‘It’s never just hair’: Author Emma Dabiri on Afro hair and identity

Black hair is political.

This is a well established fact. Black and mixed-race women across the globe are ostracized, punished and made to feel ugly simply by virtue of the hair that grows naturally on their heads.

Emma Dabiri has a deep understanding of the challenges and complexities of living with tightly coiled Afro hair in modern day Britain. Growing up in Ireland in the late 80s and early 90s, she faced overt discrimination because of the way her hair looked and felt.

Her new book, the perfectly named Don’t Touch My Hair, is a powerful and arrestingly relatable account of the rich history of Afro hair that seamlessly interweaves her personal perspective with meticulously researched historical facts.

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