What Does It Take To Get Your Stamp Of Approval?


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This post was inspired by NHBG reader freeyourheart. In response to my Thank God I’m Natural review, she posed the following question:

i’m leery of reading any books about natural hair just because there’s SOOO much information on YT and blogs, and within my hair salon. so would you say that you learned anything new, based on all the resources we have at our fingertips through the internet?

So I went back through and realized that no, I hadn’t learned anything new outside of a few hair recipes. However, I still thought it was a great read.

What makes a book outstanding for me is its content. It doesn’t have to be new but it does have to be thorough, accurate and unbiased.


Does it delver? If it’s a book about, say, cutting hair, does it offer pictures of various cuts? Instructions? Types of shears? A book of hair styles…does it explore face shapes? Style maintenance?


Are you telling me that relaxed hair offers more styling options than natural hair? (I’ve actually read this in a book!) Or that dreads were “started” by Jamaicans? (If you agree with this last statement, please see my “Dread Myths.”)


Is every other sentence pushing products from your line of haircare? Do you give more attention to certain hair types than others? Do personal preferences/opinions slant your delivery of the facts?

To me, these are three necessities for a good hair book. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

It’s always nice to discover something new but it’s not mandatory. I’m more concerned with the quality of the content.

What constitutes a good hair related book to you?

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5 Responses so far.

  1. vonnie says:

    what you stated works and really, I like the books for people who don’t read blogs. I mean, I read them all day every day, but my cousins don’t, so it’s good to have a book to give them in a format that they would actually get knowledge from
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  2. just saw this. (yay!) and thanks for answering the question, truthfully! i’m just not much of a book reader, as far as about hair.
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  3. Ness says:

    I don’t normally read natural hair books, just because, as you mentioned, there is so much about it online, on blogs, on youtube, and even in some magazines that after awhile it all seems a tad bit redundant, plus, i’m not gonna lie, i’d much rather just learn about natural hair for FREE than buy a book about it. However, if i were to read a book about natural hair, basically all that you mentioned would have to fit the criteria for me to even consider reading it.

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