In this funny, funky, and eminently practical guide to hair care for African American women, Bonner shares many of her own Bad Hair Days (and weeks and months) and her experiments with weaves and wigs and braids and Jheri curls; what's more, she illustrates her text with several dozen photos of the results of those experiments--and the healthier alternatives she now recommends. Bonner's basic advice to readers is to understand the structure and composition of African hair and find styles that take advantage of its natural curliness instead of injuring it with strong chemicals and heat in an effort to change its nature. Good Hair
covers grooming tools, shampooing, conditioning, and daily maintenance; suggests substituting light texturizing for perming; describes newer wet-set styling approaches; and offers pragmatic "lifestyle" advice about coping with humidity, wind, and hot and cold weather. A useful contribution to readers' self-esteem--and to libraries' fashion and beauty collections. Mary Carroll
From the Inside Flap
is more than a guide to having good hair without relying on harsh treatments and chemicals; it is a funny, folksy, personal, and very wise reflection on the powerful role that hair can play in creating a positive self-image. 33 black-and-white photographs.