"I've been with Andre for 30 years—longer than I've been with Stedman!" says Oprah, who met her hair guru in 1985
, when she was the host of AM Chicago
and Walker sent her a note saying he could make her hair look better. "And we've never had a fight." Now, three decades and countless cans of hairspray later, Walker is transitioning from his day-to-day styling duties to focus on his haircare line, available at AndreWalkerHair.com
. Fittingly, his last O
cover—this month's glam trifecta—showcases his incredible range. "Andre can create so many styles," says O
director Adam Glassman. "But he always makes sure Oprah looks like Oprah." As for the man himself: "Working with Oprah has been life changing," says Walker. "It's taken me from the White House to the slums of Mumbai to Tina Turner's house in the South of France. And along the way, it's given me a great spiritual teacher."
The End of an Era
Walker and his successor, Nicole Mangrum
Oprah and Walker roll with it.
Fashion editor Jenny Capitain, Glassman and Oprah raise a glass to their mane man.