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Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things 2010
We saved the best for the farewell season—the most fantastical favorite things ever!
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Andre Walker Hair Care Products
She's had hundreds of different hairdos over the years, but one thing that has remained the same, season after season, is the man behind Oprah's mane: Andre Walker. His new haircare line, which is designed for all hair types, is the only thing Oprah uses. "It took him 25 years, but Andre's finally bottled the magic just for you," she says. This ultimate gift set includes keratin shampoo, keratin conditioner, shine-enhancing Q-oil and root-covering hair makeup.

FROM: Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things
Published on November 19, 2010

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    Fresh Holiday Home Decor

    Event planner Debi Lilly shares tips on how to use fresh fruit and flowers in your holiday décor.
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    Fresh Holiday Décor
    Welcome your friends and family to your home this holiday season with festive décor that anyone can create. Event planner Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event shares tips and photos from a family Christmas Eve party she planned for a client in the Chicago area. "It is so much fun to decorate this time of year because you can start in November and continue adding special touches for more than month," she says. "Little extra touches help make the holidays a special experience, and guests notice and enjoy the extra touches too," she says. 

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      Oprah's Gifts That Lift Your Heart
      Oprah's top picks, plus see what Gayle King, Dr. Oz, and Suze Orman are giving this year.

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        4 Rules for Perfect Hair from Oprah's Stylist, Andre Walker
        Oprah's longtime stylist shares his secrets with us.
        Andre Walker
        Photo:George Burns/Stills: Gregor Halenda
        "I'm dying to get my hands in your hair." That's the note stylist Andre Walker sent Oprah in 1985, after seeing her on the talk show AM Chicago. "Back then it was just Oprah, one publicist, and one producer," recalls Walker, who at the time owned a Chicago salon. The bold declaration earned him a tryout, and three years later, he was working with Oprah full-time. After decades of constant styling, Oprah says, Andre is "why I still have my hair." He shared his secrets with us—and gave us the scoop on his new line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.

        1. What are the three things we should all do to have beautiful hair?
        Condition. Condition. Condition. Whether you think you need it or not, use a conditioner every time you shampoo, and slather on a thick hair mask once a week (I just launched a Keratin Mask and Treatment Pak that you can leave on in the shower for five minutes). Restoring moisture to the hair is really important to help repair dry ends and add shine.

        2. Anything we should never do?
        I don't believe you can do two chemical treatments at once and still have healthy hair. If I'm putting a relaxer in her hair, I don't do color. And if I'm doing color, no relaxer. Because heat is also very damaging, I try not to use blow-dryers or irons on Oprah's hair more than three times a week. Lately I've been doing ponytails to stretch the time between blow-dries. With a little height on top, a pony can look very polished.

        3. You've created hundreds of hairstyles for Oprah. What's your favorite?
        I'm happiest with the ones that she's been happiest with. For her 50th birthday, we did a short, choppy look with a bit of a flip. She often looks back and says, "I really love that hairstyle." Of course, she also reminds me of the styles that weren't so great. But in my defense: It was the '80s!

        4. Who did you develop your new line for?
        I wanted products that are appropriate for all hair textures, all ethnicities. Everyone can use my keratin shampoo and conditioner and my hair oil. As the line expands, I'll also develop formulas that target specific needs, like volumizing.


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          Q&A with Andre Walker
          For more than two decades, Oprah's trusted only one man with her hair—stylist extraordinaire Andre Walker. "I've had the same hairdresser for 24 years," she says. "That's why I still have my hair."

          Andre—who's also an interior designer—gives us a quick consultation on the dos and don'ts of keeping African-American hair healthy. (Here's a hint: condition, condition, condition!)
          Andre Walker
          Joan Wagner: How did you get interested in styling hair?

          Andre Walker: As a teenager, I started styling my mother's hair pieces just for fun. She loved the way they turned out, so she started asking me to style them rather than taking them to the beauty parlor (that's what a salon was called then). I would get such a kick out of seeing her wear them out.

          JW: Oprah credits you with keeping her hair healthy for the past 24 years. What can women do to keep their hair healthy?

          AW: Healthy hair is always clean and conditioned. Make sure products such as sprays, gels, waxes, etc. are cleaned from your hair—otherwise you can create buildup, which is very damaging.

          Apply heat such as flat irons, curling irons and blow-drying at a minimum, maybe once or twice a week, as this is very drying. Try pin curling or roller setting in between. 

          Excessive shampooing can strip the natural oils from your hair, which is very important if you chemically treat your hair with color or relaxers. Natural oils add nutrients and moisture.

          JW: What's the most common mistake women make when it comes to their hair—and how can they fix it?

          AW: The most common mistakes I've seen are overcoloring or relaxing. These two processes are very damaging and should be done only when needed. I recommend every six to eight weeks. When you use these processes, you must condition, condition, condition.

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          FROM: Girl Talk About "Good" Hair with Chris Rock
          Published on October 05, 2009

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