‘Wash Day’ author Jamila Rowser shares her beauty and wellness tips for women

Jamila Rowser is the author of 'Wash Day.'

Growing up, local writer and social media guru Jamila Rowser rarely saw characters like herself — young, female, black and Latina – in the comic books she loved. Months of work and one successful Kickstarter campaign later, that’s changed. Her new book, Wash Day, created with illustrator Robyn Smith, is an engaging, slice-of-life comic about the beauty and endurance of women of color.

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From ‘Wash Day.’


“Wash day is such a big event for black women, whether you have natural hair, a weave or whatever,” Rowser said. “It tends to involve a lot of patience and energy, and we usually spend a few hours on it. I wanted to honor that experience and create a positive story about black hair.”

Here are a few of her beauty-and-wellness favorites, with some comic-book inspiration:

Bubbles: Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

“A super-gentle cleanser. It seals in moisture and keeps my hair healthy.” ulta.com.

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Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.

The Incredibles: The Curlology Studio

“I found them on Instagram! The stylist knew how to cut my hair in its natural state – not blown out – so she could really shape it well.” vagaro.com/thecurlologystudio.

Wash Day Salon for women of color
Curlology Studio

Green Arrow: Screaming Carrots

“A great vegan and organic restaurant. I really like the sautéed portobello and peas.” screamingcarrots.com.

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Jamila Rowser swears by the mushrooms and peas at Screaming Carrots.

Retro Girl: Warby Parker

“I recently got some cool cat-eye glasses in the Wynwood store. Even if I’m not wearing makeup, there’s something fun happening on my face.” warbyparker.com.

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Warby Parker.

Crimson Dynamo: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

“I love matte lipstick, and this universal red (“Uncensored”) is the best. I can wear it for hours, and my lips still feel soft and moisturized.” fentybeauty.com.

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Fenty Beauty ‘Uncensored.’

The Flash: Pontie Wax Wild Orange Candle

“One of my friends makes this candle, and it’s so good. I like to light it when I’m writing – it gets me in a calm, creative space.” Pontie Wax at etsy.com.

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Pontie Wax candle.

Free Spirit: Fanm Djanm

“I have a whole drawerful of bright African headwraps. Especially here with the humidity, they’re so easy to throw on and look great.” fanmdjanm.com.

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Fanm Djanm. Photograph by Paola Mathe.


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