Oprah Winfrey may have ended her 25-year run as America’s favorite talk show host four years ago, but she hasn’t slowed down, making headlines with her new shows on OWN thanks to her interviews with celebrities including Danny Pintauro, Holly Madison and Ali MacGraw.
But longtime Oprah fans might really want a check in with her hairstylist of 30 years, Andre Walker. How longtime are we talking? “We started working together in 1985. We were both babies. I owned a salon in Chicago and Oprah had just started doing a local TV show,” he says. “When I saw her I thought this woman really has ‘it’ — but her hair was never consistent. So I sent her some flowers and a note saying, ‘I’d really like to get my hands in your hair.’ She called me the next day and the rest is history! There was no way either of us could have predicted back then what our lives would be like today.”
Oprah invited Walker on her show to talk about their latest adventures — and his brand new haircare line — and before the show airs, we chatted with him about all things Oprah hair. (You know you want to know.)
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