I think Curly Girl would have been brilliant had Massey found some true AA curly/natural experts like that Ethiopian salon owner in Washington, DC (Yodit??); or someone like Diane DaCosta, Titi and Miko Branch of Miss Jessies, Mahisha Dellinger of Curls or Stacy Canfield of Blended Beauty. Or Ellin LaVar. I think she did mention Khamit Kinks and they're very well known. But that other guy's advice was just whack. I went to his salon back in the day and all they did were relaxer, blow-out, curling iron and roller sets.
I thought the book was ok. I put it away and will refer to it again when my hair is 100% natural. It at least helped me understand curly hair.
I want to get Going Natural: How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair
I wasn't surprised to see that the book was mostly about white women and their curly hair. I mean, the author is white so I can't blame her. She wrote about her own experience. I am hoping to find books about how to grow and care for natural hair. And you're right, all curlies come in all different colors and backgrounds. As a Hispanic woman I was surprised to see not even one Latina in there.
Right now my best resources are my friends. I have a friend (African American) that just went natural and she's my inspiration for doing this. My co-worker (half Italian half black) has been natural for years and she gives me advice. Two of my close cousins went natural years ago. I even look around on the train and now I notice all these natural women with their afros, locks, curls and wow its so inspiring and beautiful to see
Big Chop: 9/23/07 Relaxer free for almost 5 years!
I just bought the book a few days ago I skimmed through it, and I was not impressed . I have to agree with the others I was rather disappointed Massey didn't cover African American Hair more and it does suck that she doesn't have any for my Latina sista's. I might go back and read some things that might be helpful for me but other than that I'm always learning yet I know enough about my own hair to start my own book, videos, and hair care products which I'm pursing for the future