Curly Girl: The Handbook

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Workman Publishing, Jan 13, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 176 pages
The Curly Girl manifesto is back, now completely revised, updated, and expanded by more than a third with all-new material. Created by curly hair evangelist Lorraine Massey—the go-to curl expert featured in Allure, InStyle, Lucky, Seventeen, and The New York Times; and founder of several curly salons and curly products in New York City—Curly Girl is the surprising bible for the 65 percent of women with naturally curly or wavy hair and a desire to celebrate it.

Curly Girl is packed with unique and fail-proof hair-care methods, inspiration, and an empowering pro-curl attitude. It’s all here: daily routines for Botticelli, fractal, and wavy curls; Lorraine’s no-more-shampoo epiphany—handle your hair as gently as you do your best cashmere sweater; homemade lotions and potions. New to this edition: an illustrated, step-by-step guide to trimming your own hair (remember: it’s not what you take off; it’s what you leave on); a section on the particular needs of wavy hair; Lorraine’s Down-and-Dirty Curly Boy Routine; more fabulous ’dos for weddings and other special occasions; a chapter on multicurltural hair written by an African American specialist. Plus, updated information on green and chemical-free products, 20 new Q&As, and a DVD with tutorials on caring for four different types of curls. From now on, there’s no such thing as a bad hair day.

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Stop torturing your curly hair! I did after I read this book. Unfortunately my hair had endured 40 years of torture by the time I figured out what it was trying to tell me. In two words: I'M THIRSTY ... Read full review


CHAPTER 1 Girl Meets Curl
CHAPTER 2 Hair the Inside Story
CHAPTER 3 Identifying Your Curl Type
Creating a Daily Rootine
CHAPTER 5 Catching a Wave
CHAPTER 6 Multicurltural Hair
CHAPTER 7 Relax? Dont Do It
CHAPTER 8 Products and Homemade Recipes
Its All About Hue
Caring for Underage Curls
The Down and Dirty Rootine
CHAPTER 14 Curly Qs and As
CHAPTER 15 Wedlocks and Updos for Special Occasions
CHAPTER 16 Chemo Curls
One Curl at a Time
A Curly Girl Horoscope

CHAPTER 9 A CuttingEdge Philosophy
Trimming Your Own Hair After Shear Frustration
Curl It Forward

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About the author (2011)

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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