A Hairdresser's Diary


Author, Artist & Poet EntA

Christine Hannon

Dear Christine......I do hope you don't mind me writing to you ...........I have just read your book... A HAIRDRESSERS DIARY.....and just wanted you to know how good I thought it was ....I am a hairdresser myself and still doing it and still love it although I am now 69, but a sort of young 69.I have a small salon at the front of my house.....I still love what I  do and and still feel that feeling when someone goes out of my salon feeling good about themselves knowing I made them feel like that....I felt your pain when you had to give up because of your back, I don't know what I would do if god forbid I had to stop...I guess I would also do more of my art work funny how a lot of hairdressers are also into art anyway just wanted to tell how good I thought your book was thank you for writing it x


LO


By Sharla
Format: Paperback
Christine Hannon's story, A Hairdresser's Diary, carries you on a journey from a life where she longs to be loved to one where she is not only loved but adored. It embraces accomplishment of her dream only to see it shattered most unexpectedly.

The hairdresser is more than a connoisseur of tresses: She is a confidant, psychologist and friend loved by most, revered by those closest to her and envied by no one. For Christine, hers is a story of immense gratitude even in the face of adversity.

You will find yourself at the intersection of many life-changing events where you will want to reach out to her, share in the moment, and lend a helping hand when so urgently needed. You will laugh at the incredibly funny stories, cry at thoughts of the uncontrollable pain, and share with her the most memorable endeavors.

Step back in time with Christine to an era before modern day technology: an era devoid of today's amenities we so often take for granted.

To Christine: Your book left me wanting to know what happens next. Will there be a sequel? I certainly hope so for this reader definitely wants to continue along the journey.


Add you comments, I would love to hear from you!

Interesting! I had never read a story about hairdressing! I especially like the line saying "That is a wonderful thing Chris, there is no shame in being the class clown when it has brought so much laughter and joy to us." love this sentence: "The opportunities to succeed were now entirely up to me and I liked the feeling." A nice sense of control that will not be taken for granted and will be used wisely. Your story is very interesting and that, along with your beautiful language structure is engaging from beginning to end. I am a person who appreciates the way words are used to enliven a story. You have done that very well in this piece. By the way, I would like to say, GOOD FOR YOU!! Best wishes

Bernice

A very professional narrative voice here. You've told a story or two before, I feel. You have that measured practice about your writing. Emotive and gripping. This was a fine read.

You have an eye that remembers like a detective. Very detailed. I could actually visualize the salon and everything else.
I was amazed at how what I thought this would be hum-drum stuff had a bit tension as the excitement that drew me further to read it all. Well done!

Mike

 
This is a nice story with a smooth flow and great imagery. It managed to interest the reader quickly in the beginning and held it till the end
There are well defined character's and the dialogue flows well
This is very well written with good solid realistic dialogue. It has a natural flow of words, making for an easy read. Very good imagery. A must buy book indeed.

Debbie

Here are just a few of the testimonials from readers of my books

I’ve read a lot of books and I just want to say that Chris has told her story from the heart. It comes across with every page I read. I want to continue instead of putting it down. Chris makes you feel that you’re right there with her through all her ups and downs. Chris has shown me that her heart and will to survive are AMAZING, showing us that instead of using all that has happened as an excuse to give up she just continues on. As mentioned in another comment I can’t wait to read her next book. Bring it on Chris!!!


LIL

Okay, so I have heard you relate this tale and it made me emotional at that time.
I read about this person in the unedited version of your book and I was teary.
And, reading it on the net, I was very emotional, and I knew what a fantastic job you did for this lady.
I know that you have always been a very giving person and aid all who request your help! You don’t know how to say no.
I tried to put this on that page but it kept telling me there was an error, if you can get it there, please do so.
Cathy

I am taken in completely by the history, time frame, etc....you have taken great consideration and time to show me the "goings on" of the times as well as what your experiences were. This is turning into not only a story of your personal journey with your childhood/adulthood/career, but also learing about some of the way things "used to be back in the day..."...this just gets more and more interesting.....clear down to the purchase of perm rods and the need for "clean" brushes due to "regulations"...I have no problem believing also that you, dear Chris, are a natural!!

