Hot Comb

Hot Comb

Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women’s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon. The titular story “Hot Comb” is about a young girl’s first perm - a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming “too white” in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. Realizations about race, class, and the...

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Title:Hot Comb
Author:Ebony Flowers
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Hot Comb Reviews

  • Beverlee
    Hot Comb evokes memories of girlhood spent sitting still while my mother pressed my hair. That was my first test of patience and I passed most of the time (no singed earlobes lol). Another memory is the insecurity of early teenage years-wanting to fit in with an accepted hairstyle, yet not really wa...
  • Melissa
    We humans cut our hair to mourn, cover it to be observant, shave it off to be more pious or keep it long as it is a gift from God. We judge others whose children have unkempt locks, and we dress our own to conform or rebel, because hair has meaning in culture.To brush hair binds parents to children ...
  • Hannah Garden
    I want Jillian to read this because I want to be able to talk to someone about it specifically in terms of the art specifically in context of having recently read Mira Jacob's Good Talk, but in the meantime my own thoughts are just basically I am glad this book exists, I think it's good, and I'd li...
  • Rod Brown
    A captivating glimpse of African American women and their hair as well as their relationships with their mothers, sisters and friends. This book is a great companion piece to Americanah, though better than that book for being concise and focused. The art has a rough and unrefined quality, but I quic...
  • Arlene
    The various connection black women have with their hair is greatly seen in the stories Ebony Flowers shares with us. They were like snippets of lives/moments black women and girls have gone through once if not multiple times in our lives....
  • Alicia
    It is equal parts biographical and every experience as Flowers describes African American hair in different contexts and experiences, however as with the graphic novel Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look At High School, the illustration style was distracting and unfocused. In scenes where there was singing or ...
  • Bri
    I guess I’m just not that into comics. I don’t find the storytelling as compelling because usually the author is preoccupied with the art. I did find the subject matter of HOT COMB (hair, relationships with mothers, aunties, and grandmas) to be so important and relatable for Black women. I...
  • Elizabeth A
    Hair is a thing. Especially women's hair. Across all cultures. Women of color have extra special baggage when it comes to our hair. If you don't believe me, just look up how much money this industry generates. It boggles the mind. World hunger could be fixed with that kind of money. However, we all ...

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