Jill Nelson is the author of Volunteer Slavery. Her first novel, Sexual Healing , will be published in June 2003. (December 2002)

Good Hair Day

In 1966 my teenage sister came home shorn of her shoulder-length, straightened hair and sporting a short Afro. My mother, A’Lelia Ransom Nelson, the last president of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, producers of hair care products for black women since 1906, had a fit. Her objections to my …