*We caught up with Chicago-based celebrity hair stylist AJ Johnson in Los Angeles ahead of the June 3rd premiere of his new Style network reality series “Chicagolicious.”

“It’s just the lifestyle of a high end salon dealing with socialites, celebrities, athletes and very high end people in Chicago and making them look good,” he says of the show. “And it’s very entertaining.”


As previously reported, cameras follow the colorful hair diva and his nine-member team at AJ’s Salon, where the celebrity clientele includes hometown girl Jennifer Hudson as well as other prominent African American women who happen to “roll through” the Windy City.

Now mind you, the definition of “celebrity” is a bit different in Chi-town. He explains below.

“Chicagolicious” will show the stylists hooking up red carpet looks for clients, working fashion runway events and competing against hair rivals. The series also captures Johnson’s dealings with his staff. “We’re all from different parts of Chicago and different parts of the world, but I am like the chain link that holds them all together,” he says.

(l-r) MaCray Huff, Katrell Mendenhall, AJ Johnson, Austin Darling

The 10-episode season premieres Monday, June 11 at 9/8c on Style. Watch a promo below.