Hugs Dorothy


By Kathleen Boston McCune
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Christine's autobiography so clearly comes from her heart and soul and compels the reader to
stay with it to the last word. I enjoyed the tale and wanted to hug her throughout, but particularly when she was still a toddler and being pushed away from her mother by her mother....how utterly heartless and unfathomable to me, the mother of two children myself, I could never imagine treating them thusly. She had the stalwart fortitude to stand up straight as her beloved Grandmother decreed and march forward under her own strength alone....well done you!!

I feel sure you have raised your
children with love you missed all those years.


5.0 out of 5 stars From Dolls to Real People

By Nancy Clark Townsend

This review is from: A Hairdresser's Diary (Kindle Edition)

Christine Hannon's journey from childhood to emancipated adult as chronicled by her diary is an interesting read and worth taking the trip with her. Despite the terrible cruelty of her mother and step-family she proves what grit and determination can do. She never gave up on her dream of becoming a hair stylist - from dolls to real people. She found strength in writing poetry and drawing along the way as well as writing in her diary. Against all odds and with help from unexpected sources she obtains not only her dreamed-of career, but love, marriage and a family of her very own. She held my attention despite the fact that I personally have never been interested in the "beauty" business.




 


By francisfactor
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book engaged me from the beginning as Christine describes her difficult childhood. Even though she suffers hardships, many brought on by her family, she goes on to achieve her dream of becoming a hairdresser. The portion of the book in which she describes going to beauty school is fascinating, and she details many trade secrets along the way and lets the reader in on dealing with headlice as well as showing the glamourous side of the profession. As she begins her career she brings in fascinating details about her customers and the new fashion of using the seasons to determine what colors would best suit the customer. In school and on the job, Christine shows her heart as she helps customers with their problems. She relates how she has to adapt to new job situations and to a tragic accident that leaves her in constant pain and unable to pursue her career. Despite the setbacks she's experienced, Christine's sense of humor, love of her family and personal courage shine through in the pages of this book. As you read, you'll not only learn a lot about hairstyling, but about how Christine handles life's setbacks with determination and grace.


Wow! What a story. You did some really wonderful work. That's an amazing way to learn a profession. I'm now completely hooked on your story. Nothing dry about it. A book for all to read.
Ken

 
I really loved reading your story. There are so many things going on here, parental abuse, loss of trust in your mother, the upheaval of starting again, and, most importantly, that against all those odds you were still prepared to invest in your future, not take the easier option of a higher paid job that would net you less in the long run. A very enjoyable book that now has me hooked to read more!


By angel1957
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
WOW Chris! When I went into fb and saw there was a suggested friend for me named 'Christine Hannon' I figured maybe it was the younger one...but NO it was YOU!! YAY! Then to find out you had written a book about your life and tales of hairdressing..some of which I had heard first hand from you a 'few' years ago as we sat having tea as friends or as I or my daughters Donna or Mindy sat having our hair done by you. In fact if I remember correctly my oldest daughter Donna was going through something at one time and you wrote a little poem for her. Now back to your book...so on May 6th I bought your book for my Kindle Fire and on May 7th @ around 11:45pm I finally could put it down...FINISHED! You see sometimes reading a book is easy and refreshing, like ice cream on a hot summer day. Compulsive and addictive, like a drug you just can't get enough of..and these I found in reading Chris's Memoirs. I cringed and cried at the life she lived as a child growing up but I first handed lay KNOW and have SEEN the BEAUTIFUL woman inside AND out that Chris has become due to the trials and tribulations she has gone through, and when Chris tells us she's a 'Chatty Cathy' please BELIEVE it!! She is, but in the most awesome way! Thank you Chris for this awesome read! I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel
Lovingly Always
Debi xox


5.0 out of 5 stars Too caught up in the story to edit!

By Betsy A. Riley

This review is from: A Hairdresser's Diary: By looking into the mirror of others, we come to see the reflection of ourselves. (Paperback)I found your story very interesting. I kept getting caught up in the story and having to backtrack to edit the section I just read. And the ending left me wanting to know more. Your story is so inspiring, especially that you maintain such a "can do", positive attitude in sprite of all that has been thrown your way.

Aside from your life story, which was gripping, the view it gave of the changes in salon services (and clientele) over the decades was interesting from a historical perspective.

