The (not so) Hairsterical Life of a Nappy-Headed Black Girl
Good hair, bad hair, what the hair is going on? They say it’s supposed to be a woman’s crowning glory, but for Jackie, a young, black girl from the deep South, it is everything but! Growing up black and female is tough enough, but coupled with coping with a head full of nappy hair in a world made up of people consumed by ignorance who would soon rather mock her existence simply because they don’t understand it—well that’s another demon altogether.
The (not so) Hairsterical Life of a Nappy-Headed Black Girl follows the life of Jackie, its main character, who is exceedingly self-aware of her hair from the age of three through adulthood. Jackie will try just about any kind of shenanigans from wigs and braids to hair-scorching relaxers to find the answer to having the “good hair” that will somehow make her good enough. Throughout her futile hair journey, the many people she faces, both within and outside of her race, along with her many hair challenges force her to learn important lessons about life. The question is will she use them to accept herself as she is or become a bitter, angry black woman in a never-ending battle to fit into societal norms.
“I was sent an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was my first time reading a memoir framed around the hairstyles of the author. From her childhood to adulthood, I was able to see how her hair shaped her life’s decisions, and as a fellow black woman, I could completely understand how this is possible. I enjoyed the stories and even the walk down memory lane certain hairstyles evoked. I even thought of my own hair journey as I read her story. I found the memoir thoroughly entertaining while also showing the importance of hair in the black community.”
“Thank you so much to the author, Jackie Cotham, for sending me a copy of her book, ‘The (not) so Hairsterical Life of a Nappy-Headed Black Girl’ in exchange for my honest review. As a Black woman who has gone through her own journey when it comes to her hair, I really enjoyed this book.This was definitely a relatable read. It’s a perfect balance of light-heartedness and seriousness. Each chapter tells a different story in her life (that is in some way centered around her hair) and ends with the life lesson she took away from that experience. I honestly don’t think I realized how many of my important life moments may have been centered around my hair until reading this book. I absolutely recommend this book, especially to Black girl/woman who may have felt some self-esteem issues in relation to their hair.”