Lisa Akbari, The Hair Doctor

The Black Woman's Guide to Beautiful Hair: A Positive Approach to Managing any Hair Type and StyleQ: I’m just starting to take care of my hair. You list so many amazing books, but I don’t know where to start.

A: I am a huge fan of Lisa Akbari. You should check out her website. One of my favorite hair books is Lisa Akbari’s The Black Woman’s Guide to Beautiful Hair. I purchased it used for $5 and it was the best $5 I’ve ever spent on my hair. It’s one of the first books I read. The deep condition and recondition method that I talk about a lot on the blog is a tip that I got from her book and it saved my hair.

  • foreverinbloom

    I live in Memphis, TN and had Lisa analyze my hair when I was 12. My hair just didn't seem to want to grow. She pointed out that I had 3 different textures (like most African American people) on my head. This didn't mean much to me until I did the Big Chop this past December and saw exactly what she was talking about. I'm 26 now. She advised my mom to stop using hot combs on my head and for the summer of '93 to wash, condition and plait my hair. Leave it alone! She sold my mom this set of green apple scented shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, and something else I can't remember. My hair grew so much, but only on the left side. The right side always has grown slower, so my mom had to cut all that new hair off and start over. I didn't really heed her advice in taking care of my hair after that happened (it wasn't her fault); instead, I stopped using her products and got a perm! BIG MISTAKE :( Now I have a new head of hear thanks in large part to enlightenment from reading Mrs. Akbari and other authors' books.

    Sidenote: The one thing that bothered me was she brought her twin daughter's out so I could see their hair when trying to sell my mom her products. She was like, "Look how much their hair has grown!" Their hair was all the way down to their butts, but I was like, "Their hair texture and length was not because of the products, but due to the fact that their dad was from India". I ain't that stupid :/

  • Anonymous

    I went to Dr. Akbari's clinic for the initial hair and scalp analysis, which proved to be very rewarding. I had thinning temples and didn't know what the problem could have been. While at the analysis, I saw my trouble areas and other new areas where my hair was thinning. Of course, Dr. Akbari set me up for 12 treatments and told me that my hair would grow back within a year. Despite the fact that the treatments were in-clinic (and I was driving 1.5 hours to get there), she really had me sold on everything, so I decided to give her a try.

    The first time I came in for a treatment, the cost was $20 more than all the other treatments–not because they were doing something extra to your hair, bust instead because they put you in a room listening to calming music to have a spa-like experience. I must admit that I do think my hair was improving, but my problem was that there was no real guarantee of when I would see major results. Dr. Akbari told me herself one time frame–which I believed. Another person at the shop told me a completely different time frame–which I should not have listened to. All this did was give me the impression that I would be going to her for years and I just couldn't afford that. Needless to say, because of the economy and my own finances, I had to stop going. I really wish she would have gave me home recommendations instead of requiring me to come to her clinic for all of the treatments. If she would've just sold me some products to use on my hair, we would have came out much better–she would have gotten her money and I would've gotten my hair. I mean I could be wrong, but isn't that what most other doctors do–give you a prescription for medicine and have you take it at home rather than requiring you to come to their office every time you need a dose. But I digress….

  • Anonymous

    I too am a client of Dr. Akbari and am satisified with my experience so far. Dr. Akbari explained to me during my analysis the amount of hair growth that I could expect, and so far that has been pretty accurate. Because I work and have children with a busy schedule, it was hard for me to get in every week for my treatments. Dr. Akbari created a program for me that I could use along with her products at home. The thing I really liked about it was that it went step by step what I needed to do. I currently come in ever other week for treatment and then follow the program she wrote for me in between times. I even have a hair consultant that calls me every week to check on my progress.