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When Joseph Olivieri went to beauty school in 1946, he was one of  only three male students at Fargo’s New York Hair Design Academy.

“In my day, they didn’t think about a man doing hair, but that’s what I wanted to do,”

In 1960, he started his own school with three students; within a year, he had 100.

In 1994, he turned the reins of the school over to his son, Mario, an award-winning hairdresser in his own right.   As the beauty industry evolved, Mr. Mario has included a more avant-garde, competition approach hairstyling. “But you can’t do that until you learn the basic fundamentals, so we honor our past, and we create the future’, Mr. Mario stated.

Josef’s School of Hair, Skin & Body is on the cutting edge in the beauty and spa industry offering in Cosmetology, Skin Esthetic and Massage Therapy in its state-of-the-at facility in Fargo and Grand Forks.

30 years later, he turned reins of school over go his son Mario, an award-winning hairdresser in his own right . Mr. Josef, as he’s known professionally is still a beloved figure to the students and staff to this day. As the industry evolved, Mario Olivieri his brought in  more avant-garde approach to hairstyling.

“You can’t do that until you learn the basic fundamentals, so we honor our past, and we create the future. ‘ he said.

The industry has greatly changed the last 60 year. With their new state of the art facility, Josef’s  addition of Skin Esthetics and Massage Therapy programs keeps them on the cutting edge of the Beauty industry.