Hairstory

- Edition 7 -


It’s amazing how many people with curly hair think it’s frizzy when it really isn’t. They describe their curls as a burden, something to get rid of. Even my eleven-year-old daughter Isla, whose hair is literally magical will say, “Is there anything that will keep it straight?” And I say, “The only thing that will keep it straight is something that will destroy your hair forever.” But I think curly hair is coming into its own now. Curl is an expressive, natural, organic statement against trying to make hair look like everyone else’s.

Every African-American woman whose hair we’ve done has said they use five or six products that I know without a doubt are completely unnecessary. They use detergent, then a leave-in, something else, and then something else… it annoys me because they’re being so ripped off. So ripped off.

So what we’ve tried to do here is present a great variety of people with curls – we could have done a whole book. I’m hoping that this edition in particular resonates with a lot of people and frees them from pointless, endless, duplicitous products in their shower that they don’t know what to do with, because they don’t do anything. These stories are the best evidence yet that less is absolutely more.

– Michael Gordon, editor-in-chief


Michael

Ed. 7, Preface | Michael Gordon's Hair Story Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 1 | Afros in America Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 2 | Curls Understood Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 3 | Rock Yo Rizos Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 4 | A Short Story, with Gray Areas Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 5 | From Brazil with Love Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 6 | A Minimalist Unleashed Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 7 | A Chanteuse and a Challenge Read


 

Ed. 7, Ch. 8 | A Change Artist Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 9 | Curly and Proud Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 10 | Danish Modern Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 11 | Hair in Motion Read


Hair tAlk – Wes

Ed. 7, Ch. 12 | On Cutting Curl Read


Hair Talk – Roxie

Ed. 7, Ch. 12.2 | On Coloring Curl Read


Ed. 7, Ch. 13 | A Game Changer Read