Princess Hair

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Jubilant celebration of girls' hairstyles, hair textures.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness

What 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. 

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Parent of a 7 and 9-year-old Written byGabrielle B. January 15, 2018

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What's the story?

In PRINCESS HAIR, princesses with a variety of awesome hairstyles and hair textures do a bunch of fun, creative things and have a good time doing them. Not only can princesses do anything they set their mind to, they can do it with any type of hair they have -- Bantu knots, Afros, two-strand twists -- because all hair is princess hair!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Princess Hair expands beyond the typical princess representation. Why do you think showing different types of princesses is important? 

  • What do you love about yourself? What makes you you?

  • What are the different activities that the princesses in the book do? What fun activities do you do every day? Do you see many princess books that show them doing what you love to do?

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