Tips From FLOTUS Personal Hairstylist Johnny Wright
Posted On Jan 13, 2016
From his grandmother, who studied under the direction of acclaimed, Madame C.J. Walker, to his uncles who also styled hair, Johnny Wright knew from an early age, he wanted to become a stylist because it was deeply embedded in his family’s DNA.
Have you ever wondered who maintains the First Lady’s glamourous mane? In an exclusive interview, we talked with Mr. Johnny Wright, the Chicago native and go-to hair guru, for the first lady and other stars including Nia Long, Tamron Hall, Vivica A. Fox and many more. Whether they’re rocking a face-framing bob, playful waves, or sleek side bangs, Mr. Wright spills all the tea, to his hair care secrets and even offers personal career advice.
New You: How did you begin your journey in the hair care industry?
Johnny Wright: I started doing hair very early on, literally by the age of 12, I had a full clientele. During my senior year, I convinced my high-school to allow me the opportunity to complete work study. At the time, I styled several of my teacher’s hair on a consistent basis. I often tell people; I don’t know much about trigonometry but I received an “A” out of the class. (laughs)
NY: Can you give us a few key hair tips in order to maintain healthy hair throughout the Fall?
JW: Make sure you’re using great products with great ingredients, to ensure your hair remains well moisturized.
Visit a professional every 6-8 weeks in order to keep your ends trimmed.
Try to keep heat styling at a minimum by finding alternatives that don’t require a lot of heat.
Even if you’re a DIY type of person, consult with an expert before making any chemical changes to your hair.
NY: Which iconic hairstyles do you love?
JW: I’ve always LOVED bangs. Whether they’re side swept, blunt or short and edgy, I’ve always loved bangs. I believe it switches up your entire look because it’s a drastic change, that adds a touch of sex-appeal, most hairstyles don’t offer. It’s one of my favorite things to create and I love to see it done, when it’s done well.
NY: What’s next for Johnny Wright, following the last term of the First family’s presidential term?
JW: I know a lot of planners and organized minds, may think I should already know exactly what I’m doing after this final term is over. But honestly, I’m more of a spontaneous type of person. I love when life takes it’s own course. I will say, I believe next year will be the blueprint of endless possibilities and will be the roadmap for the rest of Johnny Wright’s life.
My time here in D.C. was a huge stepping stone and there’s still so much I want to achieve. Therefore, the sky is the limit and the best is yet to come. I’m certain this is just the beginning of the Johnny Wright brand that me, myself, and I have to offer this world, this industry, and I plan on taking full advantage of just that.
NY: Do you have any advice for aspiring stylists who wish to achieve your level of success?
JW: Don’t allow ego to drive you. When you operate as a giver and stay focused, you can’t go wrong, regardless of your profession. Most importantly, always remain committed to learn.