Category Archives: Books

Pro Hair Care: Salon Secrets of the Professionals by Alexandra Friend and Sheridan Ward

I bought this book because I wanted to better understand hair care and improve my ability to style my hair.

This books is AMAZING! EVERY GIRL SHOULD OWN THIS BOOK in my opinion.

irst the authors break down how to tell which type of hair you have, what problems and advantages that hair type presents, and which types of cuts work best on that hair type. The authors even go over specific foods that promote healthy hair growth.

Everything I just said is only the beginning. After that, the book covers the different types of products and tools as far as what they are, what they are used for and how to use them. The authors carefully explain and demonstrate how to curl hair, blow dry hair, straighten hair, dye hair, etc. Also included is easy to understand instructions for achieving specific looks and basic salon terminology defined. There is even a section in the book that goes over different problems that can come up and how to handle them. You name it and this book pretty much covers it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 (of course!)

Pros: (See above) & LOTS of PICTURES which makes this book really easy to understand. The wording is easily understood, not complicated. Pro Hair Care covers virtually every question you could have about hair – and just in case they didn’t answer your question they have a list of websites that you can go to for more information about hair. There is a great index at the end. The directions are relatively easy to follow. (Obviously, practice makes perfect.)

Cons: What cons?

Price: $12 – $27

Where to Shop: is cheaper in this case) and


Rescue Your Nails by Ji Baek

I bought this book because I couldn’t understand why: a. I could never file my nails and have them come out looking as good as they do when a get a professional manicure. b. My at home manicures didn’t look as good or last as long as those in the salon. c. I didn’t know which nail tools were essential and in some cases what the tools were for.

So basically…I was pretty much clueless.

Well, this book was PERFECT!!

Ji breaks down everything simply, and lays out manicures and pedicures step by step. She explains how to sterilize your tools, how to fix common problems that come up with nails, how to choose a salon, how to take care of your nails, etc. Ji even breaks down how to EAT and promote the health of your nails.

Whenever I follow the manicure steps to the letter my nails end up coming out fantastic and they look better than any salon manicure I have had. (Now, when I go to the salon I often think “I could do better,” (and the salons I go to are GREAT!)  instead of, “How do they do that?”

I love this book, and I will be keeping it for a long time, if I ever have a daughter I plan to hand it down to her.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Pros: easy to read, covers everything from the basic tools and how to do a manicure to handling nail problems and “curing” nail biters.

Cons: What cons?

Price: $6 – $11

Where to Shop:, Barnes and Nobles, etc.

Rescue Your Nails

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