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    Hairdressing Industry Mourns Joshua Galvin

    GALVIN Joshua1jpg.jpgIt is with great sadness that HJi reports the death of industry visionary Joshua Galvin.

    Joshua’s prestigious career spanned 57 years, beginning in 1953 when, aged just 15, he gained a place at a trade school – later to become the London College of Fashion –  from where he graduated with qualifications in both men’s and ladies’ hairdressing.

    Joshua’s career was as varied as it was long, including four years as a hairdresser in the merchant navy, a spell with French of London, and a successful period in the US, where he worked at Revlon’s flagship salon. Here Joshua found himself immersed in an ultra-glamorous world, where styling chairs were thrones in gilt and leather and clients included Judy Garland and Julie Andrews.

    But it was, perhaps, back in London during the Swinging Sixties, that Joshua’s career gained full momentum – it was at this point that he joined the team at Vidal Sassoon, where he was to have a major influence.

    Joshua called on his already considerable experience to create the long men’s hairstyles of the decade as well as the geometric cuts that were the Sassoon trademark.

    While Joshua’s creative skills were never in doubt – his celebrity client base paid testament to these, with the likes of Terence Stamp, Michael Caine and Geraldine Chaplain all asking for him – it was in the area of education that Joshua left his most indelible impression.

    Joshua’s career with Sassoon lasted 13 years, during which time he opened the Vidal Sassoon School in London’s Knightsbridge in 1967, attracting students from across the globe. 

    After his illustrious stint with Sassoon, Joshua took his passion for education on the road, conducting seminars on an international level on behalf of Wella Professionals. This passion culminated in the launch of the Joshua Galvin Academy, in association with Central Training.

    Joshua’s reputation and commitment to the next generation of hairdressers was legendary, and explains why his academy grew from 15 students being taught in a salon 29 years ago to an academy training some 1,000 students at any one time across five sites.

    During his career Joshua received numerous accolades, including the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s first ever Gold Award in 2006, for which he received a standing ovation from the glitterati of the industry.

    It won’t just be the icons of the industry that will miss Joshua, but also the young people he worked with at his academy and through his tireless work with the Fellowship.

    The industry has lost one of its most loved and respected characters.

    • The industry has lost a true inspiration and a gentle man. He will be missed.

    • Carole Wingrove

      Joshua will be sadly missed by many, a true professional. Love you Joshua

    • Mal Bradley

      I first sore Joshua August 1980 i crap apprentice he got on stage did a cut and hand dry off in less than half an hour and said if your slow in this industry you will struggle from that point on he changed my life a truly great man i only ever called him my hero r i p my hero my thoughts and best wishers to all is family love Mal

    • Patricia buller

      Joshua I shall miss you, you were such inspiration to myself and the ciente team, a true professional who has helped supported and encouraged so many young hairdressers such a genuine man who shall be sadly missed our thoughts are with Rita and the family god bless

    • Jasmin Skaife

      Joshua was an inspiration to all and will be sadly missed by all his team at the Joshua Galvin Academy.Our thoughts are now with his family but he will always be in our hearts – Jaz & the JG team xxx

    • Trisha buller

      Word cannot describe what a wonderful man Joshua was,,,,,a true inspiration to everyone in the industry
      The ciente team will miss you Joshua thinking of Rita and all the family at this very sad time
      God bless

    • Charlotte Woodd

      I was one of his models in the Wella days. The first style he gave me was called “Charlie”. We had a great team on the tours with a lot of joke telling over dinner in the evenings.

      He was aways late everywhere as so many people wanted to talk to him. His enthsuiasm was infectious. He inspired so many people.

      He was a good friend and I will miss him as will so many others.

      My thoughts are with his family, especially Rita, Maria and Joshua.

    • marc young

      I feel proud having worked with Josh on many shows.And the time we spent together in new york will be with me as just the best.To Rita And Family my deepest sympathy.Marc Young.

