| BIBLE | BRAIDS
| DIRECTORIES | DREADLOCKS
|HEALTH | MADAME
C. J. WALKER | MATH | ORGANIZATIONS|
POLITICS | UNIVERSITY
OF TOLEDO HAIR CONFERENCE
1. Africa Focus: Sights and Sound
of a Continent |
This well crafted site is produced and maintained by the University
of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and the African Studies Department of
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is a multi media exhibit
that provides access to more than 3,000 slides, 500 photographs and
50 hours of sound material collected by the African Studies
Department. A user can search by country, collection, subject, or
key word. One nice feature of this site lets us bookmark certain
records that stand out to us during each new visit. Each record
provides documentation information such as location, date,
documenter, etc. FOR HAIR RECORDS, SEARCH BY KEYWORD FOR:
"Hair", "Hairstyle" and "Hairdo".
2. Africa: One Continent, Many Worlds - Personal Adornment | http://www.nhm.org/africa/cc/combs/
This web page is part of a larger digital exhibit titled Africa: One
Continent, Many Worlds, a collaborative project between The Field
Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the
California African American Museum and the Armory Center for the
Arts. A user can click on any of the 13 thumbnail images of African
hair care tools from 5 different regions for a larger image and a
small amount of background information that includes a link to
limited information on that particular region and collection
information for the photograph.
3. Bon Coiffure: Barber Shop Signs From West Africa | http://www.indigoarts.com/gallery_barbersign_main.html
This section of the Indigo Arts Gallery displays 29 barber and
beauty shop signs from four regions in Africa that reflect American
advertising intervening in African tradition. Images can be clicked
and viewed at a larger size. There is also a short bibliography with
cover image and description of the books.
4. Museum for African Art: Hair in African Art and Culture
This site is a very short introduction to the traveling exhibit
"Hair in African Art and Culture" and the accompanying
book by the same name. It provides seven thumbnail images from
the exhibit that can be enlarged, background information on the
exhibit, and a link to the Museum for African Art.
5. West African Hair Braiding |
This is a short report on the historical role hair braiding plays in
traditional African communities and the changes braiding has
experienced from an increase in urbanization. A presentation by two
African hair braiders at the California Academy of Sciences allowed
for a demonstration and photos to be taken of some braiding
6. West African Objects: Asante Combs |
This web page is a section of digital rendition of a 1999 art
exhibit in Newtown, Pennsylvania titled "Beauty, Ritual, and
Culture: West African Art in Context". The exhibit provides
images of a small number of handcrafted objects, including these
three hair combs, and some textual narrative on each piece. The
photographs are often too dark, inhibiting the user to get a full
sense of the texture of the objects. Also included is a map of
western Africa and a text-only based selected bibliography of works
on African textiles and art.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days
did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head
like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his
wheels as burning fire.
Song of Solomon 4:1
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast
doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that
appear from mount Gilead.
All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come
upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he
separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let
the locks of the hair of his head grow.
The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men
is their gray hair.
His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and
His eyes were as a flame of fire;
1. "African Hair
Artistry: From processed to natural" SOUL Magazine
An article that helps to ease the transition from processed to
2. B.A.D. - Braids and Dreads | http://www.braid-designer.com/
Natural hair salon in Richmond, Virginia that specializes in
braiding and dredlocks. Some of the site's features are a photo
gallery, a selected bibliography of hair braiding books, a
discussion list hosted by B.A.D., and more.
3. Essence of Braiding | http://www.essenceofbraiding.com/
A Richmond, Virginia salon that specializes in different types of
braids. The photo gallery provides images of 14 different braid
styles, like "goddess braids", "cobra stitch",
"bantu knots", and "senegalese".
4. Everette's Corn-Rows and Braiding Academy | http://www.everettes-cornrows.com/index.htm
Everette's is a school for braiding, locking, and other natural hair
care in Detroit. The web site provides a short history of Everette's,
a schedule of upcoming events, information on classes, seminars,
books, services and products, and a newsletter subscription option
for the broader community.
5. Marline's Black Hair Crash Course | http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Island/5227/procedures.html
This small site offers instructions for french twisting, and
weaving, as well as treating damaged hair and other types of
hairstyling that can be found in the site's archive section.
