With today's images, I was floored when I came across this book...
Before even beginning to comment about the title of the book, I must comment about the lovely drawing. This child clearly has African American features and appears happy! Fabulous!
Having black hair separates girls from many activities that others take for granted. Unless the hair is "permed," (as in chemically straightened, not chemically curled) getting it wet is a severe no-no. So activities like sports and swimming pose a hazard because it makes it more difficult to comb the hair, and young girls are discouraged from and less likely to engage in activities for fear of "sweating out their hair."
Hair is often worn in braids as not to cause tangles, and this is a style that will last a number of days. In recent commentary about the daughters of our new inaugurated President, some lamented that his daughters looked better without braids. Perhaps they are speaking from an eurocentric point of view and describing what they are accustomed to seeing, however, from an afrocentric point of view, braids are the norm. They do not represent a militant stance, and adding beads to the braids was quite popular for decoration as depicted above.
Recently at the Sundance Film Festival, Chris Rock unveiled his documentary, "Good Hair." He states his new documentary, was spurred by his daughter Lola's question why she doesn't have "good hair." This took him on a journey through salons and businesses to attempt to find an answer. In the process, he spoke to people in salons/barbershops, celebrities, and learned how black hair affects self esteem, the pocketbook, relationships and about the bustling hair industry, leaving him with the belief that what is most important is inside than on top of his daughter's head.
Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the first woman millionaire was Madame C.J. Walker who developed a line of beauty and hair products for black women.