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Kinki Kreations: A Parent's Guide to Natural Black Hair Care for Kids Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Advanced Uncorrected Proof edition (September 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767913698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767913690
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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For parents, the ultimate styling manual for African American children with wavy, curly, and kinky hair, from an award-winning stylist to the stars who lives by the motto "Healthy care for natural hair!"

Even with her renowned styling talents, Jena Renee Williams found herself put to the test when a sad little girl and her mother came into her salon one day. The girl's hair was limp, nearly lifeless, and she had nasty burns on her scalp. After calling on her mental and spiritual reserves, Williams patiently worked on the girl's hair, ultimately giving her Senegalese twists. Both mother and daughter were delighted, and their happiness over the new style inspired Williams to write a guide that would show parents how black children can celebrate their natural hair, helping them to avoid the potential damage caused by relaxers and develop self-love at an early age.

Kinki Kreations offers step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for styles that can be created in less than fifteen minutes. This innovative handbook reveals expert techniques for crowning little heads with afros, braids, cornrows, twists, and a variety of other all-natural styles. Tips for proper shampooing, caring for newborns' hair, and finding the right salon are included too. Best of all, Kinki Kreations showcases Williams's work in dozens of adorable, helpful photographs.

A styling book with both sheen and substance, Kinki Kreations gives the world a sparkling new key to self-esteem and authentic beauty.

About the Author

Dubbed “the Michael Jordan of braiding,” JENA RENEE WILLIAMS opened Kinki Kreations Braiding Salon in 1996 and Kiddie Kreations, a children’s salon, four years later. A master barber, braider, stylist, and dreadlock expert, whose clients have included Oprah Winfrey and Teddy Pendergrass, Williams lives in Philadelphia.


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Customer Reviews

This book gives very good directions and has a lot of photos.
Rebecca Bowen
While I loved the beautiful color photographs in "Kids Talk Hair," I found it to be lacking in detailed directions for creating the cute hairstyles in those photos.
a mom
This one's author seems more interested in bragging about her accomplishments (which aren't that impressive) than in telling you about hair care.
L. Clark

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By a mom on August 22, 2005
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I purchased Kinki Kreations along with Michele N-K Collison's "It's All Good Hair" and Pamela Ferrell's "Kids Talk Hair" and found it to be the best of the three books. While I loved the beautiful color photographs in "Kids Talk Hair," I found it to be lacking in detailed directions for creating the cute hairstyles in those photos. On the other hand, I loved the basic diagrams in "It's All Good Hair," but found the book less inspiring than the other two. I was also bothered by the section on using chemical relaxers in children's hair as I think it is important to embrace natural hair care. I liked Kinki Kreations because of the gorgeous photos, the step-by-step instructions for all of the hairstyles, and the positive way natural hair was presented. I also appreciated the author's acknowledgment of the book's value to non-black parents of black children, as this is the category my family falls into.

While I'd recommend buying all three books if your budget can handle it, this is definitely the one to buy if you only want to spring for one. The only thing that would make it better would be color photos and perhaps a little lengthier treatment of boys' hairstyles.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on December 1, 2004
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Do you remember when you were a young girl with newly pressed hair? You could not go out to play for fear of ruining your hair. What about your first perm, do you remember how you felt? Well I do, I felt like I went bald. I repeatedly touched my hair to make sure the limp strands were still there. Since those days the standard for African American beauty has evolved to include our hair in its natural state, the best state for it to be in.

Jena Renee Williams has put years of experience with natural hair care into KINKI KREATIONS, a natural hair care guide for children. She takes you through step by step in an easy to follow manner, starting with using the proper tools, to preparation, styling and maintenance. There are black and white photos for each style described in the book for the reader to have a visual of the finished style. The styles she creates are beautiful and age appropriate.

I love this book. I wish it existed when I was a little girl. It embraces natural hair care, shows readers that natural hair is manageable and they can achieve beautiful hairstyles for their children. Jena Williams has done a wonderful job in promoting natural hair care.

Reviewed by Aiesha Flowers

of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mocha Mom on August 16, 2006
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I loved this book! I got my first relaxer at 8 or 9 so I have never learned to care for natural hair. This became a big problem when my daughter was born with a head full of it. I got through the baby stage OK, but now she is two and her hair is thick and kinky. After using styles that put too much stress on her hair, big chunks started to fall out and I knew I had to do something. I went to the Web to see if I could find a site or book that talked about hair stlyes for African-American children. I found Kinki Kreations and went to the nearest Border's the next day. I immediately began to use the tools and suggestions in the book, which was easy to read and understand, and had lots of illustrations. This was incredibly helpful to a novice like me. Within two days I had washed, trimmed, and combed out her hair as the book instructed and put it into little twists. I have never gotten so many compliments on my daughters hair! Her hair has stopped breaking, it's growing rapidly and is strong and healthy. The natural oils recommended have worked wonders. My heart sang when my little girl told me, while admiring her new twists in the mirror, "Mommy, I like my puffy hair". I am indebted to Jena Williams for sharing her knowledge and philosophy in this great little book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Bowen on February 24, 2006
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As a white mother to two african-american children I have struggled to learn how to care for my children's hair without damaging scalp or psyche. This book gives very good directions and has a lot of photos. I especially liked the section on caring for a boy's hair, something that is missing from many hair-care books. My children liked looking at the photos and showing which ones they liked the best. I liked being able to do the styles by following the directions.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Angelique C. Henderson on January 20, 2005
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Author Jena Williams was inspired to write Kinki Kreations because of a young client that was brought into her shop one day with damaged hair and scalp burns. Realizing the fact that there are so many parents who have no idea how to maintain their young children's hair, she decided to write a book about young hair care. Thus, Kinki Kreations was born.

This is a handbook on natural hair care styles for girls and boys ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood. Kinki Kreations is a handy guide that gives tips on proper cleansing and conditioning techniques along with instructions on some of today's trendiest natural haircare styles. Helpful photographs accompany the step-by-step directions to recreate dozens of beautiful looks.

Kinki Kreations is the book that belongs in every parent's library. Jena Williams has created the supreme hair bible for children.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By avid reader VINE VOICE on March 20, 2006
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If you have a girl, this would be a great book -- some really cute styles (I love the afro puffs). The section on boys' hair pretty much simply advocates to cut the hair very close to the scalp. There is info for cornrows, but the hair has to be fairly long. What was most frustrating was a picture of a boy with "coils", stating that this is a popular way to grow out the hair, but there is absolutely no info. on how to do these coils. She has one method of dreadlocks, but you can get more and better info. on the internet.

For boys, I'd give this book a 1 star. For girls, I'd give it a 5 (some nice, basic instructions for hair care). We finally found someone in our area (Southern Oregon) who specializes in ethnic hair. She is teaching us how to start dreadlocks in our boy's hair, and will teach us how to maintain them, so we don't need to keep going back.
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