Curly Girl: The Handbook

Curly Girl: The Handbook

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ISBN-13: 9780761156789
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/06/2011
Edition description: Expanded Second Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 15,827
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lorraine Massey is the author of Curly Girl: The Handbook, founder of Devachan Salons, and cofounder of DevaCurl products. She now works independently, teaching the Curl by Curl™ cutting technique and leading the movement to more natural hair care products with the launch of her new company, CurlyWorld ™.

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, GlamourReal Simple and Family Circle, among other national publications.

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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.

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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Curly Girl 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started the cg method about 3 months ago without purchasing the book ... just listening to 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.
JULIAheartNOOK More than 1 year ago
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.
Rubleaux More than 1 year ago
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.
jawrigh1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Machazait More than 1 year ago
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.
ChantalFL More than 1 year ago
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.
msucho More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)!
sywelch More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barnes and Noble should explicitly say enhanced ebooks are only for their new nooks. I wasted money on a book I can not even read on my laptop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
tnsealy More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to newly curly women and men that need guidance. It gave tips, ingredients, and testimonials.
kaebee29 More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book and the curly girl method. Especially loved the embedded videos in the enhanced book version.
cwolffok More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
lbove More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will embrace and luv my Curlie girl forever
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love my curls thanks to this great book
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Flossiepal More than 1 year ago
If you have curly hair, you need this book. I discovered this book when I went to a hair salon specializing in curly hair. They use the method from this book. My hair has never looked better and has never been easier to care for. You do wash your hair with a non-sudsy cleanser (I'll admit that was very odd to me), you comb your hair while you have on the conditioner and your hair is wet.. (not so odd and certainly was far less painful) The other information in the book is worth every penny spent.