A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Children are taught that the title "princess" applies to all kinds of girls doing all kinds of things, with different kinds of traditional black hairstyles, such as two-strand twists, braids, and Bantu knots.
Self-acceptance and appreciation of others' differences are at the heart of this story, with a focus on different types of hair in traditional black hairstyles. While the focus is on exposure, acceptance, and appreciation of black girls and their hair type, Princess Hair also shows confident, proactive princesses in a positive light.
Positive Role Models
Typical princess romance-centered behavior and European-centered beauty ideals are traded for energetic, self-possessed activities and diverse, inclusive celebration of a variety of skin shades, hairstyles, and hair textures. The girls featured are comfortable with and love who they are.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Princess Hair celebrates self-love and awareness while focusing on the variety of hairstyles and texture of black hair, inspiring positive self-esteem in girls across different cultural norms. Parents should be prepared to talk about self-esteem and appreciation of people's differences and similarities.
Is It Any Good?
This joyful, energetic, jubilant, fun book is inclusive in its messaging and presentation. By exploring some of the many, many hairstyles and textures found among black and multiethnic children, kids who love princesses learn to broaden their view beyond the typical European-centered beauty ideals offered by most media. Princess Hair is both self-celebratory and myth busting, and not just regarding appearances. The princesses featured have a variety of interests that are not boy- or romance-centered. The girls in the book are cooperative rather than competitive with one another, and the illustrations capture the vibrancy and energy of young children. Kids of all races will enjoy Princess Hair simply because it's fun. And children of color will love seeing themselves represented.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.