It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a brand new Ebooklet hot off the presses: Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care, 2nd Edition by Milan Staples. I was provided with a copy of the book to review and share with you. This book is an excellent guide for naturals with fine hair just getting started. I wish I had wrote it myself!
Seriously though, there are so many golden nuggets in this book but I don’t want to give them all away. Instead, I’ll give you an overview of the book and share my overall unbiased opinion. Later in this post, I’ll share some tweet worthy quotes.
My Take on Fine Hair Natural Don’t Care
Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care is an easy read for the new natural who has discovered that her hair consists of mostly fine strands. Written from a personal perspective and experience, the book 31 pages of thoughtfully written content. Every step of the wash day process, styling tips and recommended products are shared.
Most of what I read is spot on, but there’s two things where we vary in opinion – Flat Ironing and Mini twists.
This book provides some tips on how to heat style fine natural hair, including flat ironing. While the information shared does provide suggestions to prevent heat damage, I don’t think that using direct heat on fine hair is ever a good thing due to the fragility of this hair type. It’s a personal risk to assume but the book does make mention of other alternatives.
Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care also shares how styling fine hair in mini twists can make the hair look fuller. While this may be true depending on the density of your hair, mini twists require a lot of manipulation to do. It can be counter productive to length retention. Again, a personal risk to assume.
While I may not agree with every detail in Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care, I still think it’s an adequate resource written with passion and filled with lots of useful information.
Before I share some tweet worthy quotes from the book, let’s get a little more familiar with Milan and what inspired her to write the book.
1- Pleases share a little about yourself
Hi, my name is Milan and I am a New York City based writer, artist, makeup artist and creative curator. I hail from Rochester, NY and I have a women’s lifestyle blog named AGrlCanMAC. I’m an introvert who drinks tea, sings in the car and experiences at least one adventure per day.
2- Did you previously have relaxed hair? If so, what influenced your decision to go natural and for how long have you been natural?
Yes, I did have previously relaxed hair. It was relaxed from the age of 12 until I was 25 years, old when I did my big chop. I am in my 8th year of being natural. I had wanted to go natural in college but the lack of information and inspiration delayed me; back then I thought natural hair was a dry, 1970’s picked and patted Afro. Relaxers were thinning out my hair and I started to hate and not want to deal with my hair.
Around 2007, I stumbled on a black hair care forum that highlighted women with amazing natural and relaxed hair. From the forum I saw that natural hair was so fly, versatile, could grow long and got information how to care for and style it. That forum helped me to see that wearing my hair sans relaxing was very doable, still professional and beautiful/attractive.
3- What inspired you to write the series of ebooks Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care?
I was inspired to write the series of ebooks, Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care, because I saw a void in the market for information tailored to caring for fine natural hair that is of medium to low density.
When I was transitioning to go natural, I remember thinking my hair was going to be thick and bodacious and it wasn’t. Lol.
The common misconception was that afro texture hair was just thick, coarse and strong. My hair was none of those things. I had to take a lot of natural hair information and, through trial and error, tweak it. I had to scour the internet for information crumbs or tips here and there. I felt I could put all of the information crumbs and helpful resources that I found worked for me into one, easily accessible place. So others didn’t have to scrape and scavenge like I did, Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care was birthed.
4- What’s the one thing you want every natural or lady thinking of going natural to know? (something not in the book 🙂 )
One thing that I want every natural lady or lady thinking of going natural to know is to focus on what your hair IS instead of what it isn’t. Focusing on what anything isn’t and frustration from that is normally because of comparison in which your hair is perceived as less than.
When I was transitioning, I had in my mind what I thought my hair texture was and it wasn’t that. Lol. I remember being frustrated that my curls and coils didn’t behave like my favorite natural hair YouTubers nor did my hairstyles turn out like theirs. It was so counterproductive.
Once I shifted my focus to what my hair was and what it could do then I began to fully appreciate and genuinely love my hair’s qualities. If I was more focused on what my hair wasn’t, in comparison to others, I probably wouldn’t have received the inspiration to help others learn and enjoy their fine natural hair by writing the Fine Natural Hair, Don’t Care series. Any hair is fly once you focus on what is awesome about it and exploit that.
5- How can people reach you with questions about the content in your book or just questions in general?
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about content in the book or questions in general.
Quotes From The Book
Now for those tweet worthy quotes:[tweetthis]Fine hair… tends to have more strength in #s with other strands nearby than on their own[/tweetthis]
This is so true. That’s why, as a fine hair natural I don’t straighten my hair. It’s much more prone to breakage when the strands are allowed to dangle individually.[tweetthis]Trimming doesn’t make your hair grow, your scalp is responsible for that.[/tweetthis]
Can I get an Amen? How many times have you heard, “You need to trim your hair every 6 weeks for it to grow?” So counterproductive. As Milan shares in the book, if you aren’t doing things to damage your hair, you’ll need to trim much less often.[tweetthis]Be a detective for your hair; read and try things. Don’t take what I say as law.[/tweetthis]
And, some of it you should!
The 2nd Edition of Fine Hair, Don’t Care is available on Amazon here or at http://www.amazon.com/AGrlCanMAC-Presents-Natural-Edition-natural-ebook/dp/B019I5V9YI
If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free.