BOOKS: Hair
Plaited Glory: For Colored Girls Who've Considered Braids, Locks, and Twists
Lonnice Brittenum Bonner

From the uptown micro braid to the simple cornrow, braids, locks and twists have come into their own. Plaited Glory gives the lowdown on everything from choosing a braiding salon to differentiating between styles and their costs. More than a "hair-do" book, this is a hari primer with a cultural twist. Photos.

Kinki Kreations: A Parent's Guide to Natural Black Hair Care for Kids
Jena Renee Williams

Kinki Kreations offers step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for styles that can be created in less than fifteen minutes. This innovative handbook reveals expert techniques for crowning little heads with afros, braids, cornrows, twists, and a variety of other all-natural styles. Tips for proper shampooing, caring for newborns' hair, and finding the right salon are included too.

It's All Good Hair: The Guide to Styling and Grooming Black Children's Hair
Michele N-K Collison

Finally, there's a lifeline for those who are desperately seeking help in styling their Black children's hair. Learn the tricks and techniques for today's most popular hairstyles with the easy-to-follow steps found in It's All Good Hair. It features hair-care and styling tips from a variety of experts, and you'll learn all the secrets to braiding, relaxing, and locking, as well as discover many other creative styling ideas.

Kids Talk Hair: An Instruction Book for Grown-Ups & Kids
Pamela Ferrel

Kids Talk Hair is a full color instruction book that explains how to care for newborns to teenagers natural hair. It's fun, easy-to-read and written for both grown-ups and kids. The righthand pages are for grown-ups and most of the lefthand pages are for kids.

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America
Ayana Bird and Lori Tharps

In this entertaining and concise survey, Byrd and Tharps revel in the social, cultural and economic significance of African-American hair from 1400 to the present.

Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women
Noliwe M. Rooks

Rooks takes an interesting look at the social and political implications that hair has held for African American women. The six chapters discuss hair and its connection to black pride, race, advertising, gender, and women's magazines. She has used advertisements from different periods to trace representations of hair, which she then analyzes to show the political implications for women. Rooks demonstrates that Western definitions of beauty are often not endorsed by African American women.

400 Years Without a Comb: The Untold Story
Willie L. Morrow

400 Years Without a Comb studies the effect the denial of sufficient hair care tools had on African slaves in America. Willie Morrow has written more than 5 books and created more than 20 videos on barbering, styling, and the history of Black hair. This book locates the origin of the good hair/bad hair argument in the days of and following slavery.

Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories
Pamela Johnson
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Ranging from the shaving of newborns to the coiffing of the dead, from the anecdotal to the scholarly, and from antebellum America to contemporary Africa, this remarkable array of writings and images illuminates black women's hair and its cultural meaning. Embracing all types of hair whether it's relaxed, worn in an Afro, has extensions woven in, is twisted into dreads or shaven off altogether the authors urge readers to respond to their own particular hair without judgment and to view it as an essential part of their personal space.