Sorry for the lack of posts. We’ve been in Scottsdale since Thursday, and didn’t have ready access to the Internet. So we apologize, and are playing catch-up.
Anyway, Oprah Winfrey’s favorite hair dresser, Andre Walker, had a good launch on HSN.
Walker, seven-time Emmy winner, debuted his hair care products on HSN last Thursday and Friday. Led by the Ultimate Gift Kit, which was recently named one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things,” he sold almost 10,000 units in just over an hour.
Two items — the Shampoo/Conditioner and Hair Make-Up Color Wand — sold out without any air time.
“Following my product launch on Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things,’ I loved being able to connect to the HSN shoppers who can now make peace with their hair,” Walker said in a canned comment.
“I am so excited to have 10,000 new clients all using these formulas I’ve worked on for over two years,” said Walker, who made an appearance on HSN following a tour in Australia as part of Oprah’s final season tapings. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the HSN family and look forward to being at HSN again soon!”
Walker has been in the salon and hair styling business his entire career and began the journey to create Andre Walker Hair about two years ago. His products were originally modeled after his very own custom formulas, which he has used for years on various clients, including Winfrey.
“Andre Walker’s successful launch further reinforces HSN as a favorite destination for beauty,” according to the HSN hype machine. HSN is planning a return visit for Walker in 2011.
Walker, a native of Chicago, won a styling competition that earned him a scholarship to Pivot Point International. His education and training there helped Andre become one of the most respected and famous hair stylists in the industry. Upon graduation, Walker went on to work for some of Chicago’s finest salons before opening his own salon in 1982, where has had many celebrities as clients.
In 1985 Walker joined the “Oprah” staff full-time, and has been with her ever since. His responsibilities have expanded to include many aspects of Oprah’s public image from hair to wardrobe.
Always having the desire to help people with information concerning different hair types as well as styling, in 1997 Walker wrote a self-help book titled, “Andre Talks Hair,” published by Simon and Schuster.
Since then, Walker has traveled the world with Oprah but he also found time to, in Oprah’s words, “give back: by creating a program in Chicago that helped women prepare themselves for interviews to return to the work force.”
Walker also found time to cultivate his other passion, interior design and in 2004 he launched Walker Simmons designs. His work has been featured in many trade magazines including “O at Home” and “Traditional Home.