Wash Day Diaries

English language

Published May 31, 2022 by Chronicle Books LLC.

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4 stars (1 review)

Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends—Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie—through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx.

The book takes its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair. Each short story uses hair routines as a window into these four characters' everyday lives and how they care for each other.

Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith originally kickstarted their critically acclaimed, award-winning slice of life mini comic, Wash Day, inspired by Rowser's own wash day ritual and their shared desire to see more comics featuring the daily lived experiences of young Black women. Wash Day Diaries includes an updated, full color version of this original comic—which follows Kim, a 26-year-old …

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A good look at the lives of black women (centered around the experience of hair)

4 stars

Now if it wasn't obvious: I am NOT black. I am quite white. I may have untameable curly hair that at least a decade ago needed specialized hair stylists (my understanding at the time is that most if not all of hair school is taught on cutting pin-straight white hair). But other than needing to study how to care for my hair, I have it pretty easy. I do not need to devote as much time to good hair as these women need to. I just need to remember to No-poo and occasionally add hair lotion to my scalp.

This was a little too short for my liking, which is why I subtracted a star. It's absolutely worth reading, but things that (I at least felt) needed more time devoted to them, do not get that.

But the vignettes connect to a beautiful story of sisterhood and I recommend it …