9 thoughts on “Book Review! Curly Girl The Handbook

  1. Likewaterforchocolat says:

    The hair classification system is like a double-edged sword. A lot of people see it as yet another way for folks to be divided or to cause a certain hair type to be more reviled than another and I guess I can understand that logic. I remember when first going natural, I was in a natural haircare forum and one woman commented on another woman’s hair texture saying “you have 3a/c hair like mine, I’m glad I don’t have that 4b/c hair!” There are even women who won’t go natural because they wan’t Joan’s hair (from Girlfriends) or are dissapointed when they go natural and find that they don’t have her hair. Lol. I always viewed it as a tool to at least give me some guidance on my haircare journey and can be useful for someone who is newly natural. This can help give some realistic expectations also to avoid the aforementioned pitfall. You will be surprised that some women have no idea what their natural hair texture, density, porosity is. For a lot of styling and product advice, I find that someone who has my 4b/c hair texture may suggest products or style solutions I want to try because different things work differently for different hair types. it’s just a fact of nature. We can all coexist in this natural hair thang.

    Sorry for the long comment. 🙂

    • HB says:

      I like long comments! 🙂 I agree with you – I think people often ignore texture and density and look to curl pattern as the end all be all of hair care and that bothers me. The other day when Kimmaytube came out with her length check, a lot of women on a hair board I belong to were like, “She’s not a type 4, I’m a type 4 and my hair doesn’t elongate like that in the shower.” I was like huh? because that would have way more to do with texture, not curl pattern. My type 4 hair CERTAINLY elongates when it’s wet, so when people think that there are certain characteristics solely due to curl pattern, it baffles me. The system doesn’t divide people though, people divide people.

  2. Ms.A says:

    That wig is CUTE. LOL @ immature house party jacked up braid out comment and @ the phone calls

    I liked the curl outlines for the different texture

  3. Keisa says:

    I was curious, On the DVD does it also show someone with tightly coiled hair demonstating the process of doing there hair? I am thinking about going to Deva for a haircut, but truly haven’t found anyone who knows what to do with my 4b head of penspring coils let alone how to cut into a stlye 🙂

  4. sarah says:

    “i don’t like it small. i like it big.”
    that’s what she said.

    you don’t like hair typing either? i don’t see anything wrong with it. it depends on how you already feel about your hair. if you hate that you have tightly curly hair, you’re gonna hate the fact that it’s classified as 4a. but, i do agree that curl pattern doesn’t really matter, but overall hair type (porosity, density, hair thickness) does.

    • HB says:

      It’s not really hair typing per se, I hate that people act as if a number and letter are the end all be all of figuring out their hair, and then they wonder why they can’t do it. I also can’t stand that people often won’t take advice from another person that has a different curl pattern, even if their other hair properties are the same. I think people have given it too much clout is all, and some are quite rude.

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