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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
"I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am a soul that lives within." India Arie's words have never rung louder in my mind than when I was reading Crowning Glory: An Experiment in Self-Discovery Through Disguise by Stacy Harshman. Stacy's inner struggles mainly manifested through severe hatred towards her natural hair so she decided to wear a wig for a change. After a brief experiment with a red wig and seeing how people's reactions towards her changed, she decided to take it to the next level and experiment with different wig colours. For the next five weeks, she was to transform into a redhead, a brunette, a blonde, a black-tressed woman, and then back to her natural hair for the final week. With the help of an assistant, she would record the reaction of the people around her and in the end compare notes on which look got the most reaction from people. The experiment ended with some very surprising results and became a turning point in dealing with her deep-rooted inner struggles.
Crowning Glory: An Experiment in Self-Discovery Through Disguise by Stacy Harshman is a touching memoir detailing a personal journey towards healing a deeply troubled soul. This is not your everyday memoir; it is deep, fresh and fun to read. Although Stacy's experiment was with her hair, it speaks to so much more than just hair; sometimes healing the outside might be just what we need to heal and transform our inner selves. Feeling good on the outside might just be the trick to unleashing your positive energy. At first the idea of self-discovery through experimenting with wigs might seem bizarre and borderline ridiculous, but once you get inside Stacy's mind and understand the demons that reside there, you will understand how something like this could have such profound results.