Review: Thank God I’m Natural
The author, Chris-Tia Donaldson, also has a site that you can check out here. I was pleasantly surprised with this book and wanted to share it with my NHBG readers.
What I Liked:
- She Can Relate
Donaldson gives a thorough account of her path to natural hair; she doesn’t simply spew out advice. By sharing her experiences she shows that’s she’s experienced some of the same doubts and hair abuse that many of us have.
- Lots of Pictures
As you may remember from past reviews, I’m a big fan of pictures, especially for those of us just starting out. Nothing explains a technique/style/process better than a picture.
- Confronts Common Myths
Donaldson answers some of the age-old concerns many of have when starting out (natural hair and dating, natural in the workplace, etc). I appreciated this section because dispelling natural hair myths is one of NHBG’s mission statements.
- Chock Full of Information
There’s simply so much info in this book. Everything from coloring to homemade products to a salon directory. Thank God I’m Natural is a wonderful go-to resource for newbies and veterans alike.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Small Colorless Pictures
Yes, I know I just praised this book’s pics; however, I found it hard to discern details in them, particularly with the dread pics. All of the hair colors looked drab and, well, colorless lol
- No Freeform Dread Love
Although freeforming was mentioned as a way to start locs, there were no freeform models representing.
(Chris-Tia, if you’re reading this, I’m available to model for the next edition. #noshameinmygame)
- No Style Tutorials
Thank God I’m Natural–The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair is surely not for those looking for style how-tos. Although there are numerous pictures of various styles, there’s no instruction on how to achieve or maintain them.
Final grade: out of 5 nappy fros.
Have any of you read this book? If so, please share!
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