Of all the beauty books currently competing in the powder puff derby--natural, glossy, or big-name commercial--this is the most ambitious and comprehensive in content. Also, the least discriminating. Total means every kind of diet and dye-it advice from recent memory, including all those faddish quickies (the Baskin-Robbins diet is three cups of ice cream a day), N.Y. and Cal. salon evaluations, a list of internationally famous cosmetic surgeons plus projected costs and scar locations for the most popular operations, and first-hand reports--20 pages alone for friend Barbara's glamour spa experience. You can find out about Bob Bent's books on cutting your own or your children's hair, or Deborah Chase's principled The Medically Based, No-Nonsense Beauty Book, but this quite noticeably leans toward more manicured stuff--renting Elizabeth Taylor's Ash Wednesday for a classic before-and-after, sending for French Anti-Wrinkle Petals, or concocting your own scent at a perfume factory.