We've all already dug our box of Crayola out of the attic to take part in the adult coloring book movement, but we're going to need a new 64 crayon pack to honor Andrea Pippins' I Love My Hair. Eschewing landscapes and animals, adult coloring book I Love My Hair depicts and celebrates women — diverse, stylish, confident women and their own unique hair. It's not on sale until November 10, but we have the exclusive cover reveal to get you ready. Put your Pandora to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" and go to town with your crayons on this one.
Artist, designer, and educator Pippins has long been an advocate for women, particularly African American women, to proudly showcase their natural hair. She sells screen prints for her I Love My Hair campaign promoting this message, but her upcoming adult coloring book takes it to the next level.
Using her intricate and inspiring pen-and-ink illustrations, Pippins empowers women young and old to celebrate all kinds of diverse hair and hairstyles. There are Mohawks, up-dos, rows of braids, ribbons, beads, and accessories. There are all sorts of races and hair textures. Her own life experience and Brazilian roots shine though, but any woman can pick up I Love My Hair and see themselves.
Pippins adds her own unique stylings to the adult coloring book trend, which often gives a nod to Johanna Basford's insanely popular Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest , which have sold 2 million copies across the world. Plus, I Love My Hair adds an self-confidence-inspiring, inclusive edge to the stress-relief coloring books have been correlated with. All the applause to Pippins.
I know, I know, you're already primed and ready with your Burnt Sienna, Macaroni and Cheese, and Purple Mountains Majesty Crayolas. For now you'll have to be held over with the powerful cover image:
If you desperately can't wait for this coloring book game-changer, you can purchase Pippins' designs on her Etsy page. Until then, prep your crayons by using that sharpener on the back of the box that never seemed to work in grade school.
Images: Courtesy of Random House