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Did your last haircut make you scissor shy? Or your last hair coloring make you want to grab a hat? Maybe it's time to change your appearance to keep up with the latest trends.

Cozy's complete guide to girls' hair
Cozy Friedman with Sheryl Berk.
New York : Artisan, c2011.
Styling girls " hair is easy with advice from the owner of Cozy "s Cuts for Kids. Little girls love to have pretty hair, and parents and grandparents can spend hours trying to achieve the best styles for their daughters. This book gives an insider "s look at how to make the task trouble-free and fun for both girls and their caretakers. An expert on hair care ”with a chain of children "s hair salons and a nationwide line of hair products for kids ”Cozy Friedman shares her years of training to give each girl the best look to fit her style and personality. Starting with a hair identification guide, the book recommends the products, methods, and tools for each hair type from curly to straight. Expert advice includes step-by-step instructions for how to cut hair at home and how to fix bad-hair days. Best of all, there are wonderful styles (with clear directions on how to achieve them) for girls " everyday hair, dress-up dos, and fantasy looks, and even suggested styles for babies, too. Chock-full of color photographs, the look-book aspect of Cozy "s Complete Guide to Girls " Hair will appeal to both girls and their parents. Grown-ups can browse through photographs of more than thirty different hairstyles and choose one that works best for their little girl!
     
Pro hair care : salon secrets of the professionals
Alexandra Friend & Sheridan Ward.
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2010.
The essential guide to hair care from a seasoned professional hairstylist.Pro Hair Care is a comprehensive guide to hair health and hairstyles that provides sound advice and shows readers how to create a wide range of looks. Sheridan Ward and Alexandra Friend describe everything from what the ingredients in shampoos and conditioners actually do to how to remedy every common hair problem.They reveal everything people want to know about their hair, inside and out, including: Basic products and equipment Hair to suit different face shapes and skin tones Essential techniques Basic hairstyles Hairstyles for special occasions Hair accessories Coloring Hair care tips for children Hair care tips for menHundreds of color photos illustrate the author's expert advice and show readers how to achieve professional looks at home, with sections on how to tease hair, how to attach hair extensions and much more. Special tips and know-how from the pros highlight the step-by-step instructions.
     
Curly like me : how to grow your hair healthy, long, and strong
Teri LaFlesh.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2010.
The simple secrets to growing your curls healthy and long.Tightly curly hair isn't like any other type of hair, and it needs totally different care to make it happy.Do you spend countless hours-and untold dollars-on weaves, perms, salon visits, and products that promise to change, heal, or make your hair more manageable, only to end up even more frustrated? Do you wrestle daily with hair you can't get a brush through? Do you struggle to keep from hurting your child when you comb through her tight curls? Would you like to grow your tightly curly hair long and healthy?If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book was written for you. It gives you the information and techniques you need to celebrate-not fight against-your very curly hair. You will learn how not only to care for your curls, but to cherish them, all the while saving time, effort, and money.Curly Like Me is the off-the-grid, do-it-yourself owner's manual for tightly curly hair: Learn how to wear your own curls in their natural curl patterns Over 250 photographs and illustrations Includes the best products, tools, ingredients, curl-enhancing hairstyle ideas, tips for growing out your perm, and more Shows you pain-free techniques on how to comb and style your curls or your child's curls Over thirty easy, curl-enhancing hairstyle ideas, tips for growing out your perm, and more Helps you save money by avoiding costly treatments, products, marketing misinformation, and frequent salon visits so you can enjoy your own curls without pain, chemicals, or the use of weaves or extensions The story (with lots of photos) of Teri's journey from hair broken by relaxers, texturizers, improper care, trying to force it to conform, and fighting her weave addiction to finally understanding her own curls. Now her natural hair reaches to her hips.End your struggles with misunderstood, damaged hair and begin your journey to thriving natural curls. Applying the ideas and information in this book will show you how to love your hair the way it really is. Curly Like Me empowers you to take back the care of your hair so you can let your own beautiful curls shine.Teri LaFlesh spent nearly thirty years working to find a way to make her curls happy. Not wanting anyone else to go through with their hair what she did with hers inspired Teri to create the popular Web site TightlyCurly.com and to write Curly Like Me.
     
