Some recommended cosmetology textbooks as of 2015 are the "Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, Third Edition," "A Short Textbook of Cosmetology" and "Chemical and Physical Behavior of Human Hair," according to Chemists Corner. The latter of these is also colloquially referred to as "Robbins" among hair care professionals, and comprehensively covers biological knowledge of hair. The "Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, Third Edition" is another comprehensive and scientific textbook, covering the biology of hair, skin and nails, types of cosmetic formula and their ingredients and cosmetic claims and testing.
"A Short Textbook of Cosmetology" is an introductory work, covering basic topics as well as the history of the cosmetic industry.
Some less scientifically practical books for cosmetology include "Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro" by Bobbi Brown, "Bob Recine: Alchemy of Beauty" by Rene Ricard and "Make-up Secrets: Solutions to Every Woman's Beauty Issues and Make-up Dilemmas" by Jemma Kidd.
Bobbi Brown's "Makeup Manual" covers a range of subjects in which the author's extensive experience has given her expertise, including working with celebrity clients and applying false eyelashes. "Bob Recine: Alchemy of Beauty" covers the career of celebrity hair stylist Bob Recine and Jemma Kidd's "Make-up Secrets" has an emphasis on minimalist approaches to beauty.