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Style Me Vintage: Hair: Easy Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Classic Hairstyles Hardcover – May 1, 2011

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"Fun, informative, and beautifully designed, this is an inspiring introduction to classic hairstyles."—Library Journal Xpress Reviews

About the Author

Belinda Hay owns her own vintage and contemporary salon, the Painted Lady, and has created style guides for the staff of a retro bowling alley.
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Product Details

  • Series: Style Me Vintage
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059023
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this because I was interested in learning how to style my hair in a retro style. I had already purchased Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques and found it EXTREMELY helpful. I was looking for this to piggyback on the first book and perhaps give me more pictures of the various styles.

The book itself is physically pretty with a fabric hardcover and full color images. I like how each hairstyle is introduced with pictures of the "silver screen" stars that made the style famous, as well as a picture of a modern celebrity who utilizes the style.

Here's a breakdown of the included styles & their era:

*20s*
Finger Waves & Pin Curls
*40s*
Forties Waves (The Peek-a-boo)
Victory Rolls
The Poodle
*50s*
Fringe Roll (The VV)
Fifties Set (The Marilyn)
Quiffs (The Pompadour)
*60s*
Beehive (The Joan)
Beehive (The Brigitte)
Bouffant (The Jackie O)
Barbarella

Each style has many photographs and descriptions.

A criticism I would make is that if you have no experience styling your hair, this may be a little tough, even with all the pictures. For example, some styles start out by saying, "Prepare your hair, creating volume using heated rollers..." and then immediately launch into the steps of the style. If I didn't see the pictures of how to wet or dry set my hair to prepare it for a vintage hairstyle in the first book, I would have already been lost. I've never used a roller or a curling iron in my life. I barely use a blowdryer. So be aware that this book assumes you have some basics.
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I had high hopes for this book as I already owned 'Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques' - in my opinion it is *far* superior to this book!

I was sorely disappointed in the photography and the styles all fell flat, literally. Most styles had little more than a loose wave to them, no shiny and smooth waves or curls - just limp, barely there, frizzy waves.

The whole thing had an extremely amateur feel to it, the hair styling was poorly done - in most pictures the hair is very frizzy and unfinished looking. It appears there was no attempt to hide the styling accessories, over and over you can see the bobby pins in the "finished" photos - who uses a black bobby pin on a blonde? I could understand using dark pins in an attempt to illustrate location/use of the pins but in the finished photos you should not be able to see the styling products.

The step by step photos and instructions are not very helpful either - they don't really help to guide the reader through each step, it more "here's what it should look like once you've done this step" - not very helpful if you don't quite understand how to get to that point.

The makeup in this book was also really bad - albeit, it's not a makeup book but, I had a difficult time looking beyond the makeup to see the hair. Even when the makeup was done in a true retro style it's so caked on they all look awful.

Each style has photographs of music & movie stars with a similar hair style, some of which were good references.... on the other hand, some were just plain silly - **I do not want to look like Elvis any more than I want to look like Amy Winehouse!**

All in all, even though I only paid $9.00 USD for this book I would not recommend it to anyone. Save your money, or better yet, use the $9 towards the good retro styles book.
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This book hits on the favorite or most iconic retro hairstyles - bouffant, Bardot, Marilyn, Barbarella, flapper, to name a few - and walks you through recreating them with words and pictures. I got lost a few times, but it was on one of the more complicated 'do's, and I got back on track by studying the picture closely. I successfully did my own Bardot after one reading. A lot of fun, with very good instruction.
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If nothing else this book is wonderful simply as a coffee table book and conversation starter. I love the look and feel of it. The cover of the book is textured and it gives it an almost clothlike feel. The pictures in the book are nice and it contains some gorgeous vintage shots of bombshells and starlets, and also pictures of current day women in vintage hairstyles. Personally I wish the book had a little more element of instruction. I have virtually no experience with hairstyling and I need LOTS of help in understanding the technique. If you are more advanced with beauty and hair techniques then this book might be more up your alley. Still, I like the book overall and it has given me inspiriation and at least some foundation to start trying to recreate retro looks.
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I adore this book. I have been figuring out my own methods for retro hair for so long now, because so many books and websites make the process so complicated that I could never style my hair to their specifications in a decent amount of time. I saw this book and I knew I had to get it. The directions are straight forward, and wonderfully illustrated. The tools required for most of the looks are things that most people with hair already keep around the house. A couple of styles do require something like a bonnet dryer or pincurl clips, which I suppose less people keep on hand, but they're very easy to procure at any rate.

I tried almost every style in the text, and always with great success...and plenty of compliments.

The styles range from very simple, everyday retro styles (ponytails and simple body waves), to ultra glamorous do's like victory rolls, pincurls and polished beehives. There are variations on many of the styles, and so many useful tips that everyone can feel like a pro!
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