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Teri's new book is available (www.tightlycurly.com)

jupitermoon

New Member
Here is Teri LaFlesh's website: http://tightlycurly.com/welcome/

Book:


I ordered mine from www.amazon.com

Here's my review:

In the first chapter Teri discusses how she used to relax her hair and how she tried all types of methods to tame her hair like self texturizing and jeri curls. The book "Good Hair: For Colored Girls Who've Considered Weaves When Chemicals Became Too Ruff" inspired Teri to grow out her relaxer and wear her hair natural and unstraightened.

The second chapter discusses the science of curls/hair---how curls are formed, the layers of the hair strand, etc. Ways that hair is damaged and the effects of the environment are also reviewed.

Chapter three is about shampooing and conditioning the hair. Step by step instructions and pictures are included. She also talks about using conditioner only in the hair. Chapters four through six deal with combing and defining curls with conditioner only. Single stand knots and mats are some of the hair challenges discussed.

Chapter seven is about maintaining tightly curly hair. This was an interesting chapter. Teri talks about how to refresh curls for second day hair and beyond, trimming, etc. One thing that I found interesting is Teri doesn't think trimming tightly curly hair is necessary and hasn't trimmed in almost 10 years. According to her hair only needs to be trimmed if damaged, and she discusses how to trim hair in this chapter. Teri also believes that deep conditioning is unnecessary---she mentions that deep conditioners usually have the same ingredients as regular conditioners and the damaged hair can't be repaired.

Chapter eight discusses taking care of children's curls. Chapter nine discusses adding highlights to curls hair and chapter ten discusses hair care for transitioning from relaxed to natural.

In chapter eleven, products for taking care of curly hair are recommended. She talks about conditioner, combs, and (Denman) brushes. Ingredients in found hair products and what to avoid are discussed, too.

Chapter twelve discusses the science of how chemicals such as relaxers and coloring work on the hair. Chapter thirteen is about styling tightly curly hair. All of the styles are simple and cute and none of them involve combing or brushing the hair. All of the styles are also quick to do---taking about 5 minutes or less. Some of the styles include figure 8 buns and French twists.

Chapter fourteen discusses her views on curly hair and celebrating and embracing tightly curly hair. The book then concludes with recommended reading.

My grade: solid A :)

My thoughts:

Defining every single curl by smoothing each one between the fingers after using a Denman brush to clump them seems so time consuming and I'm also leery of never trimming, but Teri's hair looks nice and it works for her.

An alternative that Teri suggests to defining each individual curl is simply running the fingers through the hair while full of conditioner. This also defines curls but probably not as well as defining each individual curl.

I like how her method of caring for tightly curly hair is simple and so is her styling. All of the products she recommends are easy to find and affordable. She describes things in detail with lots of pictures. I wish the pictures were in color though--they're black and white. They were still nice though.

Overall I like the book. It is similar to the stuff discussed on her website but much more detailed.

This is trivial information but:
Teri mentioned that it is easy to part curly hair that is defined and not matted by simply using your fingers and flipping the curls over. I tried this on my hair and she's right!!! :blush: I can now change my parts without a comb as and often as I want. I've been fully natural for almost a year now and didn't realize this until today. :giggle:
 
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Fhrizzball

Well-Known Member
I never get tired of her hair. I'm going have to wait until I get some length before I try her method though.
 

jupitermoon

New Member
I think a simple regimen is best for growing long hair. That's what I like best about Teri's regimen. She pretty much adds conditioner to her hair and leaves it alone. I don't follow her regimen exactly but I do have a similar method.

I never get tired of her hair. I'm going have to wait until I get some length before I try her method though.

Her regimen works on short and long hair. She includes pictures of those with short hair using her method in her book too.

Congrats to Teri!! I tried and like her Curly Primer method to define curls.

http://public.fotki.com/RegsWife/curly-primer-method/

Your braid outs and curly buns are so beautiful. You're doing a nice job.
 

Ms Lala

Well-Known Member
Have any ladies with type 4 hair gotten good results w/her methods? I tried it a couple of times and ended up w/ a mess. Maybe I did something wrong.
 

havilland

Magical Mythical Princess
i tried her methods to define. my hair was a hot crunchy mess. i think the key is to find the right products. the conditioners i tried the times i attemtped the method, were clearly not the right ones for my hair.
this is not a bash of her regimen/method though. i think it makes alot of sense. and her keep it simple methods are definitely on point. most of the ladies i know with healthy hair, long or short, keep their regimen simple and have lots of success. (i'm not natural, i'm texlaxed)

when i start wash n go-ing again, i will play with diff conditioners and see if i can get the method down.

i can't wait to read her book. her website and especially her glossary of hair terms are gold mine!:fan:
 

jupitermoon

New Member
Have any ladies with type 4 hair gotten good results w/her methods? I tried it a couple of times and ended up w/ a mess. Maybe I did something wrong.

