Michelle Obama’s ex-stylist hosts VH1 series with Tamar Braxton

Michelle Obama's ex-stylist hosts VH1 series with Tamar Braxton

Michelle Obama’s former hair stylist, Johnny Wright, is teaming up with Tamar Braxton “To Catch a Beautician” on VH1.

In the series, premiering Monday (9 p.m.), purchasers confront the stylist who botched their hair. Wright then steps in and runs the beautician by way of a “hair boot camp,” giving them pointers from his years of expertise — and an opportunity to redeem themselves by re-styling their disgruntled shopper’s locks.

“I gave up 300 clients back in Chicago in 2017 to pursue a career in television,” Wright tells The Post. “I dreamed of doing this since 2007 … but was interrupted by First Lady Michelle Obama when I first moved to DC to be with her for eight years.”

Johnny Wright
Johnny WrightVH1

Wright, a Chicago native, first met Obama shortly after Barack Obama introduced his presidential run in 2007. “My agent booked me for an Essence magazine cover photo shoot. I did [Michelle’s] hair and we hit it off,” he says. Wright continued as her private stylist from 2009-2017, touring with the Obamas to over 40 nations whereas sustaining a star roster together with Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Lisa Ray McCoy, Janelle Monae, Candace Bushnell and Queen Latifah — charging them from $500-$550 to $5,000 (for a full day of therapy).

“What I want you to take away from this show is how important communication is in every aspect of your life — particularly in the hair salon,” say Wright, who first discovered the way to do hair from his grandmother on the age of three. He graduated from Dudley Beauty College of Chicago (after working on the Ebony Fashion Fair) and earned his magnificence license in 2000. He labored for L’Oreal for 16 years.

“I think there is a language to hair [and] if it’s not moving it has no voice,” he says. “Hair always tells who a woman is. It’s the first thing you see before she speaks … So I look at my career as being a storyteller.”

Singer/actress Braxton (“The Real,” “Braxton Family Values”), who hosts the series alongside Wright, says she will relate to the purchasers on “To Catch a Beautician.”

“The first episode really stands out to me because how many of us have had a weave issue where you feel like somebody was tugging at your hair?,” she says. “On this present you’ll get a glimpse of the actual me and the compassion I’ve for individuals.

“I really want to help them.”

Tamar Braxton and Johnny Wright
Tamar Braxton and Johnny WrightVH1

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