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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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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:
Finger Waves & Pin Curls
Forties Waves (The Peek-a-boo)
Fringe Roll (The VV)
Fifties Set (The Marilyn)
Quiffs (The Pompadour)
Beehive (The Joan)
Beehive (The Brigitte)
Bouffant (The Jackie O)
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a cute book, but there needs to be more pictures to help with the step by step. When you try to read the instructions it gets a little confusingPublished 4 months ago by Nicole
I was all excited until I read it. There is only the more popular styles in this book with somewhat easy to follow instructions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mel
I love this series, and this particular book is very useful. Covers a long span of time, so if you're looking for lots of variations on just one decade, that's not really what... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rochelle
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in doing vintage styles. It's full of step-by-step photos that really help show you how to achieve the look you want in an easy... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. L. Siracusa
I really enjoyed this book!!! Great read and easy to follow steps. I love how they include everything you will need to do all of the hair styles at the very beginning!Published 16 months ago by gabriella zavala
Great hairstyles, instructions are fair. Can get most of the information on the internet, but the price for the book was fair.Published 16 months ago by MARTHA
I found that you can get much better information from the internet. I was hoping for more information than I had already accessed.Published 17 months ago by SKC