Skip to content
by Gardners

The Story of Afro Hair


Explore the incredible history of afro hair.

The Story Of Afro Hair celebrates the fashion and styles of afro hair over the last 5000 years.

From plaits to the Gibson Girl, cornrows to locs, the hip-hop fade to funki dreds, The Story of Afro Hair is the ultimate book of afro hairstories.

Kicking off with an explanation of how afro hair type grows and why, The Story of Afro Hair then takes us right back to the politics and fashion of Ancient Egypt. 

Speeding forward to modern times, we experience the Kingdom of Benin, Henry VIII's court, the enslavement of African peoples, the Harlem Renaissance, the beginning of Rastafarianism, Britain in the 1980s – and much more.

Includes profiles of inspirational key figures in the afro hair and beauty industry, such as Sara Spencer Washington, Madam CJ Walker, Viola Desmond, Lincoln Dyke, Dudley Dryden and Anthony Wade

With vibrant full-colour illustrations by Joelle Avelino and a sparkling gold foil hardback cover, it's the perfect gift for anyone interested in culture, fashion and history.

Reading age: from 7 years.

Author: Kandace Chimbiri.

Format: hardback.