Two-time Emmy award-winning celebrity hairstylist, Kiyah Wright has been serving looks left and right over the years on our favorite celebrities. Building confidence and showcasing sexy through her clients is what she does and she does it so effortlessly. The fashion powerhouse went from styling hair to establishing her own range of developments within the industry over the course of her career. We wanted to catch up with her to talk about her groundbreaking innovations, clients, and much more!
Why hair? When did you know that this was something you wanted to pursue in life?
I had a natural liking to hair when I was about ten years old. My grandmother had a salon so I would go to the salon and work in her salon. I did simple things. By the time I was 16-years-old, I was in hair school. I graduated at 17-years-old. It was just progressive. I would sneak people in the basement to do their hair to make a little money so I could buy clothes. It started out innocent and then I realized it was really going to be my career. My mom put me in hair school before she passed away. I took up cosmetology as a trait and it sort of spiraled from there. That’s when I knew it was official. I was making $1,000 a week so young just doing hair, that’s when I really knew this was it!
Tell us about the inspiration to create Muze Hair.
I had been working with Tyra Banks since 2005. I just got to Los Angeles, my salon clients were booming, and I got Tyra. I ran with Tyra for years. On my way out, I won Emmys, and I wanted to know what was next? I wanted to start a product line, an agency. I started to represent other talent and noticed so many people were multi-faceted. That’s what I wanted to represent multi-faceted people. I realized I couldn’t manage being a talent and having a management agency so I thought, what else? A year later, I started Muze Hair products because it was the way I could touch everyone and bring them beauty solutions. DIY, tutorials, and bring them products. It was one designation. Most people own products are in corporations so as a stylist that touches hair everyday, I believe I know what the hair needs.
You’ve worked with numerous celebrities in the span of your career but is there one that has left a special mark on you?
Hmm.. Probably working with Jennifer Hudson. Her hard work is incredible. She’s grown from coming the Southside of Chicago to losing her family. She really stays in course no matter what. She didn’t let herself go. Tyra Banks also! Her entrepreneurship and staying relevant shows that she’s always striving for more. She’s practical, so practical! (Laughs).
Are there any upcoming projects you could give us insight into? What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Well, I’m working on my book. I wanted to leave something that leaves a mark. I’m creating something that will be educational yet entrepreneurs and hairstylists need. I’m activating my philanthropic side. This month I’m working on lupus. Next month, I want to do a campaign on lupus to show how you can care for your scalp while dealing with lupus. In addition, I’ll be expanding my Muze Hair line. It’s more than just hair extensions and wigs, I want to really start my brand.
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