A fantastic reference guide to caring for natural hair and full of good advice and natural hair “recipes.” I’ve fallen in love with the recipe for moisturizing spray. It utilizes inexpensive ingredients, (distilled water, vegetable glycerin, and aloe vera juice) but it works much better on my hair than most commercial products.
The book also shows the variety of hair styling options available to naturals; too many of us think we are limited to a TWA or locks.
Finally, it is refreshing to find a book on natural hair care in which the models are truly “natural,” and not sporting weaves and/or texturizers. This allowed me to make a realistic assessment of how a finished style will look on my hair. I only wish that I had this book while I was transitioning.
This book is a great starting point for anyone considering going natural. It gives you a realistic view of what to expect when making a transition from relaxed hair to natural hair. It also suggests some styles and hair care techniques for that rough period of hair breakage and the times when you just want to give in and get a relaxer. Additionally, the author suggests other references, including websites, that will provide further information and inspiration.
After reading this book (in an hour or so) I learned how to care for my hair in ways that prevent it from drying out and breaking. The book also includes recipes for conditioning treatements that acutually work WELL and good information on what to look for in the ingredient lists when buying off-the-shelf products. I never realized how much damage I was doing to my hair (and my daughter’s hair) by yanking at it and pulling the blow dryer comb through it. And how drying shampoo really is. I had come to accept that I would have a comb full of hair that I would pull out whenever I shampooed and blow-dried. After using the techniques suggested here for “no-pooing” (a method of cleansing the hair with instant conditioner rather than shampoo) and keeping the hair tangle free during no-pooing, I have experienced significantly less breakage (almost no breakage) and my hair is softer than ever. Even if you decide not to transition to your natural texture, this book will help you stretch the time between relaxers and achieve a more healthy head of hair.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants more information on how to take care of naturally kinky hair.
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Good things come in small packages! This is the best little book on natural hair care that I have ever read, and believe me I have read quite a few. Most others talk about “healthy” weave care and “healthy” perm care, and other products and processes that have no health value at all, but are, in reality, the root cause of hair breakage and other Black hair care problems. This book succintly lists hair care ingredients to avoid and those to incorporate. It explains in plain and simple language why various products are damaging to Black hair and Black health. Websites are also provided for updated information and to further the discussion on health and hair. Kudos to Mirielle! Never before has anyone de-mystified and simplified Black hair care from perspective of health and natural beauty.
what a great book! for women who are thinking about going natural or are newly natural, this book is very inspirational. natural hair care no longer seems so daunting! there are plenty of different hairstyles featured providing a plethora of choices! for veteran naturals it is a good resource manual, a refresher. this book uses real women who have gone through the process and their energy radiates throughout the book! enjoy!
When I first saw this book on their website (www.going-natural.com) I was excited about the fact that I found a book which had such good reviews! When it finally arrived in the mail and began reading it, I knew I had made the right decision! Everything from the author’s note to the index in the back was so detailed.
I was expecting basic information, but it is far beyond basic. It gave information on which ingredients to look for in products and which ingredients to avoid; recipes for homemade products, how to do certain styles, and how to take care of natural hair in general. It also tells you the natural way to deal with breakage, itchy scalp, etc. Also, you’ll find information on how to take care of extension or added hair styles like braids, weaves, dreads, etc. If you are considering going natural you HAVE TO BUY THIS BOOK! It’s so informative.
For all women of color, whether you be black, latin, mixed no matter what you are, if you have natural hair and are thinking about a relaxer, STOP and read this book! I have been natural for 3 years and I was doing it ALL wrong, this book has been added to my arsenal of knowledge. It has hair styles, recipes for hair care, a plethera of how to and why you may want to’s.Mireille gives you the help you need and the extra support to go natural and stay that way.
I loved this book. It’s message is clear. Natural is beautful and easy! There’s a lot of detailed information and helpful suggestions for people considering going natural. There are plenty of examples and everything is presented in a friendly and direct discourse. It’s an easy and fast read and a good reference for anyone going through the process.
What I especially like is the vision of the author to transform our cultural views of nappy hair – one beautiful head after another. I think it shows that even one person can bring about huge change. I don’t have nappy hair but I have very curly hair and I can relate to many of the feelings and experiences of the author. Growing up I never thought curly hair was acceptable or attractive and there were no products for me unless I wanted to straighten my hair. I did straighten it a number of times and blowed it out straight the rest of the time. This wreaked havoc on my hair and left it dry, broken, and split. I now wear my hair natural and love it. Mireille’s has guide me to helpful products and makes me happy to be curly.
Mireille’s book is important. It empowers and ecourages women to embrace their natural beauty without making any judgements on people’s choices about their hair. She certainly proves that nappy hair is beautiful and pretty and has many options for styling!
I have never written a review on any book. However, I felt the need to leave one for this book. This book has been extremely helpful to me in my natural haircare journey. There are very few books out there for African American women who decide to leave the commerialized haircare arena to go back to their beautiful natural self. This book helped me in securing the right products to use on my natural hair. In this day and age, with all the haircare products on the market, it can be overwhelming. I am highly impressed with this book. It packs a lot in its 110 pages. It is well worth the purchase and will take a spot on my bookshelf along side my dictionary because I know I will constantly refer back to it for the various receipes provided. It also gives a simply breakdown on the chemicals that are in a lot of hair products which helps you understand what you are actually putting in your hair. I am a happy customer and will highly recommend it to my friends who wish to go natural like I.
