Most people have a ton of questions when they first go natural.
It’s often very difficult to determine whether you’re getting good information when you’re newly natural. Plus, much of the free information on natural hair care isn’t accurate.
I always suggest purchasing one of the best hair books on the market to help you get started on your journey. These books cover dreadlocks, going natural, protective styling, growing long hair and many other natural hair topics to help you during your natural hair journey.
The Best Hair Books
This book, written by Rory of Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care, targets parents who have little or no experience taking care of their children’s natural hair. This book is perfect for a visual learner because of its perfect close-up pictures showing different hair styles. It also includes step-by-step instructions on how to style afro-textured hair. Together with Rory’s blog that teaches different hair styles that include crochet braids, Ghana plaits, and yarn twists, this book is an amazing gift to those who need to take care of afro-textured hair.
This book by Cathy House, a renowned black hair care expert, gives deep insights into different factors that influence the growth of black hair. Among the key factors that are well covered is PH balance in relation to black hair. She published her first book on black hair in 1989. Cathy has spent the last several years researching how to take care of black hair.
Are you looking for ways grow longer hair or retain the length of your hair? This book, written by Chicoro explains how to increase hair growth using a simple six-step process. She shares a personal story of her struggles with growing black hair, a common struggle that many readers share. This book provides a realistic view on how to grow black hair to great lengths.
This book by Breanna Rutter, well known for her Havana Twists’ video tutorials, guides on how to take care of your natural hair using DIY recipes as well as explaining what to expect from various hair treatments. Much of the advice contained in this book will help you maintain healthy natural hair.
If you are transitioning to natural hair or you have recently big chopped, this book is for you. It is a great starter guide that will teach you about all hairstyling and ongoing hair maintenance. This book by Chris-Tia Donaldson is easy to read and understand. It uses photography to serve as a visual guide and for clarity. Donaldson is a celebrity stylist who has worked with artists Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. If you are transitioning to natural hair from relaxed hair, this is the book to read.
This book by Dr. Phoenyx Austin offers a holistic approach on how to grow your hair. It explains an ancient technique called Ayurveda, which is a form of alternative medicine that women have used for thousands of years to grow long beautiful hair. Dr. Austin has been featured in notable publications, among them Ebony.com and Essence.com. Read Curl Centric’s exclusive interview with Dr. Phoenyx Austin.
This was one of the first books that documented the history of African American hair in 2002. It takes a critical look at the history of black hair by untangling the roots. It explains the culture and politics behind the ever-changing state of black hair from way back in the fifteenth-century to the present-day America. It ties the personal hairstyle preferences to political and popular culture.
Hair Story’s co-author Ayana Byrd said that its recent revised and updated edition was prompted by the internet. Ayana says that there is a growing natural hair movement that did not exist years ago. This movement is being fueled by the internet. This new version is available in hardcopy and it includes two additional chapters on hair preferences.
There you have it, the best hair books. Let us know your favorites in the comments.