You don't need to spend a lot of money taking care of your hair. Of course, if you're a product junkie like me
that's where the fun is
Here are some books I found helpful (got all but one from the library, but they're probably all available as loans):
Curly girl : more than just hair--it's an attitude : a celebration of curls : how to cut them, care for them, love them, and set them free
/ by Lorraine Massey with Deborah Chiel.
(for women of all hair types who want to nourish their curls, by the Devachan owner and stylist who devised the Curly Girl method so many people talk about. Primary focus on wavy and curly)
Curl talk : everything you need to know to love and care for your curly, kinky, wavy, or frizzy hair
/ by Ouidad, with Jennifer Schonbrunn Hinkle.
(the first book I read when learning about my hair).
Both of the following books have really good info for transitioners from chemical straighteners:
No lye! : the African-American women's guide to natural hair care
/ Tulani Kinard.
Let's talk hair : every black woman's personal consultation for healthy growing hair
/ Pamela Ferrell ; foreword by A'Lelia Perry Bundles.
In addition to all the good stuff on this website, check out this woman's personal odyssey: