There are many facets of caring for the hair, such as conditioning, detangling, cleansing, protective styling, etc. What we put in our heads is equally as important. Thankfully, we now have a plethora of books to help us understand and care for our tender coils. Here are a few literary gems that parents and children can enjoy together:
1. I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley: Tarpley’s story focuses on a girl named Keyana. With her rope-length braids adorned by beads, Keyana is definitely relatable to most African-American children. This inviting story encourages children of African descent to be proud of the roots on their heads and beyond their being.
2. Happy Hair by Mechal Renee Roe: What’s the perfect treat for energetic girls? Happy Hair! This call-and-response picture book will enthuse girls of all ages. Their joy will be heightened by the positive messages of hair love. Various hair types are covered, so all natural princesses can see themselves on these pages.
3. Big Hair, Don’t Care by Crystal Swain-Bates: Show your special little ones how wonderful their coils and curls are by sifting through Big Hair, Don’t Care. Lola, the story’s main character, constantly tells everyone how much she loves her really big hair. This book is especially great for kids who need to build confidence about the awesomeness of their hair.
Bonus: Color My Fro: A Natural Hair Coloring Book for Big Hair Lovers of All Ages by Crystal Swain-Bates (illustrations by Janine Carrington)--Coloring fun knows no age limit. All naturalistas will enjoy these sassy designs, so color & chat it up!