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    Posted: June 09 2003 at 3:03am
This book, edited by Juliette Harris & Pamela Johnson is written more about black women and their hair BUT the book is so incredibly rich with history and antidotes about hair that I have little flags on most of the pages so that I can go back and find the references that I read.

For example on page 94 the book points out that "about 70% of black women in the US wear their hair straightened" They also point out that black women that straighten their hair, like Oprah Winfrey and Maxine Waters, do it for the convenience and advantages and not to try and adopt the look of another race.

The book points out that "hair historian Willie Morrow says that during slavery moss that grew from tress was added to the hair for length" much like hair extensions are today.

Fascinating. Absolutely amazing stuff that I had never thought of or heard of. And I read a lot of books.

There are topics about hair sculptures and braiding and cornrow history. Also the evolution of the hot comb.

The book is available new & used at For more info click:

I also found it at a large used bookstore in Dallas in perfect shape for just $5.50, although I paid close to $25 for it brand new when it first hit the shelves of Barnes & Noble. But it is worth every penny. Great stuff.

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i have this book and i liked it pretty well. i think it reflects a variety of viewpoints and opinions regarding afro american hair. but i really prefer HAIR STORY by AYANA BYRD. way better book.


yet another good book on the afro hair experience is HAIR MATTERS:

thanks for the review
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Yes, Hair story is a great book

It goes into the history of the African American hair, why straightening began and why it continues. Further more it shows that the majority ethnic group ( caucasions) the terms they would use that have still flooded the minds of the youth from generation to generation. Every page and chapter has a note on it. Also, it explains how the hiearchy of light skin and straighter hair was developed.
BC May 9, 2004

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