The Blurb On The Back:
Straightened. Stigmatised. “Tamed”. Celebrated. Fetishised. Forever misunderstood.
Black hair is never ‘just hair’. It’s time we understood why.
Recent years have seen the conversation around black hair reach tipping point, yet detractors still proclaim “It’s only hair!” when it never is. This book is about why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisation. Emma Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, Black Power and into today’s Natural Hair Movement, the Cultural Appropriation Wars and beyond.
Touching on everything from women’s solidarity and friendship, to forgotten African scholars, to the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian’s braids, Don’t Touch My Hair proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.
Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.
The Review (Cut For Spoilers):