Teri has a conversational, engaging way of writing, which is probably what draws me, along with many other readers, back to her website again and again. She begins her book outlining how difficult it was for her and her family to manage her hair as she was growing up. I have one word to describe her detailed account of this difficult time period: brave.
Many of us have had our share of hair nightmares, but courageous is the person who puts them on display for all the world to see. She includes plenty of photos to demonstrate just how damaged her hair was from all of the chemicals: from relaxers to jheri curls being applied on top of relaxers to colors. Then there were the weaves and extensions, which only compounded the problems because they were put in on top of damaged hair.
Throughout the book, she includes helpful "Take Away Tips" at the end of each chapter, along with basics like shampooing and combing that curly-haired people really need to adhere to if they want to get the frizz-free curls they've always desired. She provides detailed instructions on how to "set" curls and even troubleshooting advice if your hair still isn't "behaving" the way you'd like.
The Science of Hair
What will probably be of most interest to people with curly hair and parents of biracial, adopted and/or curly-haired children is the styling tips. Again, Teri does not disappoint or skimp on her suggestions and detailed photographs. She goes into great detail on:
- Conditioning, from how to apply to how to leave it in
- Curl separation
- Chilren's hair care
- Good products
- Step-by-step easy styles
One styling point that Teri suggests, but that has never worked for me, is the use of conditioner to style curls. This is conditioner that's designed to be rinsed out of the hair, not your typical leave-in. Just because it doesn't work for me doesn't mean it won't work for you, so try it before dismissing it if you like.
Who This Book is For
This book is for anyone with curly hair or caring for a child with curls, especially if you're frustrated by this hair. I really wish this book had been written about 10 years earlier, when I was struggling with getting rid of relaxed hair and with no idea of what to do with my natural hair. I know that some of you may take one look at the cover photo or view Teri's hair now and think that because your texture isn't like hers, your hair won't look the same. This is definitely true if your hair is closer to a tightly coiled, kinky texture. Still, the tips and advice are useful, even if your results are different.
So if you're transitioning or thinking of big chopping, there's no need to muddle through with such a helpful book in your library.