We all know the term "bad hair days" and sometimes they stretch on for months and months (Please.. let’s NOT go there).  Sometimes we have ignored our hair and it’s cries for help (can you hear it screaming at you "save me, save me"?) and sometimes it just gives up and breaks off.  Or maybe you have mistreated it by turning it different colors (ruh-oh.. bad color job) or used the wrong products or tools (oops. I knew I left that flat iron on too long. I could smell the scent of fried hair!)

Barry Reitman, a master stylist at Juan Juan Center in Beverly Hills has worked on many a celeb head– and many more that aren’t celebs (including mine!). After 25 years as a stylist, he’s fun and fabulous at what he does-which is amazing cuts and color. He’s a great "go-to" person when you have a problem. Barry’s even better if you keep him as your regular stylist. Who better to ask about hair problems than "the master", Barry Reitman.

LA STORY presented Barry wtih several "myths" or suggestions or problems and asked for his opinion and what to do about it.  Here are the questions– and straight answers that we got from Barry!

I heard that

Coloring my hair can cause cancer?
"The Food and Drug Administration has found no direct link to hair dye. Hair dye is not a major public health concern." 

Prescription drugs affect the condition of my hair?
"Some commonly prescribed prescription drugs can cause temporary hair loss, trigger the onset of male and female pattern baldness, and even cause permanent hair loss."

My hair grows faster in summer months?
"There are many people who swear their hair grows faster in the summer. The rate of hair growth is unique for each individual and is totally independent of weather or climate conditions. Hair length generally grows up to 1/2 inch per month no matter the month."

I shouldn’t color my hair when pregnant?
"It is always recommended you consult first with your physician."

Split ends can be repaired?
"Split ends cannot be repaired and should be cut off immediately or they will split even higher and cause further damage."

Stress can affect my hair’s condition?
"A sudden or stressful event can cause the hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and enter into a dormant phase. The hair will then stay in this phase for about 3 months after which time a large amount of hair can sometimes shed. In most cases the hair loss is temporary and the hair will soon recover."

When growing out my hair longer, I should get it cut more often? "When letting your hair grow longer, having regular haircuts will remove split ends and keep the hair looking thick and full at the bottom." 

Shampooing my hair daily will dry it out?
"The right shampoo for your hair type and texture will actually add moisture, body and luster to your hair.  The key is to finding the correct shampoo designed for your hair."

FYI:  Check out the Juan Beverly Hills line of shampoos, conditoners and treatments– also Barry has another podcast on the Beauty Buzz Blog that talks about deep conditoning too.

I need to change shampoos and conditioners often?
"Many people swear that their hair will become immune to the benefits of the same shampoo used over time.  There is no scientific evidence to prove this myth."

I can use lemon juice to lighten my hair?
"Never use lemon juice to lighten hair. If it does anything at all it will make your hair turn orange in color. Also it will dry the hair out and leave it brittle."

Now there are more questions to ask! Feel free to email them to me at stevie@fashiontribes.com and I will create a blog or podcast that answers those questions. However refer to the podcast above for some deep conditioner recommendations and the common misconceptions that people have about hair listed above that Barry has addressed.

If you check out the product recommendations he makes on the podcast and  treatment suggestions here, your hair will be beau-tee-full in nothing flat.  (and it won’t be flat either-just lush, beautiful hair!)


For a consultation or appointment call Juan Juan Center: 310-246-0808. Juan Juan Center is located at 9675 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

Go see Barry Reitman!! He’s worth it!!

See you at Juan Juan

Stevie Wilson

L.A. Story


Author: Stevie Wilson

Digital and social media pioneer and visionary meets disruptive innovator with a passion for topics and conversations that reveal insight into the So. California lifestyle. LA-Story.com appeals to a global audience (from Asia to Africa; Middle East to Europe, No. America to Latin America) in variety of topics and sectors: style (beauty and fashion), health & fitness, entertainment (movies, TV, books, music and more) ; food, beverages & spirits; IT Security + tech , travel, special events (red carpet to green carpet) I am known for interviews ( podcasts , textual and video conversations) with notables, celebrities and companies about interesting products & brands; profiles about places that reflect the So. CA vision and special events (Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys & other events that illustrate celebrity , athletes and home-town "stars" lifestyle and initiatives.) that illuminate the insider's perspective of So. California's lifestyle . Learn what's hot in Los Angeles, NYC, MIami and stops closer to home that make this blog a must-read because the voice, attitude, authenticity and ability to grasp the essence of most sectors, brands & products make it easy for consumers to earn what makes a brand, initiative or product unique - whether, food, fashion or finance (or any other topic "on the table") With 15+ Years online launching websites, online magazines, forums, products & brands, my voice, authenticity and ability to grasp the essence of most sectors, brands & products make it easy for me to share what the online audience and consumers alike want to learn- how to shop, live and reflect the lifestyle they wish to emulate. Need to leverage digital and social media space? Reach out to me!

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