BEHIND THE ARTIST w/ KIYAH WRIGHT

At just 14, Kiyah Wright knew her destiny rested in her own hands, literally.


Emmy Award winning celebrity hair stylist, Kiyah Wright has created signature looks for celebrities like Mary J. Blige, Tyra Banks, Iggy Azaela, Brandy, Jennifer Hudson to name a few.
Kiyah's life long goal is to be a voice and brand for textured hair and has developed her own line of products including wigs, tongs and product sold through Muze Hair.

How did you get your start in the industry?
My start in the industry began when I met entertainment mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs. I call those years the Diddy years when music was at it’s height. After meeting Diddy, I started working with artists like Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans and from there my career took off.

Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I am a salon stylist first, so I find that my styles are a little more polished and neat. My work, however, is pretty broad because over the years, I have learned how to do editorial hair, hair for TV hair and salon hair.

What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
Moving from different cities is always challenging because you have to start over again. In DC I had a huge clientele base but when I moved to LA, I had to start growing my clientele all over again and maintain the same level of success. It’s always a challenge moving to a new city but I have always managed to come up with creative ways to draw in new clients and stay on top of new trends.

Must have tool or products for your kit?
Dry Shampoo
Le Angelique 1in Flat Iron
Tancho Stick

Who are the role models who have inspired you?
Tyra Banks
Sean “Diddy” Combs (Puffy)
Steve Harvey

What's the next big trend you're starting to see sneak in? 
Braids are in right now. Wigs, or as I like to call them Hair Accessories, are a lot more popular now too.

When working with a celebrity how much creative input do you have ?
I have a lot of creative input when working with a celebrity, but I like to let the clothes dictate what the look should be.

Top 3  Instagram accounts?
Muze|Hair
Puff Daddy
Spiritual Word

What do you enjoy to do when the brushes are down?
I love going to the movies and with my schedule being so busy, it’s always nice to relax at home.

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