more information on Joseph’s studio and methods, call 265-5418.

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