Cornrows

My Hair, My Roots

Children - Social Issues
40 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2021
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Cornrows or 'canerows' in the Caribbean is a hair braiding technique that originated in Africa where the hair is braided to the scalp. Locs are a thin rope-like thread of hair created by braiding, twisting, or matting and these originated in India. The braids are not just about fashion, they are a gift from the ancestors. The intertwining hair represents history, culture, and beauty. The cornrows a woman wears can be traced back to Africa to 3000 BCE when it was a traditional hairstyle for women. Though hair braiding was used in other cultures, Cornrows: My Hair, My Roots focuses on Africans. These cornrow hairstyles were passed from generation to generation, from grandmother to mother to daughter. Dr. Tamecca S. Rogers speaks about the history of cornrows and also acknowledges the impact of slavery on African women. Read this bilingual book to know more about the culture, roots, and identity of Black women and how, over the years, cornrows became an expression of Black self-love and self-acceptance.

Cornrows: My Hair, My Roots by Dr. Tamecca S. Rogers is informative and educational and tackles the subject deftly and with expertise. Brandon D. Wright's bright and lively illustrations breathe clarity and life into the topic, making it palpable to readers. The book will also make readers aware of how this twisting and braiding was more than just a hairstyle. The topic is unique and different and will give readers glimpses of early history that they never knew existed. A lot of things can be learned by reading this book and the fact that it is written in both English and Spanish makes it accessible to a wider audience.