Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Curly Like me

The author of one of my favorite biracial hair sites, Tightly Curly,  has written a book!

The following information was taken from her website at

Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong
Teri LaFlesh
Publisher: Wiley (May 2010)
ISBN: 978-0470536421

The simple secrets to growing healthy, long, naturally curly hair!

Do you spend countless hours— and untold dollars—on weaves, perms, salon visits, and products that promise to “cure,” 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 their tight curls? Would you like to learn how to grow your tightly curly hair long and make it happy?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this is the book for you. It gives the information and techniques you need to take charge of very curly hair. You will learn how not only to care for your curls, but also to cherish them, all the while saving time, effort, and money.

Curly Like Me is a complete beginner’s guide to tightly curly hair care.
Within it you’ll learn:
  • Simple, easy-to-follow instructions with over 250 original photographs and illustrations
  • The proper care, best products, tools, and ingredients for curls
  • Pain-free techniques on how to comb and style your curls, or your child's curls
  • Over 30 easy curl-enhancing hairstyle ideas, tips for growing out your perm, and more

Say goodbye to broken, frizzy, damaged hair and begin your journey to naturally curly hair free from breakage and damage. Applying the ideas and information in this book will end the damage, frustration, and heartache of the past so you can love your hair the way it really is. Curly Like Me empowers you to take back the care of your own hair. It gives you the secrets to growing healthy, long, natural hair without costly treatments, products, marketing misinformation, or styles.

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From Curly Like Me author Teri LaFlesh:

I spent most of my life feeling that the hair growing out of my head was so unacceptable it had to be altered by any means necessary. I suffered with what felt like unmanageable hair that made me ashamed because it didn't look or act like the hair of those around me. I used brutal chemicals that I burned myself with repeatedly. The chemical damage left me with constant matting, short, crunchy hair that broke apart and covered my shoulders with little hair bits.

It took me thirty years to figure out what my hair had needed all along. No longer was I bound to what it should want—based upon a straight-hair-advice template—but to what it did want. My hair turned from oppressed and fractured hair that couldn’t grow past my shoulders to exuberant coils reaching well past my waist. Now that I understand how to care for my hair, it has become a unique feature I'm proud of. When I tried to force my hair into being something it wasn't, I was denying its true nature, and we both suffered. Since I finally learned to love my curls for what they are and discovered what they needed, they have thrived.

By using the information in my book, readers will have the keys to grow and cherish their stunning natural curls. Readers will learn how to enhance the curls they were born with and keep them healthy, and with the least possible amount of effort. Curly Like Me contains information I wish I had known from childhood about caring for my hair. My book is for anyone looking for simple answers to take care of their coils. No prior experience is assumed, so a person who has never combed a curl in their life will know how to groom a head full of tight coils smoothly. Curly Like Me is meant for people like me, who don’t have the time or energy to style their hair in elaborate, labor-intensive styles.

I strongly believe that if there are more examples of beautiful, natural curls out there, the more often curls like ours will be recognized as a lovely and viable styling option. One of the goals of this book is to see that people won't feel they "have" to straighten their curls anymore when they see numerous examples of how stunning their natural curls can look when happy and understood.

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