Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

As a child, my big curls were brushed and bushy. When I got to junior high, my big curls became tight curls and I had to learn how to take care of them on my own. There was a lot of experimenting going on! My father was especially helpful: “You keep messing with it and it will all fall out!” Eventually, I became a cosmetologist myself, and vowed that my curly kids would have a momma who knew how to take care of their hair! A curly husband and five curly kids later, we are doing pretty well. Yet, Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey was still able to give me even more great tips and suggestions for the care and keeping of our curls.

Overall, Massey does a great job explaining why curls are the way they are, and how to take care of and love them. She even gives pointers on trimming – not reshaping – your own hair, making up a few home recipes in order to pamper your curls without blowing your budget, and dealing with “chemo curls” (curls that can show themselves when hair starts growing back after chemo). The “Curl Confessions” of Curly Girls (and guys) who struggled quite a bit before accepting their curls and going for it are great encouragers throughout the book as well.

Curly Girl is organized in such a way that you can skip to the sections that best describe your own (or your loved one’s) curl type and how to care for it. This 2nd edition also includes a DVD, which gives you an even better visual of “how to” than the book’s still pictures ~ it may even be my favorite part of the book.

I could have done without the “Curly Q’s” quiz to determine if I am a “curly girl waiting to happen” (if I wasn’t a curly I probably wouldn’t be reading the book), and without the “astrologi-curls” horoscope and many other plays on words that made the book feel a bit like a teen’s magazine. However, for those who have not yet learned to live with their curls, and for straight-haired parents of curly kids, Curly Girl is a must read! I wish it had been around for my parents!

Rating: 4/5

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Workman Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.