Teri, author of Curly LIke me, experienced, in both cultures, how very curly hair is dealt with, as well as how it feels to have hair like hers. Like many people of mixed-African heritage, she has curls of various sizes, ranging from waves to coils narrower than the width of a pencil.
Most of her life was spent fighting with her short crunchy hair, once even accidentally dissolving it all with a relaxer. After thirty years of research and experimentation, she finally discovered what her hair had so desperately needed all along. Finally understood, her natural curls now reach to my hips. One of her big goals is to see that no one else with hair like hers ever has to go through with theirs what she did with hers, so she created TightlyCurly.com and wrote Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong (John Wiley and Sons 2010). She lives near Seattle with her husband Jon Crump, and raises giant houseplants. Her hair is rained on nearly every day, and it doesn’t mind at all.