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Old 05-14-2007, 10:23 AM   #1
 
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I borrowed it from the library, but Im thinking I should own this book since it seems to be the natural hair BIBLE.

Also what is your favorite step of the 12-step program?
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No..the Curly Girl method does not work for everyone.
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I don't own a copy. I read it at the store and found that all the other information, such as recipies was easily available online.
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^Really? Where are the recipes, I wouldnt know the first place to look.
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The CG concept completely revolutionized the way I care for my hair. But 50% of the book is fluff, IMO. I've learned more specifics and practical details on this and other sites and just by talking to other curlies.

It is a good addition to any curly-head's library, though.
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I like the motivational aspect of it. It really hits home.
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The CG concept completely revolutionized the way I care for my hair. But 50% of the book is fluff, IMO. I've learned more specifics and practical details on this and other sites and just by talking to other curlies.

It is a good addition to any curly-head's library, though.
I hav to agree with spiderlashes on this. I have the book, but I could have learned as much here without the book. But, I do like how the book tries to make you feel good about having curly hair.

I don't think that the curlygirl book is the answer to every curlys problems, but I do think that Ms. Massey brings up good issues about harsh sulfates, proper conditioning, and silicone buildup.
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i agree with what spider and redceltic said
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The CG concept completely revolutionized the way I care for my hair. But 50% of the book is fluff, IMO. I've learned more specifics and practical details on this and other sites and just by talking to other curlies.

It is a good addition to any curly-head's library, though.
I hav to agree with spiderlashes on this. I have the book, but I could have learned as much here without the book. But, I do like how the book tries to make you feel good about having curly hair.

I don't think that the curlygirl book is the answer to every curlys problems, but I do think that Ms. Massey brings up good issues about harsh sulfates, proper conditioning, and silicone buildup.
ITA. I liked the book (borrowed it from the library). But I think Massey failed in her one specific chapter on African American hair. She should have done better homework if she was going to single this out as a topic and write about it. But since 3c-4a-4b hair isn't all that different from less curly hair, I use her method with good results. And I have learned a lot from this board and hair journals.
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The CG book is my bible too. My copy is so lovingly used that it's falling apart. I like the book except for one item in the section on African American hair. The stylist states that some people might want to use a texturizer on the hair to relax the curl. I totally disagree with his statement. After all, the reason for going natural is to stop using chemicals.

Below is the link for another good website devoted to natuaral African American hair. There's lots of useful information regarding products, styles, etc.

http://motowngirl.com/index.php

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The CG concept completely revolutionized the way I care for my hair. But 50% of the book is fluff, IMO. I've learned more specifics and practical details on this and other sites and just by talking to other curlies.

It is a good addition to any curly-head's library, though.
I hav to agree with spiderlashes on this. I have the book, but I could have learned as much here without the book. But, I do like how the book tries to make you feel good about having curly hair.

I don't think that the curlygirl book is the answer to every curlys problems, but I do think that Ms. Massey brings up good issues about harsh sulfates, proper conditioning, and silicone buildup.
ITA. I liked the book (borrowed it from the library). But I think Massey failed in her one specific chapter on African American hair. She should have done better homework if she was going to single this out as a topic and write about it. But since 3c-4a-4b hair isn't all that different from less curly hair, I use her method with good results. And I have learned a lot from this board and hair journals.
I agree with all of the above. I too bought the book, but I didn't think it was specific enough for my type of hair. I learned more on hair boards. But it's still an ok book, though.
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Thanks for the link Nise.

I needed selfesteem boost for my curls, since Ive always thought they looked great on everyone except for me. I was reading the curlygirl confessions today. In the front, it states the book is more about fixing your "head" as opposed to your "hair". But yah, its impossible to cover everyone's type. I was surprised (pleasantly) when the techniques in the book worked for me. But I have so much more to learn from everyone, this board, it can only get better!
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Default Re: does everyone own a copy of 'curly girl'

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I borrowed it from the library, but Im thinking I should own this book since it seems to be the natural hair BIBLE.

Also what is your favorite step of the 12-step program?
I love the fact that aside from the african american section of the book, the suggest finger combing rather than using a comb, it makes my life very simple.

The concept of washing my hair more than once a week was mind blowing to me, so far, so good though, it is wonderful, it is nice not to see the dirt go down the drain!!! It is also nice not worrying about it raining anymore.
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The CG concept completely revolutionized the way I care for my hair. But 50% of the book is fluff, IMO. I've learned more specifics and practical details on this and other sites and just by talking to other curlies.

It is a good addition to any curly-head's library, though.
I totally agree, the african american section left little to be desired to me. I didn't like reading about sitting under the hair dryer. One of the reasons I went natural was to avoid sitting in the salon all day on a saturday. Some of the examples they used for african american hair weren't helpful to me. One woman wore extensions so we couldn't see her real hair, another woman her has was so short she used clippers to cut it so their hair routines weren't similar to mine, the rest of the tips in the book were more helpful to me.

The book is mostly fluff, but the fluff is pro curl and very inspiring for me to make the move to truly naturally curly
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One woman wore extensions so we couldn't see her real hair, another woman her has was so short she used clippers to cut it
yeah, that wasnt much help. The sad part was this advice was coming from black salon owner, some guy in new york. He suggested perming it which is contradictory to the whole book, and then he states that perming it wont damage the hair. wth? and then the other lady had extensions.


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Combing with my fingers would work great if I had a shower. But I take baths, so I have to use the stationary tub. Which of course means that my head is upside down. Cant wait to start using a shower, its so much easier to comb with the water running through it.
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The Curly Girl book helped me to understand why my hair was so damaged. I still have my copy and flip through it occasionally. Though half of the advice given did not work for me, it helped me to figure out what eventually worked for me and my hair. I especially liked the part about finding a hairstylist.
People who have mentioned the part about the book having bad advice for AA hair ... I agree that the book did not realize that curly hair is diverse. Almost every part of the world has curlies. The book's idea seemed to be more along the lines of white curly hair, biracial (black/white) curly hair and AA curly hair. I don't think that it was intentional, but even in all groups, there is variety.
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