Internationally acclaimed hair stylist Johnny O. Gentry is world-renowned. The passion and creativity Johnny brings to his work is inspired by the love he has for his clients and their openness to reinvent themselves to obtain their optimum beauty in hair imaging. Johnny is a free soul who entertains & embodies the spirit of Love. He is an innovative pioneer and hair industry trailblazer offering the best in styling, hair care and trends for the Millennium.
His experience, training, and expertise keep him a step above the rest. Johnny has been summoned by the greats of the entertainment and modeling industries. Superstars entrust him with their beautiful tresses among them Oscar-winner Halle Berry, Grammy Award winners Vanessa Williams, Patti Labelle, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Monica, SWV, Kenny Latimore, Freddie Jackson, and Jennifer Holiday; supermodels- Tyra Banks, Iman, and Veronica Webb, Kimora Lee-Simmons, Tracey Edmonds, Rachel Hunter; and a host of other personalities including Holly Robinson- Peete, Kim Coles, Lelah Rochan, Gabrielle Union, and WB anchor Lynn White. He's styled celebrity guests for Good Morning America, VHI, MTV, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Kathy Lee & Regis, B.E. T., Soul Train, The WB's, Ananda Lewis for her talk show campaign, and The Apollo's own KK Shepard. In the past he's worked with RCA, Arista, Sony, Epic, and Columbia Records styling for many artists album covers.
Johnny's print work has been featured in numerous publications such as: Vogue, Bizarre, Vibe, Maximum, Essence, Ebony, King, Panache, Heart & Soul, Today's Black Woman, Hype Hair, Salon Operations, In Style and Rosie. Johnny often works with top designer houses among them Tommy Hilfiger, Evan Piccone, DKNY, Victoria Secrets, and Baby Phat, adapting his signature look on models for international and national ad campaigns. He has also had the privilege to style the Gold Medallist and International Tennis Champion sisters Venus and Serena Williams for a National Avon cosmetics ad. Johnny's work has been featured on numerous commercials and television spots for; Sears, JC Penny, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy and Parisan. Johnny's hair imaging has appeared on numerous hair care packages and billboards that are sold and seen nationally and internationally his clients Soft Sheen, Luster Products, Pantene Pro V, Proline, Carson, Mizani, Optimum, Soft & Beautiful, Wella, and Clairol.
Johnny Gentry is a color specialist who competed on an award winning platform artist design team. He won many competitions, such as: the IDS Fashion Competition, 1st place ,Bronner Brother Avent Garde Fantasy Competition & Total Fashion, and Fashion By Night, 1 st and 3rd place. He trained at the Escieviera Institute in Atlanta Georgia, while simultaneously completing professional courses on Pivot Point technique at Arnold's International. His salon history includes: Hair Biz, Transformation, Chez Gwen, and the internationally acclaimed James Harris New York Salon. Johnny is a graduate of Bethune Cookman College. He also has a master in Finance. Mr. Gentry is a member of the National Association of Cosmetology, and the Vice President of the New York City chapter for Bethune Cookman College Alumni Association. He also currently sits on the board of the Alumni Association of Kappa Alpha Psi, and he is a member of the Pilgrim Cathedral of Harlem. Johnny's dream of salon ownership was realized in 1994 with the opening of Gallant Salon of New York City, an upscale professional salon that currently provides full service hair care and spa services to a nationally diverse clientele.