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Curly Girl: The Handbook Paperback – January 13, 2011
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From the Back Cover
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, co-author of Silver Hair and Curly Girl, is an award-winning freelance writer. She has co-authored best-selling books, such as Believe Me with Yolanda Hadid and The Immune System Recovery Plan with Dr. Susan Blum. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Real Simple and Family Circle, among other national publications.
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Edit: I'm changing my review from a 4 to a 5. To those who feel discouraged, there is hope! Since the first time I reviewed the book I cut about 10 inches of my hair off. It rests at my shoulders now, and is a lot easier to experiment with since there is so much less of it. As of May 2015, no heating tools have touched my head, and it has worked out very nicely! It is almost the end of the summer and I have not cursed the humidity once.
I'm still using a sulfate-free shampoo (AG Fast Food Shampoo), and I switch between Tresemme Un(done) conditioner (silicone and glycerin free) and Yes to Carrots conditioner. I use a leave-in conditioner and Ouidad Climate Control Gel (alcohol free). Navigating the curly hair products has been a lot easier after reading this book, and I think its a good resource for anyone who wants better curls.
What I really like about the book is that it doesn't read like a manual. It reads like someone with experience is telling you how to take car of your hair. It has relate able stories from fellow curly girls, about their curls. Hair style ideas, and even a Curly Girl Horoscope. My physical copy came with a DVD too, for those that need visuals when cutting their own hair or styling it.
On the downside, my hairdresser thinks I'm a snob now. Because I want my hair cut dry, and I show her exactly where to cut. This book gave me too much confidence/authority over my hair. Read at your own risk.
If you are struggling to accept your hair, it's a bit Chicken-Soup for the Soul, with the Curly Confessions, and the 12 Steps Promise (to not abuse your hair anymore) and the hair horoscopes.
I was personally hoping for more balanced insight on porous/texture aspects of hair rather than main focus on the shape of each curl.
I will say I found the hairstyles nice to include, as well as the recipes for protein masks and diy gel spray, and tips for cutting your own hair, but I was disappointed that none of the videos were supported by my device.
Overall, not for me, and there is as much if not more info in blogs that don't cost $10.
Bottom line...those that know me well, know I've struggled my whole life trying to tame this mane, and it's not been easy... oh the crazy things I've done, the many hours I've spent trying to make sure every strand was perfectly in place - and oh the many terrible haircuts from stylists having no idea how to manage my hair... the many tears shed. I've finally decided to embrace my crazy hair and start loving it how it should be loved. This book has a lot of useful information for curly hair. Please understand what works for some, may not work for everyone, but it's a learning experience! Don't expect this book to be a miracle worker and solve all your problems for you. It's meant as a guideline to help learn what works best for you, and remember it's going to take time a lot of practice, but I know once we get the hang of this it will all be worth it!