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Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist, Andre Walker, sent the natural hair world into a tizzy when he made statements in 2011 about kinky hair. He said:

“I always recommend embracing your natural texture. Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing.”

When the backlash from his suggestion reached a fever pitch, Walker countered with this explanation:

“So when I say to embrace your natural texture, but consider relaxing kinky hair, am I contradicting myself? I don’t think so! You see, even relaxed hair can still be worn naturally. If you want a natural look, but find that your kinky hair is difficult to manage, breaks too easily, lacks shine and luster, and limits your preferred styling options, I say feel free to consider a mild chemical relaxer, sometimes called a texturizer, that eases your hair to a more manageable texture and allows you to Make Peace With Your Hair.”

Andre will now help naturals “make peace with” their hair with his own branded line of natural hair products. Instead of the relaxers and texturizers he once suggested, he’ll be shelling sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner and straightening creme.

Via Juicy Magazine:

The Andre Walker Hair line, created for women who are looking to transition and become natural, promises to treat, condition and style African-American, ethnic and textured hair types without the use of chemical relaxers and straighteners.

The line includes an Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo, Ultimate Moisture TKO(Total Keratin Obsession) Conditioner, Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee and Straightening Crème, all to establish hair that is soft, healthy, shiny and manageable.

To accompany the collection’s debut in July, Andre tapped “The Coiffure Project” photographer Glenford Nunez to shoot the advertisements. The product descriptions and Glenford-lensed campaign may signify that Andre Walker is turning over a new leaf when it comes to natural hair.

Are you checking for his new line, Clutchettes?

 

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  1. Melissa

    I also have a kinky hair and I don’t have any problem with it. My secret is in this new product line called Pro Naturals, they have a lot of good stuff for hair. I got their
    shampoo and it’s the best, no frizz, no dryness and much more shine. I got it online so if any ladies out there want to give it a try, there ya go! ;)

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