Win the battle – make peace with your hair!

Starting as a salon owner and as Oprah’s personal stylist for more than 25 years, hair is my life’s passion! It is my pleasure to create a line of luxurious products designed to end the battle, bringing you innovative convenience, beautiful hair, and most of all PEACE.

Andre Walker, seven-time Emmy Award winner and personal stylist to Oprah.

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Andre Walker has earned 7 Emmy Awards for his signature styling of Oprah Winfrey’s hair. For 25 years, Andre has been Oprah’s only personal stylist, and she has sung his praises numerous times on the top rated Oprah Winfrey Show. During his stellar career, Andre has  also styled two First Ladies — Michelle Obama and Barbara Bush  — and also introduced actress Halle Berry to what has become her  signature short haircut. Prior to joining Oprah, Andre operated his own successful salon in the heart of Chicago, where women of all hair types lined up for coveted appointments with the ever popular Andre. His work has appeared in numerous major magazines, and is featured every month on the cover of O Magazine.

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ELLE Magazine

MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION ABOUT THE CARE AND STYLING OF NATURAL HAIR

Andre Talks Hair

15 years ago, I wrote a book called "Andre Talks Hair." In the book, I define four basic types of hair, based on texture, in order to help women determine their own type and thus know how best to care for their particular type. Though all hair is basically the same, and benefits from many of the same nutrients and products, there are significant differences in hair texture.

Recently, in an interview with Elle Magazine, I repeated my professional opinion about caring for Type 4 hair, often referred to as kinky hair. Here’s what I said in Elle:

"I always recommend embracing your natural texture. Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing".

That statement is a very short version of what I also said in my book all those years ago, but almost immediately after the Elle article, the internet was abuzz with people questioning why I would recommend chemically relaxing a particular hair type Some even said my advice suggests that kinky hair is "bad" hair.

Let me first say that there is no such thing as "bad" hair, and I have long ago freed myself from being afraid to use the word "kinky" and also from being accused of not liking natural hair. We have become a multi-cultural society that embraces many different looks and styles when it comes to hair. It is my Mission to help you grow strong, healthy hair, and wear it in the style or styles that best suit your likes and particular hair type.

When it comes to curly and kinky hair (there is a difference), I leave the political correctness of "going straight" or staying natural to a woman’s personal preference. Once again, my advice is based on how to best achieve strong, healthy hair. So for those who would like to engage me in a debate about who has more racial pride and self esteem, based on hairstyle preference and use or non-use of chemical relaxers, know that I believe in personal freedom, and in the use of advanced technology when it yields positive results, which many of today’s (versus yesterday’s) chemical relaxers do deliver.

It is a fact that kinky hair (my Type 4 definition) is extremely fragile and breaks easily. Even when you are very careful, something as simple as combing can break this texture. It is very difficult to achieve a longer length when the hair breaks, even with simple combing. That being said, there is the style option of wearing braids, dreads, or twists, which allows the hair to grow longer because it is combed less often. Another style choice is to simply wear a shorter cut, which is very attractive on some women but just not right for others.

So when I say to embrace your natural texture, but consider relaxing kinky hair, am I contradicting myself? I don’t think so! You see, even relaxed hair can still be worn naturally. If you want a natural look, but find that your kinky hair is difficult to manage, breaks too easily, lacks shine and luster, and limits your preferred styling options, I say feel free to consider a mild chemical relaxer, sometimes called a texturizer, that eases your hair to a more manageable texture and allows you to Make Peace With Your Hair.

We’ve come a long way in the ability of chemical relaxers to gently relax the hair. In fact, I notice that my book is somewhat dated in that respect. When I wrote it, I was not a fan of no-lye relaxers. But now they are much improved, and I use them when I know it will help a client to maintain either a "natural" or a straight look — whichever she prefers — with more ease.

Mandatory for all hair types, and extra mandatory for curly, coarse, or kinky hair — Condition, Condition, Condition !

My Mission in the products I develop and in the professional advice I offer to Everyone of all hair types — Make Peace With Your Hair.

My Message for everyone who questions the integrity of my advice regarding coarse/kinky natural hair — All hair is GOOD hair. Healthy hair is BETTER hair. I will always offer you my BEST hair advice.

