Johnny Wright styles reality TV star Toya Wright
that quite difficult to do in L.A. because of the big fish type of atmosphere. But my personality proved that to be a little different. So when I moved here, I really felt that I was a small fish again because politics is not something that I ever studied or was interested in, and coincidentally I became very interested in it throughout the campaign when I was working with the First Lady as the senator’s wife. So I was really encouraged to watch CNN and all the news channels and just to really get to know what I was actually a part of, and at the time I didn’t even know I was going to be the First Lady’s hair stylist permanently. Following the campaign really developed my knowledge about the political world. When I came and I felt like a small fish, but when I had my first conversation and I held my own when it came down to politics I became very proud of myself. So in most people’s eyes it would be really developed my knowledge about the political world. When I came and I felt like a small fish, but when I had my first conversation and I held my own when it came down to politics I became very proud of myself. So in most people’s eyes it really developed my knowledge about the political world. When I came and I felt like a small fish, but when I had my first conversation and I held my own when it came really developed my knowledge about the political world. When I came and I felt like a small fish, but when I had my first conversation and I held my own when it came down to politics I became very proud of myself. So in most people’s eyes it would be a huge accomplishment to work with the First Lady and it is a huge accomplishment, but I think without L.A. I wouldn’t be where I am now. How did the opportunity to become the First Lady’s stylist come about? By the time that I met with the First Lady I was pretty established in the freelance world. I worked with other celebrities and I worked at Fox News for a while and I had an agent, a hair and makeup agent. He is actually still my agent ‘til this day, and he called me to tell me that he wanted to book me for a photo shoot with this senator’s wife. He was like have you heard of Michelle Obama? And I was like oh, ok, cool. He said it’s not paying much, it’s editorial but you should go you know, you never know what may come out of it. And I said ok, I’ll go. And I went and did her hair and we hit it off. I’ve always been very open and willing to do stuff that in a sense I was investing myself in to get something out of it. So I went and did her and I met her, it was an ESSENCE photo shoot. We hit it off pretty well and very shortly after that shoot is when I decided to move to Los Angeles. I literally packed my stuff and moved to Los Angeles within two to three months. And within those two to three months I got called to do her again for O Magazine. And I did that for O Magazine and at that shoot was when I told her I was moving to Los Angeles and I was like great meeting you and basically good luck. Which was still cool because during the campaign they were out on the West Coast a lot. So when-
ever she came to the West Coast her staff remembered me and they called me, and I would style her for things that she did in L.A. How was the situation with your clients when you moved to L.A.? Because I know for me, as a client it can be very devastating when your stylist relocates. I’m pretty sure there was some level of devastation for a number of my clients, but I think my personality has always been the personality that it is ‘til this day, so I think most of my clients had it in the back of their mind that I was on my way to do greater things. Not that what I was doing wasn’t great, but I was destined for something greater. And I think they understood and they supported, ‘til this day I still actually do some of my clients in Chicago. They travel here, they traveled to L.A. when I was there, and sometimes they fly me out to them. So I still do some of my clients from Chicago, and I do some of my clients from L.A., so my clientele follows me everywhere I go. Now let’s talk about healthy hair. The First Lady’s hair always looks so beautiful and healthy! What is the secret to healthy hair? Using good products, but the key to healthy hair is moisture. It’s all about conditioning the hair properly. I sometimes do a cocktail of my own type of ingredients to make her [First Lady] a conditioner, and with that all of the ingredients really replenish the moisture in the hair. But that’s really what it is, and trying to keep the heat out of her hair as much as possible. Natural hair seems to be the latest trend. In your opinion is natural better?
I look back at my life and I realize how every moment had something to do with the next. Even if in the moment it appeared to be negative it was necessary for a lesson for my life. Yeah, a lot of women are transitioning to natural hair, which I think is great because a lot of women have had relaxers all of their lives, soon as they were able to do it. I think the youngest age is 5 years old. Their mother slapped one in their head. So they have no idea what their real texture was like, and the versatility and the things that they can do with their own texture. So blowing the natural hair texture out, a lot of women have realized that it’s not as bad as they thought it was. I think it’s great! I’m not opposed to relaxed hair, but I think natural hair is great! I love the versatility of it. I was going to ask what is the biggest mistake that women make with their hair, but it’s probably like you said, not moisturizing properly. Yes, not moisturizing properly and overheat styling their hair. A lot of women do that flat iron every day, and I want to challenge them to think of other ways of styling their hair without having to use a flat 17
Published on Dec 1, 2012