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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Saja Publishing Company, LLC (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984518428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984518425
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Are you ready to stop battling your hair? Win the war against breakage. Forever. The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care combines research with testimony in an authoritative reference text dedicated to the care of black hair- relaxed or natural. This powerful book introduces readers to a comprehensive healthy hair care strategy for achieving beautifully radiant hair regardless of hair type. Black hair structure, properties, and maintenance methods are carefully outlined throughout this go-to reference book to give you the tools you need to improve the health and look of your hair, TODAY.

The Science of Black Hair
Chapter 1: Scalp and Hair Structure, Function, and Characteristics
Chapter 2: Textured Hair Properties & Principles
Chapter 3: Understanding Hair Growth and Damage for Healthier Hair Care
Chapter 4: What's Your Hair Care Regimen?
Chapter 5: Hair Product Selection Basics
Chapter 6: Protein & Moisture Balancing Strategies for Breakage Correction and Defense
Chapter 7: Getting Started with a Healthy Hair Care Product Regimen
Chapter 8: Low-Manipulation Hair Maintenance Strategies
Chapter 9: Coloring Textured Hair
Chapter 10: Chemically Relaxing Textured Hair
Chapter 11: Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair
Chapter 12: Regimen-Building Considerations for Kids
Chapter 13: How Our Health Affects Our Hair
Chapter 14: Working Out on a Healthy Hair-Care Regimen
Chapter 15: Final Thoughts

About the Author

Audrey Davis-Sivasothy is a freelance writer and long-time, healthy hair care advocate and enthusiast. A trained Health Scientist, Sivasothy has written extensively on the intricacies of caring for black hair at home. Discover why they say she truly has black hair, down to a science.

More About the Author

Audrey Davis-Sivasothy is a freelance writer, lecturer and consultant to the cosmetology industry. A health scientist and member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Sivasothy is also author of the international best-selling book--The Science of Black Hair. This foundational text on black hair care has been used to train cosmetologists all over the world, and is the bestselling and most highly-rated reference textbook on textured hair today.

Sivasothy has been a guest expert on The Dr. Oz Show, and her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Woman's World, The Huffington Post, Essence, Sophisticate's Black Hair, and Hype Hair Magazines.

Connect with Audrey!
Twitter: @blackhair101
Instagram: @blackhair101
Youtube: ScienceofBlackHair

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Customer Reviews

This book is very informative.
This is an exceptional book, you can tell that the author really knows what she is talking about.
This book gives you detailed info on the nature of black hair and how to take care of it.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

140 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Mane and Chic on June 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Can I be frank with you? I don't take hair advice from very many people. I really have to trust the person I'm taking advice from and the person really has to know what they are talking about. One of the people that I trust implicitly when it comes to high texture hair know-how is Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. I have learned so much from her articles, so I was so excited to get her new book entitled The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.

Just browsing through and reading some of the chapters, I can already tell you that this is a must have reference book for women with high texture hair. In the book, Audrey actually lists recommended products based on what they can do for your hair's protein/moisture balance. The book is very technical, but also insanely practical and straight-forward. If you want to know the science of how our hair thrives and flourishes, get this book. It literally is a text book for managing high texture hair. You'll read about the hair structure, scalp structure, porosity, building healthy hair regimens, product selection, coloring, transitioning, hair care for children and so much more.

Good books are an investment and worth every penny you spend on them. When you splurge on a $25 hair product, you and I both know that sometimes it's a hit, but a lot of times... it's a miss. With books like this, you actually get the knowledge you need to make more informed decisions as a consumer and save yourself time and money on your hair. So, before you take another trip to Ricky's, Whole Foods, Sephora or Target to hoard hair products that may or may not work, I highly recommend that you invest in The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care. I certainly will be keeping my copy of the book bedside while on my journey to waist length.
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181 of 207 people found the following review helpful By ShaWashanah on August 23, 2011
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The book came super fast. I did not mind paying the price although I thought the paperback was a bit pricey for "me."

I sat for hours reading. I like how the book goes into the history and scientific side of hair. It is very thorough on this matter. I also liked how it focused on the health versus styles.

I became disappointed when trying to figure out what applied to me as a natural. I was not sure if some regimens could be applied to me since I do not have a perm. I felt the book tailored more to permed hair than natural hair or women transitioning from perms to naturals. It seemed as if it kept going between the two in regards to what regimens to apply so I got lost. There are 3 chapters that are dedicated to permed hair. I would have liked to have seen that much attention to natural hair ALONE. By this I mean, 3 chapters on how to take care of natural hair without having to filter out, sentences prior or after, tips on permed hair.

Also, I did not understand why having to choose several shampoos when the focus, from what I have learned, should be on conditioners/leave-in conditioners.

I am going to continue to use YouTube. I also ordered "Grow It" and "Ultra Black Hair Growth" in hopes they will provide further insight. This book did not provide the insight I was looking for, add to what already know or have viewed on YouTube.

I'm glad I actually read the book and am not wondering - "what if" however it is going back :(
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Kennesha on June 27, 2011
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Since I was a little girl, I always wanted full, long, thick, silky, shiny, and even straight hair. Since I was 10, I started to be obsessed with black hair care and hair. I researched for the past 10 years on how to grow and take care of black hair. I used gimmicky super growth hair products such as "Doo Gro". It didn't cause a miracle growth for my hair. Every time I searched and collected hair care advices from Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles and Care Guide magazine, various sources from the internet, and I was sub scripted to various "hair care" enthusiasts/gurus on YouTube. Since I bought this book, I de subscripted from over 60 "hair care" enthusiasts/gurus on YouTube. Less few months ago, I bought the Ultra Black Hair Growth 2 2000 edition by Cathy Howse. I like her book, but it wasn't technical enough for me. I recommend you buy and read Ultra Black Hair Growth 2 book first (for a basic concept), then the Science of Black Hair book. The days of searching for adequate black hair care information are over, thanks to Mrs. Davis-Sivasothy. Most of the black hair info I got from these women in magazines, Youtube, or the internet; they were either were over the top & extra with their hair care regimen; they used overly expensive hair care products or secretive with their hair care regimen; they promoted (gimmicky) expensive hair care products (that they made or sponsored by the company), want you pay hundreds of dollars per month to join their hair care thread, or just misleading. Mrs. Davis-Sivasothy addressed 95% of my questions. Thank you, Mrs. Davis-Sivasothy. By the way, I haven't tried the methods or products she recommended yet. My other 5% answers I'm currently searching for great (humidity resistant) alternatives to relaxers.Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Felicia P. on June 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was already excited about this book when I first learned that the author was in the process of writing it. I've been following her written articles for years now and she is truly knowledgeable about the science of hair. And now that I actually have the book in hand, I am even more excited!!! I already can't put it down and find myself highlighting and flagging pages. This book will unlock the confusion that a lot of black women/girls have about their hair and introduce them to what it takes to have a healthy beautiful head of hair.
The author has gone through great pains to provide detailed information on building a regimen, how to handle your hair gently, techiques, products, etc etc.

Thanks Audrey! With this book in hand, I hope the days of seeing black women and little black girls relying on extensions for long beautiful hair will be a thing of the past! All we ever really needed was KNOWLEDGE!
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