Johnny Wright is a Chicago native hairstylist (but you may also know him as HOTUS (Hairstylist of the United States).

Wright first became fascinated with beauty thanks to his grandmother on both sides of his family, his father and his uncles. His father had a barbershop when he was younger, his uncles did hair.

He started working on tresses before he was even 15. In 2002, Wright took on a role with L’Oréal, which he held for about 16 years before becoming lead educator and then artistic style director. He later left the gig to move to Los Angeles in 2007.

In 2007 his agent phoned him telling him that Obama had announced his presidential candidacy two weeks earlier and that there was an opportunity to style Michelle Obama’s hair at a photo shoot for Essence.

From that moment he continued styling her hair for TV appearances whenever she was in LA, while working at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in Beverly Hills at the same time. After styling her hair for the DNC in 2008 and for a Vogue cover in 2009, he was asked by Michelle to move to Washington D.C. to be her personal hairstylist.

Eight fruitful and eventful years in the White House followed.

His roster of clients includes Michelle Obama, Tamron Hall, Kerry Washington, Queen Latifah, Janet Mock and Regina King to name a few.

In 2020 he took part in a VH1 show called To Catch a Beautician, in which he calls out beauticians on their poor-quality work on hair and helps them understand how they can be better.

He currently has a chair at Salon Kazumi in Beverly Hills.