    • Sandra Graham

      I meet Joshua during my time at the JG Academy. For me Joshua stood for everything great about the hairdressing industry and will be turly missed. My, prays and thoughts go out to his family.
      Sandra G

    • joanne darley

      It was always a pleasure to meet him. A true gent with the brightest of smiles, always positive conversations. He inspired many with his passion for the industry and integrity. Thinking of his family, Joshua will be sadly missed. JO

    • Keryl Titmus

      Everyone at CTG will miss Joshua, the happy memories will live on. Our thoughts are with his family. RIP. Keryl. Xx

    • denise lampshire

      It has been a privilage to work for and with you, you have been an inspiration not only to myself but to all you meet

      may god bless you


    • Jemma Stafford

      I only spoke to Joshua a handful of times as a student at his Bethnal Green based centre. In the short time I had the pleasure of knowing him, I grew very fond of him and was always in awe of his stories and the amazing career he led.

      He will be dearly missed by many people, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

      RIP Dr. Josh. x

    • Rachael Hawkins

      Joshua was a breath of fresh air with the biggest and warmest smile. His commitment to the students of Central Training Group was never ending. He took pride in seeing the younger generation achieve and liked to encourage them to keep on achieving. Joshua truly felt that no matter how long you had been in the industry, everyday there was something new to learn.

      Knowing Joshua was an absolute pleasure, he will be sorely missed by so many, but never forgotten.

      My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.



    • Rani Juttla

      Joshua was not just a mentor to me but also a great friend. He was always there to encouraged and inspired me to reach greater heights. He is one of his kind – a true professional who leaves a great gap in the hairdressing world. Will be missed by all whose lives he touched. My thoughts and prayers are with Rita his wife and his family.

      Rani Juttla

    • Anna and Sally Fenton

      Great character, a true gentleman, and great teacher

      End of an era……

      Will be missed by many hairdressers and clients.

      Our thoughts are with his family at his very sad time

      Anna and Sally

    • Mandie Millar

      We have lost a true legend and mentor as well as a gentle, kind, caring and funny man.

      You will never be forgotten and have a special place in my heart for the kindness and spirt that you always showed me…. an end of an era…….

      Mandie xxxxxxxxx


      Joshua Galvin was the first hairdresser I saw on stage when I was a young junior. His friendly informal way of working and his enthusiasm to create and inspire through education was incredible. His personal charisma and energy was world renowned, as was his bright blue eyes and shiny head.

      When I came to London I was 21 and a bit green behind the ears, he acted as a mentor for me. Not only while I was working at Daniel Galvin, but when I left he continued to be someone who would always offer a helping hand.

      He has been a great ambassador for hairdressing and will be greatly missed by many who knew him personally or saw onstage.

      I will definitely miss his enthusiasm for hair and life.

      Paul Edmonds

    • Maureen Whittam

      I first met Joshua on my interview for the tutors job at his Bethnal Green Academy, over twelve years ago. We realised we had both done our early training at the London College of Fashion. So began our professional bond for the love of this industry that he was such an ambassador for.

      During my twelve years in his empoyment, Joshua as tirelessly inspired all who have passed through the doors of his academy, not only the young trainees but all the staff that have worked there.

      We will all miss him dearly, but will continue to carry on his name through the academy and the good works that all the staff do to produce the next generation of hairdressers.

      Good bye my friend, from your ‘East End Girl’.

      My thooughts and prayers are with you and the family Rita.


    • angelo seminara

      i didn’t know Joshua that well but for a few time that i did meet him i felt he was a true gentleman and a perfect sample for the future hairdresser i also loved his old work and creation his spirit and passion as for sure left a big impact in this industry.

      a true ambassador

      my thoughts are with his family and all the ones that loved Him.


    • Donna McClelland

      I am so glad that I had the opportunity to work with Joshua, he was a true inspiration and I have many happy memories of the work that we did together.
      The hairdressing world will not be the same without him.

      You were a true star Joshua xxx

    • Tony Fox

      As a hairdresser he was an inspiration to all who came into contact with him. As a friend he was both sincere and supportive.As a family man he was a loving husband, a devoted father and doting grandfather.The world will be poorer place without Josh, may he rest in peace.
      Tony Fox

    • John nutt

      It is With great sadness i learn that Joshua leaves us in this world a man who has tirelessly given so much of his life to our industry,having had the pleasure of working as à junior at vidal sassoon in the sixties i saw what à great master of his craft he was god blessyr him/ John nutt

    • Hugo mansfield

      An absolute shock!
      Can’t believe there is so little media on the passing of one of our great British hairdressers. So sad

    • leonie syron

      The industry has lost a true legend it is so tragic he will be missed

    • Joseph Koniak

      There can be no words for our loss for such a great ambassador and legend in hairdressing, I am deeply honoured to have spent time with such a great man.

