Curly Girl: The Handbook

Curly gurls of the world unite! Sixty-five percent of women have naturally curly hair, but for too long too many of these women have either been at a loss on how to care for their hair properly or, worse, have gone through life pretending they have straight hair. No more. Lorraine Massey, a professional hairstylist and passionate proponent of curly hair, celebrates the curly gurl way of life, from hair care to carefree attitude.

Beginning with The Curly Gurl's Twelve-Step Program (Step Three: I will accept that the scalp and hair are two different entities with completely different needs, and I will treat them accordingly), "Curly Girl: The Handbook" is an illustrated how-to, support group and tongue-in-cheek manifesto all in one. There are tips on shampoo (never daily), conditioners (use lots), drying, combing (only when wet and well-conditioned), styling, getting the right cut, and how to Heal Thy Hair after years of strong detergents and damaging blow-dryers.

There are before-and-after photographs, Curly Cues, self-help tests, confessions from curly gurls, advice to take to your stylist. And for gurls seeking their inner curl, compassion and encouragement to let their hair break free-and to put the fear of frizz behind them forever. Because from now on there's no such thing as a bad hair day.