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How to Draw Zuri from Hair Love

Inspired by a wonderful children’s book “Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry, this tutorial will help students draw the main character Zuri, with a choice of how to finish her amazing hair.

A drawing of Zuri from Hair Love, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

Zuri is a young African American girl who introduces readers to her fabulous hair, which “kinks, coils, and curls every which way.” In this story, it’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and father/daughter love.

https://amzn.to/3XLHGvLTender and empowering, Hair Love by filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry,  is an ode to embracing your natural hair — and a celebration of fathers and daughters everywhere.

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Materials to Draw Zuri

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.


Time needed: 45 minutes

How to Draw Zuri from Hair Love

  1. Start the bottom of the face.

  2. Add the top of the face.

  3. Draw ears and headline above.

  4. Draw a neck and shoulders.

  5. Start two large eyes.

  6. Finish eyes, brows, nose, mouth.

  7. Hair option: Two puffs.

  8. Another option: band and curls.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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