Better Than Good Hair - Nikki Walton & Ernessa T. Carter

Better Than Good Hair

By Nikki Walton & Ernessa T. Carter

  • Release Date: 2013-01-29
  • Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Score: 4
From 95 Ratings


The fresh new handbook on how to achieve and maintain stylish natural hair, from the savviest and most revered expert on coils and curls

These days there's a revolution going on. Relaxers are out. Weaves are so yesterday. Tired of damage from expensive chemical treatments and artificial enhancers, women of color are going natural thanks to Nikki Walton of, the natural hair blogger and online hair therapy expert.

In Better Than Good Hair, this gifted "curl whisperer" educates women on how to transition from relaxed to completely natural hair, with advice and styles for every length—from Fierce Braid-and-Curls to Fancy Faux Buns. She also counsels those considering the "big chop"—cutting it all off at once to sport a bold and beautiful "teeny weeny afro." Here, too, is essential guidance for parents of mixed-race children dealing with new and unfamiliar hair textures and styles.

Combining Walton's expansive knowledge with tips from other experts in the field, Better Than Good Hair includes:
Product recommendationsHome hair care recipesAdvice for parents on how to manage their children's natural hair Tips for using henna on gray hair Guidance on dealing with detractors Step-by-step illustrated directions for nearly two dozen hairdos, from frohawks to twist-outs
Full of indispensable information, as empowering as it is accessible, and with a foreword by actress and comedian Kim Wayans, Better Than Good Hair is a must-have natural hair care bible that will help women of all ages and styles achieve their natural beauty.


  • Better than good hair

    By Havusena
    I found this book to be very helpful. I am new to the natural hair community and this book was a big help to me. The hair pictures and illustrations taught me new hair styles and helped me deal with bad hair days. This book also helped me to deal with negative responses that I received from those that do not appreciate me going natural. I bought my friend a copy of this book and I read it twice so that I could highlight it the second time through. I would have given the book five stars, but I thought there was too much time spent on children's hair and I would have liked to have read about other topics . Overall, it was an easy read and quite helpful
  • Transitioning Mari

    By Marilyn Shemie
    This book has everything. A lot of useful tips for every stage so this book will always be useful. It even helped me with my daughters natural hair. Gives a lot of advice on what to do, how to do it, and where to go to find info or get something done. Glad I bought it
  • Better Than Good Hair

    By MrsK1021
    Love this book! Now I can go on with my hair journey with the info I need!!! I am 10 months in my hair journey, and this book has helped me to embrace and love my hair even more!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful book!!
  • Awesome book for naturalistas and more!

    By Nessita11
    From natural moms with natural kids to women considering making the move, this book has something for everyone! I am not giving it a 5-star because sometimes the directions for hairstyles were a bit difficult to understand for me, I wish they had a little more visuals. Other than that, it is a great read. Want to integrate hair care without giving up working out? This book has something for you! Want protective styling ideas out of the box? This book has something for you! Plus, it has great guide for hair products at the end. Loved it! I have been natural for almost 5 years and I always chopped my hair as soon as it becomes frustrating to take care of. This book actually makes me want to try growing it out! It is a blessing!
  • I love TeamNatural

    By Sweetdrk1
    I have been natural going on 4 years. What I love most about this book is its a collaboration. Some of my favorite bloggers are included. I found myself screaming as I turned the pages to find my hair crush and others whose hair i drool over. BTGH gives its to you straight without being preachy. It's a great reference for newbies and veterans alike. It's not a read and put on the shelf type book. BTGH is a earmarked, sticky notes and highlight type situation. I love it! Bravo Nikki!
  • Better than expected

    By CGSI1
    I love this book. I've read most all books for Curly Girls so I didn't expect much from this one. Well, was I surprised. It's wonderful. The best part is that I could buy the electronic version. This fits my lifestyle.
  • Love it!!!!!! can't put it down

    By Missgator323
    Love it.... I've been natural almost two years now and this book is right on point when it comes down to transitioning how u would feel after your BC and what other people would judge u... Dr. Walton you did your thing with this one I hope there's many to come!!!