This is THE essential guide to Afro, textured and curly hair

As Cardi B continues the conversation about natural hair in a viral Instagram post, here’s why Good Hair: The Essential Guide to Afro, Textured and Curly Hair by Charlotte Mensah is a must-have book for everyone


Over the past 18 months many of us have embraced our natural hair texture, with celebrities also celebrating their coils and curls in candid Instagram snaps. Now, singer Cardi B has opened up about her own journey with natural hair, as well as sharing a series of images and videos in an Instagram post which has gone viral. In the caption, she said: “I want women of color with tighter curl patterns to know that you don’t have ‘BAD HAIR’ there’s no such thing as bad hair, and ‘good’ hair don’t mean a certain texture. ALL HAIR IS ‘GOOD’.” She also discussed how there’s a misconception about the hair textures of Black women who have mixed heritage, and opened up about her hair care routine, which she has been documenting on her pinned Instagram story, ‘HAIR DAY.’


If Cardi B’s Instagram post has inspired you to embrace your natural texture, then there’s a must-have book by awarding-winning hairdresser, Charlotte Mensah, to also add to your Christmas list year. As owner of the Hair Lounge salon in Notting Hill, and founder of the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil product range, when it comes to curls and texture, Charlotte Mensah sure knows a thing or two. As a ghd ambassador with more than three decades experience, she has amassed a seriously impressive clientele, which includes the likes of Zadie Smith and Michaela Coel, and has built a reputation as a hairdressing icon. Now, Charlotte shares all in the must-have read, Good Hair: The Essential Guide to Afro, Textured and Curly Hair.

Described by Charlotte as an “education of hair, black history, culture and traditions”, Good Hair goes way beyond a standard beauty guide, as Charlotte takes you on a journey from her beginnings in haircare through to her present day hair-goddess status, while providing essential advice along the way. It’s an education, a story… and then some!

Packed with tips, tricks and even recipes for making the most of your hair, Charlotte’s book is also a reminder to embrace your natural texture. “Good Hair is needed because everybody’s hair is good, and it needs to be celebrated. Everybody’s hair grows differently, but it’s your hair,” Charlotte explains.


“It’s your hair, make the most of it. You’re uniquely you, so own it.”

Rather than seeking to totally transform tresses, Charlotte shares essential advice on maintaining healthy, happy curls through discussing the importance of treatments, regular trims and finding the right routine. Throughout the book, you’ll also find a selection of step-by-steps on key hairstyles, including twists and corn rows, along with the deeper cultural meaning behind each of the looks.

Hair by @charlottemensah for Michaela Coel in HBO x Paper Magazine feature
Hair by @charlottemensah

Charlotte also goes into depth on how to identify your own curl texture(s), giving readers a clear explanation on what the varying curl types are, along with the starting point for products and routines for each curl pattern. Above all, each need-to-know piece of insider advice serves as a reminder to treat your hair with TLC, and to give it the time and love it rightly deserves.

As well as sharing her game-changing knowledge, this must-have guide gives readers the chance to learn more about Charlotte’s life, including her upbringing in Ghana, the early years in her career and much, much more.

Whether you’re looking for some gifting inspiration or are wanting a new read to relax with between Christmas and New Year, Good Hair is the perfect antidote to the cold and grey days which lie ahead. It’s a celebration of textured, Afro and curly hair and it’s a little slice of self-care, which frankly we all need more of.

Good Hair: The Essential Guide to Afro, Textured and Curly Hair is published by Penguin Books. RRP £14.99