As a child, my big curls were brushed and bushy. When I got to junior high, my big curls became tight curls and I had to learn how to take care of them on my own. There was a lot of experimenting going on! My father was especially helpful: “You keep messing with it and it will all fall out!” Eventually, I became a cosmetologist myself, and vowed that my curly kids would have a momma who knew how to take care of their hair! A curly husband and five curly kids later, we are doing pretty well. Yet, Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey was still able to give me even more great tips and suggestions for the care and keeping of our curls.
Overall, Massey does a great job explaining why curls are the way they are, and how to take care of and love them. She even gives pointers on trimming – not reshaping – your own hair, making up a few home recipes in order to pamper your curls without blowing your budget, and dealing with “chemo curls” (curls that can show themselves when hair starts growing back after chemo). The “Curl Confessions” of Curly Girls (and guys) who struggled quite a bit before accepting their curls and going for it are great encouragers throughout the book, as well….
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