Anita Grant is truly one creative individual. The 28-year-old mom had a mission to ensure that her daughter didn’t feel bad about her beautiful locks as Grant did growing up. To help make that mission a reality, Anita Grant created a children’s book inspired by 90’s hair magazines.
Inspired by magazines such as Sophisticate’s Black Hair and Hype Hair, Hello Hair features 100 amazing illustrations of different hair styles as the book follows four friends, Tiana, Tamia, Jade and Liz, who discover the diverse possibilities for Black hair as they enjoy a salon day.
“I really wanted to inspire Black girls ability to maintain their own hair, and reconnect with their personal identity through their crown. There comes a time in every girl’s life when they inherit the responsibility of washing, detangling and styling their own hair, the goal is to make that transition positive for the next generation. Through visual representation, this book showcases the versatility of Black hair and promotes a range of styles from afros, braids, twists and locs,” Grant said in a statement shared with Essence Magazine.
Hello Hair is slated to be released on July 3, in celebration of the the Crown Act.
“I wanted to commemorate the special moment because it marks a time in our history where Black women are officially allowed to fully embrace our versatility from the inside out.”
If you are unfamiliar with the Crown Act, “The Crown Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” is a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination, which is the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists or bantu knots.”
Make sure you get on the preorder list now! This is unquestionably one book that Black girls and women should add to their book collection!