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I am a 71 year old woman residing in Woodstock Ont. Canada. I have three amazing children, two sons in law, and one daughter in law who are just like my own. I brag about my grandchildren a thirty-one year old granddaughter and an eleven year-old grandson. Ron and I were married at nineteen and have been married fifty-two interesting and adventurous years. A severe car accident thirty six years ago caused by a drunk driver robbed me of my careers and left me to live the rest of my life with chronic pain. Until then I was a successful hairdresser, make up artist and a model. To help deal with the daily pain I taught myself to paint. First on clothing, then on walls, wooden pieces, stone and now on canvas. It came as a surprise when that my son in law suggested I write about the hairdressing stories I had been telling for so many years. I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember but writing a story was foreign to me. I am hoping these stories will inspire someone to live their dreams too. I want to pass my strength on to others. I am working on a sequel for A Hairdresser's Diary and have published a book of original poetry Versify. I invite you to visit me at www.ahairdressersdiary.com or http://ahairdressersdiaries.wordpress.com/ where you can learn more about my life and me.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475164289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475164282
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,592,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Harmon's journey from childhood to emancipated adult as chronicled by her diary is an interesting read and worth taking the trip with her. Despite the terrible cruelty of her mother and step-family she proves what grit and determination can do. She never gave up on her dream of becoming a hair stylist - from dolls to real people. She found strength in writing poetry and drawing along the way as well as writing in her diary. Against all odds and with help from unexpected sources she obtains not only her dreamed-of career, but love, marriage and a family of her very own. She held my attention despite the fact that I personally have never been interested in the "beauty" business.
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This is a must read story for anyone who thinks a bad life of downs holds you back. This story is so unbelieveable you won't be able to put it down. It keeps you wondering what will happen next in this woman's life when she is down in luck but yet pulls herself back up and keeps on going forward to her dream and then... A must read can't give it all away! Pick up your copy today you won't regret reading this amazing story.
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Inspirational story of how dreams can become reality and struggles become blessings. I was unable to put this book down. The writing is refreshing and down to earth.
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Christine's autobiography so clearly comes from her heart and soul and compels the reader to stay with it to the last word. I enjoyed the tale and wanted to hug her throughout, but particularly when she was still a toddler and being pushed away from her mother by her mother....how utterly heartless and unfathomable to me, the mother of two children myself, I could never imagine treating them thusly. She had the stalwart fortitude to stand up straight as her beloved Grandmother decreed and march forward under her own strength alone....well done you!!

I feel sure you have raised your children with love you missed all those years.
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This book engaged me from the beginning as Christine describes her difficult childhood. Even though she suffers hardships, many brought on by her family, she goes on to achieve her dream of becoming a hairdresser. The portion of the book in which she describes going to beauty school is fascinating, and she details many trade secrets along the way and lets the reader in on dealing with headlice as well as showing the glamourous side of the profession. As she begins her career she brings in fascinating details about her customers and the new fashion of using the seasons to determine what colors would best suit the customer. In school and on the job, Christine shows her heart as she helps customers with their problems. She relates how she has to adapt to new job situations and to a tragic accident that leaves her in constant pain and unable to pursue her career. Despite the setbacks she's experienced, Christine's sense of humor, love of her family and personal courage shine through in the pages of this book. As you read, you'll not only learn a lot about hairstyling, but about how Christine handles life's setbacks with determination and grace.
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I found your story very interesting. I kept getting caught up in the story and having to backtrack to edit the section I just read. And the ending left me wanting to know more. Your story is so inspiring, especially that you maintain such a "can do", positive attitude in sprite of all that has been thrown your way.

Aside from your life story, which was gripping, the view it gave of the changes in salon services (and clientele) over the decades was interesting from a historical perspective.

I remember the days of setting lotion and curlers, and ladies going out with their hair in curlers. I remember the shift to tousled, "natural" looks. I remember when the color seasons swept through America (I am a winter who always thought I was a fall-switching my color palette made a tremendous difference). It was fascinating to hear about all that change from the perspective of a stylist.

I wish you all blessings and joy. I hope that others can read your story and be touched by it as well.
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Chris Hannon did a wonderful job with expressing her life & feelings. Such a beautiful, strong & courageous woman. I thoroughly enjoyed reading thls book, from beginning to end. I can't wait for the sequel.....Wendy Cook, Sydney,Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
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WOW Chris! When I went into fb and saw there was a suggested friend for me named 'Christine Hannon' I figured maybe it was the younger one...but NO it was YOU!! YAY! Then to find out you had written a book about your life and tales of hairdressing..some of which I had heard first hand from you a 'few' years ago as we sat having tea as friends or as I or my daughters Donna or Mindy sat having our hair done by you. In fact if I remember correctly my oldest daughter Donna was going through something at one time and you wrote a little poem for her. Now back to your book...so on May 6th I bought your book for my Kindle Fire and on May 7th @ around 11:45pm I finally could put it down...FINISHED! You see sometimes reading a book is easy and refreshing, like ice cream on a hot summer day. Compulsive and addictive, like a drug you just can't get enough of..and these I found in reading Chris's Memoirs. I cringed and cried at the life she lived as a child growing up but I first handed lay KNOW and have SEEN the BEAUTIFUL woman inside AND out that Chris has become due to the trials and tribulations she has gone through, and when Chris tells us she's a 'Chatty Cathy' please BELIEVE it!! She is, but in the most awesome way! Thank you Chris for this awesome read! I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel
Lovingly Always
Debi xox
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