By Theodora Mjoll Skuladottir Jack
Photos by Gassi.is
Available now from Edda USA
I remember my mom buying Klutz hairstyle books in order to properly do my sister's and my hair for ice skating competitions and ballet recitals. As I helped her out and learned how to do the styles myself, I started finding more complicated things to do with my hair. It is a fun way to pass the time, and now I enjoy doing my niece's hair. (She enjoys doing mine in return, which often leads to giant rat's nests.)
I really liked the idea of a book of hairstyles inspired by Disney Princesses. It's a great hook for young girls. Most of the forty styles assigned to various princesses don't have much to do with the actual princess, but there is a wide variety. I am not sure about the other styles, but the three Tiana styles will work with natural black hair. Also, there are more than forty styles total thanks to an overview of how to do a variety of basic braids at the beginning.
Each step for each hairstyle is accompanied by a small photo, along with a large photo of the finished hairstyle. The large photos aren't always helpful. Sometimes the angle doesn't show the full hairstyle, or the photo is too dark to see. One Aurora style has a plant shadowed in front of the girl, leaving her hair practically invisible. The small photos, however, are helpful. Moreso than many line-art illustrations I've seen in similar books. The instructions could be a little clearer, but they're good enough with the photos.
I don't think any of the hairstyles are too hard for a beginner, especially not the curling techniques. Once you get the braids in the front down, these should be simple. Some do require special equipment, like bun fillers. Also, most of these styles are best done with hair that is longer than shoulder length.
This is a beautifully photographed hairstyle book with a lot of appeal for young girls. If you're looking for ideas for your daughter or niece's hair, or just want to learn to braid, this is a good choice.