Season 3 Ep009: The Honest Truth: Stories of a Presidential Hair Stylist with Johnny Wright

Michelle Obama's Hair Stylist  Johnny say farewell

It’s the season Finale! Our Featured Guest on today’s show is entrepreneur, celebrity hair stylist and mentor Johnny Wright. This farewell tribute to Johnny and the Obama’s is a must listen, but this inspiring show almost didn’t make it to air. Listen in to find out why.

Johnny started doing hair at the age of 12. Inspired by his grandmother who trained under the likes of Madam CJ Walker he knew it was what he was destined to do. By his freshman year in high school he had over 100 clients.

Johnny is now the Artistic Style Director for Soft Sheen Carson Inc. a division of L’Oreal USA. His work has appeared in Vogue Italia, Essence, Ebony and Sophisticate’s black hair.

He offers his hair and styling advice to the public as a monthly guest on the Steve Harvey Morning Show.

He has worked on celebrities such as Pink, Jada Pinkett Smith, Taraji P Henson and Tracey Ellis Ross. He has also worked on numerous fashion shows for designers such as Oscar De La Renta, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs.

His hair wizardry can be seen on the likes of beauties including First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Vivica Fox, Sherri Shepherd, Vanessa Williams and Hidden Figures Janelle Monae.

He is passionate about encouraging stylists to realize what’s beyond the chair and show how far their hands can take them.

In this episode Johnny talks about how he got his start in the beauty industry. He also talks about understanding your value as a beautypreneur, the importance of having discretion and what sets him apart from others in the industry. He also spills the tea on how he landed a job working with First Lady Michelle Obama for the last 8 years as her primary hair stylist.


“The truth hurts but not as long as a lie” ~Johnny Wright


In this Episode we discuss:

- First black millionaire Madam CJ Walker
– How much you make as an editorial hair stylist
– Relocating to follow your dreams
– What it’s like to work for the first lady of the United States
– The correlation of appearance to popularity
– The importance of knowing how to round brush
– Why you are not just a beautypreneur
– The art of storytelling
– Knowing your worth
– The importance of having discretion
– Keeping your schedule organized with a personal and professional assistant
– Why you should do what you love and love what you do
– A day in the life of celebrity hair stylist Johnny Wright


Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Yene Damtew

Rahni Flowers

Fredrick Fekkai

Mz H20 on Facebook

Hair Artist TV


Instagram: @johnnywright220

Facebook: @johnnywright

Periscope: @johnny_wright


Related Episodes:

The Power of Prayer: An Entrepreneurs Guide to Trusting your Faith and Believing in Yourself with Derick Monroe

Become a Hollywood Hair Stylist: What it Takes to work in Television and Film with Anne Michelle Radcliffe part 2

How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown


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