At thirteen, I loved flipping through Ebony, Essence, and Jet while getting my hair done. Back then, I never thought much about hair-product ads. I never considered what else they aimed to sell me, besides a bottle of oil. I do now. Kali Serum, Hair Decoded, Wig Sale, and Kenya Kare—all from my fictitious Pinnacle line—reshape beauty standards and celebrate black imagination. These parodies, from my upcoming graphic novel “Hot Comb,” envision a future in which black women inquire and inspire while loving their hair.
From “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, to be published by Drawn & Quarterly.