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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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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!
My copy of "Style Me Vintage" gets looked at for some inspiration (even less often now that I have "Vintage Hairstyling..."), but then I look up difference sources to see how to do it. It does makes a wonderful book to have on display though...
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.