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Curly Like Me by Teri Laflesh

yagurlbubblezyagurlbubblez Posts: 78Registered Users
Has anybody read this book and just felt like it was the curly bible. i got it 2 wks ago and i finished it last week and my regimen is just where it needs to be my hair his healthier, stronger, moisturized and i always reference it in case i want to get a new product. it has actually help me also not become a product junkie.

i have only been curly for about 2 months now and at first i was just buying up anything i saw. this book has taught me that all i need is just conditioner, water and oils here and there and u are good to go.

I love love love this book and i havent really run into ppl who have read this book yet. have you read it and do u agree this is like the bible for curly heads?
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REGIMEN (updated 2/28/12)
Shampoo: Hello Hydration or Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo
Conditioner: HH for conditioning, detangling and leave in
Oils: jojoba oil
Styling: nothing. just take down from pineapple, style and go.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I love that book! The last hair book I bought was Curly Girl. That was the book that started my journey towards loving my curls. I didn't think I needed to read any other hair books after that one given the wealth of information on the web. I was so wrong.

    I purchased this book out of curiosity because I love her web sight. That book has been so helpful. I love her regimen and it has already made a huge difference in my hair.
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,677Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Does the book address curly hair care in general, or is it more 3c/4 centered? Sorry if that's a silly question.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • yagurlbubblezyagurlbubblez Posts: 78Registered Users
    this book is mostly centered around any curly girl, visit her website too at tightlycurl.com and you should be able to find just basic info on her and the book and pictures too
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    REGIMEN (updated 2/28/12)
    Shampoo: Hello Hydration or Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo
    Conditioner: HH for conditioning, detangling and leave in
    Oils: jojoba oil
    Styling: nothing. just take down from pineapple, style and go.
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,677Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks for your reply. :)
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • mermadelovemermadelove Posts: 188Registered Users
    I love that book! The last hair book I bought was Curly Girl. That was the book that started my journey towards loving my curls. I didn't think I needed to read any other hair books after that one given the wealth of information on the web. I was so wrong.

    I purchased this book out of curiosity because I love her web sight. That book has been so helpful. I love her regimen and it has already made a huge difference in my hair.

    +1:study:

    I actually look forward to doing my hair now. Just this past week I had been bemoaning a patch of hair at the crown of my head that seemed coarse compared to the rest of my hait. I couldn't detangle it without literally ripping it apart. Teri's method took care of that issue 100%! That patch is now as soft and well defined as the rest of my head!:love4:

    My only problem with the book is that now I must be totally cured of my PJ ism-- which I only just admitted to!!!

    I'll still use henna to cover any impending grays, but I now have a surplus of brand new products!!!!
    3c/4a/fine strands/medium porosity/iii-dense!
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fmermadelove%2Fnatural-hair-journey%2F" class="Popup
    wash: JC Hair Cleansing Cream or cowash
    Leave in: HE Dangerously Straight, HE HH
    Occasional Treatmet/Pre-poo: AV Shikakai Growth Elixir, Wild Woozle Tiare Pomade, Ojon Restorative Hair Tx
    Tightly Curly Method Convert <3 cured of PJism (alas.....) Now I'm a makeup PJ!!! :D
    BC'd on 6/17/10!!!! Do I like it??:confused: I love it!!
    ~*~~*Sparkle on!*~~*~
  • lldm2lldm2 Posts: 173Registered Users
    I agree. Wholeheartedly.
    Especially the detangling section; godsend.
    3c/4a

