Hair Hacks: Your Tresses Troubles Solved!

9781515768296. ea vol: 48p. (Beauty Hacks). further reading. photos. Capstone. Aug. 2017. lib. ed. $31.32.
Gr 5–8—It is especially important that beauty books—which are by definition about appearance—include a diverse array of models. This series features dark- and light-skinned African American girls, Latina girls, and a girl in a hijab on the cover of Makeup and Skin. Oddly, many of the models appear older than the target audience, with even a few tattoos making an appearance, although this may only increase the appeal. And unfortunately, much of the information and many of the hacks presented read like rehashed magazine sidebars. There are a few kitchen recipes for cleansing and moisturizing, a DIY solution for stretching too-tight shoes, and one legitimately practical chart showing what the various types of hair dryers are actually useful for.
VERDICT This series for tweens and young teens is valuable more for its design and inclusivity than its content.
Lipstick stains on your clothes? Always getting nail polish on your fingers? [cf2]Fashion[cf1] and [cf2]Nail[cf1], respectively, offer "hacks" to these problems and others; chapters cover such topics as repairing damaged clothes and healing dry hands and feet. Though the design--full of flashy graphics, doodles, and varying fonts--is cluttered, the text does contain clever tips and useful advice. Reading list.

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