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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (August 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609808370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609808375
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ouidad is known throughout the beauty industry as the “Queen of Curl.” With a “curly hair only” salon and her own exclusive line of hair care products, she is the expert on how to cut, style, and treat curly locks.

Jennifer Schonbrunn Hinkle is a freelance beauty writer living in Connecticut.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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143 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Lola Pantone on October 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've had to deal with my curls all my life, and I was hoping that this would help. It didn't. I later purchased Massey's book, Curly Girl, which has totally helped. As a professional model, the way my hair looks is an integral part of my career. I saw Ouidad on Glow (the TV show on the Style Network) and thought that although she merely COATED Linda Lopez's hair with product, maybe the book would have more to it. Not true. The book -as another reviewer said- was pure, shameless self promotion and did LITTLE to provide actual assistance in the matter of caring for you hair. On the other hand, Massey's book, Curly Girl, gave you TOOLS to care for you hair, and even developed a fool-proof system. What I liked most about MASSEY'S system is that she wrote about all types of curl textures, regardless of your ethnicity. Furthermore, I even visited Massey's salon in NYC, which is called Devachan, and I must admit that they actually walked the walk & talked the talk. The knowledge behind Curly Girl is apparent in the salon, & I only wish that *all* women had a salon like that near them! (I traveled from Michigan...I was in NYC for a fashion show.) Bottom line: If you want to be taught to buy products, get Ouidad's book. If you want to be taught about your hair, how to care for it, how to love it, and what works for it & get it to look good, buy Massey's. The choice is clear, Curlies!!!!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Cydni Perkins on October 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know about hair care just from owning curly hair and wearing it curly for the last 23 years. The directions for making the hairstyles were very difficult to follow - I saw a hairstyle in the book and tried to duplicate it, but the instructions Ouidad had given confused me and the style didn't turn out. It kind of bothered me that she gave instructions for straightening hair. I want to make my curls look better, not damage my precious hair with straightening treatments! Overall, I was bored and annoyed with this book. Curly Girl is a lot better.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on August 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book does have some good advice for handling curl if you are absolutely clueless as to how to manage your mane. However, I did not find it to have as much complete iformation as the book, Curly Girl, which I highly recommend.

The good points about Curl Talk is she teaches the chronic "touchers" to leave their hair alone and emphasizes the importance of moisturizing and protecting your fragile locks. However, the information is at times incomplete, especially for beginners, and often not well written on points that are difficult to understand; leaving the reader not fully capable of following her instructions. The photographes are very poor and considering the poorly written instructions, the photographs are of importance for the reader to understand her directions, especially when trying to copy a specific hair style.

The book is a fair example of general information about curly hair, but does not go into enough detail nor is it written well enough to be the end-all instruction manual for curly hair.

Try Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey, it's a great book to release your inner Curly Diva.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Caitlyn on July 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This curly convert thought Ouidad's book was very informative. I have had frizzy wavy hair forever and got tired of having it straightened. Ouidad taught me a sensible system for bringing out and caring for my natural curl. My hair never looked better now that I have the tools to control it. Ouidad gets right to the point and covers all the basics, from washing to conditioning to styling. It is also a fun and easy read, with many anecdotes along the way.

I appreciate that Ouidad created her own products, as I don't have the time to search through the many products on the market. Her products are excellent, and the fact that I can purchase them from her streamlines the process.

Another great book is Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. I find switching back and forth between the two books' techniques gives me many choices on how to make my hair look great every day.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Julie on March 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love Ouidad products, but I would not buy this book again. It really was just one big adertisement for Ouidad products.

Don't get me wrong, I love what Ouidad does for my hair. I always get tons of compliments when I use their Deep Treatment but as far as books go, get Curly Girl instead. Lorraine Massey is solely interested in promoting beautiful curly hair, not just her product line.

There's also a newer curly hair line called JessiCurl. It's my new favorite.

I say skip this book and invest in some product that will enhance your curls. I've tried Ouidad, Deva Curl and Jessicurl and they're all wonderful.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "waittiluhavekids" on March 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
What a waste of time. If I wanted to buy overpriced products, I'd hit the mall. If I wanted to read some really silly testimonials, I'd buy a copy of The National Enquirer. Ouidad provided minimal information sandwiched between shameless self-promotion.
Curly Girl, by Lorraine Massey, is a better choice.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NIU mom on December 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sorry but this book was like watching an informercial for Ouidad products. Don't waste your money on the book or the "miracle product." Buying a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner which contains the right proteins, emollients, humectants etc.and alcohol-free clear hair gel from your local discount store will do the trick. HINT: Look for products in the ethnic hair care section of your store, product with a big price tag that promises your hair a miracle!
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