Curly yellow hair is my identity. When I went to a conference last June, people kept telling me they knew me, and asking where we had met. We hadn’t. What they remembered was the curly yellow hair in my Facebook picture.
Carolyn Brundage recommended products that are wallet-killers. I've tried them all, spent a small fortune, need more storage in my bathroom, and finally settled on L'oreal's Everpure moisture conditioner, the one in the metallic pink tube available for well under $7.00 at Walmart, Publix, Walgreens…,. No shampoo. Never shampoo. I use shampoo twice a year, when I frost my hair. The rest of the year, just conditioner. I wash my hair with it and then use some more and leave it in. (I promise, my hair isn't dirty, doesn't look oily, and doesn't smell.)
I follow Lorraine’s Curly Girl rule and avoid all the "cones." No silicone. It doesn't rinse out and it’s too heavy. When I remember to do it, I “deep condition:” put in some stuff, cover it with one of those hotel shower caps, and proceed to spend my half hour on the elliptical machine. I’m convinced that it doesn’t matter what stuff I use; it’s the moist heat that makes the difference.
As to color: my hair isn't yellow and it’s worse than mousy brown. Thanks to curly girl, I discovered that demi-permanent color does the job and doesn't mess with my really delicate curly hair. I mix it with 20 volume peroxide, not the 10 volume they recommend, and it works as well as the smelly permanent stuff with ammonia.
The article left out the most important advice of all. Along with the no shampoo rule, no hairbrush, ever. And no hot implements unless you are desperate and have to coax a few strands into the corkscrews that you're looking for, in which case a small curling iron works. Otherwise, air is your best friend. Let your hair air dry. I love my convertible but hate my motorcycle helmet.