Review: Hair Rules

Hair Rules by Anthony DickeyI was initially drawn to Hair Rules!: The Ultimate Hair-Care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly, or Wavy Hair by the cover. I’ve always believed that there’s no such thing as “black hair” and “white hair,” so it was nice to see a book that encompassed all facets of kinky, curly, and wavy hair care.

A. Dickey (the “a” stands for Anthony) is a veteran with more than twenty years in the industry. He’s also behind the popular Hair Rules line of hair care and styling products.

Now on to the review.


What I Liked:

  • Offers a complete kinky-curly-wavy hair system

This book addresses just about everything you need to know to to  find your routine, including hair types and characteristics, hair myths, cleansing, maintenance, and handling. I also like that there’s a lot of encouragement and praise for non-straight hair. It’s good encouragement for and gives a boost of confidence.


  • There’s a section on working with chemicals

Although I don’t use chemicals, I know many of us do (this includes color), and improper use is one of the major causes of hair damage. Dickey addresses the different types of chemicals and precautions to take with each.


  • There’s a Q&A section

I like to read questions and concerns from everyday people. Hair Rules! has questions and answers at the end of each chapter as well as a dedicated chapter with responses from a certified dermatologist with experience in hair loss and scalp disorders.


What I Didn’t Like:

  • Dickey subscribes to the age-old cutting rule

I think in cosmetology school they must require all stylists to pledge to cut hair every 8-10 weeks. This rule varies greatly depending on the health of your hair and how well you care for it. I know people who don’t cut for months on end. This rule, in my opinion, goes hand-in-hand with the 8-10 week relaxer rule and is often more for looks and evenness than necessity.


  • Black-and-white photos

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Black-and-white photos in hair books just don’t do it for me. In the book’s defense, however, there are tons of pics.


Honestly, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about Hair Rules!: The Ultimate Hair-Care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly, or Wavy HairIt’s a book with solid, easy-to-follow tips and information that encourages you to appreciate your naturally kinky hair in all its glory.

The verdict:  out of 5 nappy fros, but closer to 4 1/2. 


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