“I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, andDoodle Dos” by Andrea Pippins embodies the same spirit of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” It’s a visual love letter that celebrates the diversity of textures and styles among curly, coily, and kinky locks.
The 84 page book is filled with whimsical and intricately detailed drawings of tress styling tools, hair related positive affirmations, and beautiful styles weaved with flowers, feathers, and picks that beg to be adorned with color and creativity. The book features soul icon Diana Ross’ striking waves and singer and dancer Carmen Miranda with a tropical updo. More fanciful drawings include a mermaid with curls entwined with sea life and an eight snake head Medusa medallion. There’s also plenty of white space to add your own embellishments and further personalize each piece.
Pippins, an artist, designer, educator, and blogger at Fly, supports self-empowerment for women and girls and her artwork “has been inspired by the social, political, and cultural statements that can be made with hair.” Adult coloring claims to decrease stress and aid in relaxation and mindfulness, and “I Love My Hair” adds the promotion of self-love and body positivity to that list.
Just as the images of Smith freely whipping her braids to and fro inspired little brown and black girls to realize the magic their manes possessed, Pippins’ illustrations will have grown up girls mesmerized by the chic and artful images of their crowning glories.