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5 Books Every Natural Should Read

Posted on 09 August 2017

Natural hair isn't just a hair style. It's a lifestyle. Women severing their relationships with relaxers and returning to their god-given hair textures has given birth to a community that celebrates kinks, curls, and coils. It's also resulted in the penning of some seriously special works. Women of all backgrounds have sought to contribute their takes and tips on the natural hair movement in the form of finely drawn books. We’ve rounded up five of our favorites for you below.

  • For the Natural Who Loves a Good Laugh : Phoebe Robinson’s  “You Can’t Touch My Hair”


    Part memoir, part manifesto this smart and funny book speaks both to the history of natural hair and it's modern day realities. Robinson breaks down how while her white classmates got to enjoy their Saturdays she was stuck sitting under the dryer. Also not only is this book hilarious it's author’s pop culture knowledge is really impressive.


  • For the Business Minded Natural: Miko Branch’s  “Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch-Naturally”

    The Branch sisters were at the forefront of the natural hair movement. The two original Brooklynites took the flavor of their borough and combined it with experience, care, and tenacity to turn their passion into one heck of a profit. Learn all about their journey into entrepreneurship and their philosophy on hair care by reading this inspirational first person account.

  • For the New Natural: Nikki Walton “Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair!”

  • The woman behind the sensational shares all of her secrets in this comprehensive how-to guide. This is a great read for those who are unfamiliar with terms like “pineapple” and “teeny weeny Afro”.

  • For the Natural Who Loves to Make a Statement: Michelle Breyer “The Curl Revolution: Inspiring Stories and Practical Advice from the NaturallyCurly Community”

  • This upcoming release is penned by one of the women behind the Texture Media brand. By working on digital properties like Breyer has been granted a unique perspective on shifting cultural attitudes towards curls. Like Texture Media itself the book makes an effort to be inclusive featuring women of all shades and curl patterns. Bonus? It's beautiful cover make it a great coffee table book.

  • For the Natural Who Wants Nothing But Facts: Dr. Phoenyx Austin’s “If You Love It, It Will Grow: A Guide To Healthy, Beautiful Natural Hair”

  • While we all love our Youtube tutorials and Instagram gurus sometimes only an expert’s advice will do. This book gives clear advice on how to start your haircare routine by loving your tresses from the inside out.

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