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Feb 27, 2011

"Curly Girl" Review & Giveaway CLOSED

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Did you know that an unbelievable 65% of women have curly or wavy hair? You would never know it, because so many curly- and wavy-haired women blow-dry their hair straight, hide it under hats, pull it back with rubber bands, disguise it with weaves and braids, or flatten it with anything they can find. Too many of us are at a loss about how to properly care for our hair. In Curly Girl: The Handbook, Lorraine Massey shows how to work with your curls instead of against them.

My Take
This book is a must-have for any woman with wavy or curly hair. First off, you'd have no idea that I have wavy hair because I cover it for religious reasons. But even before then, I was obsessed with having straight hair...because my mom wanted me to have straight hair. She had me get it chemically straightened twice, but even so my hair would curl anyway. I never had the patience to blow dry my hair, but every so often I would straighten it...and then not wash it because I wanted it to stay straight. So basically any pictures of me you'll see me with straight hair, because most of the time pictures were taken for formal occasions, and my mother would say "go straighten your hair first". :-) Want to see? Here are some examples...

On the left is the picture taken at my engagement party, and the one on the right is my senior picture from high school. Both pin straight...

This is a candid shot taken when I was in high school (probably as a senior). This is my hair in its natural form. Gorgeous, isn't it?
My hair doesn't look like that now, mainly because I don't care for it. I let it dry in a pony tail under a snood because no one's going to see it. But wait...someone is going to see it. My husband. And why shouldn't he get to enjoy me in all my curliness?? Well, mainly because until I read this book I had no idea how to take care of curly hair. My daughter Chana has very curly hair that right now has some parts in dreadlocks...because I had no idea on how to treat it. Well, those days are over! With Curly Girl: The Handbook, I now know exactly what type of hair I have (Cherub Curls) and what type of hair Chana has (either Corkscrew or Corkicelli...hard to tell when it's so short). And now, I also know how to treat my curls and Chana's curls so that we get neither tangled dreadlocks nor flat, lifeless hair. There are even recipes for homemade cleansers and conditioners to keep our hair at its best, since shampoos with sulfates severely damage hair.

And what about when Chana and I need hair cuts? Well, apparently you never ever want to cut curly hair when it's wet. (That's funny...I've NEVER had a hair stylist cut my hair dry.) If you cut curly hair when it's wet, then you can't cut it properly since you can't see the curls. So I need to make sure we see someone who has experience cutting curly hair and can cut it to make it look its most beautiful. In the book there are tips and instructions on how to do this and on how to maintain your hair. There's also a DVD included which shows step by step exactly how to care for your hair.

The bottom line is this. If you have curly hair, then you must read this book. It's essential to keeping your mane looking and feeling its best.

Cost: You can buy Curly Girl: The Handbook for $9.73 from Amazon.com ($$$)

Overall: We give Curly Girl: The Handbook a 10/10!

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We were sent Curly Girl: The Handbook free of charge for the sole purpose of this review; no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

33 comments:

jayedee said...

the bane of my daughter's existence is her curly hair. time and time again she suffers after a really bad haircut because she just doesn't know what to do with it except blow it straight! i'd love to win this book for her as an encouragement for her to glory in her marvelous hair! i would give almost anything to trade my straight as a stick hair for hers...i guess the grass is always greener, isn't it?

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