Review: Thank God I’m Natural

Thank God I'm Natural by Chris-Tia Donaldson

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:  nappy fro nappy from nappy fro nappy from out of 5 nappy fros.

Great read. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that one reader will receive it as NHBG’s first giveaway prize! Free Dancing Smileys So be sure to check back tomorrow for details.

Have any of you read this book? If so, please share!


14 Responses so far.

  1. zainab1 says:

    Lol @ Avaliable for pictures for next edition…love that!

    And, thanks for your honest review of this book. I’ve heard great things about it, its on my to get list. Take care.

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    • Tytbody says:

      I would love to read this book. I’m 56 and just coming to want o know about our hair. We can do so much with our natural hair that I want to know more to help others transition from the straight to the natural love. Please help me learn so I can live my dream of being a natural hair technician . Lost my job last week and I need a touch of hope.

      • That’s great that you’re committed to learning about your natural hair. I don’t believe it’s ever too late or too early to do so.

        I know a million sites/blogs/YouTube channels that can help you on your way (along with this one, of course :D). Start by visiting the “Friends of the Family” link.

        And be sure to join the giveaway for this book…it ends in 4 hrs!

  2. Onyx Rose says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long. I’m glad that you gave a review because now I have more of an idea of what to expect. Thanks for posting!
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  3. 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?

    • Wow, excellent question. I actually went back and looked and no, I can’t say that I learned anything new (aside from a few new hair recipes).

      I do, however, still believe this was a great read and would recommend it.

      I think I’ll elaborate on my reasoning in a future post. Thanks for getting my brain going 😉
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  4. […] The prize? Chris-Tia Donaldson’s book Thank God I’m Natural. You can read my review of it here. […]

  5. Good review, and I love how you volunteered to be her freeform model 🙂
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  6. […] post was inspired by NHBG reader freeyourheart. In response to my Thank God I’m Natural review, she posed the following […]

  7. Kiki says:

    Thanks for stopping by! I recently received this book as well and I agree, there is a ton of information on natural hair care, techniques and types, etc. I do wish there were more styling options and tutorials, especially for new naturals. Great read though! Thanks for posting!

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  9. Tina says:

    I have had the book for over a year and carry it everyday. Love the natural recipes especially for my thick dry hair. Happ Nappy Reading.


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