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Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong

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The simple secrets to growing your curls healthy and long.

Tightly curly hair isn't like any other type of hair, and it needs totally different care to make it happy.

Do you spend countless hours—and untold dollars—on weaves, perms, salon visits, and products that promise to change, heal, or make your hair more manageable, only to end up even more frustrated? Do you wrestle daily with hair you can't get a brush through? Do you struggle to keep ...

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Overview

The simple secrets to growing your curls healthy and long.

Tightly curly hair isn't like any other type of hair, and it needs totally different care to make it happy.

Do you spend countless hours—and untold dollars—on weaves, perms, salon visits, and products that promise to change, heal, or make your hair more manageable, only to end up even more frustrated? Do you wrestle daily with hair you can't get a brush through? Do you struggle to keep from hurting your child when you comb through her tight curls? Would you like to grow your tightly curly hair long and healthy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book was written for you. It gives you the information and techniques you need to celebrate—not fight against—your very curly hair. You will learn how not only to care for your curls, but to cherish them, all the while saving time, effort, and money.

Curly Like Me is the off-the-grid, do-it-yourself owner's manual for tightly curly hair:

  • Learn how to wear your own curls in their natural curl patterns
  • Over 250 photographs and illustrations
  • Includes the best products, tools, ingredients, curl-enhancing hairstyle ideas, tips for growing out your perm, and more
  • Shows you pain-free techniques on how to comb and style your curls or your child's curls
  • Over thirty easy, curl-enhancing hairstyle ideas, tips for growing out your perm, and more
  • Helps you save money by avoiding costly treatments, products, marketing misinformation, and frequent salon visits so you can enjoy your own curls without pain, chemicals, or the use of weaves or extensions
  • The story (with lots of photos) of Teri's journey from hair broken by relaxers, texturizers, improper care, trying to force it to conform, and fighting her weave addiction to finally understanding her own curls. Now her natural hair reaches to her hips.

End your struggles with misunderstood, damaged hair and begin your journey to thriving natural curls. Applying the ideas and information in this book will show you how to love your hair the way it really is. Curly Like Me empowers you to take back the care of your hair so you can let your own beautiful curls shine.

Teri LaFlesh spent nearly thirty years working to find a way to make her curls happy. Not wanting anyone else to go through with their hair what she did with hers inspired Teri to create the popular Web site TightlyCurly.com and to write Curly Like Me.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
LaFlesh, who maintains the popular web site tightlycurly.com, has resplendent, long curls on the cover of this informative and inspiring book for people whose hair texture is tightly curled or coiled. But as her photographic hair journey depicts, this was not always the case. She discusses the damaging hair-styling practices that she used in her quest for manageable hair, sprinkling her book with humorous anecdotes. Through research and trial and error, LaFlesh discovered a hair-care regime that works with her natural curliness, and the result is beautiful, healthy hair. She offers readers practical advice on proper tools, products, and styling techniques, avoiding caustic chemicals and heat. LaFlesh's tips on styling biracial children's hair will be a godsend to their parents. There is also a technical section on hair structure. VERDICT The styling methods may not work for everyone, given the variance of textured hair, but this good introduction to holistic hair care will be embraced by the novice as well as the hair obsessed. Pair it with Paula Begoun's Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me for a well-rounded beauty and grooming collection.—Ajoke Kokodoko, Oakland P.L.
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* LaFlesh, who maintains the popular web site tightlycurly.com, has resplendent, long curls on the cover of this informative and inspiring book for people whose hair texture is tightly curled or coiled. But as her photographic hair journey depicts, this was not always the case. She discusses the damaging hair-styling practices that she used in her quest for manageable hair, sprinkling her book with humorous anecdotes. Through research and trial and error, LaFlesh discovered a hair-care regime that works with her natural curliness, and the result is beautiful, healthy hair. She offers readers practical advice on proper tools, products, and styling techniques, avoiding caustic chemicals and heat. LaFlesh's tips on styling biracial children's hair will be a godsend to their parents. There is also a technical section on hair structure. VERDICT The styling methods may not work for everyone, given the variance of textured hair, but this good introduction to holistic hair care will be embraced by the novice as well as the hair obsessed. Pair it with Paula Begoun's Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me for a well-rounded beauty and grooming collection.—Ajoke Kokodoko, Oakland P.L. (Library Journal, May 1, 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470536421
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 246,126
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Teri LaFlesh spent much of her life fighting with her short, crunchy hair, once even accidentally dissolving it with a relaxer. Through nearly thirty years of trial, error, and research, she figured out what her hair needed all along. Finally understood, her natural curls now reach well past her waist. Not wanting anyone else to go through what she did with her hair, she created the popular Web site TightlyCurly.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

