Janice Gassam-Asare: So, Anita, you wrote a children’s book called Hello Hair. We’re talking to you today because your book was selected as one of the top 15 children’s books on Amazon.com by Forbes’ readers who are not familiar with you. Could you tell us a little bit about your background and why you decided to write this book?

Anita Grant: Absolutely, that’s right. So I’m a freelance writer and entrepreneur, as well as a new mother. In 2020, I had my first kid. And the lockdown allowed me to get to know my real hair better after 20 years of wearing weaves and wigs back-to-back in my hair journey. My hair journey was quite typical, in fact. We’d do the bobbles; my hair was pressed on special events; and by the time I hit high school, I was wearing weaves and wigs back-to-back.

It wasn’t until 2020 that I really understood my crown, and learning so much in such a short amount of time drove me to write the Hello Hair book. And the real incentive for it was my daughter. As I was researching my hair, I also learned that we were expecting our first child, and when I found out it was a girl, I knew it was up to me to break the cycle and ensure that my daughter loved all aspects of herself, especially her crown.

Afro and Flower beauty with big black hair smooth dark skin  does stunning poses for studio photography shoot