“I’m dying to get my hands in your hair.” That’s the note stylist Andre Walker sent Oprah in 1985, after seeing her on the talk show AM Chicago. “Back then it was just Oprah, one publicist, and one producer,” recalls Walker, who at the time owned a Chicago salon. The bold declaration earned him a tryout, and three years later, he was working with Oprah full-time. After decades of constant styling, Oprah says, Andre is “why I still have my hair.” He shared his secrets with us—and gave us the scoop on his new line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.
1. What are the three things we should all do to have beautiful hair?
Condition. Condition. Condition. Whether you think you need it or not, use a conditioner every time you shampoo, and slather on a thick hair mask once a week (I just launched a Keratin Mask and Treatment Pak that you can leave on in the shower for five minutes). Restoring moisture to the hair is really important to help repair dry ends and add shine.
2. Anything we should never do?
I don’t believe you can do two chemical treatments at once and still have healthy hair. If I’m putting a relaxer in her hair, I don’t do color. And if I’m doing color, no relaxer. Because heat is also very damaging, I try not to use blow-dryers or irons on Oprah’s hair more than three times a week. Lately I’ve been doing ponytails to stretch the time between blow-dries. With a little height on top, a pony can look very polished.
3. You’ve created hundreds of hairstyles for Oprah. What’s your favorite?
I’m happiest with the ones that she’s been happiest with. For her 50th birthday, we did a short, choppy look with a bit of a flip. She often looks back and says, “I really love that hairstyle.” Of course, she also reminds me of the styles that weren’t so great. But in my defense: It was the ’80s!
4. Who did you develop your new line for?
I wanted products that are appropriate for all hair textures, all ethnicities. Everyone can use my keratin shampoo and conditioner and my hair oil. As the line expands, I’ll also develop formulas that target specific needs, like volumizing.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"