If you are be-ringletted, rejoice! Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: The Handbook, or as I like to call her, Ye High Priestess of Curls, has just brought out a second edition of her fantastic guide to all forms of non-straight hair.

Besides being a generous sharer of years worth of research into what curly hair needs, Massey is a strong advocate for self-love and acceptance. Because curly hair is often seen as “ethnic hair,” it has historically been looked down on. For a professional woman to wear her hair curly is often tantamount to career suicide — it’s not considered serious enough. Parents may fight their kids’ curly hair or just cut it off — it’s too problematic. It’s no wonder that Massey became “totally politicized about curly hair.”

There’s also a strong vein of humor in this book, including a series “curl confessions.” Those of us who are old enough to remember orange juice can roller sets or super-short pixie cuts as a way of “taming” our curls may have flashbacks, but they won’t last any longer than flat-ironed hair in a rainstorm.

To say that I am a devotee of Massey’s method is the understatement of the decade. Discovering her method of caring for curls was the key to finally having a say over what my hair looked like, rather than being at its mercy. I’ve followed her recommendations for years, and have never looked back. I don’t shampoo (I do wash, but without bubbles), don’t dry with terrycloth, don’t use a comb or brush, and don’t get my hair cut wet. It works!

If you’ve got curls or waves, or anything along the spectrum, check out Curly Girl. As Lorraine Massey says, “Free your hair and the rest will follow.”

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