Let me begin by saying this...I read this book in two days. *drops the mic* I could not put the book down! Essence Magazine calls it "...the natural hair Bible". Thank God I'm Natural--The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair is an excellent read. Chris-Tia Donaldson does an excellent job of providing facts, true life stories and even soliciting the credibility of dermatologists.
The voice she uses in this book is very comforting. This is by no means a "I'm gonna make you feel bad about that relaxer" type of book. This is good information, a true life story and so much more!
Donaldson takes us on a journey of her personal experiences as a black woman, Harvard student/graduate and finally as an employee at a major law firm. As I was reading the book, it was reminiscent of having a conversation with one of my sister girls...seriously.
Oh, how I wish this book was around all those times I folded back in the day.
Reasons why I love this book:
- Image Gallery: In addition to the personal testimonies, there are a host of natural hairstyle images for inspiration. This is key because oftentimes we get into a mindset and believe that being natural is synonymous with wearing a fro or wearing locs - not true and Chris-Tia Donaldson agrees while showing us the proof and versatility of natural tresses via a beautiful image gallery.
- Debunking the Myths: Yet another reason why I love this book is because she takes the time to debunk several myths about natural hair. An example of one of the myths - Natural Hair is Unprofessional. Through casual conversation, this is a concern I come across often.
- Glossary: Donaldson takes the time to define the terms she uses in the book and not only that; she even includes ingredients, yall! YES!
- Recipes: There are a number of recipes available in this book and many of them can be done directly from your kitchen.
I recommend this book to any woman with kinky/curly hair or even women who are contemplating going natural. This book will make you think and may even inspire you to give it a try.