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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (Jan. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592333575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592333578
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #361,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vetica, Robert. Good to Great Hair: Celebrity Hairstyling Techniques Made Simple. Fair Winds: Quayside. 2009. 272p. photogs. ISBN 978-1-59233-357-8. pap. $24.99. PERSONAL GROOMING

Marie Claire Hair and Good to Great Hair both provide innovative hair designs and insights from top stylists in beautifully designed texts. Of the two, Vetica’s book is more accessible and truly delivers clear, step-by-step instructions. Vetica has more than 30 years of experience, including a roster of celebrity beauty and fashion icons as clients. While a bit heavy on autobiography, his book includes makeovers for women of various ages and hair types and translates high glamour and special-event hairstyles for nonprofessionals. Though it includes quick, general tips about hair care and style, Milgram’s book seems more appropriate for professionals and is only recommended for special collections or for large public libraries where similar titles circulate widely. Good to Great, on the other hand, is suitable for a general audience owing to its celebrity appeal and more practical approach.  --Library Journal, Feb 15, 2009

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Robert Vetica, hairstylist to the stars, is arguably the most recognised stylist in the business. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a fashion staple in his own right, having coiffed the like of celebrities such as Salma Hayek, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Renee Zelleweger. His work is seen regularly on the red carpet and in fashion magazines worldwide. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 8 2009
Format: Paperback
Here's a beauty of a book with a bounty of hair care and styling advice. As we all know there are beaucoup books on the market all with the promise of making us look better, younger, slimmer, etc. But I've not run across few authors who bring the wealth of training and experience to his/her craft that Robert Vetica does.

Some 14 years ago he arrived in Hollywood from Milan, Italy where as he puts it "Milan was my high school, university, and graduate school. I came out of that experience with what I believe is a doctorate in hair..." Indeed he did and he shares his knowledge in a gorgeous volume filled with do's, don't's, how-tos, and must-haves.

To Vetica's credit he does not try to make you look like someone you are not. What he does is teach us how to work with the hair that we have in order to look not better but our best. He considers face shape, hair texture, and the appropriate products for each individual (No, you do not need a ton of them).

He is totally honest and disabused me of some notions I've cherished for years, such as the fact that the squeaky-clean feeling for hair is not what we want and no, you don't need to and should not wash your hair every day even if you work out.

The photography in Good To Great Hair is magnificent plus. Not only is it gorgeous but there are can't-do-without shots that show precisely how to hold the dryer and brush for a specific style.

I was amazed at the difference in a friend when she followed just one of Vetica's tips, which was "At a certain age, I believe that a woman's hair looks best away from her face." He also added that if you had to have bangs, move the direction of the bangs away from you face. Simple? Yes, but the difference in her appearance was amazing.
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HASH(0xa0c63ac8) out of 5 stars Real techniques for real people... Feb. 27 2009
By Maria DelPinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mr. Vetica's techniques are very straightforward and his advice & directions are very easy to follow. The techniques are time saving which is important to this busy mom. I like that he recommends a variety of hair products with instructions on how to properly apply them. Now maybe I can get rid of the product graveyard of things I never figured out how to use.

Additionally, the photography in this book is excellent and really helps get the point across to the reader. This is book is written so that every person can have access to great hair and helps the reader solve real hair problems. I guess there are no more excuses for a bad hair day.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2952084) out of 5 stars Fabulous! April 13 2009
By Leighan M. Blaede - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love the way this book broke down the instructions in very easy to understand language. I subscribe to all of the major fashion magazines and can never recreate the looks like I was able to do with this book. I'm especially excited that I was finally able to determine my hair texture. I also liked the fact that there aren't any promos for the latest products - just tried and true basics.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0942f60) out of 5 stars NOT WHAT IT SEEMS Dec 19 2011
By chrisicut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
my daughter wanted a book on how to style hair, this book is great for teaching the basics of care and a right cut but not styling. it gave the impression it "showed" how to style your own hair when infact the pictures are of someone else doing the styles on a model. wanting a book with pictures of that individual actually fixing their own hair so show placement of hands and equipment when used.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08b60a8) out of 5 stars Doesn't get any better than this! Feb. 28 2010
By M. Spallas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a professional hairstylist, and I own many many books on hairstyling. Out of all of the books I own, I have to say that this book is BY FAR the very best book on the subject. It's a great book for stylists wanting to become freelance stylists and work in film or print; It's great for salon stylists who need a little more education on styling hair (maybe for Brides, etc.); and it's also fantastic for the average person just trying to learn ways to style their own hair. Robert makes it look so easy (even though I know it's not always as easy as it looks!). However, compared to most of the books out there, all of these styles are do-able. The best part of it for me, is that Robert Vetica comes across not only as a fantastic, talented artist, but a kind, humble man as well. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in this book to get it! You won't find anything better!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b839c) out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for Sept. 20 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book on how to take care of my hair so that it is healthy, as well as how to use different products (when, in what order etc). This was NOT the right book for me. In hindsight, I should have realized that a stylist who lives off of styling people for a one-time event is not going to write a book about how to best take care of your hair from day to day (though he mentions it in passing).

I was left with the feeling that the author mainly wrote this book because he wanted to talk about how important and famous he is. Throughout the book he kept talking about how important his job was, how amazing a stylist he is, and all the famous people he has styled. It just got annoying after a while.

He starts off by saying that the most important thing to know is what texture your hair has, and that he will discuss it in depth so that you don't have to wonder what type of hair you have. Well, a few pages later, I was none the wiser as to what kind of hair I have. It was very frustrating, as he emphasized how important this was - in fact all other advice revolved around what type of hair texture you have. I actually had to look online to find out what texture my hair has!

The next few chapters are lists of the things he brings with him to work. A good idea, but most of it could have been summed up in a lot less space. In one chapter he talks about brushes, and lists the different types of brushes he uses. English is not my native tongue, so I had hoped that he would have pictures to show what type of brush he was talking about. However, the pictures were scattered all over the pages, and I was unsure what the different brushes looked like. So no help there.

I also thought a lot of his advice was just plain common knowledge, like don't wash your hair every day. I didn't gain a lot of new insights, but maybe I know more about hair than I thought?

I'm giving this a two-star because he did have some new advice (like use colored dry shampoo to color your roots), and because he was focused on the basics and tried to demystify all the different products out there.

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