Review: Better Than Good Hair

Better Than Good Hair by Nikki Walton

Click here for the Better Than Good Hair YouTube review.

Better Than Good Hair is one of the hottest natural hair books on the market right now. Touted as “a must-have natural hair bible,” author Nikki Walton of Curly Nikki promises to help you achieve your natural beauty with recommendations, advice, and tips.

I won my copy of the book in a Twitter contest by @WiseCurls. Let’s see if it lives up to the hype.


What I Liked:

  • Plenty of encouragement 

Deciding to be relaxer-free is a huge step for many. Better Than Good Hair has an abundance of personal stories, advice, and inspiration from everyday naturals like you and me, all at various stages of natural hair.


  • She addresses the big questions

There are some common concerns which often pop up when someone contemplates being natural, like how to wear natural hair in the workplace and how to deal with family and loved ones who may not support you. This book confronts those issues and offers solutions.


  • Extensive product list

Nikki provides a product list at the end of the book for those of us just starting out who have no idea where to begin. Divided by product type (sealants, shampoos, etc.), this section is a gold mine if you’re trying to perfect your hair routine.



Better Than Good Hair bun

This is a pic of a bun. Yes, a bun.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • (Most of) The pictures are a joke

I have two huge complaints about the pictures in Better Than Good Hair: they’re unclear and they’re in black-and-white. Printing a hair book with black-and-white photos is like painting a rainbow without color. You miss the beauty and the intricacies, especially considering the many differences in texture with natural hair. Even the hand-drawn illustrations left much to be desired.


  • No mention of heat damage

Every time you use heat on your natural hair you risk heat damage. Every time. This fact wasn’t mentioned at all in the book, even though there’s a section on how to “safely” flat iron your hair. If you want to straighten your hair, that’s your right. But because this is a book most beneficial for newbies, I think the potential dangers of using heat should have been included.


  • No dread love

I wasn’t surprised by this omission as dreads are often overlooked in natural hair books, but I was a bit disappointed that they weren’t mentioned at all. Not even a hint that they’re a possibility when getting rid of your relaxer. Not cool.


Better Than Good Hair is a good read if you’re thinking of transitioning or are a new natural. It covers everything you need to know in a broad scope. If you’re a dread, a veteran, looking for styling tutorials, or need more in-depth information, I’d suggest looking elsewhere. (For styling options I much highly recommend YouTube instead.)

out of 5 nappy fros.

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Great review. You make good points about the pictures and lack of dreads. Especially the pictures– it’s hard trying to learn how to do a style when illustrations aren’t clear, and words aren’t enough.

    • That was the first thing I noticed. I know she probably saved lots of money becasue of the pictures (which helped to drop the retail price) but geesh…even a small section with the more popular styles in color would have been nice.

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