Submitter: One of our student workers [in a university library] found this gem while shelf reading and brought it to us to enjoy. It’s horribly out of date and it looks like it was only checked out once (in 1986). The illustrator is fond of only filling in features for half of the face, which is a little creepy looking, and the illustrations don’t really tell the reader what the style is supposed to look like. They frequently suggest using “magic tape” to determine where to cut, and if you don’t have the magic tape they recommend masking tape or something similar. This sounds like a recipe for disaster. I think our students could probably find some decent YouTube videos to help them cut or style their hair.
Holly: Ooooh, I love hair books from the 80s! And I have to say, I never considered masking tape for cutting my own bangs, but that’s kind of genius. (In a painful-when-you-peel-it-off kind of way…maybe that’s what is magical about the magic tape? It doesn’t pull your remaining hair out by the roots when you pull it off?) This is a weeding double-whammy with its spiral binding.
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!
Milady’s For Men Only
Styling and Techniques
I honestly couldn’t post this one fast enough! Just when you think no one can top any of the fashion and hair things, in comes an unamed library in Ohio with one of the best books yet. Thanks submitter. Here are some others you will not want to miss.
Aren’t Bobbie and Tom sweet looking? Sometimes things are so perfectly awful, words just can’t do this justice.