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Curly Girl - Enhanced Ebook Edition: The Handbook [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Lorraine Massey , Michele Bender
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The Curly Girl manifesto is back, now completely revised, updated, and expanded by more than a third with all-new material. Created by curly hair evangelist Lorraine Massey—the go-to curl expert featured in Allure, InStyle, Lucky, Seventeen, and The New York Times; owner of the Devachan salons in New York; and creator of a multimillion-dollar line of all-natural Devachan products—Curly Girl is the surprising bible for the 65 percent of women with naturally curly or wavy hair and a desire to celebrate it.

Curly Girl is packed with unique and fail-proof hair-care methods, inspiration, and an empowering pro-curl attitude. It’s all here: daily routines for Botticelli, fractal, and wavy curls; Lorraine’s no-more-shampoo epiphany—handle your hair as gently as you do your best cashmere sweater; homemade lotions and potions. New to this edition: an illustrated, step-by-step guide to trimming your own hair (Remember: It’s not what you take off; it’s what you leave on.); a section on the particular needs of wavy hair; Lorraine’s Down-and-Dirty Curly Boy Routine; more fabulous ’dos for weddings and other special occasions; a chapter on multicurltural hair written by an African American specialist at Devachan. Plus, updated information on green and chemical-free products, 20 new Q&A’s, and a DVD with tutorials on caring for four different types of curls. From now on, there’s no such thing as a bad hair day.


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From the Back Cover

Say no to shampoo, unplug the dryer, and find your inner curl

Celebrate the beauty of curls in a buoyant how-to, manifesto, and curly girl support group all in one.

Beginning with hair's true nature and underscored by Lorraine's Shampoo Epiphany - handle your hair as gently as you do your best cashmere sweater - it's all here: the care, the styling, the cuts, the dos, the tips, the products, the remedies, the attitude.

Tight coils and soft wavy tresses, African American curls and curly kids - this is what to do to look and feel your best.

Includes: Curly Cues and Quizzes, Daily Routines for Corkscrew, Botticelli, and Wavy Curls, Homemade Lotions & Potions, Q&A's for No More Bad Hair Days, Twelve-Step Recovery Program that will change your life, one shampoo at a time.

Plus: I Used to be Straight....And 22 Other Curly Girl Confessions

About the Author

Michele Bender is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, Working Mother, and Health, where she was a contributing editor. She lives in New York City.


Lorraine Massey is the founder and co-owner of Devachan, a stylish salon and spa in SoHo in New York City. Her specialty--her passion--is curly hair, and curly girls from the city and afar flock to Devachan for her magic.

Product Details

  • File Size: 182 MB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Pap/DVD edition (January 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4KS0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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263 of 269 people found the following review helpful
By Eibhinn
Format:Paperback
Please be aware that for some reason Amazon has not created a new page for the updated second edition of this book, therefore any pre-December 2010 reviews will not take into account the improvements made in the updated version.

I have both the first and second editions of this book. As a curly haired curl with straight-haired parents, it wasn't until I bought the first edition of this book that I had any idea how to properly care for my hair. The main features of Massey's method are not using sulfate-based shampoos or any products containing silicone, styling the hair by scrunching with non-drying gel after washing, and preferably towel and air-drying the hair, or at least attaching a diffuser to your hair dryer. There is more information than just that in the book, including recipes for home-made hair products and specifics for how to cut and colour curly hair, but that is the skeleton of her approach. Although the hair-cutting information is meant for stylists, when my hair was very long I used it to cut my own hair and gave myself the best haircut I've ever had. Since using her methods I get a lot more compliments on my hair.

While the basics of the approach remain the same, the second edition of the book represents a significant increase in the amount of information shared. The book is about a centimeter taller and thirty pages longer and the formatting in the second edition (ex. smaller font and less empty space) means each page has more information. There is less silly "fluff" features (although some remains) and in a very helpful addition, a short 25 minute DVD means you can see the techniques demonstrated. The second edition has new information for curly haired men and children, and about grey hair.
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Finally Made Me a Believer! August 3, 2011
By Leslie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One afternoon as I was browsing the shelves in my local county library I suddenly saw the words, "Curly Girl" and I was intrigued enough to check it out and bring the book home.

