Earlier this week I made a post on Anthony Dickey, one of Michelle Obama’s hair stylist who according from an interview with 55 Secret Street styled her hair for a magazine cover that’s due out in September or Octobrer (they didn’t specify which magazine).
It’s surely not abnormal for high profile, busy individuals to have more than one stylist, some of them actually have a whole team. Although I have to say from professional experience I hate when people hop from stylist to stylist, it can create so many conflicts. Find one stylist and stick with that one that knows your hair best and supports healthy hair and hair growth. Sometimes it takes a while to learn a persons hair type and condition. Listening to clients cry wolf and correcting others mistakes is almost every hairstylists pet peeve.
Anywho, after browsing around over at Bella Sugar, I ran across an interview that they did just last month with Johnny Wright, a featured stylist at Frederic Fekkai and member of Soft-Sheen Carson’s Style Squad. He has worked with famous beauties such as Anita Baker, Vivica A. Fox, Vanessa Williams and Selita Ebanks.
If you watched Michelle at the DNC, I’m sure you noticed how well tamed and healthy her hair appeared. It’s absolutely gorgeous. And just as any hairstylist would tell you… Aside from the right combination of products, time and consistency, It’s All In The Cut.
A Few Highlights from Johnny Wright’s Interview:
How did you start working with Michelle Obama?
It kind of happened on a whim, and I’ve been doing her hair now for a year. My agent out in New York booked me for her Ebony magazine shoot, and she liked it so much that she had her people book me. I actually just got a call today from her saying I’m booked with her for August a whole week — I’m going to do her hair in Denver.
Denver! Denver is important.
You know, I was very nervous with that particular booking. I was highly screened before I was even allowed to walk into her room — and I totally understand that. Whatever it took for me to be booked with her, she is a very normal person. She has two young children, and I think that her staying normal keeps them normal too. It’s just great working with her. She’s never picky; she never asks me for things I probably can’t do. She’s very understanding.
Do you have any tips for recreating her signature hairstyle at home?
It’s pretty simple. The foundation of any hairstyle is the cut. That’s one thing we focus on doing very well here at Fekkai. With that, I am able to switch the hair into like maybe two, three different looks. We try not to give her too many different variations. People want to see her with the same style, especially when it comes to politics; there’s a lot of scrutiny when you’re in that arena.
I say go back to basics and just keep it simple. Sometimes I flat-iron her hair under, or I use a ceramic curling iron to flip it out at the ends a little bit. With a flat iron she’s going to be able to lock the moisture in the hair. Because she has to get her hair done so often, the flat iron is probably the best tool for her. For an updo, I might do some cascading curls according to how formal the event she’s attending is, but mostly I give her a clean sweep up.
Also, to keep her hair moisturized, I use the Shea Butter conditioner from Fekkai and Glosing Cream. It really keeps the hair moisturized. And Fekkai Coiff Anti-Coiff Anti-Frizz creme is excellent for that. It’s probably one of my favorite products. Both products available at www.sephora.com
**Always remember, what works for one person may not always work for you. Using products for your particular hair type and condition is A MUST. A hair regimen is also necessary.