6. Royalty Braiding | http://www.royaltybraids.com/
This web site hosted by a Los Angeles hair product company has a
thumbnail photo gallery that shows examples of individual braids,
twists, bobbed wraps, and french braid cornrows.
organized by city
AtlantaHairGuide.com | atlantahairguide.com/
3. BayCenter.com |
4. BlackChicago.com | www.blackchicago.com/hair
5. DallasBlackHair.com | www.dallasblackhair.com/
2. Beautytech.com | www.beautytech.com
3. BlackHaircare.com | www.blackhaircare.com/
4. BlackSalons.com | www.blacksalons.com/usstate.htm
5. GoodHair.com | www.goodhair.com/directory.asp
6. HairBoulevard.com |
7. HairWeb.com | www.hairweb.com/salons_search.cfm
8. HairZion.com | www.hairzion.com/service.html
10. NappyHair.com | www.nappyhair.com/salons.htm
11. Princess Kayla | nattylocks.freeyellow.com/page1.html
12. SoulBeautiful.com | www.soulbeautiful.com/list.asp?category=salons
1. Dread History:
The African Diaspora, Ethiopianism, and Rastafari |
This brief essay examines the origins of Rastafarianism in the
struggle for African liberation from the colonial powers, its
presence throughout the African Diaspora, and the people's culture
of Jamaica. The site offers a photo gallery of thumbnails, an index
of terms, and a selection of books and music for further interest.
2. Dreadlock Conference 2001 | http://www.wose.net/conference/
The fourth annual Northern California dreadlock conference in
Sacramento, California. Multiple workshops, vendors, and musical
3. Sisterlocks | http://sisterlocks.com/
Sisterlocks is a form of
lock and natural hair care system. It was founded in 1993 by
Dr. JoAnne Cornwell, a professor of Africana Studies at San Diego
State University. The web site provides legal proceedings of
the American Hairbraiders and Natural Haircare Association's
struggle for control of their cultural practice against the
California Barbering and Cosmetology Board.
1. Black Skin | http://www.aad.org/pamphlets/black.html
This information is an excerpt from an American Academy of
Dermatology pamphlet titled Black Skin. It discusses such issues as
hair, hair loss and breakage, ingrown hair, nails, variations in
skin color, dry skin, and more. Information is provided on obtaining
this and other pamphlets at cost.
2. "Hair Diseases in African-Americans Require Specialized
Knowledge" | http://www.aad.org/PressReleases/hairdisease.html
This brief interview with Dermatologist Dr. Gary J. Brauner who
publishes scientific research related to skin diseases in
African-Americans addresses how hair styling and grooming can lead
to hair diseases.
3. "How to Achieve and Maintain Long and Healthy Black
Hair" | http://www.care-gear.com/care/long_healthy_black_hair.html
This brief article discusses the structure of Black hair and its
relationship to scalp oils that play an important role in the
dryness of our hair. The author offers advise for growing stronger,
4. The Healthy Womenís Guide to Skin, Hair and Nail Care |
This page is an excerpt from the Womenís Complete Health Book (The
Philip Lief Group, Inc., 1995) of the American Medical Womenís
Association. It provides general information on what skin, hair and
nails are, how they grow, and how to care for and maintain them
5. USFDA/CFSAN Cosmetics | http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-toc.html
This is the US Food and Drug Administration and Center of Food
Safety and Applied Nutritionís list of links to articles and
reports on cosmetic issues published by the FDA or CFSAN. The titles
of some relevant articles are:
a. "Hair Dyes and Straighteners"
b. "Lead Acetate used in Hair Dye Products"
c. "Decoding the Cosmetic Label"
d. "Primers for Artificial Nails"
e. "Hair Replacement: What Works, What Doesn't"
f. and more
C. J. WALKER
1. "First Black
Millionaire's Home on Display" | http://www.hudsonriver.com/halfmoonpress/stories/1198mans.htm
Here is an article on the 1998 opening of Madam Walker's Harlem
mansion, Villa Lewaro, for public tours. It was open to help funding
for the United Negro College Fund, and has since closed its door to
2. Harlem 1900-1940: Schomburg Exhibit C.J. Walker | http://www.si.umich.edu/CHICO/Harlem/text/cjwalker.html
This very brief entry on Madam C.J. Walker is included in the Harlem
1900-1940 virtual exhibit of the Schomburg Center for Research in
Black Culture, located in Harlm, New York. The exhibit includes a
timeline of events, a list of other resources on that time period,
and a curriculum for teachers using the exhibit.
3. Madam C.J. Walker | http://www.madamcjwalker.com/
This site is maintained by A'Lelia Bundles, Madam Walker's
great-great granddaughter. Bundles has authored Madam C.J.
Walker-Entrepreneur (Chelsea House, 1991), and most recently, On Her
Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker (Scribner/A Lisa
Drew Book, 2001). The FAQs and Suggested Readings pages provide
further information about Madam Walker.
