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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 I am going to go out on a limb and say this might be out of date.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.

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1980s Fashion-Now in Plus Size!

The Lane Bryant
Fashion Math Make-Over
The Complete Fashion Guide for Women Size 14 and Up
Lulow and Geddie
1987

If you are looking for some 1980s fashion ideas, your wait is over! Since there isn’t a lot of fashion help for the over size 14 crowd, it is nice that this book exists. However, it should probably be weeded by 2020.

All your 1980s favorites are here: shoulder pads, bulky/long sweaters, overly permed hair, dropped waists, high waist pants, weird sleeves, etc. Such a sad time for fashion.

I am still trying to figure out the math part of the the title.

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What is your color palette?

Color Me Beautiful’s Looking Your Best
Spillane and Sherlock
1995

Another color book to make you pretty. We have featured these types of books before: color for your life, color for men, colors for your home, etc. I remember when this was a big deal. This topic was on all the talk shows and I think there were even some Avon like parties where one could get their colors done. I don’t know if it is still as big a deal as was back in the late 1980s/1990s.

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An 1980s guide to makeup

The Buyer’s Guide to Cosmetics
Boughton and Hughes
1981

I am going to guess that a buyer’s guide of anything from 1981 is going to be worthless for a modern public library collection. Buyer’s guides are only good for a few years. Products change, companies that make products change, and of course prices change. This book should have been weeded by 1990. As of this writing, this book was still in circulation. I know it is a reference book, but it is dull and not laid out in an interesting way. You can hear it yawn when you open the book.