How We Love Our Hair is a new children’s book that’s filling a gap when it comes to successfully passing down healthy Afro haircare practices.
Developing a healthy love for self is an exercise that should begin at the earliest opportunity. Positive reinforcements about our beautiful brown skin and Afro hair is getting a surge from songs like Beyoncé’s Brown Skin Girl and books like Lupita Nyong’o’s Sulwe But, we have centuries of negativity to overcome so the more affirmations on these topics the better.
How We Love our Hair is a children’s book that’s giving girls with Afro textured hair a fun and informative lesson in good hair practices. The book teaches the foundations of healthy haircare to little Black and mixed-race girls with Afro-textured hair. It does this through a collection of short stories and even includes a quiz at the end to reinforce what they have learned along the way.
How We Love our Hair is a children’s book that’s giving girls with Afro textured hair a fun and informative lesson in good hair practices.
Written by natural hair enthusiast, J Ayoola, How We Love our Hair is a little girl’s guidebook to the key principles to healthy hair and self-confidence. Readers are taken on a hair care adventure with Amelia and her five friends. All six girls impart fun facts about their hair, including: hair care tips for detangling, preventing dryness, moisturising and protecting hair at bedtime.
The goal of this book is to make haircare second nature to the next generation, so they do not face some of the challenges many of us had to go through.
Ayoola is a hair enthusiast with more than a decade’s worth of research and experience. She has a university dissertation written on the revolutionary online natural hair movement. How We Love our Hair is her debut book. When asked about her motivation for writing it, Ayoola explained: “I have done tonnes of research over the years on natural hair care. I wanted to share what I’ve learned and teach hair care and hair love in a fun and imaginative way.”
“I wanted to share what I’ve learned and teach hair care and hair love in a fun and imaginative way.”
Ayoola has so far held a book reading and Q&A session with UK local authorities and schools, with one London Borough (Southwark) having recently purchased copies of the book to distribute to foster homes in the borough to help children fostered by other races to learn how to manage Black hair as well as helping the youngsters with their confidence.
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As well as the UK, copies of the book have sold in Canada, US and plans are underway to launch in Nigeria soon.
Ayoola said: “How We Love our Hair celebrates the uniqueness of Afro-textured hair whilst simultaneously providing a simple guide on healthy hair maintenance. This book is also ideal for parents who have not yet got to grips with healthy hair care practices.”