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

Award-winning hairstylist Charlotte Mensah has released her debut book, Good Hair: The Essential Guide to Afro Textured and Curly Hair. Whether you’re looking to embrace your natural texture or are searching for styling tips, here’s why it should go straight on your Christmas list…

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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!

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.

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

While lockdown taught many to embrace their natural hair, Charlotte is a firm believer that the same attitudes need to continue in the long term, with more celebrities, athletes and models championing natural texture. “Everybody’s hair grows differently, but it’s your hair. Take control and own it,” she adds.

“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.

Whether you’re looking for some gifting inspiration or are wanting a new read during Lockdown 2.0, 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 right now.

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