Limerick-born hair beauty icon John Barrett sadly passes away. Picture John Barrett Salon/Instagram
New York City salon shares a heartfelt tribute to world-renowned Limerick-born hair beauty icon John Barrett
The world of beauty has suffered a profound loss and is remembering an icon as Limerick-born John Barret has passed away.
The sad news was announced through the celebrity hair-stylist salon’s Instagram page on Wednesday, August 9 in a message of sorrow and admiration for the 66-year-old.
The statement reads, “On behalf of The John Barrett Salon Team, we regretfully announce with great pain, the passing of our founder and owner, the legendary John Barrett.”
The announcement made by the salon spoke of a man who “lit up any room that he walked into with his charm, wit and candour”, it continues, “His superhuman talent was his ability to make anyone who sat in his chair feel like the most beautiful person in the world. He lived by the phrase, ‘It’s not just about the hair, it’s about the care.’ He cared with great passion for his beloved family, salon and staff.”
Barrett grew up in Limerick before moving to London as a teenager where he became a hairdressing apprentice. He then moved to Los Angeles where he became acquainted with celebrities and fashion editors.
Moving to New York in the 90s he opened a salon at the Bergdorf Goodman Building overlooking Central Park where he went on to become one of the hair beauty industy’s most important figures working with clients such as Hilary Clinton, Vanity Fair fashion market editor Isabella Behrens, and most notably Princess Diana.
The tribute paid by the salon on Instagram made mention of his clientele saying, “Now, more than ever, we will come together as the JB Family that John so proudly created and cared for, and continue working hard to make our clients from N.Y.C. and afar look and feel their best,” the announcement continued.”
It concluded with a message for the late hair stylist, reading, “John — We will always miss you, love you and we will carry on in your honor and memory. Thank you for all you have done for us and the beauty industry. Rest in peace our dear friend.”
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