28Feb

Giveaway: Curly Hair Handbook and DevaCurl Products

If you read my blog, you know I have curly hair and I’ve been battling it my whole life.  I loved the “Sesame Street” video that came out last year with the little girl who sang about her hair:

Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop, ’cause I love what I got on top.
It’s curly and it’s brown and it’s right up there!
You know what I love? That’s right, my hair!
I really love my hair.

When I moved to NYC, I was thrilled to find out that I could go to a hair dresser who specialized in curly hair.  For the first time in my life, I was told that having curly hair was special and that I was lucky to have it, after fighting and pushing back the curls for years.  I loved my curly hair dresser, but his prices climbed year after year as other curly girls seemed to take note of this growing niche.

After moving to the suburbs when I had kids, I continued to pay the crazy prices to get my hair cut.  How could I go anywhere else?  I had finally found my comfort zone, and I had finally started to love and accept my hair.  But then I head about Devachaun in White Plains, a curly hair place not far from my house in Westchester, with lower prices and a slightly different technique.

Curly HairI remember my first trip at Devachaun, while waiting to get my hair done, someone handed me a copy of Curly Girl: The Handbook by curl expert  ad founder for Devachaun, Lorraine Massey.  Page after page, I read about other women’s experiences with their curly hair.   After getting my hair done there, I became hooked on Massey’s DevaCurl products, as well, and I’ve been converted.  I still have some off hair days, but for the most part, I really love my hair.

To celebrate the updated version of her book, I am giving away 3 copies  (valued at $13.95 each) and one travel set of DevaCurl products.  Curl Girl is truly a curly hair’s bible.  This book includes a whole chapter devoted to hair care and management for curly kids and it also includes a wealth of helpful tips for busy parents on the go (fathers aren’t excluded, there’s a whole chapter for curly men as well).  The travel set includes bottles of Devachaun’s most popular products: One Condition, No-Poo and AnGel.  It values at $29.95 and is a great way to try out the products or take them with you when you travel.

An unbelievable 65% of women have curly or wavy hair, but you would never know it. That’s because so many curly- and wavy-haired women blow-dry their hair straight, hide it under hats, pull it back with rubber bands, disguise it with weaves and braids, or flatten it with anything they can find. I was one of those people! Too many of us are at a loss about how to properly care for our hair. In this book, Lorraine Massey shows how to work with your curls instead of against them.  Where was she when I was child? (probably a child like me!)

I’m happy to report that  I have three copies of Curly Girl to give away to one of my lucky winners and one travel kit. Want to win?

-All you have to do is comment below and send me your best curly hair tips.   Please include your contact information and Twitter handle if you have one.

Earn extra opportunities by doing the following:

-Join my Facebook page and tell me below.

-Join my Twitter account and tell me below.

-Join my RSS feed and tell me below.

I’ll select 3 random winners (only one will get the travel kit) on Friday, March 12th at noon.  You will have 24 hours to accept your prize.

Disclosure: I was not compensated to do this giveaway.  These products were provided to me for this giveaway but no opinion was expected of me.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. My tip: Step away from the hairbrush! Never ever brush curly hair, or you’ll end up with a crazy mop. In fact, once you’ve applied your product while it’s wet, touch it as little as possible. @sallypnut

  2. This book saved my hair! If you follow directions (can you read?), your hair will look a lot better. My hair is very curly now and I get compliments. Some people say that you always want the hair you don’t have. Not me! Curly girls rule.

  3. When I wear my hair curly, I love using Ouidad products. I even have the clips to twist it up and keep the frizz out.

    I would like to see what other secrets are in the book or try some samples :)

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  6. Use a t-shirt! Once out of the shower use a t-shirt to gently scrunch the moisture out of your hair. It’ll keep the frizz to a minimum. Sounds crazy, but it works.

    @buattiramos

  7. Kimberly Wilhelms says:

    I wash my hair at night. I apply gel and comb thru. Then I smoosh and scrunch it on top of my head with a scrunchi. In the morning I remove scrunch and let it fall. I then fluff with my fingers.

  8. Thanks for this post. For years, I simply thought I had “bad” hair until I went to a haristylist who had lived in Hawaii and asked me if I was Polynesian. I’m half Puerto Rican (with some serious indigenous blood in the mix) and she helped me realize my hair was “special” not “bad.”

    As for my best tips: never brush, only occasionally wash, lots of conditioning, and tropical oils to keep up the shine and the curl.

    Still, I have my share of bad hair days on which I use a dozen bobby pins to pin down the unruly locks – now short after years of going long. Will definitely give that book a look.

  9. ShannonC. says:

    I followed you on twitter as ShannonD_17

    Anyways, plopping and microfibe towels have completely saved my hair! With my thick, wavy hair that takes forever to dry, the towels dry my hair twice as fast and less frizzy. The person that thought up plopping should win a Nobel prize or something. Lol, I plop overnight, and it creates great defined waves and wurls out of my slightly wavy hair :)

  10. My frizzy hair and I would love to win this prize!

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  12. I follow you on Twitter @MacaroniKidNYC