My (Tiny) Hair Book Collection

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. 
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Chinese Proverb

This is my (very tiny) collection of books that have to do with hair, haircare, and products. But within this short stack holds a plethora of information that has helped me leaps and bounds in learning about my hair. Other than watching youtube videos, reading about hair is how I fed my Naturally Curious self. When I first decided to go natural, I honestly had no clue how to really care for my transitioning or natural textures, which products to choose, and why I should or should not choose them. Prior to this turning point while I was still relaxed, my idea of caring for my hair was visiting the salon every few months and just doing and buying whatever my hair stylist told me to. I never understood why I was doing what I was doing or using what products I was using. Referencing the Chinese proverb above - I was simply being given fish. It was early in my natural hair transition after I "fired my hair stylist" that I realized I needed to learn how to fish - and this was critical since I decided I would in essence be my own hair stylist. So I tackled that learning curve as I would any other - I got nerdy and read everything I could on the subject.

Of all the books pictured above, I think the book that enlightened me to most about naturally textured hair was The Science of Black Hair. This book probably did the most in feeding my inner nerd because - as the title suggests - it really got into the science, structure and properties of hair as well as of hair product ingredients. The other book that goes hand-in-hand with that (in my opinion) is Chicoro's Hair Products 101 book, which gives a practical framework for understanding your own hair, product ingredients and product formulations. The book Hair Story was gifted to me by a friend (who clearly noticed my little obsession fascination with my Unlike the other books in my little collection, this one has nothing to do with haircare or hair science. But it was an interesting read because it chronicled the history of Black Hair in America and focused more on the Psychology and cultural implications of black hair. The last book pictured - The Complete Idiots Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products - was added to my collection because secretly I've always wanted to be my own product and ingredient mixologist. Like a cookbook - this book literally gives you recipes to make your own natural products for your hair and skin. Now, I've since discovered that I'm far too lazy to make my own hair and beauty products on a consistent basis (much easier and way more fun for me to just buy them!), but I still reference this book if I'm curious about mixing various oils, clays and/or other natural ingredients.

The moral of the story? When it comes to your hair (or really anything that's important to you), don't just rely on or be content with someone else merely giving you fish. Learn to fish for yourself. Do your own research and educate yourself on hair properties, product ingredients, and the like. Then  through trial and error, apply what you learn over time and in no time you will become the master of your own hair!

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  1. I've read so many books on natural hair, I feel like the resident hair expert. I, too, have an inner nerd (LOL!) and enjoy knowing more than just the "beauty" side of hair. I have the two books in the middle of your stack as well as several others. I also just purchased (just yesterday) several herbs, essential and carrier oils, and clays. I can't wait to start mixing stuff up and slapping it in my hair.

    Good post!

    1. Heehee, Natural Hair Nerds unite! I am so fascinated with mixing natural ingredients together! I cant wait to hear/read about some of the concoctions you come up with :)


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