1 My Hair History: How I Learned What Not to Do.

2 Get to Know Your Curls: Their Structure and Vulnerabilities.

3 Shampooing: Washing without the Matting.

4 Conditioning: How to Get Unflappable Curls.

5 Combing: For Those of Us Who Have Ever Gotten a Brush Stuck in Our Hair.

6 Setting Perfect Curls: Born to Clump.

7 Everything Else: Daily Care and Beyond.

8 Baby Curls: Tips for Little Ones.

9 Highlights: Do-It-Yourself Tips.

10 After the Chemicals and Severe Damage: Sometimes You Have to Walk through the Fire.

11 Your Toolbox: The Best Products and Tools for Your Hair.

12 Chemically Altering Your Hair: The Truth behind Coloring, Perming, and Relaxing.

13 How to Do Your 'Do: The Style Gallery.

14 The Philosophy of Curls.

Recommended Reading.

References.

Photo Credits.

Index.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Great read, although largely limited to "Very" curly hair

    Curly Like Me / 978-0-47058-614-3 I always thought I had "very" curly hair, simply because that's what everyone said to me growing up. Thanks to Teri's book, however, I realize that the straight-haired people around me were working from small reference pools - my hair *is* curly, but it's not "very" curly like Teri's, whose hair forms such tight ringlets that a pencil can barely fit through them. I enjoyed this read immensely - the author spends a great deal of time explaining the biology of curly hair and why it's a completely different kettle of fish to straight hair, and she has this incredibly affirming message for loving yourself (and your curly kids!) and taking care of your hair. The point is really brought to bear that hair has to be cared for carefully - as it's not "alive", it can't heal or repair itself, and it's not okay to treat your hair roughly "just this once" because it's never just one time. The hair care advice here is fantastic, but I'm afraid that the really important stuff is definitely limited to VERY curly hair. The foundational suggestion - leaving conditioner in your hair and not rinsing - simply will not work with my hair; I had a greasy slippery mess of a head, and my hair did not absorb the conditioner like Teri's apparently does. Still, this book needs to exist for everyone with very curly hair, so I don't hold the fact that my hair didn't fit this book against it. Despite everything, I still got a lot of value from this book. The scientific explanations are great, the breakdown of shampoo and conditioner components is very useful (although readers should know that Teri does recommend silicone, which is apparently a touchy subject), and the writing style is lovely and uplifting. I also really loved all the many pictures and illustrations - so much care went into this book and it obviously shows. If I had one criticism of this book, it's that several sections repeat themselves, since the book was written so that each chapter can be taken as a whole, if you're impatient and don't want to read straight through. It's understandable that would lead to some repetition, but it was noticeable at several points. It's a small complaint, though, and overall I'm glad I bought this book. ~ Ana Mardoll

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Good resource for people with tightly curly hair!

