Josh Sutherland

Designer Stylist


How many years have you been in the industry?

I have been in the industry since 2013. I started my new career after working as a Spanish translator for 10 years, though I have always found hair to be a big inspiration in my life!

What inspires you or feeds your creativity?

I find inspiration everywhere! I look at different colors and even architecture then try to draw ideas from everything around me! I am always looking at fashion magazines and checking out the latest blogs about what is happening in the hair world. I also look to my co-workers everyday and watch what new things they are doing to motivate me to step out of my comfort zone and try new techniques!

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

If I could be any animal, I would be lion! I think they are amazing creatures. Lions are born natural leaders though they know who is the leader of the pride is. I like to think that I will be a follower of one of the best leaders there is in the city of Omaha, Kirby is always helping us become the best we can be and I love learning from the best!

Why Kontempo. ?

I started coming to Kirby in 2009 to get my hair colored and cut! At the time, I was stuck in a career that I did not love. Every time I came to the salon to get my hair needs taken care of I would ask Kirby questions about hair and he would tell me about all the latest things happening in the industry. Kirby inspired me to take a leap in faith and go back to school! Despite it being a very difficult decision, it is one I will never regret! I started Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics in April of 2012 with the hopes of being able to work at Kontempo. ! Three years later, after working at another salon in Omaha, Kirby offered me a job and I was able to come work with the great talent that Kontempo. offers! I have enjoyed working here everyday since!

What is your absolute favorite place or space?

Hands down Kyoto, Japan! I love the art and architecture of Japan and thoroughly enjoy the culture! Kyoto is the epicenter of Japanese culture and where I made the decision to make my life change that lead to my great career!

What is ONE industry product you can’t live without?

UOil hands down! I love the benefits I get from using the Unite’s Argan Oil! This amazing product helps heal your hair due to the fact that the molecules are small enough to actually penetrate into the hair strand. I could not change my color as often as I do with out using this amazing product to maintain the integrity of my hair!