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Throughout Michelle Obamas time in the White House, we have been dazzled by her wisdom, grace, service, and, let’s be totally honest, that HAIR.

Her black tresses are literally the crown on her head, with each strand glimmering with health and prosperity.

Given that Michelle is the first Black woman to ever grace the halls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we’ve been wondering, did she bring a Black hair stylist into the White House with her? Because we know, as Black women, we are super sensitive about who touches our delicate locks.

Now we have a little insight into the sorceress behind the Black Girl Magic of the FLOTUS’ hair.

It all started with a tweet:

So, of course, we did our research and discovered that Instagram stalked the stylist:

Most people know of Johnny Wright, the hair stylist behind some of Michelle’s most memorable looks (including last night’s at the DNC), but Yene Damtew is the queen of the flawless color execution you see on the first lady’s hair. She’s also the stylist for the Obamas’ daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Yene is a Washington, D.C.-based stylist who has blessed the heads of Michelle, reality star Cynthia Bailey, and actress Tracee Ellis Ross. A California native, the Ethiopian-American woman packed up her bags and moved to the nation’s capitol to become the personal hair stylist to the Obamas.

HelloBeautiful caught up with the talented hairdresser and talked to her about what it’s like to style such high-profile clientele:

“I’m humbled, and it’s a lifetime experience. Johnny [Michelle’s primary stylist] saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. And there was something he helped cultivate to make me the woman that I am. It’s an honor.”

She also takes a holistic approach to hair care, recommending that Black women keep their bodies healthy to encourage healthy hair growth.

“Healthy hair is good hair is my philosophy. Make sure you’re healthy. Exercise, make sure you’re drinking enough water, and you’re iron and vitamin C levels are where they need to be. There are a lot of fads and people are quick to say, ‘If I take this, my hair is going to grow.’ But everyone’s body is different. Make sure you’re working with a hair stylist and your doctor to figure out — if there is something going on in your hair, there’s probably something going on internally. Make sure you are healthy in all aspects of your life.”

Major key.

So now that we know her name, how long is her waiting list for appointments?

You can check out more information about Yene on her website.

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter


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