I recently received a copy of the book Damage Control for review. This book is a collection of short essays from a variety of women about their relationships with therapists, beauticians and trainers published by Avon books, a division of Harper Collins Publishing.
Contributing authors include Minnie Driver, Rose MGowan and Marian Keyes. Some of the essays are hysterical, others touching, but most are cause for one to reflect on their own personal experiences and opinions about those whom we entrust with our bodies, minds and hair.
While I didn't connect with all of the entries, there were a few chapters that really hit home. For example, Minnie Driver's contribution "You Have to Understand My Hair" in which she shares her experiences as a young girl growing up with naturally curly hair. Having naturally curly hair myself, I can completely identify with her description "Evan as I sit here now it is fighting the fact that it is rooted to my scalp, and reaches out longingly as if each spiraling strand heard there was somewhere much better to be in the north, south, east and west." Like Minnie, I have long envied those with straight hair. They know what their hair will look like on hot, humid days. For those of us with insanely curly hair, it is a crap shoot, but I digress.
Another favorite would have to be author Marian Keyes hysterical essay "Hair Rage." Marian defines hair rage as "emotion. Feeling generated by hairstylists, when they willfully mishear requests, spitefully misinterpret photographs, bouff you when you specifically requested no bouffing, and generally send you out into the world with terrible hair." Okay, who out there has not had THAT experience?! She shares an experience that she had at a high priced salon on the eve of a big personal event that went, er, lets just say it didn't go well.
Overall, Damage Control is a quick little read that gave me some good chuckles and made me re-evaluate and reflect on some of my own experiences with hair stylists and the like over the years. This book would make a great gift for someone who is going into cosmetology, massage therapy or the like. It really gives some insight into how very personal these relationships can become for the clients. So if you know someone or you yourself spend a lot of time waiting for appointments and you want an alternative to outdated People magazines, try sticking a copy of Damage Control in your purse :)
The book, which was edited by Emma Forrest.