This is the 2nd book that falls in line with my hair philosophy…….
The only other book that I would recommend in this catagory for natural hair care is “No Lye”; That is the fist book I read when I transitioned almost 10 years ago.
This book is practical and helpful, and while many other books are out there, they may have a chapter on “ethnic” hair, or the author may only discuss natural “relaxed” hair……”WHAT??”
… After many bad hair nightmares for me, there is nothing natural about a chemical relaxer….I also love the fact that there are several recipes for natural hair, that are simple and not expensive, since I am walking further and further away from commercial products.
This is a good Quick guide that is already helping me and adding to my knowledge.
Since I have decided to go natural. This book had help a great deal. It explain how to go about transitioning and many more. If you are considering to go natural, you should purchase this book because it goes into depth what products to use, hair styles that are healty for your hair and much more. If I wanted a book to that shows me how to keep my naps healty, strong and growing, I would purchase this product without hestiation.
I wish I’d had this book growing up, December 20, 2008
I love love love that this book by Mireille is all about how to care for tightly curly hair and there is no chapter thrown in about how to force curls straight, thank goodness! It’s so refreshing to see an entire book devoted to celebrating natural hair. Filled with lots of information on how to escape from chemicals, and what to do with very curly hair after you have made your escape. This book concentrates heavily on braids, cornrows, locks, twists, and how to give yourself a nice afro. Mireille showcases her curls proudly, and gives lots of ideas and inspiration for anyone wanting to wear more African inspired styles.
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I just went thru with my Big Chop on July 27, 2008 and needed some help with styles and hair care products for my texture hair. This book is a great quick guide to how to take care of our natural hair. Excellent book and an easy read!
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I have to say that for someone that didn’t have no one to go to about my natural kinks, I was so happy when I recieved this book. I call it my hair bible because I feel like it has given me hope for my hair. I’m still learning what to do with it and how it can be neat and healthy at the same time but this book has definitely help me through my journey. I was natural for 2 yrs when I got this book and I’m so happy I bought it. It was worth my 12 dollars. Every penny 🙂
20+ years relaxed, enough already! I love this guide, chock full of photos, definitions,styles and great advice. The author knows what she is talking about. Do not hesitate to make this your ‘go-to’ book for transistioning.
Great Resource, Add It To Your Collection, September 27, 2009
I’m a 26 year old African American women who has been relaxing her hair since about the age of 13. My hair is nice and in good condition, but I’m at the point where I want my natural curly beautiful God given hair back! I am a marketing professional, and need to keep a professional look even though I’m transitioning to natural hair. Honestly I’ve forgotten how to care for my natural hair, so this book is a great resource for me. I’ve stop using commercial moisturizers and oil, and have started using some of the reccomended natural oils discussed in the book which work great on my hair. It’s a quick and easy read, with lots of useful information on products, care, how to info, and styling info. It only took me about 5 days to read though it. It’s a great resource to add to your collection.
This is a must have book for anyone transitioning or currently natural. It is a straight forward guide that addresses all aspects of the natural hair care journey including hair care and maintenance. This book is a valuable resource that I wish I had when I first decided to go natural over 10 years ago. I’m glad that I have it now!
Excellent Resource For Starting Natural!, August 16, 2009
This book was purchased by me at an Afrikan Festival some 2 years ago. I have found this book pivotal in going natural and how the process begins.
Although I still struggle with wearing processed hair, this sister takes all on a natural journey who are “afraid” to leave straight processed hair to natural luxurious hair. I even love the fact that she shows the viewing audience how she managed to do this in stages via pictures and a “how to” guide!
This sister’s reference book is phenomenal and I hope she help others transcend back to his/her own natural hair. Please buy this book because it is an asset to the Afro-Culture.
This is an excellent book for natural hair care. It is one of the best hair-care books I have read.
deecoily – I Got It!, Jan 3 2005, 07:59 PM I got your book and it is EXCELLENT!!! What a valuable resource. Everyone HAS to have this book. I am soooooo impressed. Love, ~Dee~
sharynleigh – Dec 27 2004, 11:05 PM I read the entire book and it is very informative and well done. My son read the foreword and the acknowledgement to me while we were driving home. We really enjoyed the afternoon.
Sweet Epiphany – Dec 28 2004, 09:58 AM And Masoesa, Congrats to you! The book is so in depth, thorough and thoughtful!
ChaoticSoul: A word of thanks Jan 7 2005, 07:53 just wanted to thank you. I ordered from your site and you were very helpful. I have really learned a lot from your book . I wish you continued success my sister.
footsiee – Dec 28 2004, 10:59 PM Congrats girl!! I’m loving the book and the clip that you sent as a gift with the book will really come in handy once I get some length. Are you going to be coming to DC anytime?? I would love to get my book signed. Congrats on your success.
shulta – Jan 5 2005, 04:41 AM Thanks! It was delivered last night, I stayed up until gone midnight to read it but I had to get some sleep. BRILLIANT BOOK!!! You should be well proud of yourself! I’m bringing with me to Alcatraz (aka: work) so that I can read it during my lunch hour.
pookeylou – Your book is AMAZING!!!, Dec 21 2004, 12:15 PM I love it! I have started skimming through it and the information I have read so far is WONDERFUL! Wow…you did an amazing job!