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Polish Your Image

Putting on the Polish
Malet-Veale
1993

Image enhancement is probably a good topic for a library collection. Almost all the job hunting books out there will discuss this issue. Dating books, etiquette materials, and other social type of activities often touch on this issue as well. The premise of this book is that how you present yourself is critical to both your business and personal life.

The information is weighted more for women than the information for men. Lots of makeup and hair tips for the ladies. I get the feeling if men simply got a haircut and combed their hair, they would knock that image out of the park.

I will also throw out for discussion that image issues in COVID driven workplace might make many of the job prep resources obsolete. Example: Interviewing via Zoom vs live. People, adjust that lighting and make sure you aren’t accidentally showing something distracting in the background.

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Just between us girls

Teen Girl Talk
Douglas
1990

How about a little girl talk?

This book has the info you need to grow into a successful woman. Naturally, that means deep introspection and analysis of make-up, hair, fashion, and diets. It’s “frank and fun!”

I think today’s teens and preteens would find this book ridiculous. Miss washing your face completely last night before bed? Hello acne and awful skin. What does the author think these preteen girls are doing? Out clubbing with heavy makeup and smoking?

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The “Now” Look

Complete Book of Men’s Hairstyles and Hair Care
Rudoy and Cordwell
1974

Men! Are you in the market for a new look? This is your chance to make a statement with your hair. All the favorite looks are here. Try the California look. The long hair with curled ends really goes together with a stylish leisure suit. You will also be happy to know that sideburns can go well with the center-parted smooth short look. It’s not a hippie look, but short and modern. This is your chance to be fashionable, but not sloppy.

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How about some make-up?

Make-up Magic
Van Hazinga
1987

What make-up goes best with big hair and leg warmers? For that complete 1980s look, you can learn some nifty techniques to make your eyes, cheeks, and lips ready for that next school dance or for an 1970s-80s David Bowie Cosplay.

Make-up, fashion, and hair books, need to be weeded more often than you think. Aside from changing styles, many of these books will reference products that are no longer available. This book is aimed at teen girls so being extra conscious of issues of body issues, diversity, inner beauty should also be considered. That said, this little artifact from the 1980s should be weeded from the collection as soon as possible. I doubt that Mom’s (or possibly Grandma) choices in make-up would be any teen’s first choice.

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Kid Hair Tips

How to Cut Kids Hair
Clark
1984

A home haircut book isn’t a bad idea for a collection. I have been asked this more than a few times in my career. This book has seen better days though. It’s a LOT of tape and the pages are getting a bit crunchy and yellow. It does assume you don’t have any skill and is decent at giving some tips. I would weed it just because it looks old.

During the pandemic, some hair advice might have been welcome to some patrons, but since the library was closed, I bet everyone went to youtube or just went without. Pandemics aside, maybe a book like this is for another era?

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Groovy Cosmetic Surgery from the 1970s

Cosmetic Surgery: A consumer’s guide
Rosenthal
1977

As of this writing, this book is still in circulation. I am going to go out on a limb and say this might be out of date. At the time of publication, this book would have been an excellent choice for a public library. There are good descriptions of the surgeries, help in selecting doctors, and a lot of before and after. It is also written in a very factual style that doesn’t glamorize the process or say that it will fix what is wrong in your life. Aside from its age, it is not a bad book.

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Princess Di Fashion Tips

Princess of Wales
Fashion Handbook
James
1984

The Princess of Wales was an icon of fashion during her short life. I was in college when she married Prince Charles and many of us got up early in the morning to watch the royal wedding. Back in the day, I got the feeling that you could slap the picture of the Princess on any book and it would probably sell millions.

This book was more about her personal fashion sense and had more narrative than I initially expected. I honestly was thinking this was going to be very little text and more a bundle of Diana’s memorable outfits. The designer and fashion types would find this a decent choice, the Princess Di fans would probably be disappointed there wasn’t much in there about her specifically.