Kiyah Wright is a celebrity hairstylist and Clairol Professional Brand Ambassador. This two-time Emmy Award winning hairstylist recently finished coiffing creator Tyra Banks for “America’s Next Top Model,” Cycle 21. She’s styled entertainers Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, and Brandy plus award-winning actresses Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union – just to name a few!
When she’s not collaborating with Hollywood’s A-list talent on their clothing lines, television and music projects or feature films, she’s building her own brand, Muze Hair. Muze Hair is a line of hair care products to maintain and treat the tresses, along with the very popular “Last Look” hairspray.
Kiyah shares how she paved her way to become a celebrity hairstylist, the importance of education and the season finale of her hit show on the OWN Network, “Love in the City.”
Q: You’re an accomplished celebrity hair stylist that has paved your own way. What did it take to get to your level of success?
KW: It took a lot of work, sacrifice and focus. I missed out on a lot of things such as family, weddings, having children and relationships meeting my career goals. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about those things it’s that I wanted to establish a legacy for my family.
When I look at my family the end goal doesn’t look as good and I want to change that. I want to establish generational opportunities and wealth for my siblings. That’s when you start to make an impact on your family’s life. As far as property and leaving businesses for your family members long term, that wasn’t taught to me. Thank God my mom had the desire for me to win and she encouraged me to have the drive to strive and win.
My goal is to be The Paul Mitchell of textured hair care. I have my own hair care product line that I’m also looking for investors. I want to offer an array of hair products such as my Muze Hair product line, heat tools, accessories, extensions and wigs. My goal is to provide education and teach hair stylists at the Muze Hair Academy. I’m trying to build a conglomerate and that takes time and really focusing to execute my vision.
Q: Are you still working with “America’s Next Top Model” (ANTM)?
KW: Yes, I just finished shooting ANTM working with Tyra Banks. I managed to squeeze that into my list of duties that needed to be done.
Q: Describe what a week of your life looks like with all that you have going on?
KW: I wake up daily to answer lots of emails, determine what press we’re doing for the show and photo shoots. My days go pretty late. I also have a staff and my own businesses that I have to manage and make sure those things are operating smoothly. I have a lot of things to manage on a daily basis. I’m also a Clairol Professional Color Ambassador. In that role I’m creating and shooting webisodes and editing them. It’s a lot, but I make sure that I get it all accomplished. My assistant plays a great role in ensuring that I keep it together.
Q: You’re a Clairol Professional Brand Ambassador which is a significant milestone for a hairstylist.
KW: Yes, it is. I’ve been with Clairol for 3 years and it’s a huge accomplishment. I am proud to be a part of a hair care brand like Clairol that I was raised on. It is such an established brand that I grew up with as a newbie hair stylist and they are like family. It feels good to be right at home. Clairol is supportive of all of my endeavors and they are so informative. I have really enjoyed working with them.
Q: What’s next for Kiyah Wright?
KW: In addition to “Love in the City,” wrapping, I really want to build out my product line for textured hair and establishing myself as the “Go To” brand for anyone with textured hair. We don’t have trendsetting African American brands that are doing that. I want to make all of that happen. We’re in an age of DIY (Do It Yourself) and YouTube is a big part of that. That’s why the Clairol Professional series videos are so important. Women are able to learn tips and techniques from a professionally trained hair stylist and colorist when doing their own hair at home.
Q: You recently did a makeover series, tell us more?
KW: Yes, we did a makeover series with Clairol called “Makeover Magic,” where we took everyday women giving them hair solutions and how to maintain the look. It was so rewarding and a lot of fun!
Q: Education is very important to you. How do you educate your peers?
KW: I love educating people and I think it is key in growing your business and clientele. I do classes on various hair topics.
On June 8, 2014, I have a seminar, Perfect Your Weaves and Increase Your Income” in Los Angeles. Hair extensions are big business but they need to be properly done. I want to share that knowledge so that hairstylists are getting the information and tools that they need to be successful.
We’re offering attendees a special discount on high-quality hair extensions from Princess Hair Shop to use with their clients, if they desire. If you’re using or offering poor quality hair, you’ll have dissatisfied customers in the end.
We’re starting the seminars in Los Angeles on June 8th, and adding more cities and dates. All the information to enroll and upcoming classes is available on my website.
Q: Do you find “Love in the City” this season?
KW: You’ll need to tune in Saturday, May 24th, 10 pm on the OWN Network to find out.
We’re excited to find out if Kiyah really does find love this season!
Watch the season finale of “Love in the City,” Saturday, May 24th, 10 pm on the OWN Network.
To sign up for Kiyah Wright’s June 8, 2014 seminar “Perfect Your Weaves and Increase Your Income” in Los Angeles, or upcoming classes visit her education site
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