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A Hair Raising Book

Everything You Need to Know To Have Great Looking Hair
Gignac
1981

This is basically an extended promotion for hair products, and the content is pretty light. I think this is a good example of a bad book regardless of the pub date, as there is really no serious content. (I did laugh at the hair myths, none of which I had ever heard other than the one about pregnant women not being able to chemically process their hair.) There are not a lot of hair pictures, either. I was hoping to break out the big hair of the 80s for everyone. Update, please!

Mary

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6 Responses to A Hair Raising Book

  • There’s a lot of talk these days about shampooing causing oiliness, whereas this book insists shampooing is a must for oily heads.

  • I used to work in hair/beauty publishing, and most of these are myths I’ve heard before. The list of products is kind of funny, though, because a lot of them are no longer available.

  • This book’s information could be dangerously misleading – phenylenediamine is a common hair dye ingredient and can cause severe contact allergy reactions in some individuals:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-Phenylenediamine#Safety

    (Further compounded by the potential for pregnancy-induced allergic reactions)

    Depending upon the severity of the reaction, treatment with corticosteroids may be necessary – and corticosteroids are considered “potentially harmful according to animal studies, although no studies in humans are available” during pregnancy.

    Portraying hair treatment as perfectly safe for expecting mothers isn’t accurate and any level of risk is hardly justifiable for the sake of vanity.

    Anecdotal: Had a friend who worked as an autopsy tech who claimed that whether an individual had a habit of bleaching his or her hair could be determined from discoloration/oxidation inside the skull cavity.

  • The part about communication is actually pretty good. A lot of people don’t know what to ask or tell a stylist or what to expect from a consultation. The myths part is good too! I spend a lot of time on beauty forums and you won’t believe how many people still believe all of those. At least once a week I see someone mention cutting their hair to encourage growth.

    How many of those products listed still exist? I also like how there is only one product listed for “blacks’ hair” because all black totally people have the same hair type.

  • Interesting that the worry was about whether the pregnant woman’s hair would take the processing. The issue should be: are the chemicals safe for the baby?

    Also that plastic-over-the-face picture is probably not a great idea.

  • Look! You can cut your hair during autoerotic asphyxiation!