How many times have you tried to color your hair at home, only to be "rewarded" with spotty highlights and a hue that's not quite right? (Or is that just me?) If you need a little help with your hair color, you might like The Hair Color Mix Book ($24.95), out next week.

Author Lorri Goddard-Clark is a salon veteran who has worked with celebrities including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Heidi Klum, Madonna, Kirsten Dunst, and Drew Barrymore (who wrote the book's foreword). While it'll cost $150 and up to have her highlight your hair at Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, the book shares her techniques and tricks for a lot less money.

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This book isn't for women who want a quick, simple solution for hair coloring. Instead, it's for anyone who's willing to mix different colors and try various application techniques to get the perfect color. (Goddard-Clark admits that buying all of the necessary supplies can be a little costly, but over time, it will be less expensive to color your hair at home.)

The book is separated into three sections: techniques, recipes, and post-color care. You'll definitely need to read the first section thoroughly to understand Goddard-Clark's techniques; they're not difficult to follow, but it's important to understand how to mix different dyes to get the right look. One quibble: The instructions are clear, but I wish the book used photos instead of illustrations to demonstrate the proper application techniques. But in general, if you're committed to learning how to do more than apply all-over color to your hair, consider this your textbook.