If you are up on the latest celebrity trends in the beauty industry, chances are you have heard the name Kiyah Wright.
Kiyah Wright is a two-time, Emmy-winning celebrity hairstylist with more than 15 years in the business. When she is not globe-trotting the planet on celebrity photo shoots, television shows or runways, she is based out of the trendy Warren Tricomi Salon in Los Angeles.
This business savvy hairstylist and entrepreneur juggles many responsibilities. Kiyah is the Founder of the “Muze Hair” hair care styling products including the wildly popular “Last Look” hairspray. She’s even coined the catchphrase, “Let’s get Muzed,” playing off the name of her hair products line. Kiyah aspires to give everyday women that “Hollywood Look.” Anyone that sits in Kiyah’s chair knows that they will be her “muse.”
When Wright is not in the salon, or working on set of “America’s Next Top Model,” ensuring that creator and host Tyra Banks hair is always on point, you can find her performing her duties as a brand ambassador for Clairol Professional as its celebrity colorist. In fact, Wright had just completed a Clairol marathon "Makeover Magic" session with a group of women of various hair textures – from straight to kinky and relaxed to natural.
Wright has styled the locks of entertainers and trendsetters such as Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell and Iman; Grammy-winning artists Beyonce’, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, and Brandy; plus award-winning actresses Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union – just to name a few!
As the newest cast member of the OWN Network’s docu-series, “Love in the City,” Wright shares why she decided to finally star in a series and what we can expect from the show.
Q: Did you ever think that you would be in a docu-series about your life?
KW: No, I didn’t see me being on a show. We had pitched something several years ago, but it was a makeover show. A docu-series about my life, I never thought that I would be doing this. People say to me all the time that I have a great sense of humor and that I should be on TV. It was never like I was trying to pitch a show about my life. The opportunities were coming at me constantly and I finally had to decide to do it or not. I finally made the choice to go for it.
Q: Why did you decide that you wanted to be a part of “Love in the City?”
KW: Well, we’re all really friends. Each of my cast mates (Chenoa Maxwell, Bershan Shaw and Tiffany Jones) are my friends. I was friends with Chenoa Maxwell. Then Bershan Shaw was introduced to Tiffany Jones. If you watch the first sizzle of the show, you’re able to get a good understanding of the series. There are some wild things going on and real life issues happening with each of us. We all have something crazy that’s happening in our lives and these girls are sexy and trendsetting too.
The show was originally titled “Crazy, Sexy, Life.” At the time, the show was first introduced it was a little ahead its time. When the show was first shopped around the networks were not going for something that wasn’t racy or cursing and fighting. That’s what a lot of the networks seemed to want at the time. We pitched the show and we had to come back around again. The tone of reality TV has changed. Our show is a docu-series that highlights our lives and touches on what real women go through and the issues we’re faced with. There are so many women turning 40 who are thinking about having children, surrogacy, dating younger men and facing health issues. Those are real topics that are just as dramatic and you don’t need to have a show where you’re having a drink thrown in your face.
Q: One of the clips from the show is “Kiyah Wants a Baby Daddy." Is this a recent decision to become a mother?
KW: I’ve always wanted to be a mom. People see that I’m very career driven and goal-oriented and they are surprised that I want kids. That’s my personal desire and I’ve always said when I get that husband or that man in my life (that I want and care about) I want to have a kid. I set my goals to have a career, but I guess I didn’t goal to have my kid and family. I always knew that it was something that I wanted to do, but it wasn’t on my priority list at the time, until now as I'm turning 40. The game totally changes when you hit that age. Then you realize the clock is ticking and you start to re-evaluate your life and what’s important to you. I had to ask myself where my priorities lie. Is it really just about my career and do I want to grow old with no children, when I always wanted them? I came to the conclusion that I needed to start now, even if he’s a “Baby Daddy” and not the long-term guy for me in the end - that’s okay too. I don’t have time to play around.
Q: Kiyah medical technology today has afforded you a lot more options such as freezing your eggs, surrogacy and adoption. Is it your desire to carry your own child?
KW: Yes, I want to carry my own child and experience pregnancy. However, I do like that I have options such as surrogacy if there are any complications.
Q: What makes the cast of this show different than some of the really catty female reality shows?
KW: It is actually a docu-series about our lives and not a reality show like most TV shows that are aired. It’s not a traditional reality show where you have a group of women placed onto a cast that don’t know each other. When you do that it’s going to be a little combative and there will be friction and disagreements because there is no common thread there. The cast of ”Love in the City” is a show where we are real friends, we’ve known each other for over 10 years and the things we face dealing with everyday life issues and sharing that with the world.
Q: What can we expect to see this season on the show?
KW: There are quite a few surprises but you’ll need to tune in to find out.
Q: What’s next for you?
KW: In addition to looking forward to our show “Love in the City” 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 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.