I remember the days of setting lotion and curlers, and ladies going out with their hair in curlers. I remember the shift to tousled, "natural" looks. I remember when the color seasons swept through America (I am a winter who always thought I was a fall-switching my color palette made a tremendous difference). It was fascinating to hear about all that change from the perspective of a stylist.

I wish you all blessings and joy. I hope that others can read your story and be touched by it as well.


By craig
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just read for the second time and it was even better! A must read by everyone that enjoys a laugh and a tear!


I have enjoyed reading your story. You used great descriptive language I could almost feel the cold, hunger and pain, physical as well as emotional. A poignant write that sends the heart reeling... you paint words with colors dark and bright... the presentation of events flow in a good sequence, staying on course as you go along.... a riveting theme with emotional appeal! I can't wait for the next book.

Sandra V


 

Doug3847

This review is from: A Hairdresser's Diary: By looking into the mirror of others, we come to see the reflection of ourselves. (Paperback)

Inspirational story of how dreams can become reality and struggles become blessings. I was unable to put this book down. The writing is refreshing and down to earth.


 

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
By Kathleen Boston McCune "Kathleen Boston McCune" (Prairie Village, Kansas)
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: A Hairdresser's Diary (Kindle Edition)
Christine's autobiography so clearly comes from her heart and soul and compels the reader to stay with it to the last word. I enjoyed the tale and wanted to hug her throughout, but particularly when she was still a toddler and being pushed away from her mother by her mother....how utterly heartless and unfathomable to me, the mother of two children myself, I could never imagine treating them thusly. She had the stalwart fortitude to stand up straight as her beloved Grandmother decreed and march forward under her own strength alone....well done you!!

I feel sure you have raised your children with love you missed all those years.


By Dana Burkey on December 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
I downloaded this book off of Smashwords a few days ago and it was just amazing!

First of all I want to say a big THANK YOU to the author for opening about her life in such a real and vulnerable way! Reading all that she went through I know it was not easy to sit and think about it again and write it all down. But, I am thankful she did since it was beautiful!

The whole book was just amazing. The writing felt like a bug from a friend. I felt drawn in and cared about everything right from the start. I felt the emotions and the raw feelings right away! I enjoyed seeing things from the authors perspective, even during the hard moments thanks to those around her!

This might be because I have a few friends that have gone to hair school, or are there now, but I felt like I knew the author and could really see her going through everything. It was like she was someone who I had met and who had cut my hair along the way! It was truly amazing!

I feel like I have not said much about the book in this review, but at the same time, I want you to experience and read it all for yourself! Just know that it was beautiful, and that you will need to keep tissues close by!!!


A Hairdresser's Diary by Christine Hannon is a collection of memorable events in the author's life that come together and become the essence of this captivating book. It's a story of one woman's determination to fight against the staggering pricks of life in order to fulfill her heart's desire of becoming a successful hairdresser. Filled with an array of emotions from heart wrenching to funny, this book covers the life of Christine from childhood to adult in a simplistic, yet thorough approach that readers can relate to and appreciate. I recommend this read to anyone and everyone who is going through a rough time in their life, as an encouragement and inspiration to never give up on your dream.

R.D.

 Chris I love your book. Enjoyed the term "shampoo girl." I've never heard the word "tenterhooks." I think it's helpful that you describe your personality a little, as in "not shy." Also good for setting to cite the specific location, where you were, "East London." Fascinating and hilarious bit about the "blonde" wannabe!! "Everyone's shoulder to cry on, keepers of secrets." This is really excellent writing. Really great! "Kid gloves, unpaid psychologists." Love it! "Working on their heads loosened their tongues," that is so cute!! Such a beautiful, detailed, and special description of the little, frail lady. Just wonderful. I think this is my favourite so far.

Candance P

Hi Chris,
You must have known I was thinking of you, and I’m sorry that I missed you as I really wanted to tell you in person what an amazing book you’ve written. I have tried several times to email you how much I enjoyed reading your book, but the words never seemed enough to express my feelings and thoughts. But here goes:
Thank you so much for letting me read your book! Your book was both heartbreaking and truly inspiring at the same time. To think of all that you had to endure and concur in such a short time span and still be able to laugh and love is truly amazing! I loved reading about the hairdressing tricks, techniques and colour charts. (Some people are so funny in their thinking and what they think works best for them!)
It was very heart wrenching to know what your childhood was like and to know that a mother could give up her child so easily and then continue to take advantage of you. I am so glad that you found Ron and that you were able to put your past behind you and create the family life you should have had and deserved.
Congratulations on your wonderful book and for showing that you can overcome your problems if you are determined enough and that there are some very special people in this world who are there to help you along the way. Congratulations Again Chris!

