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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: TgiNesis Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098209440X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982094402
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Your Natural Hair Bible" --Essence Magazine

About the Author

Chris-Tia Donaldson is a Harvard graduate with a true passion for hair. By day, Chris-Tia is a successful lawyer for a software company. By night, she is a freelance writer and entrepreneur looking to launch her own product line for naturally kinky tresses. For this revolutionary book, Chris-Tia has interviewed hundreds of women -- from all walks of life -- about everything from the epidemic of hair loss in the black community to the historical effects of slavery on black women and their hair care practices. Chris-Tia currently lives in Chicago -- where she is active in a wide variety of civic, educational, and charitable organizations.

Customer Reviews

Excellent read and very informative.
Gigi Kirk
Very informative...anyone going through the transition from relaxer to natural needs this book!!
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Absolutely love the book, I read it over and over again.
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140 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Tgirl on October 25, 2009
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I really liked the book for it's candid approach to why so many Black women are afraid to wear their own natural texture. Like the author I also grew up in an upper middle class white community. While the author was growing up watching Wonder Years and such, my TV icons were more like Charlie's Angels. The "Farrah" Flip was all the rage along with the Dorothy Hammill bob! What was a black girl to do! To add to it my mother was a trained hair dresser. She believed my hair didn't grow because I had bad hair. So I had relaxers starting in grade school. I often thought that I suffered this exact story alone and for that I really thought the book was on track. I commend the author for putting her story out there in an effort to educate and unite a group of women who feel ignored by the beauty industry at large.
I made my transition to natural hair more than 10 years ago when it wasn't popular and there was one book on the market that addressed the issue(Lonnice Bonner's book). I also work in an industry that is all about your look and at first I encountered some flack from a few people but knew that if I rocked my natural with confidence they would have less issues the more they saw me. I agree with the author that it was one of the most liberating things I've done for myself letting go of the relaxer.

For me being a long time natural the book didn't bring any new revelations so I wouldn't recommend this if you already are a natural and have a good hair routine that works for you. The DIY hair recipes might be helpful but these can be found on a lot of the hair blogs and black hair care sites for free. I also don't belong to the trim your ends club every six weeks to promote hair growth unless your hair is really damaged.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By silhouette_of_enchantment on January 16, 2010
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I officially did the "Big Chop" two months ago, yesterday. I'm glad I bought "Thank God I'm Natural." The book is inspirational and encouraging, but unfortunately, somewhat of a disappointment.

I liked reading about Chris-Tia's natural hair care journey, and her brief historical overviews of relaxers, and her descriptions about various hair classification systems (which include information on Andre Walker's and the LOIS hair care system.) The book also includes information about coloring, essential vitamins, taking down locks, and transitioning tips. She also gives sample routines, choosing the proper "Denman" Brush for natural hair, and dismantles natural hair care myths.

I also loved the production quality of the work: very classy. The cover vector artwork is cute, the layout simple and elegant. (Loved the near Edwardian font for the numbers on the edges too.)

Although Chris-Tia did an excellent job, her book does have its shortcomings. Essence Magazine touted this as a Natural Hair Care Bible. When I think "Bible," I think of essential information being compiled in one place.

I was astonished at the information that was excluded from the book. There were pictures of natural hairstyles, with no directions on how to recreate those styles. Instead, the author tells readers to visit her Website online. This makes no sense, other than from a marketing ploy to get readers to eventually purchase her products. In my opinion, it probably would have made more sense to include the information, then go for the marketing ploy (that would have been more straightforward).

Chris-Tia also included recipes from Motown Girl, the diva of natural hair care, in her book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RH on April 9, 2010
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i purchased this item in hopes that it would help me with hairstyles. i've been natural for five years but had locs for three and needed help adjusting back to my hair being loose. this book seems to be aimed at transitioning naturals or newly naturals (since it uses the term "guide" in the title) so i thought it would have some good information about styling- something i needed when i first went natural. despite having a "stylin and profilin" section in the book, this chapter only provides the reader with pictures. the authors refers the reader to her website for detailed instructions on creating these styles. why the author would send a reader who has purchased her book to a free website is beyond me. further, her website has none of the details she mentioned. it's more of a natural hair blog, which is fine- but not what the author stated it would be. i ended up returning the book.

i would give this item 1 star but I think SOME of the information presented might be useful to new naturals.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Honest Review on May 30, 2011
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I purchased this book after reading all of the great reviews. It was meant to be encouraging for my natural-haired daughter who cannot understand why her hair won't grow like Beyonce's. There was pic after pic of processed hair, weaved hair, sister locked hair, and even wigs. There was ONE pic of a sister with short, natural hair. ONE! Honestly, I don't know what everyone is gushing over with this book. The recipes for home haircare come from Motown Girl (an unrelated website which offers all of those recipes for free online). The book talks about how to save your natural hair with a sew-in weave and/or microbraids! Seriously?!

Additionally, I ordered this book straight from the author's website so show support. I specifically ordered an autographed copy. When it hadn't arrived in 2 months, I sent an email for which I never received a response. Two weeks later my book arrived however....unsigned. The author loves to bring up her Ivy League education throughout the book but she sure lacks common business sense and courtesy.

If you still want to read the book, buy it from me instead of here. I will sell it to you for $2...about all that it is worth.
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More About the Author

By day, Chris-Tia is a successful lawyer for a software company. By night, she is a freelance writer and entrepreneur looking to launch her own product line for naturally kinky tresses. Chris-Tia has been featured in USA Today, Essence Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, as well as many other national newspapers for her thoughts on the growing natural hair trend, in addition to issues related to black women, beauty, health, and self-esteem. Chris-Tia is originally from Detroit, but currently lives in Chicago, where she is active in a wide variety of civic and professional organizations. For more information about Chris-Tia or Thank God I'm Natural, please visit Chris-Tia's website at www.thankgodimnatural.com or her blog at http://thankgodimnatural.wordpress.com.
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