â€śI love them,â€ť he told us Thursday. â€śI think theyâ€™re fresh. Some people love them, some people hate them. But thatâ€™s the beauty of hair.â€ť
Hair has been very, very good to the stylist from Chicago. Wright, 35, starting cutting hair when he was just 13 and quickly developed a VIP client list. A few years ago, his agent called and said, â€śI have a job for you. Itâ€™s with a senatorâ€™s wife. Itâ€™s not paying much, but something may come out of it.â€ť
The woman was Obama, they hit it off and the rest is history â€” including the bangs, a â€ścollaborative effortâ€ť with the first lady.
Now, tell us, Johnny: Is she growing them out already? â€śWe donâ€™t know,â€ť he said. â€śWe donâ€™t think about things like that. Itâ€™s a fun style right now.â€ť
Wright â€” tall, animated, infectious grin â€” now lives in D.C. and spent the day at Immortal Beloved salon where he sheared five women who had won a raffle to get super-short haircuts from the master. The â€śBig Chop to Stop Cancerâ€ť event benefited ZuriWorks, a support group for African-American women with cancer.
â€śPeople donâ€™t ask black women to cut their hair,â€ť explained founder Andrene Taylor. â€śWeâ€™re asking them to do something dramatic. The idea is that these women are walking billboards for us.â€ť Taylor lost all her hair during treatment for Hodgkinâ€™s disease: â€śThe first person I called was my hairdresser. For African-Americans, the salon is a safe and trusted place.”
She recruited Wright, who was happy to deploy his new starpower. â€śI can lend my brand to things like this â€” things that matter, which I think is amazing,â€ť he said. â€śI can also talk to my celebrity clients to get them on board.
â€ťâ€śI think itâ€™s cute,â€ť he told Janice Ferebee as he finished shaving her head â€” and, you know, it was. The author went bald to celebrate her first cancer-free year. â€śI thought it was exciting to meet someone cutting the hair of the first lady,â€ť she told us. Next up for Wright? Heâ€™s not sure, maybe some TV, maybe something else. â€śI never set goals,â€ť he shrugged, flashing that huge grin. â€śI think goals are limiting. I let my life just do what it do. It works out.â€ť
Earlier:Â Is Michelle Obama letting her bangs grow out already?, 2/27/13
And also earlier: Johnny Wright, the man who styles Michelle Obama’s hair, 3/26/09
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