Oprahâs Hair Guru Debuts New Collection for Natural Hair<br />

Celebrity Hair Stylist, Andre Walker Debuts New Natural Hair Line, The Gold System

 

We were all captivated when Oprah debuted her natural hair on the cover of September 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, and the hair stylist behind it took note. Andre Walker, Oprah's long time hair guru, will debut his first natural hair care system for women of color, The Gold System has launched and beauty insiders are already excited about the product. Walker sat down to chat with EBONY.com to talk about his new natural hair care system and gave us some expert tips on keeping our locks healthy. 

EBONY.com: I love the fact that you have a product for natural, curly girls who may want to go straight as well. So many companies forget that wearing your hair straight doesn't mean it isn't natural ! What influenced you to include the Get It Straight Styling Crème?

AW: I agree with you that natural hair can also be worn straight, and yes, many companies forget that option. The Gold System is a complete system that allows you to get rid of all the clutter, all the mixing of products, trying to find good results that never really happen. With this system, you wash in clean moisture (sulfate free), condition in keratin strength, then choose the leave-in styling cream for natural kinks or curls, or the style cream for going straight with heat. That's it! And I love the gold and rich chocolate brown design, so I made sure that The Gold System looks good in your bathroom too!

EBONY.com: What is your take on the "completely natural" products that some women with natural hair use? For example, essential oils as conditioners and apple cider vinegar as a co-wash. Do you think their strands miss out on important moisturizers that products like yours offer?

AW: I do not believe you are getting the best available if you limit yourself to "completely natural."  I prefer to take the best of both worlds -- nature and science.  For example, The Gold System is designed for kinky and curly hair types.  I use natural African Mongongo Oil in the line because it has been used for centuries to soften and moisturize dry hair. There are numerous other oils and natural extracts in my products too.  And only the best quality oils, which is also important. But all those oils and nutrients will literally sit on top of the hair and damage your clothes and furniture, without giving your hair maximum benefit, unless scientific technology is used to optimize the delivery system.  All that good stuff needs to go INSIDE the hair. And then some of it needs to coat the hair without rubbing off. You want moisture, strength, shine, and flexibility. If we can add a little science to increase your hair health, keep that hair from drying out and breaking, make you happy with the results you see in the mirror, I say go for the Gold!

EBONY.com: The Curling Crème seems to be the star of the set. Us natural girls have such a hard time trusting curling crèmes because they can either make our hair crunchy and hard or dry and brittle. What is it about your Curling Crème that the everyday natural girl will love?

AW: Oh, I know what you mean! I know the creams and gels are tried and discarded and cursed and then tried again!  Here's what we did: My partner at Andre Walker Hair, Dianne Hudson, did the Big Chop, down to an inch of natural virgin hair.  Then we started formulating and testing on her. Creating the Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo, and improving my famous TKO Conditioner didnt take long. But creating the best style cream for kinks was a challenge.  I wanted no crunch, no flakes, no dryness.  I wanted to see shine, curl pattern definition, flexibility, and hold. I wanted it to offer the best qualities of a cream and the best qualities of a gel. That's why I ended up calling it a Crème Gelee. I wanted it to be the best available anywhere, and we did not stop until we got the results I wanted. Dianne was washing and testing all the time for over a year before we started seeing the results I wanted. We named it Beautiful Kinks because that's what you get. Of course, curly girls can use it to get beautiful curls. But I wanted the kinky girls, like Dianne, to know this is formulated especially for them.  Because kinky girls are not curly girls. Kinky girls are kinky girls, and we need to stop selling curl products to them. It is the other way around. Kinky products work for curls too. But curl products do not work for kinks!  

EBONY.com: Where can your products be purchased?

AW: The Gold System, and all my products, can be purchased at AndreWalkerHair.com. We have