Teri said as long as the hair is curly it should work. Someone with very tight curls may have to define each individual curl instead of simply runing their fingers through their hair.

Here are before and afters of all different hair types using her method on this page: http://tightlycurly.com/photos/beforeandafter/
 

AimWard

Well-Known Member
I bought it (though 80% of the info can be found on her website) to support her. I think it's nice that even though the book is for sale you can still go to the website and learn what you need to know.
 

wavezncurlz

LHCF addict
I bought it (though 80% of the info can be found on her website) to support her. I think it's nice that even though the book is for sale you can still go to the website and learn what you need to know.

@ bold - That's what I was wondering. Thanks. I'd like to support her but I don't have the extra these days.

She seems to be a genuinely nice person. I can't get her method to work for me though. Conditioner dries out my hair something bad. I need some kind of oil/butter.
 

jupitermoon

New Member
Does anyone else have this book? What do you think? It's still recieving good reviews on www.amazon.com

I bought it (though 80% of the info can be found on her website) to support her. I think it's nice that even though the book is for sale you can still go to the website and learn what you need to know.

I agree. The book has pretty much the same stuff as the site but in more detail. Plus, you can find out just about everythng pertaining to hair care on the Internet through websites such as Motown Girl, this website, blogs, etc.

I guess I'm just biased. I just *heart* this book. The regimen is so simple and so are the hair styles. I believe that keeping it simple is best. It was a good read. I still flip through it often. It's one of my favorite beauty books.
 

TruMe

Well-Known Member
I do have to agree that this book is worth having in your collection. I purchased the eBook version and have all the pictures in color. I love it so far. Thanks CelinaStarr for the breakdown, I for sure thought that I was going to have to wait for my transition to be over with because I didn't think she had anything to say for transitioners. Now I see there is a chapter on that...I am going to that chapter as I type. 5 stars for me!!
 

adf23

Well-Known Member
i tried her methods to define. my hair was a hot crunchy mess. i think the key is to find the right products. the conditioners i tried the times i attemtped the method, were clearly not the right ones for my hair.
this is not a bash of her regimen/method though. i think it makes alot of sense. and her keep it simple methods are definitely on point. most of the ladies i know with healthy hair, long or short, keep their regimen simple and have lots of success. (i'm not natural, i'm texlaxed)

when i start wash n go-ing again, i will play with diff conditioners and see if i can get the method down.

i can't wait to read her book. her website and especially her glossary of hair terms are gold mine!:fan:


LOL- i chuckled to myself at this. I KINDA agree- but I use her method in that I apply cheap conditioner to my hair and leave it, and my hair gets pretty defined. However, if I try to add the denman to this equation, I also get a crunchy mess. I run alot of conditioner (Suave Humectant) over the surface of my hair while I am still in the shower, and leave it. If I try to manipulate my hair with the conditioner in it before it's dry, the result is a crunchy jheri curl.
 

TruMe

Well-Known Member
Sorry, correction, I too have black and white photos. Had to take a look back at it.
 

jupitermoon

New Member
does anyone with 4a/b hair do this method. I saw the pictures and they all looked like 3a/b/c.


I think the regimen should work as long as you have visible curls/coils. If the hair isn't curly/coily then it may not work since the purpose of the regimen is to add definition to already existing curls/coils.
 

Nali1987

New Member
So I don't have the book but I went to her website and I swear I learned two things I didn't know. I left some cheap conditioner in my hair (yeah I washed it immediatly after reading, what can I say? I'm a girl that likes to take action lol) and what do you know! Curls!
 

BostonMaria

Well-Known Member
Her conditioner-only method doesn't work for me, but I really want to buy the book to read the other topics. I love Teri's hair! She has my dream curly hair.

BTA I haven't cut my hair in almost 3 years and my hair is fine. I do search and destroys but that's it.
 

lexiwiththecurls

New Member
Her hair is very different from the majority of African American naturals so its unrealistic to expect the same results as her. Even though we may have curls or coils....there are a million and one categories in both sections- thickness, etc... So its kind of hard to use one method for all curls/coils. Not knocking her regimen or hustle though. I always check out people's sites no matter what their hair texture is.
 
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