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Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth about the Beauty Industry Paperback – February 9, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (February 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450285910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450285919
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,666,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This had the potential to be a great fun book giving a "behind the curtains" look at work in a spa. Instead, it's a combination of some spa stories, lots of bragging, and unnecessarily political and/or offensive comments.

Here are some actual quotes from the book.

"I think Howard Stern should be taken more seriously."--one of several comments expressive admiration for Howard Stern

"On any given night, you could have a group of black women approaching the counter and we would look at each other and know exactly what they wanted. Someone would say, 'Here cooooomes the eww baby bus,' and sure enough, they would come up to the counter and say, 'You get eww baby and chess-nut?' Classic! At the end of the day, it didn't take much to entertain us, but an eww baby bus."

[On working in Georgia] "It just adds to the whole idea that southerners think northerners that northerners think they are stupid. Well to be honest, people like that, do nothing to help their cause and only perpetuate that assumption. I would like to enlighten the southern part of the country."

"Of course I always get the obese women who want a Brazilian. I wonder if they're getting it because some guy is going to be down there. Maybe she only wants a Brazilian to be cleaner and in vogue. If that's the case, then drop 100lbs."

[On female lawyers] "Trust me, just about anything you do, is an improvement. Put that money to use and invest in yourself, especially if you are an ultra-liberal granola lawyer. Pick up a copy of Vogue and learn that appearance really is everything. Then make Playboy your new bible, since you don't believe in God anyway and memorize it. Female lawyers don't need to wear red lipstick to look powerful. Just look at Hillary Clinton!
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By Kim on February 24, 2011
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This book is a hilarious! I literally laughed out loud. A fast and fun read. You'll have great stories to retell to your friends! Absolutely loved it - no one is spared. Lora also does exceptionally excellent facials and massages - if you live nearby, don't miss out on her services. She is worth it!
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This brought me great comic relief! But I'm in the skin care field, so maybe that's why it didn't resonate with some of the other reviewers. In fact, perhaps it was originally intended for a more narrow demographic in the spa world (??)

In the beauty/spa field we see the best---and WORST--sides of people. Some clients are so demanding that they come off as vulgar. Those folks are the bulls-eye target the author was likely aiming at. It provides a humorous "tension-relief valve" to anyone in this profession who have dealt with their share of primadonnas and downright sadistic clients (thankfully they are the minority).

So...when visiting a spa, please don't think that your skincare specialist is snickering behind your back. She/he is just hopeful that you will treat her/him with respect, so that your experience will be its absolute best. If you do buy this book, read it with consideration for the farcical tone in which it was intended.
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Lora has a funny, ("dots not feathers" lol,)unapologetic voice as she describes the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in the beauty industry. It is a fun and light read with helpful tips at the end. The book makes you an informed consumer as she busts some beauty myths as well. It is a fast read and one can easily get through it while waiting for your hair or nail appointment well, where else?- at the spa!
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Very fast delivery!! This book u cannot put it down. As soon as i started reading it i could not wait to go on to the next chapter. The author says it like it is and is also funny. True to the facts. I was laughing to myself outloud. I hope she comes out with a Spa Wars 2.
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In and out of the beauty industry, Spa Wars is great reading! Lora does a fantastic job of educating us on how to look and how to behave, what to expect and what not too. If you ever worked, went to or purchased a gift certificate for anyone to go to a Spa, Spa Wars is required reading.
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One of the funniest books I have ever read. The author has a great sense of humor. Right from the first page of the book you can tell that Lora loves the industry, but this book reveals some of the ugly truths. Fast, easy read.
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Probably the worst book I've read in years. I felt it was poorly written, with a skill of a grade school student. Anyone who needs to use as many expletives in their stories as she did most likely doesn't have the vocabulary to be a writer.
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