    Wanting;
    APL/MBL
  • yagurlbubblezyagurlbubblez Posts: 78Registered Users
    i so agree w/ the issue w/ being cured from being a Product Junkie. Its like i already know what i need and i am saving money lol. kinda upset tho b/c i was exploring my hair and now its like okay so i have my regimen now, next lol
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    REGIMEN (updated 2/28/12)
    Shampoo: Hello Hydration or Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo
    Conditioner: HH for conditioning, detangling and leave in
    Oils: jojoba oil
    Styling: nothing. just take down from pineapple, style and go.
  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    Yes, I love Teri's book...
    I've actually been using her detangle and smoothing method since I did the BC in February of 2009. It's the only way I can get the bouncy, defined curls. (Though my hair seems to prefer non-silicone conditioners and I do add a tiny bit of gel when I do each section.) :D
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    "Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.' "
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  • acarricoacarrico Posts: 60Registered Users
    and I am amazed! I am 3c - and struggling to go natural. I can NOT believe my hair is not a frizzy mess without gel. I spent $5.00 on a bottle of herbal essences conditioner!!! That last bottle of gel I purchased was $17.00!!! So I am thinking that conditioner with a bit of gel might be the way to go. But I am such a Product Junkie I don't know if I can let it go...

    Has anyone else used this method over time??? I don't even know what to say...I am stunned. Basically I would like a little more definition to my curls but I am happy. I would leave the house looking like this and all I did was section my hair, put in LOTS of conditioner and smooth/rake my sections....

    WHOA...
  • WavyJanetWavyJanet Posts: 105Registered Users
    I haven't read her book, but I have looked at her website. Her method is so simple! I've gotten frizz-free hair with her tips. I just get lazy with the smoothing step.
    Hair type: normal texture, thick, wavy, low porosity, normal elasticity
  • curlykeycurlykey Posts: 1,540Registered Users
    Spiralli wrote: »
    Does the book address curly hair care in general, or is it more 3c/4 centered? Sorry if that's a silly question.

    I wondered the same thing since I'm not a 3c/4 myself. I do want to try this when I know I have nowhere to go :). I'm hoping this will work. I know there are some that use deva OneC for this method with success.
    $5 off first order at iherb use code KEY066
  • lady1gryphonlady1gryphon Posts: 85Registered Users
    I have never read her book but I do control my hair with basically a conditioner, a leave-in, and an oil mix or a Shea butter mix. It seems my hair rejects everything else.
  • acarricoacarrico Posts: 60Registered Users
    Well, I do highly recommend the book. Her website is a great start but she adds a lot to her book. Enough to be well worth the purchase/read. I really appreciated her story on trying to "figure out" her hair as she grew up. Her enthusiasm and acceptance of her curls is "catching." I was extremely frustrated with my hair when I read her book and she gave me hope that I could some day figure it out. I also read Ouidad's book who is also very enthusiastic. The thing I like about Teri is her "tight" curly focus. I think anyone with curly hair can benefit from a read -- but for those of us with tighter hair is nice to see a natural option. Her discussion of relaxers/straighteners was enlightening (and explains why I ended up with scabs on my head!!!!!) Bottom line: all curlies will find info - but tight curlies will find comfort and acceptance. When you finish her book, you think your curls are natural not wrong.
  • akhavishakhavish Posts: 2Registered Users
    This book is worth every penny. I'm very surprised that they are not selling it here.

    I have hair which I think is 3b, so not precisely as tight as the curls she focuses on, but there were as many revelations in Curly Like Me as there were in Curly Girl. While I don't follow everything, it's great to have well-reasoned perspectives to draw upon. Curly Like Me is meticulously written, unlike the fashion-magazine style of Curly Girl, and addresses all kinds of small details about curly hair care such as biochemistry, what to do if you are camping, how to wear your hair "big," hair accessories, how to do your own trim... Instructions and illustrations are very clear.

    The styling tips really made a difference for me. She shows you how to "seal" your curls, styling with only conditioner to hold it and no gel required. She also has a great method for nighttime hair braiding and an easy morning hair fix, in which you open the braid with conditioner-moistened fingers and use conditioner and water to bring curls back to life. It really works and allows for about a week of good hair.

