BOOK CORNER Author’s aim is to untangle  Black women’s hair challenges

By Marissa Wells

Contributing Writer

“Unlock the Secrets for Relaxers, Perms, and Colors,” by Rose Bonner, is a hair care book that provides solutions to keep one’s hair in great shape. Bonner’s how-to approach addresses such topics as chemical treatments, preventing dry and damaged hair, correcting uncomplimentary hair colors, styling methods and more.

“On the back of most hair care products there is no help on how to use the products,” Bonner said. “My book picks up when you leave the salon.”

With over three decades of experience as a cosmetologist, Bonner’s profession served as inspiration for her book.

“When I was a cosmetologist I realized that some of the products that I would want my clients to use weren’t available in stores,” Bonner said. “So they would be restricted on how they could have a hairdo, once they left my salon.”

“Unlock the Secrets for Relaxers, Perms, and Colors” helps readers find proven products that will be successful every time and Bonner has written her book in a way that readers can quickly find answers to their hair care needs.

The book begins with an introduction and then moves into shampooing, blow drying, styling methods and eventually the end result. There are images inside that illustrate hair-cutting styles, perm-rod sizes and more.

Bonner also provides insight about obtaining both professional and non-professional hair products.

“I want people to be able to feel free with whatever they do with their hair,” she said, “without having the constrictions of not being able to afford the product, or if they can afford the product, not being able to get it.”

“Unlock the Secrets for Relaxers, Perms, and Colors” will help readers save their hair problems as it offers hair care guidance from start to finish. The book is intended for men and women between the ages of 16 to 55.

“I just want people to be happy with their hair,” Bonner said. “It’s not about long hair, short hair, a particular color hair or type of hair. It’s just being happy with what you want to do with your hair.”

In addition to being an author and cosmetologist, Bonner is a licensed clinical mental health counselor. For more information about the author and her work, visit

“Unlock the Secrets for Relaxers, Perms, and Colors” is available for $39.95 on Amazon.