By  on April 22, 2011

As Oprah’s personal hairdresser of 25 years, Andre Walker knows a thing or two about styling to perfection. He also knows about what products to use to achieve a certain look, so a venture into the world of manufacturing was a natural extension. Through a mutual friend, Walker met Lea Black, a noted beauty entrepreneur (over the last 30 years, she has developed Lea Brand Cosmetics, Sudden Youth skin care and Jazz Fragrance for men, to name a few) who already had formulated a root touch-up item for her personal use. Walker and Black immediately bonded, and together they developed Andre Walker Hair Care, a line that includes a Keratin Shampoo ($23), Keratin Conditioner ($23) and Q Quench Essential Oil ($35). Hair Make-up ($12), Black’s original item, received some tweaks, and is part of the line, too.

This story first appeared in the April 22, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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