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Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care: A Parent's Guide to Beginning Natural Hair Styling Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00NMX8SHO
- Publication date : September 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 162759 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 104 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #944,319 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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It takes you from the very beginning to explain how to keep hair healthy, beginning with the hows and whys of cleansing, detangling/conditioning, moisturinzing, sealing (oils vs. butters), stretching (Who knew?), styling (gels and creams) and the order all this is supposed to go in and why. The section on the bazillion ways to part hair ("basic" part lines vs. box patterns vs. pinch patterns, etc.) and the order of parting was possibly my biggest Who knew? Next she explains and shows the difference between "protective" styles such as puffs and buns, one-strand coils (finger vs. comb), two-strand twists (regular vs. rope, box vs. flat) and three-strand braids ("single" or "box" braids vs. "cornrow" or "flat" braids).
As far as styling goes, she covers the difference between underhanded vs. overhanded braiding - cornrows are like french braids but they must be done underhand, which explains why my first attempt at cornrows was a disaster (I grew up braiding my hair overhand). She includes step-by-step photos with different colored strands of yarn so you can see the difference. All throughout the book there are plenty of photos of all the different styles shown on a child. I can show these to my daughter to see which styles she wants me to try without us having to troll distracting or adult-oriented websites together or me having to create a million screen shots from websites to show her. The book also includes the various ways of and upsides and downsides to securing twists and braids, like beads, bands, snaps, etc. She gives a whole section on how to maintain styles during sleep, playtime and swim time. She also discusses the when and how of removing each style, and gives troubleshooting tips.
Can't remember how much the book cost me, Don't care. This book (plus the related videos on chocolatehairvanillacare.com) changed my life in that my daughter's hair is now healthy and protected, she feels control because she gets a say so in choosing a variety of hair styles, she has better self-esteem, we don't spend hours messing with her hair during the week when we're trying to get her off to school, and she actually looks forward to spending a few hours getting her hair styled on the weekend. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
My favorite parts of the book are when the author compares different styles side-by-side: finger or comb coils? regular or rope twists? braids or twists? cornrows or flat twists? These were particularly helpful to me! I have experience doing my daughter's hair but most of what I know has been from trial and error. So, her explanations gave me greater confidence.
This book is just what it says: a BEGINNING guide to hair STYLING. The author does give a few hair tips but it's not a "hair care" book. Moreover, she does not give reviews nor recommendations of products. Still, I recommend it!
Top reviews from other countries
I have devoured this book since it arrived (and just looking at the "Look Inside" option had me eager to get my hands on it!)
There is a veritable treasure trove of information and styles in this book and it is so obviously done with love.
The author is honest, to the point and full of encouragement. Covering the majority of the styling options but not going beyond her own experience (like not touching on African threading), it makes all the styles she suggests seem a possible.
If you have a daughter, buy this book! If you are newly natural or on a hair journey, buy this book.