Michelle Obama’s Hairstylist Knows His Boundaries

Now we know the secret to that volume. Photo: Getty Images

You'll be glad to know Team Obama takes the matter of Michelle Obama's hairstyling very seriously. Frederic Fekkai stylist Johnny Wright has been doing the potential First Lady's hair for a year, after she liked his work for her Ebony photo shoot so much she rang him up and asked him back. And thus he's landed the all-important gig styling Obama's hair during the Democratic National Convention in Denver next month. He tells BellaSugar:

You know, I was very nervous with that particular booking. I was highly screened before I was even allowed to walk into her room — and I totally understand that. Whatever it took for me to be booked with her … It’s just great working with her. She’s never picky; she never asks me for things I probably can’t do. She’s very understanding.


Then again, it's not like Team Obama-Wright have many options because, well, America would absolutely freak out if she did anything close to experiment with her style (but let's be honest: "Flip-flopper" allegations get so old, so fast). Wright continues:

The foundation of any hairstyle is the cut. That’s one thing we focus on doing very well here at Fekkai. With that, I am able to switch the hair into like maybe two, three different looks. We try not to give her too many different variations. People want to see her with the same style, especially when it comes to politics; there’s a lot of scrutiny when you’re in that arena.


…Sometimes I flat-iron her hair under, or I use a ceramic curling iron to flip it out at the ends a little bit. With a flat iron she’s going to be able to lock the moisture in the hair. Because she has to get her hair done so often, the flat iron is probably the best tool for her. For an updo, I might do some cascading curls according to how formal the event she’s attending is, but mostly I give her a clean sweep up.

Cascading curls?! That sounds so lovely. Dramatic and daring. But is America ready for that? We're not even sure we're ready for that. We can only take so much fabulous.

Bella Interview: Johnny Wright, Hairstylist [BellaSugar]