Pull Up a Chair to Our Curly Book Group!

Apr 22, 2015 5:06:56 AM


I was reading through Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch - Naturally and was reflecting on all the great books that have been written in recent years about my favorite topic - curly hair. Earlier this year, CURLS founder Mahisha Dellinger published Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse and G.G. Adshens's  Curly Girl Method Top Recipe hit the shelves in March."

It's an exciting time in our curly world, with an endless appetite for information and education about the process. It's also a time when many of the entrepreneurs who helped shape the industry are reflecting on their journeys. As far as I'm concerned, you can't read too much on the topic. There are books for kids and books for men. For budding mixtresses, there are hair recipe books. For history buffs, there are books that explore the movement's history.

So I thought that theres never been a bether time to kick off NaturallyCurly's Curly Book Group!

The list of authors reads like a who's who in the curly world - stylists, bloggers and brand founders who have helped fuel the movement. Some of the books are full of useful tips and tricks, while others explore the history of the natural hair movement. And some are memoirs that chronicle the unlikely success stories of the best-known curl brands and provide tips to other entrepreneurs hoping to become the next Miss Jessie's.

NaturallyCurly was entering its 4th year in business when Lorraine Massey kicked off the curly publishing boom 13 years ago with Curly Girl: The Handbook. This book became the Bible for curly girls around the world. The book was  packed with unique and fail-proof hair-care methods, inspiration, and an empowering pro-curl attitude. The book created a new vernacular in the curl world, and the "CG" method - thanks to NaturallyCurly.com's evangelists - spread like wild fire. It helped create the no-poo culture we live in today, where sulfate-free shampoos abound.

Later that year, Curl Queen Ouidad's  pubsliehd Curl Talk in which she shared her top curl tips. A year later, as the natural hair movement took root, stylist to the stars Natural hair expert Anthony Dickey's published Hair Rules: The Ultimate Hair-care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly or Wavy Hair. Stylist to the stars Diane Da Costa followed with Textured Tresses: The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Natural Hair.

The past three years have been especially prolific for curly authors. Blogger Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki fame - a member of our TextureMedia family - made a huge splash with Better than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous, Natural hair!  She exemplified how the online world has become the authority on curls and coils. And this month, Tanya Wright from "Orange is the New Black" published I Found God In My Hair: 98 Spiritual Principles I Learned From My Relationship With My Hair. 

Here are few of the books that have made the world a better place for curly girls.


miladyhair rules

Strictly Curls

Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide

Thank God I'm Natural; The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair

Live Curly, Live Free: Unlocking the Secrets Behind the World of Beautiful Curly Hair

Marvelous Are Thy Works

Curly Girl: The New Handbook

Picking the Right Natural Hair Products for Your Curly, Kinky Hair

Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong

The Curly Hair Book: Or How Men Can Now Rock Their Waves, Coils And Kinks

I Found God in My Hair: 98 spiritual principles I learned from...my hair!


curly girl

An Impatient Person's Guide to Black Hair

Milady Standard Natural Hair Care & Braiding

Natural Hair Transitioning: How To Transition From Relaxed To Natural Hair

The Beginners Guide To Natural Hair: How To Begin Your Natural Hair Journey Today

How to Transition to Natural Hair

The Coiffure Project

The Natural Hair Handbook: Everything You Need to Know about Natural Hair


If You Love it, It Will Grow

How to Grow Your Natural Hair! Learn How to Grow Your Own Beautiful Natural Kinky Hair

Kinki Kreations: A Parent's Guide to Natural Black Hair Care for Kids

It's All Good Hair

The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care

Nappturosity: How To Create Fabulous Natural Hair and Locs

Milady Standard Natural Hair Care & Braiding

60 Natural Hair Growth Potions

Children's Books

I Love My Hair

Tolani's Hair.

Annie's Curly Hair

Wanda and the Wild Hair

I Am Mixed

What I Like About Me

Kinky Hair is Kingly Hair

I Like Myself

Daisy's Perfect World

Penny and the Magic Puff Balls

There Was a Little Girl, She Had a Little Curl

Sugar Plum Ballerina Series

Happy to be Nappy

Sunne's Gift

Bintou's Braids

Bippity Bop Barbershop

Happy Hair

Wavy, Curly, Kinky : The African American Child's Hair Care Guide

Big Hair, Don't Care


My Hair is So Happy

Emi's Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair

I Love My Cotton Candy Hair

Curlies Love Fashion

Color My 'Fro: A Natural Hair Coloring Book for Big Hair Lovers of All Ages


Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America

Black Hair : Art, Style, and Culture

Returning Natural: The History, Healing and Holistic Health of Black Hair

Afro Hair of the Ancient Egyptians

Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women

Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women

Black Beauty - The Complete Aesthetic History Of The Hair, Skin-tone, Features And Make-up Of African American Supermodels, Singers And Celebrities

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Michelle Breyer

Written by Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer (michelle@texturem­ediainc.com) is the co-founder of content and ecommerce platform Naturall­yCurly.com and TextureMedia. By engaging beauty enthusiasts through original content, branded entertai­nment, social media, product reviews and commerce, TextureMedia influences up to $5 billion in hair care sales each year. Its monthly social, consumer reach is 26 million across a portfolio of digital brands, including its Market Research & Insights division, CurlyNikki and Naturall­yCurly.