The politics of black women's hair
Althea Prince.
London, Ont. : Insomniac Press, c2009.
Dr. Althea Prince follows up her earlier collection of essays (Being Black) on Black cultural life with this important new collection. This book sensitively charts Black women's journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society's standards of beauty.
     
Vintage hairstyling : retro styles with step-by-step techniques
Lauren Rennells.
Denver, CO : HRST Books, c2009.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199).
     
The black hair care revolution : a simple pocket guide to growing & maintaining healthy natural & permed hair
by Yetunde Jude.
Salt Lake City, UT : Aardvark Global Pub., c2009.
Jude shares practical hair-care tips and economical hair-care "recipes" that she created with all-natural ingredients easily found in at the local grocery store. The book targets African-American women who are looking for simple and economical solutions for healthy hair.
     
Good to great hair : celebrity hairstyling techniques made simple
Robert Vetica ; foreword by Salma Hayek ; introduction by Debra Messing.
Beverly, MA : Fair Winds Press, 2009.
In this ultimate hair styling book, Vetica delivers all that readers need to know to create great hair at home. He reveals insider secrets and techniques for recreating magazine and celebrity hairstyles, and how to adapt the look for the average reader's tools and time constraints.
     
Thank God I'm natural : the ultimate guide to caring for and maintaining natural hair
by Chris-Tia E. Donaldson.
Chicago : TgiNesis Press, c2008.
Thank God I'm Natural is a must-read for any black woman who has suffered hair loss or breakage caused by relaxers-or has grown tired of spending thousands of dollars and their entire Saturday afternoons frying their kinky tresses into submission. Full of personal tales -- of hair disasters and ultimate successes, Thank God I'm Natural offers up to date information-and a plethora of tips to help women go natural the right way. Featuring the advice of celebrity stylists for Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu, among others, readers will get All the information they've always needed-to look good on the outside and most importantly, feel good on the inside. Both informative and engaging, you won't want to do your hair again until you've read this lifesaving, reference book and heartfelt narrative from cover to cover! Book jacket.
     
Hair : styling, culture and fashion
Geraldine Biddle-Perry and Sarah Cheang.
Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2008.
Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion explores the social importance of hair, wherever it grows, explaining the cultural significance of hair and hairiness, and presenting a new critical engagement with hair and its stories, histories, performances and rituals. From heads, legs and underarms, to wigs and beards, and everything in between, the presentation, manipulation and daily experience of human hair plays a central and dynamic role within fashion, self-expression and the creation of social identity. The book's diverse range of cross-cultural essays encompasses the study of hair in fashion, film, art, history, literature, performance and consumer culture. Offering an accessible mix of visual analysis, cultural commentary and critical theory, Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion will appeal to all those interested in the presentation and analysis of cultural identity and the body.
     

Haircuts for men

Know the right terminology to communicate with your barber. Below are common haircut terms:

Arch
Bald
Bowl
Burr
Caeser
Whitewall

(ask the Barber)

Before you visit a hair salon next time, consider these 6 tips. They will help you get the look that is just right for you.

  1. Select the best stylist for you; one who will make suggestions, but only after listening to what you want or don't want. Be ready to listen to the stylist's recommendations. Don't be surprised if both of you must compromise.
  2. Request a stylist who specializes in what you want done. If you want an updo for a special event, make sure to ask for a stylist who does lots of these. And, if you are trying braids for the first time, you don't want a stylist who has never done them before.
  3. Ask friends or family, especially those with styles you like, where they go. Pay a visit to the salon to see if you will feel comfortable there before you make that first appointment.
  4. Bring a picture. That means taking time before your appointment to consider the look you want. Will the style flatter your face shape and hair type? Will the color suit your coloring. Look at magazines or virtual hairstyling website for ideas.
  5. Be specific when you describe the length or color you want. What is red to you may be a shade of brown to the stylist. Or three inches off could become lots more or less unless you actually use your hands to demonstrate how long you want the back of your hair style to be.
  6. Be honest with the stylist. If you don't like what the stylist suggests, say so. If your stylist recommends a look you like but will take much longer to take care of in the morning than you are willing to spend, say so.

If you like the results, leave a good tip.  The stylist will remember you next time and do everything possible to keep you as a happy customer.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff