How much time do we spend every day on our hair? Look to the Monrovia Public Library for books and media that not only offer tips on hair care, but also investigate the social, cultural and psychological meaning of hair.
Me, My Hair and I: Twenty-Seven Women Untangle an Obsession is a witty and insightful collection of essays on women’s relationship with their hair. Concepts of beauty, identity and femininity are shared by women of diverse ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Comedian Chris Rock takes on the serious topic and million dollar business of African American hair in the hilarious documentary Good Hair. Rock interviews hairdressers, Black women and celebrities about hair care and what it means to have good hair. Although often laugh out loud, the DVD is informative and opens a cultural window on what attractiveness means. And for more on African American hair try It’s All Good Hair: The Definitive Guide to Styling and Grooming Black Children’s Hair by Michele Collison.
For more hair issues with how-to tips take a look at these books. Great Braids by Thomas Hardy (and you thought he only wrote English novels) and Braiding: Easy Styles for Everyone by Diane Carol, teaches female and male readers to try new hairdos. Curly Girl: The Handbook celebrates how to cut, love and set free curly hair. Annie Strole’s Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes shows how to make natural hair care products at home.
Finally, with the price of beauty salons, think about a home haircut with Haircutting Basics by Martha Fernandez and Scissors and Comb Haircutting by Bob Ohnstad.