Curly Girl - Enhanced Ebook Edition: The Handbook (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
There's a curly wave sweeping the nation and Lorraine Massey is leading the charge.
Library Journal
Ironing your hair. Wrapping it. Setting it on juice cans (or, worse, soup cans). Plastering it with Dippity-Do. Since the Sixties, women with curly or wavy hair have been denying the obvious and trying to get that stick-straight look. Curls are finally in again, but a lot of curly types have no idea how to drop the blow dryer and let nature take its course. Along comes Massey, founder and co-owner of Devachan, a New York salon catering to these women. Part inspiration (you, too, can shed your inhibitions and discover your inner curl) and part instruction, this book gives excellent advice for cutting, styling, and caring for curly hair. Massey begins by explaining how curly hair differs from straight hair. She then distinguishes among three types of curly hair (corkscrew, Botticelli, and wavy), explains how to decide your type, and provides a detailed program for each. Helpful illustrations and entertaining "Curly Girl Confessions" abound. Massey's enthusiasm is infectious, her advice is clear and cogent, and her book is unique; there is as yet nothing else out there to help curly girls manage their hair. The 71/2" by 61/2" format and a few worksheet pages may seem problematic for libraries, but ignore all that. Some 65 percent of your women patrons have curly or wavy hair, and they need this book. Highly recommended for public libraries. [Coming in August from Three Rivers Press is hairstylist Ouidad's Curl Talk. Ed.] Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761164029
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced Ebook Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 40,128
  • File size: 302 MB
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Meet 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.
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QUIZ: Are You a Curly Girl?

If spring is not just in the air, but in your hair, you might be a curly girl. Just take the following quiz, and find out if the Curly Girl: The Handbook holds the secrets to your future hair success.

1. Do you often wear your hair tied back in a ponytail?

2. Does your hair develop volume in humid, hot, or wet weather?

3. Does your hair make you feel out of control?

4. Do you find yourself crying after every haircut?

5. Look at old photographs and recall how you felt about your hair--and yourself--on the day the picture was taken. Was there a strong correlation between your hair and your mood?

6. Do you almost always have a haze of frizz around your head?

7. Do you blow-dry your hair so often that its texture is as dry and brittle as a piece of melba toast?

8. Does your budget for products to straighten or relax your hair exceed your annual tax-deductible contributions to charity?

9. Do you live in fear of humidity, sweating, spontaneous sex, a shower with your lover--or any weather or activity that might unmask you as a curly girl?

10. Are you almost always unhappy with your hair?

11. Do you worry about your hair before any big occasion, like a wedding or an important business meeting?

If you answered yes to one or more questions, congratulations! You know who you are. You're a curly girl waiting to happen. Your hair is bristling with movement longing to break free, waves aching to curl, frizz begging for direction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (xi)

Our Curls, Ourselves: Finding Your Inner Curl (1)

Hair: The Inside Story (9)

The Three Types of Curly Girls: Which Curl Are You? (19)

The Curly Girl Program: Creating a Daily Routine (29)

Products and Home Remedies: What's a Curly Girl to Do? (47)

You Go, Curl!: African American Hair (61)

A Cutting Edge Philosophy: A Crop of Curls (69)

Color Me Curly: The Best Choices for Curls (79)

The Care and Handling of Curly Kids: Getting Kids to Like Their Curls (85)

Curly Girl Q&A: No More Bad Hair Days (91)

Looks for Special Occasions: Easy Updos (109)

A 12-Step Recovery Program for Curly Girls: One Shampoo at a Time (119)

Time Line: A Cavalcade of Curls (125)

Astrolocurls: A Horoscope (136)

Curly Diary (141)





























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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Great so far!

    I started the cg method about 3 months ago without purchasing the book ... just listening to youtubers...it was a good move to buy the book... it has helpful tips and good references for all curly girls ....i also luv tht she does not push her products...she gives recipes and recommends any botanical comditoner ... i am a black woman with "4 a" hair and this book is helpful for me too ...i like thay she incorporated all curl types bc sometimes sistas get left out.

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Love what's naturally you!

    The girl on the cover is what convinced me to buy this book; I figured that anyone who could make natural curls look that good was worth a shot. Definitely a good investment! This book breaks down different curl types and how to care for them, including a section on how to trim your own hair (for every curly girl who's hair has been chopped, razored and sliced by ordinary hairdressers). Though the system feels unnatural at first (no hair brushes, only washing your scalp with sulfate free shampoo, no straightening) I promise you that your hair will be gorgeous! Within a few weeks, you will see a total trasformation. The author even worked with chemists to create her own brand of curl-friendly hair products, but she still explains how to select your own products from a typical store. Well researched and well worth your while.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Such a Helpful Book

    I have curly hair and have worn my hair in every style, except in it's natural curly state. This summer was so hot that I was forced to give in. There was no way that flat ironing would last even 30 minutes in the heat and humidity. I purchased the book to get tips on how to care for my curls and I am so happy that I did. There are beautiful pictures and videos that can be viewed with the Color Nook. There are also detailed descriptions and recipes for easy to make products for the hair. This book is a recommended read and an essential go-to guide for all curly girls.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended: Hair Type 4B-4C