      My thoughts go out to his family, friends and all those in the hairdressing industry that greatly admired him.

      I and all at Joseph Koniak, will miss him greatly, but will endeavour to carry on with the same commitment and passion.

      you will be missed.

    • Daniel Barton

      In 1973 I first met Joshua when he worked
      at Vidal Sassoon in Bond St.
      He had amazing enthusiasm for our craft.
      Over the years this exitement for hairdressing
      & education had increased rather than
      I was a member of The London Hair Fashion
      Group & we did the opening show for the
      1st Hairdressers Journal Salon Int, in
      1976,st The Royal Lancaster Hotel.
      Joshua compered the show & it was a
      honour & pleasure working with him.
      His envolvement with Intercoifure helped
      put British Hairdressing on the map,in
      Europe & the rest of the World,at this time
      France dominated the Hair Fashion world.
      Joshua with Vidal changed all that.
      The Fellowship which was an Elite group
      of Hair Artists from across the U.K. helped
      develop British Hairdressing to what it is
      Joshua was one of those special Hair Artists
      & Educators in our industry who had
      passion & energy for the Hairdressing Craft.
      Our thoughts are with his family at this
      very sad time.
      Linda & Daniel Barton.
      Daniel Barton past president. F.B.H. 1980/82.
      Cert Ed. L.C.G.I.

    • Susan Callaghan

      My last conversation with Joshua was about a year ago when he was just about to start his treatment. Although he must have been in a lot of pain he took time to call me after receiving an invitation to attend Patrick Cameron’s 20 Year Anniversary working for Wella. Although he was too ill to attend he still wanted to contribute to the evening by sending a very touching tribute to Patrick which was read out at the event. I sat at my desk and took down every word he had to say about Patrick and we both reminisced about how he had first started to present seminars and how similar his and Patrick’s working life had become. He was just about the nicest man in this business and he will be greatly missed.

      My heartfelt condolences go to out his wife and children and family but also to every one in this industry who knew him or worked with him. He will not be forgotten.

    • Patrick Cameron

      When the industry needed a spokes person there was no one better than Joshua and when I started to travel the world as a platform artist it was Joshua’s steps I followed. Over the past 20 years I am proud to say that we became great friends and I will miss him terribly. You knew if Joshua had walked into the room because it lit up. He had a respected reputation and commitment to our industry like no other. My heart goes out to his wife Rita and his children and everyone who loved him.


      it was with saddness i learned of the passing of joshua. it was a privilegde to have known and met him. he had such a relaxing non invasive way of training and getting the point across. he was a true professional from the top of his shiny head to his shiny shoes. the hairdressing world has lost one of its best and he will never be forgotton.

    • the world will miss Joshua,having seen his work in all the trade mags in Nz in the late 70,s ,80,s I had the pleasure of meeting him several times in London over the past 8yrs..he always remembered me and told me his great storys of arriving in nz in the 50,s on a ship…sadly missed ,never forgotton .

    • Larry Baker

      I’m a cousin of Josh, I haven’t seen him in years although I did see his parents in recent years; right up until they passed away. My mum and grandfather were both hairdressers as was our great grandfather. Josh was a thoughly likable man and although we didn’t see much of him we were needless to say very proud of his achievements in the hairdressing world. His dad Josh senior, real name Cecil was a real character and went on to just over a 100 years old; I tried to contact the boys when he passed away but without success, perhaps Danial will see this. For his family and friends this is very sad news.

    • kenneth Bieber

      I had the pleasure and the excitement of shooting the pictures of all the creative work that Joshua created for the Wella/Vogue competition and we worked on many other international projects together.

      A warm kind and exciting Gentleman his inspiration and dynamism made the creation of every shot a total pleasure. His communication skills were so amazing that over time we developed a form of creative shorthand that was not only highly productive but also lots of fun.

      I loved shooting sessions with him.

