'For me growing up the thing that most identified me as black was not my skin colour, but my hair. The word colourism foregrounds complexion when it is in truth much more complicated. An African albino is still read as black due to their hair and features. "Black" in the western racial sense is not merely a reference to the darkness of your skin - there are many ethnicities across Asia and South America with comparably dark skin. Black stands as a marker that you are being read as of African descent and the only indicator of this is tightly coiled hair that grows up and out.
This book exists to edify those that consistently delegitimize women's embodied experience. It seeks to re-establish the cultural significance of classical African hairstyles that have been reimagined as "wild" "ghetto" or "hood" by Eurocentric culture. While the maintenance and cultural significance of black hair is such that it has remained a central feature of black life - with a huge and constantly increasing influence on global hair practices and popular culture more generally - black hair culture and its significance does not command the respect it deserves. Hair is a material used to express oneself but also comment upon, reflect, or indeed contest society. Hair occupies a position of greater significance in African and African Diaspora cultures than in most others. It is an allegory for life itself.'