    I really like this book. As a mother of two daughters I have had to learn to care for three different hair textures. There is something for everyone in this book. I have noticed a huge difference in softness and managebility of my hair. My hair texure is 4B-4C natural without any chemicals(relaxers,texturizers). I also like the videos included in the enhanced version. There a demonstration via video that shows you exactly how to care for every hair type. A must have for all curlies and transitioning curlies.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    I still love my curls

    If you have curls, or if you have a child with curls, this book (like its predecessor) is a must-have. The care instructions given may seem a bit strange, but they really work. My own hair has been amazing since I started this routine, and my daughter won't have to spend half her life hating her hair like I did.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Excellent Handbook

    Curly Girl is the best information book you will find to take care of curly hair. We grow up thinking its a curse but with all the recommendations and easy remedies, your curls will become beautiful and the envy of all who want them. An extremely easy to use resource. Wish I had it thirty years ago when I was in high school. This is the best information around with all kinds of easy homemade tonics to remedy the frizz that curly hair often encounters with the weather. Every curly haired individual man or woman, young or old should have one of these books at home or give it to a friend as a gift.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Fantastic. A must read for curly girls

    This book is so helpful. For years I've struggled with my curly hair and how to deal with frizz. This book provides so many helpful hints. I've followed the advice and also use Devacurl products and it has made a huge difference with my hair. Thank you Lorraine Massey!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    So far, so great..!

    As an African-American woman, I have been CG now for one month and the advice from this book has been very helpful. I am definitely a believer of the cowash and would encourage anyone, even if you are still unsure, just try it. You can tweak some things to make it work for your hair and that was one of the many things that I liked. The process is simple and it is fun to try the many different sulfate-free, silicone-free natural products. She provides information about what ingredients to look out for and she even gives great homeade recipe ideas to go along with your own personal regimen. There is also a ton of support on Google from other curly girls so it's worth it, in my opinion. I just started the method on my five-year-old about a week ago. I'm excited to see the changes in the health of her hair.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    As a mostly straight haired mama to two beautiful curly girls, I

    As a mostly straight haired mama to two beautiful curly girls, I needed this book. At 4 and 5 my girls have had frizzy, unmanageable hair because I treated their hair like my hair. I am now learning how to manage their hair and have it look healthy, beautiful and curly! Thank you so much for this guide. Without it, I fear my girls would grow to dislike their hair because I did not know that curly hair needed a different routine than straight hair (although even I no-poo and cowash and have benefited from it greatly)!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Life-Changing Curly Hair Bible!

    I bought this book for my mom, after hearing about a friend rave over it. She read it immediately, and said that she was actually in tears, because it was so nice to read about someone with similar childhood experiences to hers. She learned some valuable tips, such as washing her hair without shampoo, which have made a nice difference in her very-curly hair. She keeps this book on her nightstand!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    COOL

    Im always looking for new hair tips. My hair is gorgeous, but unmanagable. This book seems great from the reviews. Im most definetly a curly girl!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    CHANGED MY LIFE

    This book has changed my life. I used to hate my curly hair always wanting it straight until I damaged my hair to much from flatirons and decided that I had to leave it alone. That was 2yrs but was still using bad products on my hair. In January 2013 I decided to get wash and set and it damaged my hair so bad and the cut was horrible after it was washed. I heard of this book from someone on you tube and decided that I was going to make a change and it started with my hair. Now I exercise, take the vitamins I'm supose to take, and eat the right thing. I don't do everything in the book but I do 95% of it. So if your ready to go curly this book will get you started

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Educational and FUNdamental!

    I highly recommend this book to newly curly women and men that need guidance. It gave tips, ingredients, and testimonials.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    If you have curly hear, it's a MUST read!!

    This book is just enlightening!
    I have had extremely curly hair my whole life, and have had trouble keeping it nice. This book gave me the tools I need to have phenomenal hair and not only it tells you what to do and what not to do, it also tells you why.
    It is one of those books that I will be going back to when I have questions about my crazy curly hair!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    Saved me!

    This book is amazing! I have struggled with flat irons, blow dryers and frizzies because of my curly hair. Because of the advice in this book I no longer struggle with my curls or with frizzies. I actually LOVE my curls now!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    How did I survive without this book!

    OMG. This book is the best thing since slice bread. I have spent my whole life being told I have ugly hair. I finally feel like there is hope for me and now for the first time in my 48 years, people are telling me how beautiful my hair is. Thank you Curly Girl!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Love

    Love the book and the curly girl method. Especially loved the embedded videos in the enhanced book version.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Check This Out!

    If you have curly or wavy hair, you must read this book. I have started following the recommendations from this book and my hair has never looked better. It really works!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Calling All Curly Girls

    I wish I had this book 10 years ago. It is amazing, the detail and pictures and the videos. If you are a curly girl, black, white, brown, or anything in between or mixed in together. BUY THIS BOOK! There is no substitute for this kind of information and affirmation to a naturally curly hair woman (or man).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Curly hair has never been my thing

    I showed this book to my beautician and she disagreed with parts of it. She felt that it is unsanitary nt to use shampoo.Long and thick curly hair, like many of us have, easily gets tangled and needs a comb. Scrunching is not enough. Otherwise, my beautician felt that the book was 'okay.'

    1 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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