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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Hairstylist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Early Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Napa Valley
Favorite Quote:
Treat People The Way You Like To Be Treated. -Maya Angelou

Birthplace

Born:
10/19/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Hairstylist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Early Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Napa Valley
Favorite Quote:
Treat People The Way You Like To Be Treated. -Maya Angelou

Birthplace

Born:
10/19/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Hairstylist Andre Walker was born on October 19, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois to Woodrow Walker and Fanny Walker. He attended Kohn Elementary School and Lindbloom Math and Science Academy in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from there in 1974. Walker earned his certificate in cosmetology from the Pivot Point Academy in Bloomingdale, Illinois in 1977.

After graduating from cosmetology school, Walker was mentored by Chicago-stylist Leigh Jones and began working as a hair stylist for the beauty salon at the I. Magnin & Company department store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, under the leadership of stylist Rudi Hooker. In 1980, he established his own studio, the Andre Walker Salon, which he operated until 1987. Walker then joined Harpo Productions as a hair stylist in 1985, and worked as Oprah Winfrey’s personal hair stylist for her many television appearances and for every cover of O, The Oprah Magazine until 2015. Walker also styled the hair of former First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush, and was credited with creating Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry’s signature short pixie haircut. In 2013, Walker and Dianne Hudson, Oprah Winfrey’s executive producer, founded Andre Walker Hair LLC. Two years later, the company launched a new hair care system for naturally textured hair, called The Gold System, as well as The Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Walker also served as an industry advisor to select fashion and trade media outlets, promoting hair care science and education.

In addition to his career in the hair care industry, Walker also published Andre Talks Hair! in 1997. Walker has been the recipient of several awards, including seven Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for his work on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was nominated fourteen times for the award. In 2008, Pivot Point Academy awarded him the L.E.O. Award, which honored the achievements of beauty professionals influenced by school founder Leo Passage. The following year, Walker received the Thurgood Marshall Fashion Icon Award. In 2016, he was presented the Bronner Bros Industry Icon Award as well.

Andre Walker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 6, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Andre Walker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Andre Walker describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Andre Walker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Andre Walker talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Andre Walker describes his father's upbringing and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Andre Walker talks about his parents' move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Andre Walker remembers visiting his paternal grandparents in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Andre Walker remembers his father's stories of lynching
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Andre Walker talks about his father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Andre Walker describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Andre Walker describes his neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Andre Walker describes his experiences of bullying at Alfred D. Kohn Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Andre Walker remembers his academic difficulties
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Andre Walker recalls his early interest in hairstyling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Andre Walker remembers Robert Lindblom Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Andre Walker recalls winning a beauty school scholarship from Pivot Point International
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Andre Walker describes his first hairstyling business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Andre Walker remembers the curriculum at Pivot Point International, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Andre Walker remembers the curriculum at Pivot Point International, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Andre Walker describes his relationship with Leigh Jones
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Andre Walker remembers working at the I. Magnin Salon in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Andre Walker describes his clientele at the I. Magnin Salon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Andre Walker remembers styling Oprah Winfrey's hair
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Andre Walker recalls establishing his hair salons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Andre Walker remembers balancing his salon and personal hairstyling work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Andre Walker describes his approach to styling Oprah Winfrey's hair
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Andre Walker talks about Oprah Winfrey's wigs and weaves
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Andre Walker recalls traveling with Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Andre Walker remembers styling Oprah Winfrey's hair for exercise
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Andre Walker talks about Oprah Winfrey's natural hairstyles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Andre Walker describes his appearances on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Andre Walker talks about hairstyling based on body size
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Andre Walker talks about the changes in Oprah Winfrey's hair style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Andre Walker remembers styling Halle Berry's hair
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Andre Walker talks about his Emmy Awards for hairstyling
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Andre Walker talks about the lighting design on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Andre Walker talks about his compensation as a celebrity stylist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Andre Walker remembers writing 'Andre Talks Hair!'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Andre Walker describes the Andre Walker Hair Typing System
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Andre Walker talks about Walker Simmons Designs, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Andre Walker remembers his parents' reactions to his sexuality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Andre Walker remembers the AIDS crisis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Andre Walker remembers meeting his partner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Andre Walker remembers retiring as Oprah Winfrey's hair stylist, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Andre Walker remembers retiring as Oprah Winfrey's hair stylist, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Andre Walker describes his relationship with Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Andre Walker recalls creating The Gold System hair care line
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Andre Walker remembers launching The Gold System hair care line
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Andre Walker describes his hopes for The Gold System
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Andre Walker reflects upon his life and legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Andre Walker shares his advice to aspiring hair stylists