      A unique and excellent man the world is poorer for his passing.

      Kenneth Bieber

    • Sandy Halifax

      I worked as a receptionist at Bond Street Salon in the 60’s when Joshua was Manager – he was a lovely warm and gentle person who cared for his staff. I knew he was being treated for cancer but hoped he would be successful in his battle. He will be greatly missed.

    • Nigel French

      I first knew Joshua when he worked for my father Freddie French back in the 1960’s. He was an enthusiast , a sponge for learning, a real gentleman and funny to boot. He kept in touch with the family well past my fathers death and we all admired his accomplishments and the modest manner which accompanied him.

      His legacy is around us all; those he trained, assisted in their careers and to whom he passed on his own passion for hairdressing.

      The industry is poorer for his passing but richer for his life

      Nigel French

    • Trevor Moseley

      I was privaledged to have know such a wondefull fun loving ,naughty twinkle in the eye all the time -live every day to the full kinda man.Joshua & i launched his stunning range of products into the Retailer in South Africa called Clicks.His passion for winning & being the best always amazed me.What a stunning man ,what a gentleman & a officer.You will always be remembered by myself & the Clicks team for being just you,My sincere condolences to his family.His legacy will live on,
      Trevor Moseley

    • I heard just today of Joshua’s death and I am shocked and very sad. I can see him smiling now in that special way.
      I had the honor and pleasure of working with Joshua on a number of occasions. I remember once sharing a plane journey with him between Singapore and Manila, he told jokes non-stop for the whole journey and we drank the plane dry. It has been a while since we spoke, but you are missed old friend. God bless and see you sometime.

    • Ray Abinett

      Joshua and I grew up together and went to the same school at Chamberlayne Road NW10. We were in the boys brigade together where we were both in the band that marched the streets on a Sunday morning. No doubt waking people up early. We were the best of friends up to the time he went into the merchant navy, and after this we never ever managed to talk to each other again, much to my sadness. Having just been informed of his death I am completely shocked at his death. I have so many happy memories of being his friend. I spent a lot of time in his house in Kensal Rise, London and knew his family very well.
      Reading the many comments above about his career and famous contacts that he had in the industry, I am not surprised at the way he has left his mark on the world. A old good friend and sadly missed.

    • Tania Anderson (Dombroski)

      It is with much sadness to read the news of Joshuas passing. I am very sorry that I am sending my belated wishes. Delayed in the down under news.It was with much pleasure that I was given the opportunity to work at Joshua’s Academy in Bethnal Green, where it has lead me to my career path in Tutoring in New Zealand. I worked with the team for almost 2 years and meet many amazing people including Joshua himself, who would often talk to me about the Tutara’s he had eaten when he last visited new Zealand. I was also given the opportunity to train Daniels apprentices on night trainigs.Thank you so much for the many opportunities that you have opened up for me Joshua.Gone but certainly not forgotten.

    • karen pollock alk khan

      I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser, so when I got on yts with joshua galvin it was like a dream come true. Then i got told I could work permanently for the great joshua galvin I was so happy watching all the team work very hard. Then I saw joshua my boss his smile was a delight and I was in awe how he cut the hair then use his hands to dry or use his fingers to finger curl and the way he would stand you could tell he loved his job. I was very fortunate to also work at daniel galvin salon. I gained my nvq but then thought I knew it all so decided to leave a very mad move but on the other hand I trained with best and can proudly say I had the best boss. Heart felt sympathy to his wife and maria james and family RIP joshua you will be missed by all. Lots of love. Karen xxx

    • karen pollock alk khan

      I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser, so when I got on yts with joshua galvin it was like a dream come true. Then i got told I could work permanently for the great joshua galvin I was so happy watching all the team work very hard. Then I saw joshua my boss his smile was a delight and I was in awe how he cut the hair then use his hands to dry or use his fingers to finger curl and the way he would stand you could tell he loved his job. I was very fortunate to also work at daniel galvin salon. I gained my nvq but then thought I knew it all so decided to leave a very mad move but on the other hand I trained with best and can proudly say I had the best boss. Heart felt sympathy to his wife and maria james and family RIP joshua you will be missed by all. Lots of love. Karen xxx joshua would say be different and never stop learning!