First edition of The Principles of Cutting and Styling Negro Hair by Willie Lee Morrow.
Octavo, 187pp. Hardcover, glossy paper boards. Original soft cover laid down on boards with Vinabind, sticker on rear panel. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, lightly bumped corners, some loss to glossy covering on front board. From the Columbus Public Library, with stamps to bottom edge and introductory page. A scarce copy, with OCLC locating 14 known copies.
Willie Lee Morrow (1939-2022) was a barber shop owner, businessman, and inventor of the afro pick amidst the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. As the hairstyle grew in popularity over the decades, Morrow’s afro pick became one of many tools and hair care products available to the Black community. Morrow was contracted by the Department of Defense in the early 1970s to train barbers in Black styling. He would continue to travel internationally, training military and civilian barbers.