An entertaining, historical, and anecdotal exploration of the history of black hair in America from Africa to the present.
Hairstory explores the complex cultural, political, economic, religious, and personal issues surrounding Black women and their hair. It reads as a timeline and includes profiles of major figures such as Madam C. J.Walker, who created a shampoo press and curl method for straightening hair, and other notable personalities. Interviews featuring both black and white americans document the generational shifts in attitudes towards hair styles such as the afro, braids, weaves and dreadlocks. The authors bring their own unique and dynamic viewpoints to the subject, and expose the myths, secrets, perceptions and emotions of the love/hate relationship Black women have with their hair.
About the Author:
Ayana Byrd holds a bachelors degree in political science from Barnard College. She has worked as a research chief for Vibe magazine and done freelance writing for Rolling Stone and InStyle magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lori A. Tharps attended Smith College and received a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. She is currently a reporter for Entertainment Weekly magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, NewYork.