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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (27 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761123008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761123002
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2004
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From reading this book, I now know that I was a wavy girl who, in failing to deal with the wave, cut my thick wavy hair very short for 20 years. Deciding to grow my hair at the age of 32, I didn't know what to do with the thick wiry mass that appeared. I bought endless expensive products to solve the 'problem'. However, this book has changed all that, and I now realise that the products, not my hair, were the problem! Demand that your hairdresser cuts your hair dry. Avoid sulphates and silicones in hair products, 'wash' with a tiny amount of very cheap conditioner (infrequently), comb with fingers only, turn your head upside down and apply a light, clear, silicone free gel, and watch your hair become manageable, soft and curly! It works! It may be obvious advice for some readers, but it wasn't obvious for me, and it has saved me pounds in my pocket and hours of my life! Four stars because the only thing I dislike about the book is that it is bulked up with 'tongue in cheek' confessions from 'curly girls'. I loathe this confessional sort of thing, would prefer to be a 'curly woman', but realise that I'm probably too old, grey and curly to appreciate curly humour...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Lawlor on 20 Aug. 2003
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what a brilliant read!
As a hairdresser and a curly girl i found this book full of great ideas and an inspiration. It was great to read a book that is just for curlies.
I found the home made potions brill and i now have a much better understanding of how to cut and care 4 curly hair.
Oh and i know longer use shampoo!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2002
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If you have got curly hair this book will change your life!
The whole philosophy is to stop using shampoo and allow your hair to get back to nature... and it's not as revolting as it sounds as you still use conditioner and just treat your hair really gently.
The first week admittedly my hair was a bit smelly and heavy feeling, but by the second week it was beginning to blossom. By using some of the natural recipes in the book you can keep your hair really clean and fresh smelling.
My usually problematic hair is now a wonderful soft mass of ringlets and I'm getting compliments at least once a week. When I tell people my secret they are quite surprised and I'm now a complete evangelist for this book!
You will save the money you spend on this book within months by not buying more overpriced hair products that don't work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2004
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I found this book to be informative and helpful. After trying a few of the home remedies, I am now a convert to the strategy that this book describes. The author has included some great interviews with curly-haired girls and even though some of them sound way-out, it's good to read how others have dealt with their unruly and frustrating hair! Well worth it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mrs S Anderson on 20 Sept. 2002
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Being a curly girl myself, this book was a life saver. My earliest memories contain scenes of my mother setting my hair in large rollers to make it straighter and more manageable. I have never known how to care for curly hair - instead I have spent decades bullying my hair into submission via hairdryers, rollers and irons.
This book gave me the answers for maintaining, trimming and hairstyling for curly hair. There are some wonderful home made recipes for scalp and hair which are wonderful (try the scalp scrub - my head never felt so good).
The sum up is this - if you have curly hair and want to go with the flow rather than fight it, this book is for you. There is enough curl therapy here to keep you happy for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sassyHelen on 27 Jun. 2010
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Hiya all,

I have curly hair and thought I knew how to treat it, I read up about Lorraine Massey's Curly Girl method and it received great reviews and the end results of her advice showed great heads of hair. I was sceptical but once I received the book, it gave me lots of advice and taught me some things as well such as how to make natural products to use on your hair, without using expensive products all the time. The book recommended conditioner only washing as the products in shampoo dry out curly hair and conditioner can wash your scalp and your hair as well, I tried this and people commented positively on my hair and it felt better, did not knot as much and the hair styles suggested are easy to do and follow and look great. The only thing is the products e.g. conditioner that Lynn Massey advises you to get are natural and do not have certain chemicals in them to damage your hair, In America these items are easy and cheap to buy but in the UK I have only found Boots do the brands and they are quite expensive. So great book, good for curly ahri girls that want their curls to look better and feel better. I bought it twice as one went for a swim in the bath and I could not use it, so I got another, so I do recommended the book but just shop around for ther items recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Duck-a-day on 20 Jan. 2012
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For those of you umming and ahhing over whether or not to invest your hard earned money in this book: buy it! My hair is a cross between a corkscrew curl and a wave and Massey's tips have really made a difference to my hair from the first time I started following her advice. For far too long I had battled with frizz, the backhanded treatment of ignorant hairdressers, and the shame we beringletted belles feel when we can never get our hair to look tidy. Now I couldn't be prouder of my hair and woe betide the fool who suggests I should bow to the mundane tyranny of the straightener! If your hair looks a little greasy at first don't panic (just use less conditioner next time). You will notice that your curls are far more defined with far less frizz. Persevere and I promise you won't be disappointed.

Yes, the book is filled with stories which were clearly intended to boost our ego rather than our curls. These, however, are completely within the context of the book as Massey is The Disciple of Natural Curls trying to convert us to loving them rather than straightening them out. This is not just a manual but an invitation to a way of life far healthier for our self-esteem.
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