Taiye Selasi is known for her cascading shock of black, kinky curls.

But being on #teamnatural is not just a styling choice for Ghana’s best selling novelist. It is a message worth spreading.

Selasi who has embraced her natural curls ever since her college days wears the hat of a poet in Dove’s Love Your Curl campaign.

Dove’s campaign is a response to the widespread belief among women and girls with curls that their hair is not beautiful.

To kick off the campaign, Dove Hair asked women to send in stories and photographs about their experience with curly hair.

Selasi was then brought on board to write a book of poem inspired by these stories.

Her sense of style and her work as a writer comes together nicely in this literary project that promotes self esteem.

For Selasi, it’s all about beauty at the end of day.

In an interview with Essence magazine, Selasi notes that exploring new ways to wear her natural curly hair, loving and caring for her hair has added to her sense of curly hair as something beautiful.

The love we have for our hair and our bodies is a pathway to the beauty that lies within.

Chimamanda Adichie was the first high-profile African celebrity to champion the natural hair movement on the continent. It’s nice to see Selasi joining the conversation.



Image by Mama Knows It All


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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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