- Edition 7 -

It’s amazing how many people with curly hair think it’s frizzy when it really isn’t. They describe their curls as a burden, something to get rid of. Even my eleven-year-old daughter Isla, whose hair is literally magical will say, “Is there anything that will keep it straight?” And I say, “The only thing that will keep it straight is something that will destroy your hair forever.” But I think curly hair is coming into its own now. Curl is an expressive, natural, organic statement against trying to make hair look like everyone else’s.

Every African-American woman whose hair we’ve done has said they use five or six products that I know without a doubt are completely unnecessary. They use detergent, then a leave-in, something else, and then something else… it annoys me because they’re being so ripped off. So ripped off.

So what we’ve tried to do here is present a great variety of people with curls – we could have done a whole book. I’m hoping that this edition in particular resonates with a lot of people and frees them from pointless, endless, duplicitous products in their shower that they don’t know what to do with, because they don’t do anything. These stories are the best evidence yet that less is absolutely more.

– Michael Gordon, editor-in-chief


Ed. 7, Preface | Michael Gordon's Hair Story Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 1 | Afros in America Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 2 | Curls Understood Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 3 | Rock Yo Rizos Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 4 | A Short Story, with Gray Areas Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 5 | From Brazil with Love Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 6 | A Minimalist Unleashed Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 7 | A Chanteuse and a Challenge Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 8 | A Change Artist Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 9 | Curly and Proud Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 10 | Danish Modern Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 11 | Hair in Motion Read

Hair tAlk – Wes

Ed. 7, Ch. 12 | On Cutting Curl Read

Hair Talk – Roxie

Ed. 7, Ch. 12.2 | On Coloring Curl Read

Ed. 7, Ch. 13 | A Game Changer Read