Hair, and more specifically Black women’s hair, has been the object of much discussion these days. From the CROWN Act passed in the nation’s capital (banning discrimination against natural hair) to the slap heard-around-the-world, much attention is given to the heads of melanated bodies. In solidarity with the many lengths and textures of Black hair, here are 10 titles that explore the significance, circumstances, and style choice of Black hair as a personal expression within the evolution of Black culture:

Text Book of the Madam C.J. Walker Schools of Beauty Culture by Madam C.J. Walker

If you’re feeling particularly scholarly, check out the archives at the Smithsonian online where you can read the original handbook used to train this Black hair pioneer’s students in biology, chemistry, scalp diseases, treatments, and cutting and styling techniques.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

This is a satirical thriller exploring Black women working in predominantly white spaces within the publishing industry, with a dark undertone on Black hair.

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Inspired by a home video, this heartwarming children’s book explores a father-daughter relationship and the battle of haircare. While the short film adaptation is equally adorable, the physical book is a must-have for storytime with the little ones.

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri

This is part memoir and part academic exploration into the complex relationship of one woman’s hair journey.

Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

Part memoir, part fiction, and graphic novel, this book explores the coming of age experiences of hair acceptance.

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana Byrd

This non-fiction title explores Black hair from a cultural perspective, spanning the tribes of Africa predating the age of slavery to the 2000s. It is the ultimate exploration into Black hair politics.

GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty by Kahran Bethencourt

This coffee table is filled with beautiful images and articles that shatter the conventional standards of beauty for Black children.

Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser

This graphic novel uses hair routines with wash-day experiences shared by Black women everywhere as a segway into contemporary mini-stories about romantic relationships and friendships.

My Beautiful Black Hair: 101 Natural Hair Stories from the Sisterhood by St. Clair Detrick-Jules

This book is a love story of 101 Black women embracing their natural hair, while sharing challenges with identity and acceptance.

Hair in My Brush by Latesha Young

This children’s book/memoir chronicles one girl’s journey with alopecia. It explores redefining identity in the face of change.