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Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques Paperback – August 1, 2009
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I also have Vintage Hairstyles by Emma Sundh and Sarah Wing, and I really feel like these two books compliment each other. Vintage hairstyles is great if you already know the basics of vintage hairstyles and are looking for more ideas. The book does a lovely job of giving historical notes on the looks and makeup for each time period (1910 through 1960s) and has a great section on bangs, or the front part of a hairdo. The style in front is a quick way to give most normal curly hairstyles that vintage feel, and I was looking for some variation. There is also a good selection of full updos for more formal looks.
I tend to look to Vintage Hairstyles for variants to my updos, while I look at this book (Vintage Hairstyling) for all of my techniques and full 'dos. If I had to recommend a book to start with for a beginner, I'd recommend getting this book first. If you have a lot of experience with technique and doing vintage hairdos (like from watching youtube) and have the basic techniques down, I would recommend the other book first.
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Now that Amazon sent me a copy of my own review to read, I notice that the price currently listed for this book is ten dollars less than I paid, and it's a totally fair price for what you get.
I paid more because I thought the book was being discontinued, but it wasn't, so I got hosed on the price. Ahhh well; live and learn.
It's still an excellent book. (But even better at thirty dollars than at forty-something.)
For each hairstyle (there are 38 including the different comb-out methods), it tells you up front what tools & products you'll need. It has a "before" photo of the model, which is not only impressive when you see the final look, but is also handy to see who has hair similar to yours before you get started. It offers tips, though, for styling alternate lengths, which is nice for me because my hair is much shorter than most of the models.
I'm seriously the biggest idiot ever when it comes to doing hair, I never really learned what to do when I was growing up so today I rarely even bother to blow it dry. So you can imagine this was book was incredibly intimidating! I've been buying up lots of pin-up style clothing lately and my signature hair un-style just wasn't cutting it, so I just had to try. Even though the styles looked like so many steps and tools and seemed so hard to do, the extreme level of detail was REALLY helpful for someone like me. It was pretty scary getting started, but in the end my hair looked exactly like the photo in the book! For someone with my absolute lack of hairstyling skill, that's pretty impressive! Now I can't wait to try a few other styles!
BE AWARE that the styles in this book are not "vintage with a modern twist." These are really really vintage looks! So it's really perfect for anyone who is doing a pinup photo shoot, doing hairstyles for a play or movie, or a costume. I don't know if I can pull off these very precise styles in my everyday life! But, it's a great place to start and learn, and I'll work on adding a modern twist on my own.