    I don't post on the forum threads often, but this book deserves more attention. It's been so good for me. I should add that LaFlesh has some different ideas about the role of silicones and shampoos. Although I avoid silicones, it is interesting to read what she has to say as well. My main complaint would be that in order to recommend affordable brands, she mostly recommends drugstore stuff which may be effective, but is not so good for the environment and may contain stuff like parabens- but she does explain how to choose a conditioner based on key ingredients.
  • namom3namom3 Posts: 40Registered Users
    Love that book! I would never have thought to use pure conditioned as my sole styling product. And it works. Trick is even distribution of the condioner so I work it in sections. Then I curly some of the top layer with a comb or just finger curl. It truly is a holy grail and my only focus is exploring conditioners!
    No: heating tools, sulfates, cones, parabens
    Co-wash: Suave naturals (coconut and ocean breeze) Acct baking soda to clarify as needed
    DC: olive or almond oil with EO rosemary
    Style: Homemade flaxseed gel with aloe vera juice, epsom salt, and EO rosemary and lavender. Exploring various conditioners to use with the tightly curly method
    Want to try: adding different EO's to HFSG, growing out hair
    Always ISO: natural remedies for 3b curls!

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  • yagurlbubblezyagurlbubblez Posts: 78Registered Users
    Update: i still use the same method to this day and my hair is soooo healthy. its just the longer it gets, the longer it takes to get it detangled but its worth it. This book truly has saved my curly life :)
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    REGIMEN (updated 2/28/12)
    Shampoo: Hello Hydration or Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo
    Conditioner: HH for conditioning, detangling and leave in
    Oils: jojoba oil
    Styling: nothing. just take down from pineapple, style and go.
  • valcavevalcave Posts: 27Registered Users
    Hey curlies! I don't have the book but love her website and ideas. Am I the only one that finds her method with doodling your hair to time consuming? Each curl really? I think two weeks was my limit with the doodles but I do follow most of her other hair advice.

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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,677Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I am very tempted to get this book! Do you think that Teri's info would apply well for 3b curly hair? Mine is on the dry side, and layered.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    Spiralli wrote: »
    I am very tempted to get this book! Do you think that Teri's info would apply well for 3b curly hair? Mine is on the dry side, and layered.
    Hi, Spiralli! I know you've been here a long time, so you probably already know pretty much what works for you!

    I personally love the book because it's more that just about silicone conditioners and finger-twisting. I found it part inspirational (her struggles with her curls growing up, her acceptance of her curls and finally finding the right way to care for it) but mostly educational (what exactly is curly hair and finding the right products, tools and methods for your hair). I also love that she writes like she's talking to her girlfriend and not talking down to you.

    My hair is mostly 3C-4A, but there's some 3B right at the nape. I only need to rake the conditioner through this part of my hair and finger-twist near the top and front of my hair. (My hair is also layered and tends to get very dry. I use Renpure to co-wash. I mix Tresemme Naturals and Biotera Gel as a leave-in.) You probably don't need to go through the extra trouble of twisting each curl.

    Maybe if you see it at a local bookstore you can browse through it and you might find something new and interesting before you spend money on it.
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    "Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.' "
    - Charlie Brown
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  • Curly SaraCurly Sara Posts: 183Registered Users
    I have recently been starting this method and i really love it even though its a bit timeconsuming. I havent bought here book but just read her website and watched here youtube videos. Which hairtype do you guys think Teri have?
    I think i have 3b or 3c hair with high porosity and it looks pretty like Teris hair. My hair sucks any moisture like nobodies business!

    I am amazed because i have never had this welldefined tight curls as i have now and it last for a few days without showering. I also just started combining this method with the cg method and i love it so far cause ican already see a much more healthier hair and welldefined curls. Love love love it so far!

    I currently use loreal eversleek dt as a leave-in because its sulphat and siliconfree. But i am not really satified with this dt because it leaves my hair a little bit stiff.
    Does anyone recommend any good leave-ins that leaves the hair soft and that are available in stores or that are homemade?

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    Hair type/properties:
    3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

    Curly hair routine/regime:
    Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
    -Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
    -Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
    -Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Has anybody read this book and just felt like it was the curly bible. i got it 2 wks ago and i finished it last week and my regimen is just where it needs to be my hair his healthier, stronger, moisturized and i always reference it in case i want to get a new product. it has actually help me also not become a product junkie.

    i have only been curly for about 2 months now and at first i was just buying up anything i saw. this book has taught me that all i need is just conditioner, water and oils here and there and u are good to go.

