Monday, January 24, 2011

Giveaway: Curly Girl The Handbook

It isn't often that I seek out products to review. I receive enough PR emails that I can typically pick and choose my opportunities. However, when I heard about Curly Girl The Handbook and that an expanded second edition was coming out soon, I contacted the publisher. Much to my delight, they sent me a hot off the presses copy to review along with travel sized samples of 4 Deva Curl hair products. Plus, they offered three more books to giveaway to my readers!

I didn't expect to love the book as much as I do. But from the very beginning, my eyes were inundated with pictures of curly haired women with gorgeous locks. Never in my life can I recall seeing so many people with beautiful, bouncy curls. It was like hair heaven for me.

In the past I've experimented with giving up shampoo. And you've born with me as I shared the results. But I never had staying power. And eventually I decided to add some fun, purple highlights to my hair, so I thought dropping my no-poo routine was out of the question. But Lorraine Massey has brought me back to what I knew was right for my hair.

I actually read this book cover to cover. Even chapter 13 - Guys 'n Curls - and chapter 16 - Chemo Curls (the curls people often develop after chemotherapy). When I was done reading it, all I wanted to do was run upstairs and cleanse my hair! So I did. And let me tell you, it felt odd to skip the sudsy shampoo and to barely rinse out my conditioner. But what I learned is that my halo (what Massey calls the frizz surrounding the face) is just curls waiting to be moisturized. And boy did I moisturize the heck out of them!

A couple of weeks later and I am really enjoying some new love for my curls. My husband prefers my hair curly and now I don't have to worry as much about the halo effect. I discovered that my curls have a name - Corkicelli, which I think makes me sound terribly romantic, similar to a Boticelli girl (who have a slightly different style of curl). But I also have some curls that are different. Who knew one head could have so many different types of curl?!

I do not think I will ever go back to my old routine of cleaning and styling my hair. I did find that L'oreal and CVS both have a line of sulfate free shampoo that, for me, worked as well as the Deva Curl products. Though they didn't smell as lovely. The DevaCurl products have herbal and botanical infusions and smell great. I really liked the spray-in conditioning product that can be used to refresh my curls if I go a couple of days between washings (which I do).

Now for the giveaway! I have 1 deluxe giveaway which includes a brand new copy of Curly Girl with instructional DVD and a 4-pack travel set of DevaCurl's most popular products. Two other readers will each win a copy of the book and included DVD.

How to Enter: There are five ways to enter and you can do any of them you like, for up to five entries:

1. Leave a comment describing your hair or just that you want to win,
2. 'Like' Family Musings on Facebook and DevaCurl on Facebook and then leave a 2nd comment with your FB name telling me you did,
3. Subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe by email, and leave a 3rd comment telling me you did so, or already are subscribed,
4. Link to my giveaway on your own blog, leaving another comment with the permalink to you post, or
5. Follow Family Musings on Twitter and Devacurl on Twitter then tweet this giveaway and leave a 5th comment with the twitter id or permalink. Here's your tweet:

Win a copy of Curly Girl (2nd ed) & @DevaCurl products from @FamilyMusings  
http://bit.ly/FM_devacurl #giveaway

That's it. 5 ways to win and 1 lucky winner. This giveaway will end Sunday, January 30th at midnight. Read all contest rules here.

FTC Disclosure: I received a book and hair care samples to facilitate my review.

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