Hair plays a major role in African American culture. Below are some books highlighting stories about African Hair. One favorite and one of the first children’s book to celebrate African American hair is Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron. It is a children’s book about adorable Brenda who has the kinkiest, most tightly coiled hair in the family. The funny, colorful and imaginative descriptions of Brenda’s hair and how special it is are fun to read. A must read for everyone…even if your hair isn’t nappy!!! Other great children’s books are Happy to be Nappy by Bell Hooks and I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley.
Tenderheaded by Pamela Johnson, Juliette Harris and Ntozake Shange, is another favorite. It is a colorful collection of African American hair stories. EVERYONE has a hair story to tell and this book is a diverse collection of essays by mostly women but also some men on black hair. A must read for someone who loves hair, this book is funny, insightful and most of all real. Other excellent books focused on black hair include Queen’s: Portraits of Black Women and their Fabulous Hair by Michael Cunningham and Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black hair in America by Ayana Byrd. When reading these books you realize there is so much to learn about black hair. Take some time to read and celebrate the uniqueness of beautiful black hair. With any of these books, you won’t be disappointed.