    I love love love this book and i havent really run into ppl who have read this book yet. have you read it and do u agree this is like the bible for curly heads?


    though i havent read the book i do know about her, n her website. Somtimes when im feeling abit down about my hair ill go on her site, it seems to make me feel better and really look forward taking care of my hair.
    she doesnt have a problem with sulfates n cones, but she only washes once a week i think it was.... so i didnt think that was too bad. i love it how she can get such amazing curls with just using conditioner, find that great. i try to do the same, n get amazing curls. :) :love10:

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,677Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Curly Sara, I don't do homemade so no recs there. But 2 store leave-ins that I've used for years are Beauty Without Cruelty and Kinky Curly Knot Today. But I havent tried using them according to Teri's method.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • Curly SaraCurly Sara Posts: 183Registered Users
    Spiralli wrote: »
    Curly Sara, I don't do homemade so no recs there. But 2 store leave-ins that I've used for years are Beauty Without Cruelty and Kinky Curly Knot Today. But I havent tried using them according to Teri's method.
    Thank you for the tip. Will check the products out but first i have to find out if any online stores sell this stuff and ship to Europa-Norway cause nobody sells that stuff here in the northpole :D



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    Hair type/properties:
    3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

    Curly hair routine/regime:
    Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
    -Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
    -Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
    -Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
  • coconillacoconilla Posts: 46Registered Users
    When I did this, i spent all the money I saved not buying products on hair accessories and things to add to hair styles... maybe ex pj's could try that.

    I did tightly curly for ages, and my hair was great, but I got bored and fell off the wagon and damaged my hair again... that's why I joined this forum. CG sounds great aswell.... definitely going to mix the 2 methods.

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  • Fantastic1221Fantastic1221 Posts: 356Registered Users
    I wasn't feelin the book. I liked her explaination of hair from the scientific perspective and I liked some of the styles she offered. Maybe its cause I've heard the advice so much before I read it and because I have a routine that really works for me that I wasn't that impressed.

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  • earthnutearthnut Posts: 226Registered Users
    I think her routine is fine, the only thing I disagree with is her brushing technique. It's harsh and damaging. If you have to hold your hair so you don't feel pain, you're damaging your hair! You should always attack a tangle from the bottom up, not the top down.

    ---
    2c/3a, F/M, ii, med porosity, good elasticity, APL, silvery dark brown.
    Love coconut oil, olive oil, and Everyday Shea!
  • frizzybarbiefrizzybarbie Posts: 483Registered Users
    Hmm....may have to get the book. I love her website and have been using her method for almost a year. I've seen good growth even after getting my hair cut!
    Who would've thought conditioner would make good styling product.
    4a pencil-sized corkscrews that are low porosity, fine, thick, & layered
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I would like to get the book myself sometime. I've been trying her method and I'm so surprised at how well it works for me so far. I'm going to experiment with more conditioners. I never would have thought this would work for me. I tried it last year sometime. I must have not done it right or used the wrong product but it did not work before. This time, fabulous results. I really like the look of my hair when I "smooth" my hair in sections. It looks good when I don't, so this gives me a couple options. The smoothing actually didn't take all that long. It works better than the "skipcurl method" for me.
  • frizzybarbiefrizzybarbie Posts: 483Registered Users
    earthnut wrote: »
    I think her routine is fine, the only thing I disagree with is her brushing technique. It's harsh and damaging. If you have to hold your hair so you don't feel pain, you're damaging your hair! You should always attack a tangle from the bottom up, not the top down.

    ---
    2c/3a, F/M, ii, med porosity, good elasticity, APL, silvery dark brown.
    Love coconut oil, olive oil, and Everyday Shea!

    She's starts at ends and works up....I don't see issue with that technique....
    4a pencil-sized corkscrews that are low porosity, fine, thick, & layered
  • bravebrave Posts: 24Registered Users
    I'm only 2c, and her book was still incredibly helpful. I don't follow it to the T but I do incorporate some of her techniques. It's a very informative and well-written book.

    I also love her ingredients list section on her website, when I'm looking for a very concise summary of what's in my new product.
    Medium porosity, medium texture, iii/2c
    Ingredient buff and believer in the cones.
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