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Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me: Over 4,000 Products Reviewed, Plus the Latest Hair-Care Information Paperback – August 31, 2004


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  • Paperback: 706 pages
  • Publisher: Beginning Press; 3rd edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877988316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877988318
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative book.
Suzanne DeZerga
So while the hair book doesn't SEEM as bad as the cosmetic book, it's actually worse because you can't tell facts from advice that will make your hair fall out.
The Taminator
Now I can buy the right drugstore and/or salon products.
P. Strickland

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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Groovy Vegan VINE VOICE on October 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
For years I purchased expensive salon shampoos touting moisturizing properties for dry hair, only to have them dry out my hair. Finally I stumbled across a shampoo for dry hair that along with its conditioner, not only doesn't dry out my hair but leaves it looking shining. If I had first consulted Paula Begoun's book, I would have save myself a lot of money and bad hair days! I looked up all those shampoos claiming to moisturize dry hair, and Paula writes that they can dry out hair. I looked up the shampoo that worked and Paula not only gives it a favorable review, she lists it in "The Best Products" chapter under "Dry to very dry scalp and hair of any thickness." I appreciate that her product reviews contain a smiley, frowning or neutral face for quick reference, price per volume, a listing of what's in the product, and a statement or 2 about product, often with a mention of the type of hair it will or will not work well with.
In addition to 362 pages of product reviews and a 62 page section listing the best products for shampooing, conditioning and styling all types of hair, 191 pages provide an education about hair and the hair care industry. Among the topics covered are: Common ingredients in shampoos and why they're there, scientific causes of bad hair days, hair care basics, perming hair, coloring hair, and many more as you can see in the index. I'm not a cosmetologist, but Paula's information basically agrees with what my trusted hair stylist tells me. Also, I appreciate that Paula devoted a chapter to animal testing and gives a 1999 list of companies that do and do not test on animals, along with a website for getting a more up-to-date.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By T. Reinhardt on September 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I can't understand how she has the time for all this research but I am sure glad she does! This is a very helpful book especially with all the claims made by the hair care companies! Going thru this book trying to find a product that is good for your hair can be daunting sometimes because there are just SO many products reviewed! BUT if you take your time and go thru the book and look thru her suggestion,,, you will find a good product at a great price. Paula has a real issue with over-paying (G-d Bless her :O) This book has saved me mega-bucks trying everything new that promises to cure my frizzes! Well worth the money at twice the price!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By P. Strickland on January 31, 2000
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This book is worth every penny - it helped me find the right drugstore & salon products. Hairstylists have convinced us that drugstore will do evil things to our hair. THeir favorite, "The PH is all wrong." This seemed to the case, because their products seemed to be better. What really happened is that I didn't choose the right drugstore products, because the labels are misleading and I had no idea what I should buy. This book educated me. It cuts through the hype and lists the right products for your hair type. Now I can buy the right drugstore and/or salon products. I save much money with drugstore shampoos and conditioners, but GET THE SAME RESULTS AS EXPENSIVE SALON PRODUCTS. Also, I stopped perming my hair because of the information I gained here. My hair is better than it has been for years! And the bonus, it saves me $300 a year or more.
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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Happily Natural on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ms. Begoun should be commended for her massive research but I found her information biased, and her opinions flip-flop from chapter to chapter.I did not understand her vicious attack on companies that produce natural and organic products, especially one particular organic company so I did a little more digging. She has her own haircare line which is full of all the things she says are bad for your hair. Her book seems to seeks to discredit any companies that make great products that do not use the chemicals she uses.

She also makes a very ridiculous statement about black hair in its natural state not being an acceptable fashion statement. Yet later in the chapter she asks the question why these women allow themselves to be slaves to fashion styles such as braiding, cornrowing, and weaving. This book lacks new, accurate, or real information for black haircare.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Anyone who has hair should read this book. Not only does she include an extensive product analysis of what's on the market, including chemical analyses and descriptions on why certain chemicals are bad for the hair, she also extensively explains what hair "is," the cuticle and other parts, and how we damage it every day and can learn not to. She has suggestions on how to care for your hair for every type of hair, from thin to thick. She also describes which products on the market are the best buy for the money. Oh, yes, and don't listen to those hairdressers who tell you only salon products will do. "Uh, uh, uh," says Paula. A consumer reporter, you will find Paula is fair in her reviews and gives companies many a chance to reply to her criticism. She will save many women a lot of money and probably will cause change among the market as a whole.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is great! I am saving so much money now. She has sifted through all the hype from the hair care companies, and gives honest reviews. Because of this book, I can go into a beauty supply store, or drug store and actually buy something that works on my hair. Some people think that Paula is anti-salon products, but that is far from the truth. In this book, you will see that there are both good and bad salon products as well as good and bad drug store products. There are also many hair care tips in the book for keeping healthy hair. I can honestly say that my hair has never looked better. Thanks Paula!
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