Make Peace,



Andre Walker Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner

What You Should Know About Keratin

I’ve been getting tons of questions about everything Keratin — including whether my Keratin Shampoo can be used on hair that has had a Brazilian Keratin Treatment. And some of you are even asking if my shampoo IS in fact a Keratin Treatment.

Yes, my Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner are great for hair that has had a Keratin Straightening Treatment. What you will get is extra nourishment from natural ingredients like whole leaf aloe vera and green tea extract, as well as the strength building properties of keratin, which is a protein naturally found in the hair.

And no, my Keratin Shampoo is not a treatment like the Brazilian Keratin Treatments that are applied using high heat. My shampoo deep cleans the hair, removes product build up and prepares your hair for the moisturizing properties of my Keratin Conditioner. Both of these steps are giving your hair some of the keratin protein it loses when you blow dry, use heat, apply chemicals, etc. You need to give back to your hair what you take away!

I also get a lot of questions about why hair feels “different” when washing with the Keratin Shampoo. Your hair feels different because it is deep cleaned, free of product build up and chemical residue that some shampoos only make worse.

The thick consistency of my shampoo is the result of concentrated quality ingredients that are not watered down. The lower level of lather means less chemicals creating artificial suds. You are getting a professional quality shampoo and conditioning that, believe me, your hair will love! And by the way, when your hair is totally cleansed of product build-up, you will get more lather from the shampoo. With my shampoo, lather is your sign that your hair is really clean! And really clean hair looks radiant, shiny, and full after styling.

Some clients report they like to put the Keratin Shampoo in the palm of one wet hand and gently rub both hands together before applying to their hair. This method helps to disperse the gel-like Keratin Shampoo through thicker hair types. Shampoo as many times as necessary until you get a light lather! That’s when your hair is really clean.

Your hair has its own unique properties, and you should always feel free to adapt and adjust products in ways that work best for your own hair. But whether you have Brazilian Treatments, color, relaxers, perms, or all natural hair, keratin is good for all hair, and my Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner are designed to keep your hair strong, smooth, and shiny!


How to apply hair make-up

HOW TO APPLY HAIR MAKE-UP COLOR LIKE A PRO

Think of Hair MakeUp as your SECRET WEAPON when gray or new growth spoils your look before you have time (or money!) to get permanent color. But also think of it as a chance to play, by creating new looks with highlights extending down the length of your hair.

I formulated Hair MakeUp to go on fast and easy, dry smooth and lustrous, and wash out clean and quick. Just like make-up, but for hair!

TO COVER GRAY OR NEW GROWTH ROOTS

First, select a tone that blends with your hair. Don’t try to match your color exactly. You want to pick up your natural undertone, usually a shade lighter or darker than your main color. Only cover areas that will show, such as parts and hairline areas. There’s no need to cover your entire head!

1 Lift a small section of hair away from face or scalp
 

and use brush or sponge wand to apply Hair MakeUp.

2 Using brush wand, blend Hair MakeUp partially down length of hair to achieve coverage and color integration. Repeat on new sections until visible new growth is covered.
3 Allow to dry, without touching, for 60 seconds, then gently comb or brush hair into place.
You are now transformed!
 

How easy is that!

FOR FUN HIGHLIGHTS.

Simply select a Hair MakeUp color that will add either subtle or bold contrast to your hair color. Pick up very small sections of hair and use the brush wand to paint long strokes of shiny highlights wherever desired.

You look marvelous!


 


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Win the battle – make peace with your hair!

Starting as a salon owner and as Oprah’s personal stylist for more than 25 years, hair is my life’s passion! It is my pleasure to create a line of luxurious products designed to end the battle, bringing you innovative convenience, beautiful hair, and most of all PEACE.

Andre Walker, seven-time Emmy Award winner and personal stylist to Oprah.

Andre and Oprah

Andre Walker has earned 7 Emmy Awards for his signature styling of Oprah Winfrey’s hair. For 25 years, Andre has been Oprah’s only personal stylist, and she has sung his praises numerous times on the top rated Oprah Winfrey Show. During his stellar career, Andre has also styled two First Ladies — Michelle Obama and Barbara Bush — and also introduced actress Halle Berry to what has become her signature short haircut. Prior to joining Oprah, Andre operated his own successful salon in the heart of Chicago, where women of all hair types lined up for coveted appointments with the ever popular Andre. His work has appeared in numerous major magazines, and is featured every month on the cover of O Magazine.


 



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