When the great composer died, his head was nearly shorn by admirers who wanted a lock of his hair as a keepsake. One family treasured their piece of Beethoven's hair so dearly that it survived for more than a century before finally being sold at Sotheby's to two Beethoven enthusiasts who tested the strands for clues about the musician's life. This fascinating saga follows one lock of hair through history. (Amazon.com)
"It has been over ten years since I last combed my hair," writes author Alice Walker in the introduction to this beautiful black and white coffee table tome devoted to ropey, knotty, natty dreadlocks. (amazon.com)
After a seeing a photo of herself with her daughter, Kreamer, the former creative director for Nickelodeon, deemed herself a "forty-nine-year-old mother with a much too darkly shellacked helmet of hair." Determined to "embrace authenticity," she decided to breakup with her colorist and let her locks go gray. The resulting memoir is a funny, thoughtful look at our obsession with aging.
Create your own celebrity-inspired hair with Vetica's three part guide to personal style: hair treatment and care, hair cutting and styling technique, finding a look for your face and personal style. (amazon.com)
'It's Not Really About the Hair' by Tabatha Coffey
"I grew up in strip clubs, which ironically are among the most authentic and accepting places I have ever been," writes Bravo's bold star of Tabatha's Salon Takeover in this memoir meets business advice book. (amazon.com)
When Rodriguez traveled to Afghanistan in 2001 after the fall of the Taliban, she worried her skills wouldn't be as useful as those of the doctors and nurses in her humanitarian aid group. But as she began to befriend the Afghani people, she realized her career as a hairdresser was of great use to the Afghan women, who have a proud tradition of running salons. In this inspiring memoir, Rodriguez chronicles how, with the help of corporate and international sponsors, she opened a Kabul Beauty School.
In the 60s, 70s and 80s, White was one of the hottest hairdressers in Hollywood with celebrity clients like Sharon Tate, Elizabeth Taylor and Goldie Hawn. But she was also an unstable addict who lost her home and most of her five children because of her dependency on champagne, cocaine and heroin. In this shocking memoir, she reveals how she battled back from addiciton and rebuilt her career.
The founder of Bumble and Bumble interviews masters of modern hairdressing in this book, which includes conversations with Jacqueline Kennedy's trusted stylist, the man who put the curl in Dali's mustache and Sam Lapin, the father of modern haircolor. (amazon.com)