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Provides a history of Black hairstyles, and discusses sanitation and preventing bacterial infections in the hair salon, different types of scalp diseases and disorders, and braiding and sculpting techniques

Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From the antebellum practice of shaving the head in an attempt to pass as a "free" person to the 1998 uproar over a White third-grade teacher's reading of the book Nappy Hair, the issues surrounding African American hair continue to linger as we enter the twenty-first century. Hair Story is a historical and anecdotal exploration of Black Americans' tangled hair roots. A chronological look at the culture and politics behind the ever-changing state of Black hair from fifteenth-century Africa to the present-day United States, it ties the personal to the political and the popular. Read about: * Why Black American slaves used items like axle grease and eel skin to straighten their hair. * How a Mexican chemist straightened Black hair using his formula for turning sheep's wool into a minklike fur. * How the Afro evolved from militant style to mainstream fashion trend. * What prompted the creation of the Jheri curl and the popular style's fall from grace. * The story behind Bo Derek's controversial cornrows and the range of reactions they garnered. Major figures in the history of Black hair are presented, from early hair-care entrepreneurs Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam C. J. Walker to unintended hair heroes like Angela Davis and Bob Marley. Celebrities, stylists, and cultural critics weigh in on the burgeoning sociopolitical issues surrounding Black hair, from the historically loaded terms "good" and "bad" hair, to Black hair in the workplace, to mainstream society's misrepresentation and misunderstanding of kinky locks. Hair Story is the book that Black Americans can use as a benchmark for tracing a unique aspect of their history, and it's a book that people of all races will celebrate as the reference guide for understanding Black hair.

Elizabeth Johnson's Resistance and Empowerment in Black Women's Hair Styling develops the argument that one way Black women define themselves and each other, is by the way they style/groom their hair via endorsement by the media through advertisement, idealized identification of Black female celebrities, and encouragement by professional celebrity hair stylists who serve as change agents. As a result, hair becomes a physical manifestation of their self-identity, revealing a private and personal mindset. Her research answers the following questions: What is the relationship between Black females' choice of hairstyles/grooming and transmitted messages of aesthetics by the dominant culture through culturally specific magazines?; What role do the natural hair blogs/vlogs play as a change agent in encouraging or discouraging consumers grooming their hair in its natural state?; What impact does a globalized consumer market of Black hair care products have on Hispanic/Latinas and Bi-Racial women?; Are Black female Generation Y members more likely to receive backlash for failure to conform their hair to dominant standards in their hair adornment in the workplace? Johnson thus demonstrates that the major concern from messages sent to Black women about their hair is its impact on Black identity. Thus, the goal of Black women should be to break with hegemonic modes of seeing, thinking, and being for full liberation. This critical and deep consciousness will debunk the messages told to Black women that their kinky, frizzy, thick hair is undesirable, bad, unmanageable, and shackling.

He was tall, dark as bittersweet chocolate, and impossibly gorgeous, with a woman-melting smile. She was pretty and independent, petite and not too skinny, just his type. Franklin Swift was a sometimes-employed construction worker, and a not-quite-divorced daddy of two. Zora Banks was a teacher, singer, songwriter. They met in a Brooklyn brownstone, and there could be no walking away... In this funny, gritty urban love story, Franklin and Zora join the ranks of fiction's most compelling couples, as they move from Scrabble to sex, from layoffs to the limits of faith and trust. Disappearing Acts is about the mystery of desire and the burdens of the past. It's about respect, what it can and can't survive. And it's about the safe and secret places that only love can find.

WHY BLACK WOMEN ARE LOSING THEIR HAIR Providing expert answers to Hair loss in black women Hair damage from chemical relaxers Hair damage from bleaching the hair Hair damage from extensions and braids Dandruff treatments Alopecia causes and treatment Common scalp and hair diseases and how to treat them This is the book to read if you are losing your hair or if you have any hair problems Chockfull of treatments and written in a clear style for the layman Women with hair problems will find that this book provides simple answers to difficult problems regarding optimizing the cosmetic problems of black hair Zoe Draelos author of Cosmetics in Dermatology A book for which all women, but especially ethnic women will thank you for Dr. V. Shephard Dr, .N. Persadsingh MD.FAAD an eminent dermatologist has provided answers to the problem of hair loss in black women Dr Persadsingh did his medical training at UWI.Jamaica and his postgraduate studies at St. Johns Hospital for Diseases of the Skin at the University of London He is a foundation member of the Dermatological Association of Jamaica and of the Caribbean Dermatological Association and is also a former member of the Cosmetic Committee of Jamaican Bureau of Standards He is also the author of the best selling book ACNE IN BLACK WOMEN

A beautifully illustrated heartwarming story that will build and enhance any young girl's self-esteem.

Thousands of black women across the globe are "going natural". And while that process enables black women to obtain the necessary knowledge for proper hair care and gorgeous natural hairstyles, it seemingly lacks substantial substance. Returning Natural is a journey that gives new thought to that process and inspires women to embrace the essence of their organic beauty. This book delivers a powerful message that will encourage you to * Connect with the royal legacy of your ancestors. * Uncover wounds within the black community that prevent self-acceptance. * Learn effective ways to heal those wounds and inspire unity. * Examine the holistic connection to healthy hair though mind/body/spirit balance. * Help to redefine the standards of beauty for black women. * Grow deeper in love with the essence of your authentic nature. You aren't going natural. You are Returning Natural!

A chronicle of black hair in America looks back at the styles, myths, and grooming techniques adopted by African Americans throughout their history.

Thousands of black women across the globe are "going natural". And while that process enables black women to obtain the necessary knowledge for proper hair care and gorgeous natural hairstyles, it seemingly lacks substantial substance. Returning Natural is a journey that gives new thought to that process and inspires women to embrace the essence of their organic beauty. This book delivers a powerful message that will encourage you to * Connect with the royal legacy of your ancestors.* Uncover wounds within the black community that prevent self-acceptance.* Learn effective ways to heal those wounds and inspire unity.* Examine the holistic connection to healthy hair though mind/body/spirit balance. * Help to redefine the standards of beauty for black women.* Grow deeper in love with the essence of your authentic nature.You aren't going natural. You are Returning Natural!

One of the most resilient images of the Vietnam era is that of the anti-war protester -- often a woman -- spitting on the uniformed veteran just off the plane. The lingering potency of this icon was evident during the Gulf War, when war supporters invoked it to discredit their opposition. In this startling book, Jerry Lembcke demonstrates that not a single incident of this sort has been convincingly documented. Rather, the anti-war Left saw in veterans a natural ally, and the relationship between anti-war forces and most veterans was defined by mutual support. Indeed one soldier wrote angrily to Vice President Spiro Agnew that the only Americans who seemed concerned about the soldier's welfare were the anti-war activists. While the veterans were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable about their service, this sense of unease was, Lembcke argues, more often rooted in the political practices of the Right. Tracing a range of conflicts in the twentieth century, the book illustrates how regimes engaged in unpopular conflicts often vilify their domestic opponents for "stabbing the boys in the back." Concluding with an account of the powerful role played by Hollywood in cementing the myth of the betrayed veteran through such films as Coming Home, Taxi Driver, and Rambo, Jerry Lembcke's book stands as one of the most important, original, and controversial works of cultural history in recent years.

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