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Celebrity Stylist Barry Fletcher on: Living With Your Hair

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Celebrity Stylist Barry Fletcher, Courtesy Photo

Celebrity Stylist Barry Fletcher, Courtesy Photo

Published on: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Barry Fletcher, Special to The Sentinel

Women young-to-mid-age, exhibit an overwhelming preoccupation with their hair and, sadly, in their later years with the lack thereof. Everything in our lives affects our hair, for better or worse. Our hair is the single most popular part of our anatomy. It affects our psyche. The way our hair looks, feels, moves and smells, can determine whether our day is heavenly or hellish.

Contrary to popular belief, hair is a living organism, like skin, teeth and nails, the hair extracts its nourishment from the blood stream. This is why diet plays such an important role in the maintenance of healthy hair. During my 30 years as a hairstylist, I’ve treated the spectrum of emergency beauty ailments, chronic hair abuse, habitual scalp battering, chemically dependent perm -disorder, and tortured stress syndrome. This is the reason I wrote the book “Why Are Black Women Losing Their Hair?” and created a holistic line of “Moisture Therapy” hair-care products. 

I am the only African American hairstylist in the country with a full line of hair-care products, tools, and books for women of color.

The battle scars of our never-ending hair wars are impossible to miss. Hair breakage, excessive dryness, inadequate hair growth, and even balding are constant concerns. These are some of the topics I will be addressing in this column weekly so readers feel free to email me your concerns.

 There’re many factors that come into play when discussing hair thinning, breakage and loss. Some factors are external such as the environment, hair services, and daily home care. Other factors are internal and include: stress; medication; poor dieting; fluctuation in hormone levels from birth control pills; iron deficiency; pregnancy; menopause; hormone treatments; thyroid problems, and poor blood circulation. 

 I believe hair loss is an issue that has not been thoroughly studied or challenged. Now more than ever, empirical studies are necessary. Regardless of your ethnicity, all hair reaches its optimum strength and integrity after a person reaches puberty. By the age of 35, almost 40% of women demonstrate some sign of hair thinning according to the New England Journal of Medicine. But that doesn't mean that anyone should give up on the attainable goal of a lifetime of healthy hair… just keep reading my column. I still practice hair care at The Hair Palace Salon in Mitchellville MD, so if you see hair coming out in your comb, get a real pro on the phone.  More information is available online:

Next week: The Psychology of Hair Weaves 



Reader Comments - 2 Total

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Posted By: SANDRA VANN-DYSON On: 1/25/2014

Title: seasoned stylists

very proud to watch Barry over the years.It's always a blessing to see someone stay on top of the hair GAME. 40 years for me this year. Hope to see him next month in ATL

Posted By: Dr. Diane Moore-Eubanks On: 1/24/2014


I am a testimony to the outstanding hair care products created by Barry Fletcher. I have been a client for the last 20 years. He has transformed my dry breaking hair to shiny 18 inch long healthy hair.


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