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Oprah’s Hair Stylist Has A Boatland Of Sellouts With HSN’s Debut Of His Hair Care Line

December 21, 2010

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.

Oprah’s Hairstylist To Launch Hair Care Line, Which Is On The Big ‘O’s Favorite List, On HSN

December 14, 2010

Andre Walker, seven-time Emmy winner and hair stylist to Oprah Winfrey for the last 25 years, will launch a hair care collection on HSN Dec. 16 and 17, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

The collection, which was recently added to Oprah’s annual “My Favorite Things” list, is four products formulated for all hair types, including Caucasian, Latin, African-American, bleached, color-treated, fine, coarse, smooth, straight and curly. Walker will join HSN this week fresh off the farewell season ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ tapings in Australia.

Andre Walker's collection is one of Oprah's Favorite Things

Walker’s products were originally modeled after his very own custom formulas, which he has used for years on various clients, including Winfrey. Walker’s formulas include whole leaf aloe vera, virgin Moroccan argan oil, green tea leaf extracts, protein building keratin and other fine natural ingredients that promote overall health, manageability and radiant shine.

“It is very important to me to deliver the results promised by my products, and I consistently see the transformation of my clients’ hair with these unique ingredients,” Walker, who is launching a gift set on HSN just in time for the holidays, said in a canned statement. “HSN customers are savvy, very knowledgeable about beauty and hair care — and they recognize the value HSN will bring to them. It was the perfect fit.”

Andre’s Ultimate Gift Set includes the following beauty products packaged in a perfect ready-to-go bundle. The gift is $65.

It includes:

Keratin Shampoo, a gel that produces very little lather but leaves the hair ultra clean in preparation for the conditioning step

Keratin Conditioner, a formula that deeply strengthens, hydrates and promotes incredible softness and shine

“Q” Oil — a weightless serum that smoothes, adds brilliant shine, nourishes and hydrates every hair type.

Hair Make-Up — available in five shades, a duo applicator wand that dries in seconds leaving a natural looking shine and color that compliments and enhances your current shade

Walker will debut on HSN Thursday next week at 8 p.m. with additional shows next Friday at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.

A preview of the collection is already posted on www.hsn.com.