A serendipitous coincidence happened a couple weeks ago: just as I was asking for your hair care tips, I received Curly Girl: The Handbook in the mail for review. The publisher had contacted me a few weeks previous with a pitch, and I had said yes, knowing that dealing with kids' curly hair is a major challenge. I know, because I have a curly girl of my own.
What's great about the timing (besides the obvious topic fit) is that so many of your hacks are confirmed and expanded upon in this book. The author, Lorraine Massey, is the founder of a group of salons specializing in curly hair and has a head of remarkable curls herself. In Curly Girl, she shares her down-to-earth tips for washing, conditioning, styling, cutting, but most of all, loving and accepting curly hair.
What I like most about this book is that, despite her creation of DevaCurl, a line of curly haircare products, this is not a thinly-veiled marketing brochure. This is education, inspiration, and practical how-to written in an energetic but intelligent style. She talks about the different types of curly hair, how to care for each type, and even offers recipes for homebrewed hair tonics and conditioners.
- ditch your shampoo in favor of sulfate-free cleansers or botanical conditioners
- ditch your blow dryer (unless you have a good diffuser)
- ditch the vigorous towel-drying
- ditch your brushes and combs
There's even a section on curly kids.
In general, I have little interest in beauty books, and I'm not a hair product fiend. But I really enjoyed this book, and I've already put much of what I've learned into practice with my daughter. I'd recommend it to anyone caring for curly hair — either their own or their kids'.
Win it! I've got three copies of Curly Girl: The Handbook to give away! Just leave a comment on this post answering the following question:
What's your #1 tip for caring for curly hair?
On Friday, March 4, 2011, at about 2pm PST, I'll randomly choose and announce three winners. Good luck!
The comments are now closed and the winners have been announced. Thanks to all who entered!
Note: Giveaway open to residents of the US only. One entry per person.