3 out of 4 stars
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Life After The Chair: Memoir of a Stylist by Monaé Shepard is a memoir of Monaé Shepard’s life and a how-to related to hairstyling. In the beginning, the author shares with readers how she got her start with styling. Based on the descriptions, I can only assume that Monaé Shepard was born with natural talent and creativity. This allowed her to start styling at a very young age. She quickly outgrew her in-home hair business and graduated to a salon, where she learned important life lessons.
The remainder of the book is mainly a how-to book interspersed with memories and life events. The author describes the different types of stylists, ways to build a brand, how to stay healthy, how to invest in the future, and recommendations for life after leaving hair styling. She covers so much information but does it in a helpful, straight-forward way. She only scratches the surface of hairstyling but provides enough information for budding stylists to start their journey.
I quite enjoyed this book. I am not a stylist myself but have always been interested in hair and makeup. It was interesting to hear the author’s story and I enjoyed reading how she started out, though I have to say I was really captivated by the how-to’s and information surrounding hair styling. The author clearly learned much from her experience hair styling and it shows. There were things I may not have considered going into hair, like savings accounts, planning for the future, and running a business. It’s not just about cutting hair if you run your own business. You have to consider so much else. I really liked and appreciated this wide array of input.
That said, I feel like this book desperately needs another proofread or editor. This was definitely my least favorite part of the book and almost made me stop. The story itself is relatively good. However, at times, I felt that the author forgot to go back and delete things or re-read the book. There were spelling errors and grammatical errors throughout the book. In just the beginning, I found a spot that appeared that the author changed the paragraph but forgot to delete the old information.
Overall, I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. This book needs some serious editing before I would be willing to give it a full four stars. That said, I did like the book and found it helpful. It was a short read and I would recommend reading it to anyone looking to start in the beauty business. Those who have been in the business for a while could also benefit from reading this and they may learn some new ideas or tips.
Life After the Chair
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