Black HAIRstory

Hairstyles have been interwoven into African-American history and culture, and what better time to celebrate that than Black History Month? Check out these books and find more at the Black HAIRstory display at Main Library.

Beautiful hairThe Black Woman’s Guide to Beautiful Hair by Lisa Akbari
A leading researcher into black women’s hair, teaches you how to tell what hair type and texture you have so you’re using the right products to take care of your hair. Most importantly, you’ll find out how to have a great attitude about your own hair, so you’ll never have “bad hair” again.

Hot CombHot Comb by Ebony Flowers
This graphic novel offers a poignant glimpse into black women’s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn.


Grow ItGrow It!:  How to Grow Afro-Textured Hair to Maximum Lengths in the Shortest Time by Chicoro
This will walk you through a simple six step process to help you understand which actions contribute to gaining healthy length and which actions do not. Who says afro-textured hair can’t grow long? The more you know the more you grow!

Kinks to CurlsKinks to Curls by Alexis Perkins & Tyshawna Witherspoon
Step-by-step details on how to turn your kinks into curls, as well as how to maintain your style with a few quick and easy bedtime and morning steps. Once you discover its convenience and cost-effectiveness, you’ll be able to confidently wear your natural hair and inspire others to do the same.

tenderheadedTenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories edited by Juliette Harris and Pamela Johnson
A richly diverse, gorgeously illustrated anthology, this features an extraordinary gathering of writers, performers, and social luminaries who break new cultural ground with a trove of provocative straight talk about black women and their hair.