It’s here! The answer to our curly-headed prayers. I’ve been referring people to Teri LaFlesh’s website for over a year now, and am thrilled to be able to point my fellow biracials, parents of mixies, and anyone else with a “wild” mane to her book Curly Like Me. Teri was kind enough to send me an advanced copy so that I could write a blurb. Here’s what I wrote…
“With Curly Like Me, Teri LaFlesh has provided us curly heads with THE Bible of hair care for our tightly curled manes. If you thought your (or your child’s) hair was hard to manage, Teri will prove you wrong. After suffering through relaxers, jheri curls, texturizing, dreadlocks, weaves, and extensions, Teri stopped fighting against her curls and embarked on a journey to embrace them. The results are stunning! Teri discovered a simple, easy to follow technique that produces healthy, happy, beautiful curls freeing us from chemicals, heat, and perpetual ponytails. She’s layed it out step by step, providing us with the do’s, the don’ts, and even the why’s! A more thorough hair care manual we could not ask for. Perhaps even more momentous though is the journey toward self acceptance that lies in the pages of the book. It seems as though Ms. LaFlesh learned that what happens when we try to make our hair into something that it is not, is a mirror of what happens when we try to make our SELF into something that it is not. Curly Like Me is also about embracing every aspect of one’s authentic self. That beautiful and unique being that the world will not be able to experience if we waste our energy fighting against it in hopes of conforming to that which we’re told every day on television, in magazines, and in the movies is ‘normal’ and ‘good.’ The struggle against the “real” hair becomes symbolic of the inner struggle against the real self. Teri says, ‘I treated my curls as if they weren’t good enough in their natural state. Yet after all I had done to them they, couldn’t be crushed.’ The same can be said of the human spirit. Thank you, Teri!!”
so, if you’d like your (or your child’s) hair to look like this someday….
…go buy this book!! You can get it HERE.