All my life I have battled, hated, and been ashamed of my *ugly* naturally curly hair. I am the only curly girl in a family of people with stick-straight hair. When I was a child, my mother always complained that my hair looked "like it was combed with an egg-beater." I so wanted to feel long, swinging hair on my shoulders that I pinned scarves to my head. My mother always threatened that if I didn't take better care of my hair; i.e.,control its unruliness, she would cut it off. And just before my 3rd grade field trip to take a boat cruise in the harbor, that is exactly what she did! I was humiliated to discover that with the ocean's humidity I looked like a poodle! In my teens I slept on rollers as big as orange juice cans and even subjected my hair to a home-straightening kit, which ruined it and caused it to break off and thin. In my 20's I learned that if I kept my hair cut really short and used a big round brush to blow-dry it, my hair would be smoother. But the results never were exactly as I'd hoped and never lasted. Give me a rainstorm, fog, sweatiness, or too much handling, and it would all come undone. For years I wouldn't allow my husband to touch my hair for fear that my hair would revert to its natural state. (Not too romantic, heh?)

About 15 years ago at my *staight-haired* sister's urging, I tried using a diffuser when blow-drying my hair. Unfortunately I knew nothing about technique.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where there's a wave...you need this book! February 2, 2011
Format:Paperback
"Where there's a wave, there's a curl," says Lorraine Massey. And she should know. Not only did she start a group of hair salons that cater to curly heads, but she was the author of the original Curly Girl handbook that began the "curly revolution" in our nation!

In the ten years since the original Curly Girl book came out, Lorraine has gathered even more curly know-how, which she shares in the newly-released, curlier-than-ever version of the Curly Girl: The Handbook. I learned a lot of new tips and facts in its pages. Did you know that hair is 97% protein, thus the protein intake in your diet directly affects your hair's health? The illustration of a hair's cuticles using pine cones was easy to understand ("smooth = moist cuticle, open = dry, frizzed cuticle"). And for the first time I realized why curly hair is never as glossy as straight hair (its shape doesn't reflect the light as well!).

I also noticed a lot of things that hadn't been in the first edition of the book, but that I'd learned along the way about my own curls. Lorraine's "jet-set" method of putting in extra gel for travel and not shaking out her curls until she arrived is exactly what I do--and I well remember the days of cranking up my car heater to dry my curls on the way to work! The expanded information on not only choosing a hair stylist but cutting your own curls proved very helpful for this girl who's always taking the scissors to her curls, too.

It was great to see real, live curly girl models gracing the pages of Curly Girl instead of just curly celebrity types. Another thing I really appreciated is that even though Lorraine now owns her own DevaCurl product line, she didn't push it in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!!
Amazing book for curly girls!! It will change the way you see curly hair for good and make you love yours!!!
Published 9 hours ago by Ken & Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Curlie you need this book
Excellent Book. I have learnt so much more about my Curly kinky hair. First off I am African American. I have the Fractal or Zigzag curl. I have big chop almost a 1year and half. Read more
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Good ideas.
Published 1 day ago by C. Hostetler
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally 'Found' My Curls! Yay!
Wow! After years of struggling with hair that clearly "wanted" to curl, but didn't quite get beyond the limp-wave level, I used the advice in this book. The results? Read more
Published 1 day ago by Karen Ouzts
5.0 out of 5 stars It has lots of funny and encouraging anecdotes
I haven't read this book from cover to cover, but it's very well organized so that I can skip around to whatever topic I want to know about. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Teneil Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book, thanks for all the tips and stories
Growing up with thick frizzy nearly curly hair was no picnic. There was teasing by classmates and even some adults! Read more
Published 3 days ago by jay co mop top
5.0 out of 5 stars Curly hair happiness
Best practical information in years about the care and feeding of curly hair! The videos help clarify techniques- a good addition!
Published 4 days ago by xena582
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This is the holy Grail for all girls and boys who's trying to go all natural. Great go to guide on how to trasition, style and care for my curls. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Qua
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this book
i love this book, i wish i had this in my teens years because it has alot of things that i could have done myself and had my hair looking more healthier and bouncier. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Maddy
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Great book for those with all types of curly hair. Very informative.
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Lorraine Massey is the founder and co-owner of Devachan, a stylish salon and spa in SoHo in New York City. Her specialty--her passion--is curly hair, and curly girls from the city and afar flock to Devachan for her magic.



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