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Michelle Obama hairstylist Johnny Wright chats with Deal Divas



Johnnywright So, I got a cool chance to interview Michelle Obama's hairstylist, Johnny Wright, Wednesday. Read the full story from the St. Petersburg Times HERE. Wright, a D.C. stylist and artistic director of Soft Sheen-Carson, a division of Loreal, was cool and fun to talk to. He couldn't divulge much about the First Lady -- not even whether he did the famous fake-bob we talked about the other day, (and a massive 50 of you chimed in about!)  But he had some good hair insight nonetheless.

Here are a couple tidbits from the interview that couldn't fit in the story. Enjoy!

~ Deal Diva Stephanie

On growing up hair:

"I think as a young black boy growing up in the inner city of Chicago with humble beginnings, it was hard for me to deal with the stereotypes. Most kids around you are playing basketball and football in the streets and I'm in the house styling my mom's hair. But I was always able to make a connection with people regardless of what their stereotypes were."

On working with Michelle Obama for the first time:

Obamahair "My whole career at that point had really revolved around working with celebrities. I had done film, I had done music videos, I had done red carpet. I brought the same kind of professionalism I would bring to any type of setting. It wasn't about being nervous. It was about doing a good job regardless of who the person was."

On his hair pet peeve:

"We depend on our doctors, we depend on our designers to design stuff, but when it comes down to our hair, there's always a little sense of question. 'Are you right? Are you sure? I know my hair.' People don't realize that in cosmetology school, we learn everything about the anatomy from head to toe. People think it's just hair, that we just learn how to do finger waves. That is one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't like to see women not trust their hairstylists."

Photos: Washington Post, Getty

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:18pm]


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