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Hair: A Book of Braiding and Styles [Spiral-bound]

Anne Akers Johnson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 2003 Klutz
Classic styles and braids designed for teens and beyond. A gorgeous feast of photography and fashion.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Aug. 2 2003
This book is filled with tons of beautiful, easy-to-do hairstyles. Even if you've never done a basic braid in your life, the step-by-step instructions and clear drawings will show you how to do a wide variety of styles, from the simple basic braid up to the mega-challenging French rope. The book features about 50 cool styles, for all lengths and types of hair, and all occasions, from casual to formal. The book is geared toward teens and young adults, but even people older or younger will probably enjoy trying out the styles in this book.
As an added bonus, the book comes with 3 beautiful scrunchies, and is spiral-bound so you can lay it flat while doing the styles in this book. The instructions are so detailed that complicated styles like the herringbone, french braids, and the french rope feature seperate pages showing you even how to position your hands while doing the style!
This book is the perfect guide for anyone who enjoys trying out new styles on their hair, even if they're not hairstyling experts. Highly recommended! (For a book with styles for younger children, I would recommend reading "Braids and Bows", also written by Anne Akers Johnson)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book of Braids and Updos! Feb. 16 2003
Part of the Klutz series of books and originally intended for older children and young teens, Hair has gained a following among long-haired women of all ages because it is simply the best book out there for attractive long hair styles. When I grew my hair out after many years of wearing it short, I went looking for a nice book of hairstyles for long hair. I looked everywhere I could think of with little success -until I found Hair in a bookstore's children's section. Don't be put off by the Klutz label or the fact that there is a box of ugly hair accessories physically attached to this book. It provides excellent illustrations and easy-to-understand directions for 32 hairstyles, by my count. The styles are for medium length to long hair. Some styles would be better suited for thinner hair and some for thick. The illustrations and directions are given for doing the hairstyles on yourself, not on someone else. If you are doing someone else's hair, some adjustment can be made. Covered in the book are various types of twists and rolls, tucks and buns, braids, French braids, inverse French braids (cornrows), herringbones, and ropes. There are casual styles, styles suited to work, and many that could be quite formal. Page layouts are attractive and well-designed. The book is spiral-bound so it will lie flat while you are fiddling with your hair. Highly recommended for long-haired girls and women, ages about 10 and up. Makes a great gift!
There is a cardboard protrusion on the bottom of this book to which the box of accessories is adhered. This prevents the book from being stood up on a book shelf. You can cut it off with a razor blade and a ruler. Then your book will sit perfectly on your shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not hopeless after all! April 6 2004
Until this book, I pretty well figured that either I was hopeless at braiding, or that maybe my hair was just fussy, or both. But the day I got this braid, I was able to master most of the braids featured! It shows exactly how to hold your hair while you do it (no more "if I only I had another hand" moments). I also love the spiral binding. Now, I can do beautiful hairstyles with ease.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice book Nov. 27 2003
I really like this book! I had never seen a good book about hair styles before I found this on Amazon. It has a lots of nice hair styles and I've finally learned how to do a french braid on myself, and lots of other nice styles. My younger sisters borrowed this from me, and also found some good ideas for their hair. A nice gift for yourself or a friend! Nice illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, I've never seen so good step-by-step instructions for making nice braids and styles. The only complaint I have is that the book is made to hold a box on the bottom - that doesn't even stick! and that makes it impossible to put in the book shelf, so the first thing I did was to cut it of with a pair of scissors. It would have been nice with a few more hair styles, you just want more and more...
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This is a great book for learning how to braid and style hair. With some practice (and arm strength), I can braid my own hair into all the styles, including some funky ones -- inside out braid/french braid (very nice looking) and a twisted french braid. Before this book, I couldn't do anything but a normal braid! The instructions are *very* clear and take you through the process step by step. Especially easy if you have someone to practice on. In my family, it's a new tradition that every time I see my young cousin, we whip out the book and she picks a style for me to braid into her hair.
One other great thing about this book is the pictures. They've got a whole cross-section of beautiful women of many ages, races, and walks of life. It's a beautiful book to look at.
My only complaints about this book are:
* there are a limited number of styles (about 15-20). I've pretty muched finished learning from this book. But, what can you expect -- it is a beginning book, and it does teach some very beautiful, complicated-looking braids.
* although braiding is explained very thoroughly, there's no real tutoring on how to pin hair. Often the book ends a style by telling you to "secure it with a few pins". I don't know why this has been so hard for me to learn, but it has been! I can do an inside-out french braid with aplumb, but your basic bun still has me somewhat stumped. I would have appreciated some advice on how to pin hair to stay up.
Overall this book is a good foundation for learning how to manipulate hair. I'm looking forward to learning more complex styles in the future -- SalonOvations' Braids and Updos Made Easy looks (from the customer reviews) like a good next step.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hair: A Book of Braiding and Styles/
Very nicely done. Great Book.
Published on July 8 2003 by Christina E. Luna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Teens and Older
I enjoyed learning to do the styles in this book, and the simple, straightforward instructions help anyone trying to learn a new style. Read more
Published on March 29 2003 by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant to Easy Going
Nice book!!! I've found this to be a great book for Braids and other pretty hair styles. Each style I've tried came out just like the Beautiful picture and the directions were... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Second purchase
I gave this book to my daughter's preschool teacher and she loved it. This is my 2nd purchase, to replace the one I gave her. I've been able to do the simpler ones so far. Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by Sandra Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST!!
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK ON HAIRSTYLES I have found so far. If you haven't bought one yet go for this one FIRST. I LOVE IT!!
Published on Oct. 22 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's probably the best book on Braiding
I couldn't braid my hair at all before reading this book. Now , with lots of practice, I can do a nice job of braiding my hair and I can't wait for my hair to grow longer so that I... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2001 by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars For the braiding-challenged person
Prior to this book I couldn't even make a basic braid turn out nice. Now I'm french braiding my own hair. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
This is the BEST book on hair designs I have ever seen---I love it!!! I recommend it for anyone who wants to be creative with their hair.
Published on Aug. 21 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lifesaver in Hot Weather!
This book has taught me new ways to put my hair up, so that I still look professional while remaining cool and comfortable on our hot Oklahoma summer days. Read more
Published on July 16 2001 by Carolyn K Armistead
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