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Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong Paperback – May 1, 2010
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—Rain Pryor, author of Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor and winner of the NAACP Theatre Award
"Curly Like Me is down-to-earth, fun to read, and chock-full of useful information for curly girls everywhere. Kudos to Teri LaFlesh for showing the world that curly hair can be a blessing, not a burden."
—Lori Tharps, author of Kinky Gazpacho and coauthor of Hair Story
"A great hair guide for coily heads that is easy to read, fun, relatable, understandable, and full of tips and advice that will make living with humid-sensitive hair enjoyable."
—Mireille Liong-A-Kong, founder of Going-Natural.com and author of Going Natural: How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair
"You'll read this excellent how-to guide to get Teri's envious beautiful curls, but you'll love this book because you'll have Teri's gentle and endearing voice in your ear for a journey to acceptance of your curly-haired self!"
—Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and co-host of Mixed Chicks Chat
Very curly hair isn't like any other type of hair—and it requires totally different care.
Curly Like Me is the off-the-grid, do-it-yourself owner's manual for tightly curly hair. Discover the techniques you need to celebrate your curly hair—not fight against it. In this book, you will learn not only how to care for your curls but to cherish them, while saving you time, effort, and money.
- How to wear your curls in your own natural curl pattern
- The best products, tools, and ingredients for curly hair
- How to understand your hair—a guide to curly hair structure and behavior
- More than 250 photos and illustrations
- A special chapter on pain-free curly hair care for kids
Let Curly Like Me empower you to take charge of your hair so you can embrace your beautiful curls and set them free.
Top Customer Reviews
If you're 1/10th as skeptical as I am when it comes to claims of a great hair technique, you'll want to know my credentials to see whether or not I'm qualified to make such a bold claim.
I'm biracial. My father is black and my mother is white. However, growing up, when asked the infamous "What are you?" question - all you mixed chicks know what I'm talking about - I would always apologetically suffix my reply with "...but I just don't have biracial hair". My brother has jet black big loose curls, but from infancy I was dubbed the one with the "bad hair" (not by my loving parents however, just the rest of the world). I believed it mind, body and soul. Why else would my evil hairdresser aunt force a relaxer on me when I was but a preschooler? Something must be very very wrong with my hair, I thought, since even with a relaxer it was an unruly Simba-mane. (I really did look like I belonged on The Lion King).
So, up until 10 months ago, I thought I couldn't live without the relaxer. Then one day several months ago, I decided to stretch my standard every 3 or 4 month relaxer fix by doing straw sets since it was so damaged. Time kept going and soon I was 6 then 7 months post, but with no thoughts of going natural. Then on month 8, a funny thing happened. For the first time, I really felt my new growth as I was washing my hair, what's this? Then I looked at it...CURLS?!?! Tight small spirally things growing from my head? YES! MY HEAD!Read more ›
Anyhow, I digress. After many attempts, first following Teri's method by the book, then trying the many variations found online, I came to the conclusion that this method just wasn't my cup of tea. I have a nice, perfectly formed coil pattern when my hair is in its natural state but like many other reviewers I ran into issues with dryish, breaking locks. Sometimes it looked and felt filmy. There were just too many versions of this method and not only had I lost patience but I'd lost too much hair (and I wasn't willing to part with any more).
What I did take away from this book was an pleasant reintroduction to my natural coils which I hadn't seen since I was a kid. Teri gave me the confidence to go natural and the confidence that I could grow my hair to great lengths. She also put me on a path to find OTHER methods for achieving my hair goals.
Unbeknownst to me there's an entire community of black women growing long hair (very, very long hair) who don't use Teri's method. Their methods vary so one has more style choices; I mean what if you don't want to deal with the shrinkage?Read more ›
While books like curly girl are good, it left me frustrated because leaving a little bit of conditioner in my hair left me with fuzzy spots. This book filled in the pieces that were missing! Terri, thank you for this book, and thank you for going through what you went through to get your beautiful curls back. I get so many compliments from everyone even though I have a dreaded layer cut.
I would recommend this book for anyone who has curls when their hair is wet but turns to curly frizz when dried. I would recommend this book to kinky kinky tightly curled hair as well because this book preaches keeping moisture in your hair, and ALL curly hair need this. Good book!
After reading the book in one sitting, what strikes me about the book is that looking after curly hair is relatively easy and the less you do with it, the more likely you are to have beautiful curls. If you think about the money you have spent on useless hair products over the years and throwing away money on hairdressers who were clueless about how to cut and style curly hair, this book is such a worthwhile investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm Indian and have fine, thin 3a hair, which I prefer to keep long. Lorraine Massey's book was OK, but her methods didn't really work for my hair and that book put too much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Haven't used any other method since reading this book, and trust me I've been reading curly hair books for years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this super helpful. A lot of the tips and tricks are easy to understand and implement into your hair regiminePublished 4 months ago by BookDevour
This book is like a God send. The tips are great and so is the writing. I now have a completely different way of doing my hair now and it's a million times easier.Published 8 months ago by Shanda
Excellent! Full of great information.I actually bought it for my daughter, and then other members of the family started applying her methods!
Awesome book, great information, tips and styling ideas. Most of all I love her philosophy on loving/accepting yourself and your curls just the way they are. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Inga