Today is National Non-Fiction Day and we are celebrating the release of The Story of Afro Hair by writer and TGRG client K N Chimbiri. The book celebrates the history, fashion and styles of Afro hair over the last 5,000 years.

From plaits to the Gibson Girl, cornrows to locks, the hi-top fade to funki dreds, The Story of Afro Hair is the ultimate book of Afro hairstories.

Kicking off with an explanation of how Afro hair type grows and why, The Story of Afro Hair then takes us right back to the politics and fashion of Ancient Egypt.

Speeding forwards to modern times we experience the Kingdom of Benin, Henry VIII’s court, the enslavement of African peoples, the Harlem Renaissance, the beginnings of Rastafarianism, Britain in the 1980s –and much more. With profiles of inspirational key figures in the Afro hair beauty industry.

The Story of Afro Hair pulls together this unique history in a powerful way.

About the author: Born in London, England in 1968 to parents from Barbados, Kandace Chimbiri is the author of Black history books for children. Kandace is motivated by a desire to help improve both children’s literacy as well as their knowledge of history.

About the illustrator: Joelle Avelino is a Congolese and Angolan illustrator and animator. She has worked with many clients including the BBC, Malala Fund, Elle Magazine and The Guardian, to name just a few.

You can purchase The Story of Afro Hair on the SixByNines&Co online bookshop

For enquiries please contact TGRG Managing Director, Juanita Rosenior on (+44) 0203 375 6024 or email