D.R.


5.0 out of 5 stars When I feel I am part of the story
By swellguy
Format: Kindle Edition
Once I started reading A Hairdresser's Diary I found myself right there with Chris. I was one of her customers, one of her friends and I was the one who wanted to console her during her pain and despair. This book is a real "could not put down" kind of story. I felt sad, angry, excitement, pride and accomplishment sometimes all those in one chapter.

A definite must read. you will not be sorry you did. I will now look at MY hairdresser in a whole new light.


Chris I have noticed a pattern here with each chapter and the way you are choosing to close them....it is kind of a short ending with a lead to the next chapter and it sure works well!! All chapters thus far have been well written, enjoyable (as your life goes forward, not always meaning the things you have had to go through to get there...you know..), and descriptive. I feel as though I am knowing you more all the time, and that is what this is all about. Oh, God bless you!! By the time I got to the last paragraph, my mouth was hanging open, jaw held dropped down. This was a horrific way for a mother to treat a daughter. You have lived through sooo much. The writing flowed nicely. You made it easy to read. It was very descriptive. I recommend it to everyone I know.

EVE.M

Chris this playful piece holds my attention for the sheer fascination of the twists and turns of the story written with much spontaneity and playful mood...the fluidity of sequences gives it a natural flow, allowing events to take place in a charming way, much like a dream that may have some tangles but smooths out in the end.. a fine write.
Anne


"Itching to discuss..." What a funny play on words! The lice issue got my attention right away. Oh my gosh! The description of the head sores and their odour is intense!! And the spider web under the scalp! Is that true?? "Jagged, unprofessional haircuts, matted, filthy hair." Very moving and descriptive. This was just fascinating to read. I loved your description of caring for people and how you learned more than just about hair.
Gail


By Amazon Customer
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is a heartbreaking and beautiful story of Christine Hannons' life as a stylist.
I couldn't put this book down once I started it.



 
Continues to be a lovely book, Chris, and I am so enjoying your "hairy" tales...wouldn't want to change a thing....although I don't like coming to the end of a chapter, i must say some of the best parts are your last lines. You have a terrific way of ending your chapters.

Amie

 

I would have loved being in "your" chair!!! You gave so much of yourself, and enjoyed your work, giving the client a personal experience that led to greater self esteem.

Looking forward to the next book! I am just reading along hearing YOUR  story has not been boring nor repetitive at all! As I said before, I remember these times of change, and appreciate the knowledge shared.

Leslie W

 
What a lovely story and I almost came to tears as I read this. Your story is very believable and has good creative dialogue and characters. Very well written and I would recommend this to others.

Ester.S


By Tabitha Silvaon December 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
Wow! This book was super good! I found it on Smash word and wanted to read it since my best friend is in hair school right now and it was super cool! Like, the whole thing was about this lady, the author, and how she totally had to deal with a lot of stuff growing up. It wasn’t just like her getting a job and everything like that, it was all true stuff that happened to her and how it all made her want to help make people feel good about their hair and how they looked and everything! I loved the whole book and totally got the second one on Smash words right away too! I read it, but I will post that one on that book so it’s not all confusing. But yeah, super amazing! I’m buying it for my friend for Christmas for sure!


By Kaerissaon
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I can relate to so many stories in this book all hairstylist must read this book pure passion for the business



By Dfcuon
Format: Paperback
A great insite in what hairdresser's go through. It gave a great insite to her life experiences. I highly recommend this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars "What a Fabulous Story!"

By Hamster Lady "Sunshine"

This review is from: A Hairdresser's Diary: By looking into the mirror of others, we come to see the reflection of ourselves. (Paperback)
This is a must read story for anyone who thinks a bad life of downs holds you back. This story is so unbelieveable you won't be able to put it down. It keeps you wondering what will happen next in this woman's life when she is down in luck but yet pulls herself back up and keeps on going forward to her dream and then... A must read can't give it all away! Pick up your copy today you won't regret reading this amazing story.