4. Madam C.J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker):
Inventor, Businesswoman |
This brief biography of Madam C.J. Walker is a part of the Faces of
Science: African Americans in the Sciences website. It mainly draws
on draws on the work of A'Lelia P.Bundles. The Additional
Bibliographic Sources page provides a listing of work on Madam
Walker, including obituaries after her death in 1919.
5. Madam C.J. Walker: United States Postal Service | http://new.usps.com/cgi-bin/uspsbv/scripts/content.jsp?D=22007&X=
This 32 cents US postal stamp of Madam C.J. Walker was issued in
1998 for Black History Month.
6. Madam C.J. Walker Collection | www.indianahistory.org/library/manuscripts/collection_guides/walker1.html
This is Indiana Historical Society's webpage for the manuscripts and
archives of Madame C.J. Walker. It provides a concise historical
sketch of Madam Walker, as well as a box and folder listing of the
7. Two American Entrepreneurs: Madam C.J. Walker and J.C. Penney
This site is a feature of the National Register of Historical
Places' Teaching With Historic Places web site. Good resource for
junior high and high school history teachers. This lesson plan
compares and contrasts the business storis of Madam Walker and J.C.
Penney using biographical outlines, study guides, images, maps, and
8. The Madam Walker Theatre Center | http://www.mmewalkertheatre.org
This is the home site of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company
Building in Indianapolis, Indiana, built in 1927, and now called the
Madam Walker Theatre Center. The site mainly serves as a calendar of
events for the center's theatrical performances, art education
programs, and award banquets. There is no insider information
provided about Madam Walker, early uses of the building, or what its
role has been in the Black community of Indianapolis.
Madame Walker Theatre Center: Short
bio of Madam C. J. Walker
Madame Walker Theatre Center: History
of the Walker Center
1. Mathematical Patterns in African
American Hairstyles | http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/special/gilmer-gloria_HAIRSTYLES.html
This paper by Dr. Gloria Gilmer further explores the mathematical
complexities and depth of the practices of every day life. Great for
teachers - it is organized to be an in-class activity for middle
2. The African Fractals Multi Media Project: Black Hairstyles
Important research by Drs. Ron Eglash of Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute and Gloria Gilmer of the State University of New York at
Buffalo into the contribution of African hairstyling to mathematics.
This research is important because it privileges and celebrates the
knowledge internal to the Black community.
1. American Health and Beauty Aids Institute |
AHABAI was founded in Chicago in 1981 by ten Black-owned beauty-related businesses. They offer annual college and cosmetology school scholarships, as well as an annual Proud Lady Beauty Show. This site provides background information on AHABAI and links into the ethnic beauty industry.
2. National Black Bridal Association | http://www.nationalbba.com/
NBBA is a nation-wide network of wedding industry professionals and consultants who coordinate different aspects of a wedding from catering to hair appointments.
3. Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals | http://www.spcp.org/
This site provides articles, schedule of events and a directory listing for the
permanent cosmetics industry.
protest breathes life into textbook economics" | http://www.michellemalkin.com/malk_052097.html
African hair braiders across the nation battling with state boards
of cosmetology over expensive licensing procedures that are
irrelevant to our cultural practice.
2. "Fighting California's Hair-brained Regulations"
One of the many articles on Dr. JoAnne Cornwell of the Africana
Studies Department at San Diego State University and the creator of
"sisterlocks" against the California Board of Barbering
and Cosmetology. The state agency mandated that natural hairstylists
go through the expensive licensure process to get a full cosmetology
license whil they haven't added natural hair care to the curriculum.
3. From Assimilation to Appropriation: The Politics of Black Hair
in America | http://grad.cgu.edu/~hollinst/webpage/
This site is a good example of constructing cyberspace around a
research paper. According to the introduction, it "explores
identity and the application of assimilation, cultural nationalism,
and appropriation to Black women's hair" from the 1800s to the
present. The paper is organized into three successive time periods,
in which Hollins examines the changing tactics of establishing
identity through hair. Each page ends with discussion questions.
Also included are a short bibliography and webliography, and photo
4. "School's hairdo ban tangles with ethnic culture"
A Chicago Tribune story of a suburban elementary school's ban on
hair ornaments, beads, coloring, colored hair extensions, zig-zagged
braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, and ponytails for boys. The school
administration justified the ban on Black people's hair by calling
it an "anti-gang measure".
5. "Suspending Rastafarian Police Officer for Wearing
Dreadlocks Violates Religious Liberty, ACLU Says" | http://www.aclu.org/news/2000/n071100b.html
The Baltimore police department suspended an officer for wearing
dreadlocks. The department prohibits cornrows, braids, and