Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Are You A Curly?

Man, I just blew $100 on hair product. (It'll last me a while.)

Check it out.

And if you're looking for product recommendations, I use the Gentle Lather Shampoo, the Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner (I leave it in), and then just a bit of the Confident Coils Styling Solution. What I like about these products is that they are never too much for my hair - it's never stiff or sticky, it always looks and feels totally natural, but it doesn't frizz.

(My curls aren't nearly as defined as Jess' are on her site - she's using a lot of product. Looks great on her.)

For those of you who are languishing somewhere where few hairdressers know how to treat a curly, let me also recommend the book that saved my life: Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. It's revolutionary - REVOLUTIONARY, I tell you. Say goodbye to your shampoo and hello to gorgeous curls!!

Oh, and one more thing. If you read the book, you'll find that you might well be a curly - only you just don't know it yet. Try the no-poo test: stop using your shampoo for a few days. Keep washing your hair - scrub your scalp and rinse really well. If you prefer, use conditioner to scrub. If your hair gets curly after a few days or a week - congratulations! You are a curly!


ken said...

A friend of mine found the book at the library and let me borrow it but I only glanced through it because it was the end of the semester and not high on my reading list. So two questions: is it worth buying? and second: have you tried to make the homemade products in the book and if so how do they work?
The products at Jessicurl look good but I have been happy with drugstore finds such as L'Oreal's Curling Gel and Got2Be curling gel. Maybe I will order a sample to see how I like it.

plain(s)feminist said...

I'm not sure the book is worth buying. It's worth reading, which you can do at the bookstore.

I have not made the products myself. Well, I did make the lavendar oil spritz, which is just lavendar oil in water - whoopee - and it's nice, but I rarely use it.

I think the diff btw. Jessicurl and the others you mention - though I don't know for sure - is that a lot of products for curly hair contain silicone, which will curl up the hair at first but then build up and weigh it down. You need shampoo to wash it out, and the shampoo is bad for curly hair. So you have a cycle...

But as I recall, your curly locks looked great, so maybe whatever you're doing is what you should be doing.