    I have been wearing my natural curls (consistently) for 5 years. I have bought a lot of products, performed a lot of Google searches, and experimented with a lot of regimens - with only moderate success. This book has really helped me to learn to manage my curls in a way that combines a lot of the things I already knew about my hair in one, easy to follow way! My journey started in 2005 being fed up (enough) to stop using chemicals to relax my hair. Then the journey became a mission in 2007 with my sulfur sensitivity and I have been struggling to be rid of shampoo. This book showed me how it is 100% possible and how it is not as critical a part of my hair care as I have been led to believe. It is "funny" to see the horror stories I have lived told by someone else that can empathize. But even further than empathy, Teri has shown compassion in writing this book. I thank her for sharing her journey, tips, and how-to's in this lovely read. My hair is now 14" long and now that I know how to grow it, care for it, and maintain my healthy scalp - I look forward to the next 14"! Thanks, Teri!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    This book is AMAZING!

    I've been struggling with my hair for years! I first found the website made also by Teri a couple of years ago and it's helped grow my hair half way down my back (when dry). When i heard she had written a book i had high exceptions for it and when i got it it was every thing i hopped for. This book is very useful and informative when it talks about the structure of the hair, and why it curls the way it dose. Also her personal stories i found i could relate to. Any one with biracial, curly, or African American hair should defiantly get this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Worth the money

    I checked out Teri's website before buying the book. Because she has so much info there I wasn't sure it would be worth the money but it was! Her personal story was so helpful (I am not alone!!) and she has lots of good tips. Her method also worked on my 3cs - although I do continue to use product other than conditioner because I like a bit more hold. Highly recommend to tight curlies!! Packed full of interesting info...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2010

    Consult a veteran licensed professional before admitting this method

    I think Teri has strong points in her book however to prevent breakage and damage over time to your hair consult a professional (a true veteran professional). I have naturally wavy hair which sometimes I like to wear straight. Since I have been using this method, I noticed a great deal of breakage and damage from adding the conditoner to my hair when using Teri's natural method. I consulted a professional who has been in the business for 35 years who stated that leaving conditioner on the hair that is not a true leave in condition will eventually produce split ends over time. Though Teri has beautiful hair you can see that her ends are split. Again Teri has excellent advice yet I do not think this method works if you like to switch up your hair styles between straight and the natural.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    The Holy Grail of Curly Hair Books

    Whether you buy this book straight away or think about it for a while ... after you read this book, you'll realise like doing regular exercise, changing your career or leaving that loser boyfriend of yours, that this is something you should have done months or years ago. It really is a life changing book and when you have curly hair, you realise it is more than hair, it's an attitude and way of life.

    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. I wish I had a book like this twenty years ago.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Very very nice book

    I love this book even though I just got it. Been a fan since I first saw the webpage and I was so happy to get the book. The only thing that made me unhapyy about the book was that it did not have the ingredients list that is on the webpage.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    A must have for anyone with curly hair

    My hair is curly, but not tightly coiled like Teri's. That said, I found a lot of wonderful information about curly hair here. I love my curls, especially now that I know how to care for them. I just hope that my wavy-curly children love their hair as is and don't feel strange just because their hair isn't straight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    This book is a game changer!

    I bought this book with great trepidation. Seeing her long beautiful ringlets, I would not beable to duplicate her success. Yet, when I heard her describe her hairstory, I immediately commiserated. After enduring the frying of chemicals and hot combs i felt she was and i had a lot in common. I have been trying her 'leave the conditioner in' strategy with great success. It is a technique i had wanted to try but had not perfected. After finishing the book, i have not only embraced it, my hair has totally turned around from the dry, paper like tendrils to totally defined ringlets! She has cleverly and clearly defined healthy hair and how it should look and feel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Great book with lots of information and easy to follow directions for healthier hair. Also, many relatable hair drama stories that will make one cry or laugh out loud!

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    Posted April 6, 2012

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    WHITETAIL!!!! We mkved to grass fallkng all results cause i got locked out of old camp

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    Venusrose!! Where is everyone?

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    Mick

    takes the shecat in the private cave that has no destractions in it. He does not know her name yet. He found out that he didnt have the right herbs to fix the injury. "im going out to find the right herbs. Ill b right back," he whispered even know he knew that she couldnt hear him. Mick left the cave. One minite after he left, a fox walked inside the cave with no one to protect the injured shecat.

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