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Curious about the history of black hair and how it became a billion-dollar business? These miscellaneous resources on hair care, styling and history provide extra reading material about your hair.

Review of Hair Story by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps
If you're interested in the history of black hair in America, this book is a must-read!

Book Review of Natural Woman/Natural Hair
Natural Woman/Natural Hair is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in wearing his or her natural texture. It contains plenty of full-color photos and step-by-step instructions for recreating these styles.

Thank God I'm Natural by Chris-Tia Donaldson: Book Review
A review of Thank God I'm Natural, a wonderful primer and information source for anyone seeking to leave relaxed hair behind and embrace their natural texture.

Book Review: Curly Like Me by Teri LaFlesh
If you've read her website and blog, you know who Teri LaFlesh is. Curly Like Me is her book and a real curly hair bible. This is one hair care book that should be a staple in any hair library.

Madam C.J. Walker, Hair Entrepreneur
Long before Oprah, there was another black woman millionaire! Madam C.J. Walker made her fortune in hair care products and revolutionized the hair industry. Read the Women's History Guide's inspiring profile of this trailblazing entrepreneur.

Good Hair - Movie Review
Documentaries Guide Jennifer Merin reviews Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair, which takes a good hard look at black women's love/hate relationship with their hair and how it fits into the standards of beauty that define what's acceptable and what's not.

Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories
If you want to learn more about how black hair has evolved throughout history, in stories that range from hilarious to poignant, this book is a must-read. Well-known figures in the black community intersperse their tales with ordinary women who discuss how hair (relaxed, natural, pressed, "good" and "bad") has defined them, or how they've redefined it.

Hair Story : Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America
Beginning with the roots of black hair in Africa and encompassing a fascinating history through today, Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps present an engrossing study of black people's hair throughout American history. This book explores the political, cultural and psychological impact that black hair has had, and continues to have, in the United States.

Natural Woman/Natural Hair
Performer and author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh gives a personal account of why and when she began to wear her hair natural in this revealing book. Besides covering her personal experience, she also showcases various natural styles, on herself and other models.

I Love My Hair!
This delightful and positive book by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley should be in every black home library or owned by every parent of a black child. It's affirming for black children to hear how lucky they are to have such versatile and beautiful hair, and the illustrations convey a feeling of whimsy and love.

Andre Talks Hair!
Ever wonder where 4A, 3B and other hair "numbering" systems came from? It all started right here, with Andre Walker's book on hair. Known as Oprah Winfrey's personal hairstylist, Andre's hair typing system is now practically a standard on hair forums.

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