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José Eber
Born Nice, France
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation hairdresser

José Eber (pronounced /dʒoʊˈzeɪ eɪˈbɛər/, us dict: jō·zā′ ā·bār′[1]) is a well known hairstylist. His flagship salon is in Beverly Hills, California. He has written two books, and created one video tape. The first book, published in 1982, was titled "Shake Your Head, Darling". The video tape on hairstyling tips, called "Why Do I Call You Sexy?", was created in 1983. His second book, titled "Beyond Hair: The Ultimate Makeover Book" was published in 1990. On June 9, 2008, José was honored with the Global Salon Business Awards Lifetime Achievement award.[2]

For more than four decades, José Eber, arguably the most recognized name in hair styling, has been in the vanguard of beauty. He created influential looks in the 70's, 80's and 90's. He remains a leading trend setter in hair and fashion.

Born in Nice, France to André and Chana Eber, he is the youngest of three with a brother, Henri, and sister, Esther. José began styling hair at age twelve. His mother and sister were the patient first clients for this aspiring stylist. He began his official career as a hairstylist apprentice at a chic Paris salon at only fifteen years of age. At twenty-six, on his first visit to the States, José fell in love with Los Angeles and decided to make it his home. In a desire to free American women from their stiff, sprayed styles of the day, José created a sexy, carefree unstructured look that was easier to maintain and which instantly became "de rigueur" for an entire generation. His first celebrity client was Farrah Fawcett, followed by Cher, Jaclyn Smith, Elizabeth Taylor and the Who's Who of Hollywood.

Upon establishment of his reputation among Hollywood's celebs, José opened his first signature salon in Beverly Hills and ten years later expanded into his salon on 2 Rodeo Drive. There are now two José Eber Atelier salons in the country.

Now a world recognized celebrity, José Eber is a much sought after television personality appearing regularly on both international, national and local talk shows. Appearances include programs such as "Oprah", "Entertainment Tonight", ABC's "Good Morning America", "CNN" and NBC's "The Today Show", as a guest judge on Bravo's "Shear Genius", and most recently on "Nightline" [3]. Eber was mentioned in an episode of Psych and in a movie starring Jamie Kennedy entitled Malibu's Most Wanted. Makeovers done by José and his staff have recently been featured on[4] and on "Good Day LA".[5]

In the rare moments when he is not working, José Eber is active in numerous charities. He was one of the first to join the fight against domestic violence on behalf of the Sojourn Organization. “ Women who are abused usually have little or no self-esteem,” says José,” Because my career has been about helping women raise their self-esteem, this fight became very important to me.” José also supports The Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow (FIT), a non-profit organization that helps unemployed or underemployed women.[6]



January 1983 Shake Your Head, Darling. Illustrated By Steve Schapiro (photographer). New York, NY: Warner Books. ISBN 9780446373647.  

April 1990 Beyond Hair: the Ultimate Makeover Book. Illustrated by Michael Childers (photographer). New York, NY: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780671683016.  

Publications Cited In

Tucker, Tanya (June 1995). "The Blue Heaven Blues". 100 Ways to Beat the Blues. Fireside. pp. 186–189. ISBN 0743270185.  

Chrystyn, Julie (March 2009). "Original By Design". The Secret to Life Transformation: How to Claim Your Destiny Now!. Phoenix Books. pp. 168–175. ISBN 1597775819.  


1983 Why Do I Call You Sexy?. [VHS NTSC]. Warner Home Video.  


Women from all walks of life come to our salons. And I do everything in order for them to feel very at home -- very comfortable from the minute they walk in to our salons. Because I know it can be intimidating when you go to a high end/high profile salon. But I don't want that. To me the most rewarding thing that I do at work is to work on women from all walks of life, not just celebrities.[7]
If you have inner beauty, it is much easier to find outer beauty. When you see yourself through gentler eyes, you'll see the whole world through gentler eyes. You will be able to look at what you once thought was a flaw and understand that it is a personal distinction. You will have the ability to correct the things you can and accept the things you can't. With a smile. You'll take pride in both your internal and external appearance.[8]
The hair cut that I'm most proud of, to tell the truth, is the last one I ever did. I mean I hate to say that, but I mean the one I did yesterday is the hair cut I'm the most proud of. It's not going to be based on the celebrity that I did. It's going to be the one that I just did yesterday. I achieved a good hair cut, and I'm proud of it.[9]
And the first chance I got, I let my hair grow long. I did not think of it as a 'trademark' or a 'brand'; for me it was an honest expression of who I felt I really was. It was this feeling, the desire for independence, that drove me as much as any ambitions I might have had. I had determined, from the first time I got the opportunity, never again to allow anyone to tell me who I was or what I should look like. Eventually, I realized that I had discovered something that others coveted - freedom.[10]


  1. ^ José Eber was born and raised in France. Due to the Spanish influence within the States, Eber's first name is commonly mispronounced. Eber, José (January 1983). Shake Your Head, Darling. Illustrated By Steve Schapiro (photographer). New York, NY: Warner Books. pp. 1. ISBN 9780446373647.  
  2. ^ Global Salon Business Awards press release (pdf document)
  3. ^ "José Eber interview for "Nightline" "Recession on Rodeo Drive"". Retrieved February 28, 2009.  
  4. ^ Rodeo Drive makeover on
  5. ^ "Good Day LA" search results
  6. ^ "José Eber". Retrieved March 2004.  
  7. ^ José Eber interview with "Southern California Life"
  8. ^ Eber, José (April 1990). Beyond Hair: the Ultimate Makeover Book. Illustrated by Michael Childers (photographer). New York, NY: Simon and Schuster. pp. 156. ISBN 9780671683016.  
  9. ^ "Episode 6: José Eber's Blog, pt.3". Retrieved May 17, 2007.  
  10. ^ Chrystyn, Julie (March 2009). "Original By Design". The Secret to Life Transformation: How to Claim Your Destiny Now!. Phoenix Books. pp. 171. ISBN 1597775819.  

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