Curly Girl - Michele Bender

Curly Girl

By Michele Bender

  • Release Date: 2011-01-13
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
Score: 4.5
From 364 Ratings


Celebrate the beauty of curls in a buoyant how-to, manifesto, and curly girl support group all in one.

Say no to shampoo, unplug the dryer, and kiss frizz and bad hair days good-bye. Curly Girl is the surprising bible for those with naturally curly or wavy hair and a desire to celebrate it, from Lorraine Massey, owner of the Devachan salons and products. It’s all here: Daily routines for corkscrew, Botticelli, fractal, and wavy curls. Homemade lotions and potions for locking in moisture. Expert tips on caring for African American hair. Fabulous dos for weddings and special occasions. How to trim your hair yourself, step-by-step. (Remember: It’s not what you take off; it’s what you leave on.) Recommendations for chemical-free products. And so much more: the care, the styling, the products, the remedies, the empowering, pro-curl attitude.
Ten things to do before you dye
You are what you eat—and so are your curls
Getting kids to love their curls
Curly guys
Lorraine’s 12-step recovery program
And check out Lorraine’s video tutorials on YouTube.


  • Fantastic Advice

    By Auntie Missa
    I read through this book in one sitting. What I loved most about it was the empowering advice on how to manage curls independently, and using natural ingredients. There are several pages dedicated to DIY home concoctions which I love. I also loved that ingredients were explained as well as why each one was good or bad. Overall, I think this offers a fantastic place to start for curlies who don’t know much about the science of curly hair, since there’s no bogus focus on using particular brands or products (although DevaCurl products are amazing!), and it’s more focused on explaining why curly hair behaves as it does, what it needs, what to avoid, and how you can manage it yourself. Very great book, easy to follow. I HIGHLY recommend it.
  • This book will change your hair!

    By abbyrinzo
    I read this book when I was in the 5th grade. I’m 25 now and I still love it and read it.
  • Curl changer!

    By coutureeeeee
    I've heard about this book a long time ago, but figured I knew all the basics and didn't need a book -boy was I wrong. I read the book last night and did my first wash & style today and my curls have not looked this good in years and it's just the first day of this journey can you imagine what they will look like in the next few months! I'm obsessed - if you're frustrated with your curls BUY this book; I'm telling you I was ready to go pixie until I took the plunge and read this book. Good luck curlfriends ➰
  • Help for me!

    By Sduty
    Lots of great information here. Now I have a plan and hope. Know what's wrong and where to start. Would like more picture profiles. Thanks, ladies.
  • Eye opening!!!

    By Mrsmonkeybrief
    This book has totally changed my view on curly hair and given me the insight and knowledge I need to properly care for both my daughter's corkscrew curls and my own Botticelli curls. I would highly recommend this book to all curly girls and guys everywhere!!!!
  • Must read this!

    By Andyluz
    If you have out if control curls you must read this book! I am on my journey and a lot of the knowledge on this book is out there in little pieces but this book will make your journey easier!
  • Enlightening

    By IAMLola48
    This book was very informative and shared things I did not know. However, as an Black American I wish it would have given more insight and a visual of my texture and hair type. It provided me a lot to consider how I've been treating my hair. I will purchase the products but I still feel like I need more information how to care for my hair because the women shown in this book their hair looks nothing like mine.
  • My curly hair bible!

    By NNC35
    Ever since I read this book back in 2008, my hair has transformed into one of my favorite features. I have both editions. The best update to this second edition was the instructions on trimming your own hair. I decided to get the e book version as I'm constantly sharing this book. If you are a curly, get this book. Your hair will thank you with good curly hair days.
  • Wow

    By Riferous
    I'm sad that I only found this book at age 50... But, what a difference it has made in my outlook on my hair!!! I truly love each curl I have...I've always had crazy thick coarse curly frizzy hair that literally had its own zip code!!! It still has its own zip code, however friz is almost snuffed out totally by the mere disappearance of the evil shampoo!!! Along with the other techniques shared in this book, I no longer look like a troll as I've been called in my childhood!! If they all could see me now!!!!! Thanks so much curly girl, yay!!!
  • Become a curly girl! Just do it!

    By Botticelli Betty
    Frizz, unrecognizable curls, and hair that looked shocked, was my daily battle. Only blow drying, straightening and oil along with twisting sections constantly or lying on it flat seemed to make my hair look normal. Then, after an hour, I'd have waves pop out and thickness rise, as my hair began metamorphosing back to its usual self. It was its own self! Using the curly girl method, I have revealed what my silent enemy was begging to say! It wasn't a curse, it's a powerful miraculous and goddess like blessing! My curls are isolated, soft and best of they were meant to be! After a proper hair cut and deep conditioning, my hair now makes me in a good mood verses turning my day into a moody nightmare. I see people glance and I know they are thinking that my hair looks healthy, vibrant and fun! I love the volume and sexiness. I am in my thirties, a college student, a wife, a mother a three and a curly girl for life! I am a brunette with long, layered Botticelli curls and they are who I am! Thank you Lorraine. Xo Betty