Hair I Stand by Valerie Tomlin

Tomlin coverValerie Tomlin is a Londoner with a West Indian heritage. This book is both a recollection of her experiences growing up in London in the 1960s and 70s, and a commentary on the importance of hair for black women. More than being just a fashion statement, the way hair is cut, styled and treated is a central part of cultural identity for many black women. The history of both the struggle for equality for women and the struggle against racism for black living in the UK can be traced in hair styles. A thoughtful, researched and reasoned argument in support of the statement that how black women treat their hair matters on many levels.

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