Here is our list of the best of the best, books that every woman with natural hair should own:
*Prices may vary
The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair -$22.46 Paperback/ $31.72 Hardcover
This book is one of the first take a deep hard look of structure of black hair. While there are definitely scientific journals that delve into this topic, I’ve always found that they address the challenges that Afro-textured hair faces, but very little solutions. Thankfully Author and Health Scientist Audrey Davis-Sivasothy dedicated this book to providing women of color with the science of their hair as well as the tools needed to build a healthy hair care regimen.
Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care: A Parent’s Guide to Beginning Natural Hair Styling – $19.99 Paperback / 14.99 Kindle
Rory of Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care does a spectacular job of styling her little baby girl’s hair. I have seen everything on her blog from crochet braids, yarn twists, to Ghana plaits. What I have always enjoyed about her blog is that she provides exceptional close up photos of the styling process along with step by step instructions. Now she has launched a book that is perfect for the visual learner. While this book is great for all parents that need help in learning how to style children’s natural hair, it is perfect for adoptive parents or parents with biracial children who have little to no experience styling Afro-textured hair.
25 Tips to Grow Black Hair (QuickTips Series) [Kindle Edition] – $3.99
When you are looking for something short and to the point this book is your guide. It is a Kindle book from Amazon so you would have to read it in your Kindle app on your phone or tablet. Nevertheless, it is an inexpensive good read that may share some things that you didn’t think about adding to your hair regimen before. Obviously this book isn’t very detailed, but serves as a great checklist for those who may be newbies to natural hair care or those who have been struggling to retain length.
Ultra Black Hair Growth II 2000 Edition – $13.15 Paperback / $7.99 Kindle
Cathy House has been in the game for a minute! Her book was first published in 1989 way before there were any black hair experts or natural hair gurus. Longing to dispel the myths about black hair care she spent years researching information about black hair care and growth. Kimmaytube gave this book tons of praise being one of the first to discuss the effect of PH balance in relation to black hair.
Grow It: How to Grow Afro-Textured Hair to Maximum Lengths in the Shortest Time – $15.11 Paperback/ $7.99 Kindle
Longing for length? This book uses a simple six step process for retaining more length while also educating you about actions that could hinder your length retention. The author Chicoro, also shares her personal struggle with growing hair which a story that many of us can relate to. It also focuses on the commitment required to grow black hair to long providing a realistic view of the effort it takes.
The Natural Hair Bible: The 10 Commandments of Black Hair Care – $17.99 Paperback / $9.99
Breanna Rutter the queen of braiding styling tutorials (her videos taught me how to do Havana Twists!) has a book for women contemplating going natural. It helps you understand what to expect, how to care for your hair based on hair type and homemade DIY product recipes. Should you decide that natural hair isn’t for you (of course it is!) much of the advice will be applicable to helping you to achieve healthy relaxed hair.
Thank God I’m Natural –The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair – $14.45 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle
This is the perfect read for the newly natural, who has recently done a big chop or is in the transitioning phase. It is a useful starter guide that will teach you all about maintenance and styling. In addition to its straightforward, easy to read format one of the best features this book offers is it’s photography which serves as a visual guide. Expert advice from celebrity stylist who have worked with artists like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott also provide must read tips for transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
If you are looking for information on how to grow your hair from the inside out; take the more holistic approach to healthy hair, this is the book for you. It’s an easy read also tackles the subject of Ayurveda, an ancient form of alternative medicine that has helped women grow beautiful hair for thousands of years. Dr. Phoenyx Austin has been featured on Natural Hair Rules, Essence.com and Ebony.com.
Hair Story was one of the first books on the scene to document the history or ‘hair story’ of African American hair in 2002. Hair Story is a historical and anecdotal exploration of Black Americans’ tangled hair roots. A chronological look at the culture and politics behind the ever-changing state of Black hair from fifteenth-century Africa to the present-day United States, it ties the personal to the political and the popular.
Its update was prompted by the Internet. Ayana Byrd, co-author of Hair Story says, “there is now this whole natural-hair movement that did not exist that was really getting a lot of its life on the internet.” The updated revised version includes two additional chapters and hair references. It is available in hardcover or paperback.
Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair! $13.24 Paperback / $9.78 Kindle
Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki.com has devoted her love for curl therapy in book format. This is perfect for the newbie natural that needs that extra push, source of encouragement and natural know how. She discusses topics such as styling your hair for the workplace, how to deal with naysayers, and it is filled with positive affirmations that will help get you make it through your journey. In addition to providing hair care tips, she also has a section for caring for children’s hair which is pretty awesome!
Finally a book dedicated to the transitioner’s journey! Health scientist and author Audrey Davis-Sivasothy already has produced some absolute greatness with her delivery of the Science of Black Hair which we have already discussed earlier in this post. Transitioning can be a tough time being that you are dealing with the two textures (your relaxed ends and natural roots). This of course can cause breakage issues and styling challenges, but now you have a resource that will guide you through the process.
Growing kinky-coily textured 4b/4c hair is surely not impossible, but for many who do not have the knowledge about caring for this hair type it is challenging. This book is the perfect read for newbies to kinky hair growth who are struggling with length retention, dryness and breakage. Maximize your hair’s health by getting information specifically for the tightly coiled.