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A collection of empowering stories and captivating photos, My Beautiful Black Hair celebrates an aspect of Black femininity—natural hair—and embraces it as a central part of Black womanhood.
My Beautiful Black Hair is a book about Black women embracing their natural hair. One hundred and one Black women share their stories of learning to love their natural hair and the immense power in that self-love.
St. Clair Detrick-Jules was inspired to write the book when her little sister, Khloe, came home from preschool where a classmate had told her that her hair was ugly. St. Clair wanted to send a message to Khloe and young Black women everywhere that their hair is beautiful just the way it is.
The stories she captured reveal both the depth of the physical and emotional damage done to many women by relaxing their hair and trying to make it look "acceptable," and the incredible resilience, self-love, and acceptance they gained by learning to embrace their hair and free themselves from Eurocentric beauty standards.
"My Beautiful Black Hair is a divine example of courage, self-love, acceptance, and diversity. It's a stunning collection that everyone needs to sit with, explore, and share with the little black girl in their life." – from the foreword by Alex Elle, author of After the Rain
"A powerful celebration of self-acceptance and sisterhood." – Kirkus Review
"A love letter to all Black women who are navigating the glorious landscape of our crowns." – Rachel Cargle, public academic, writer, lecturer
"The images are glorious, the anecdotes at times tender, at times seething. The entire book is powerful." – Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X and Clap When You Land
"This is the most powerful and empowering book of natural hair I've ever seen." – Celai West, International model and natural hair icon and influencer
A note from St. Clair Detrick-Jules, author and photographer of My Beautiful Black Hair
It was my little sister Khloe who inspired me to conduct these interviews, take these photos, and create this book, My Beautiful Black Hair. I was determined to break that cycle for Khloe. And not just for my little sister, but for all sisters of the Black diaspora.
I turned to my sisters—Black women I had grown up with, gone to college with, met through friends, and admired from afar—and they rose to the occasion. I hope Khloe sees herself reflected in them. I hope she comes away from it with greater insight into who she is, where she comes from, and where she fits into the diaspora. My hope is the same for every Black woman who comes across this book who remembers being in Khloe’s shoes.
It’s not just about hair. It’s about how we choose to live our lives. If we take the words of wisdom that these women are offering Khloe into our own lives, then we feel—and become—indestructible.