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Emma Dabiri

Don't Touch My Hair

by Emma Dabiri

Don't Touch My Hair

Emma Dabiri

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In her fearless book, Emma Dabiri takes the reader through an educational and anecdotal history of black hairstyles and their personal significance, from her Yoruba heritage to her experience as a black Irish woman.

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Don't Touch My Hair

by Emma Dabiri

Don't Touch My Hair

Emma Dabiri

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According to the World Health Organization, 77% of modern women in Nigeria use skin lightening products - a clear indicator of the impact European beauty standards have had on African women. Black women's hair in particular has been the focus of much debate and ridicule, with words like 'unruly' and 'wild' used to describe it.

Emma Dabiri is an author and broadcaster whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Vice News, and The Irish Times. Growing up in Ireland as the daughter of a Nigerian father, Dabiri recalls being surrounded by people that couldn't understand her experience, her heritage, or her hair. In this book, the author emphatically highlights the importance of black community, much of which can be characterised by time spent on hair: caring for it, styling it, twisting it, and removing styles to start again.

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"One of the enduring problems of the modern age, the real reason that racism continues to plague us, is that we continue to advance ideas of blackness that were invented during the psychotic period of European global expansion_._"

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