Reviews

  • Both a richly researched cultural history and a voyage to empowerment.

    Colin Grant, Guardian
  • A triumph! Refeshingly accessible, enlightening and thorough ... an impeccably researched journey into our Black Hair and the ideas and feelings that have surrounded it, to this day.

    Yrsa Daley-Ward
  • Pulled together with meticulous research, Don't Touch My Hair is an unmissable read by a writer who's set to become a household name

    Francesca Brown, Stylist
  • The first book from one of Ireland's brightest literary talents, Don't Touch My Hair brilliantly deconstructs western views of everything from beauty to social value systems, and even to our understanding of time, all through the lens of how African cultures value hair.

    Hotpress
  • Emma Dabiri's groundbreaking Don't Touch My Hair (Allen Lane) is a scintillating, intellectual investigation into black women and the very serious business of our hair, as it pertains to race, gender, social codes, tradition, culture, cosmology, maths, politics, philosophy and history, and also the role of hairstyles in pre-colonial Africa

    Bernardine Evaristo, The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year
  • Groundbreaking...Her sources are rich, diverse and sometimes heartbreaking. Some books make us feel seen and for me, that is what Don't Touch My Hair does. I would urge everyone to read it

    Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Guardian
  • An excellent and far reaching book...a call to arms for black African culture

    Irish Times
  • Dabiri's brilliant book recognises that black hair - particularly women's hair - is charged with social and racial significance

    Tank
  • A powerful and arrestingly relatable account of the rich history of Afro hair that seamlessly interweaves her personal perspective with meticulously researched historical facts

    Metro
  • A Rising Star of 2019

    Observer