Facing the Mirror: Older women and beauty shop culture by Frida Kerner Furman is a fascinating insight into (mature) women and their beauty parlour habits. Her work is theoretically grounded and has a very interview-based approach. One weakness I’ve noticed is that its sample size is restricted to one beauty parlour which leads me to think results and therefore interpretation of said results are skewed. However, Furman’s interpretation is definitely worth a look as she links some very interesting habits and beliefs about beauty parlours with what they actually offer. The langauge is succinct and precise, wastes no time in analysing the participants’ replies and her verbalisation of what many of us know but has never tried to put into words makes for some very interesting reading.
Definitely worth a read or at least a glance through. Especially if you’re a sucker for beauty treatments.
Cheers and God bless!