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Barry Hendrickson

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Many of us strive to make sure that our hair looks great every day. Many women and even men spend hours fixing and adjusting to get that certain look. Well what if you just had chemotherapy and as many of us know, one of the side-effects of the chemo is hair loss. Some have no problem going out in public with no hair though many people look for an alternative so that they may not feel so self-conscious. Our next guest addresses this problem and has a book to help. Our guest today is Barry Hendrickson. Barry is an internationally renowned wig designer and celebrity-stylist. His book which we will talk about today is called “Looking Like You: a step by step guide to medical hair replacement”. The book offers inspiration, fashion and beauty tips as well as expert advice on how to find the perfect wig for women undergoing chemotherapy.

Barry Hendrickson has done everything imaginable in wig design. He got worldwide media attention on CNN’s “Style With Elsa Klencsh” with his wig bar in the ultra-hip Fiorucci store. Cher wore his newly designed spiked wig for her Barbara Walters interview and in hot multi-media fitness ads, giving Barry’s new 80’s punk look instant recognition.

As wig master for the Joffrey Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet” his elaborate creations captured the imagination of the entertainment world. Designing for T.V. and film, Broadway, touring shows, divas and rock bands, it was his dream- come-true to work with many of his favorite stars. The B-52’s huge hit “Love Shack” video featured his favorite 60’s flips and bee-hives, starting a worldwide trend.

Setting up his own Upper West Side salon, Barry Hendrickson’s Bitz-n-Pieces, in 1991 the focus turned to a more natural but equally exciting ready-to-wear concept.

His stunningly lifelike hairline creations shook the world with Ru Paul’s hit video “Supermodel” and in her highly visible campaign for Mac cosmetics, and are featured on his new hit show Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

Many appearances on CNN, The Today Show, The View, Regis Philbin, along with frequent visits to network, cable, and cyberspace have kept Barry Hendrickson in the public’s eye.

By happenstance, many clients began to recommend him to family members who were going through chemotherapy. From asking about their experience and learning about their concerns and needs, he realized that understanding the process and side effects helps relieve anxiety, placing the focus on finding the perfect hair replacement.

Barry’s natural-looking wigs and methods are a welcome solution for clients undergoing chemotherapy treatments. “We need to work on the inside of the head before we work on the outside.” This achieves wonderful results not only for their looks, but also more significantly for their outlook.


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