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Book Review: The Science of Black Hair

30 Jul

10 Things I Love About “The Science of Black Hair” by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy

      1. I love that it is set up like a textbook with several color photos, charts, and diagrams throughout the entire book
      2. Very informative
      3. Gives step by step instructions on how to build a hair regimen
      4. This is a resource that you can refer back to for years
      5. The glossary at the end explains several hair-related terms
      6. The interviews throughout the book add a personal touch
      7. It doesn’t just discuss healthy hair practices, it gives information on how to incorporate them
      8. The book is affordable and can be purchased directly from the author’s website (Find link below)
      9. Well written. Covers scientific topics, but makes it understandable for someone without a science background
      10. This book lives up to it’s name. It really is a comprehensive guide to the science of black hair.

Some of the topics covered:

  • The difference between shedding and breakage
  • Protective styling
  • Using heat
  • Understanding pH balance
  • Children’s hair care
  • Lots more

This book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to know the “why” behind hair practices. She touches on such a wide range of topics and answers so many questions. There are so many lists of ingredients that we should keep away from. On pg. 98, the writer tells us some ingredients that we should look for. Many of us may think that they were harmful because of their scientif names, but she clears up that misconception. It’s also important to note that “The Science of Black Hair” covers both relaxed and natural hair.

To learn more, visit Science of Black Hair website

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Book Review: Prescription for Nutritional Healing

22 Apr

I bought this book about a year ago. It was on clearance for only $5. I saw this edition (4th) selling on Amazon for $12. There are newer editions available as well.

5 Things I Love About This Book:

  1. Very user-friendly and organized
  2. Covers a wide range of health-related issues
  3. There is a detailed description of various illnesses, conditions, etc…with recommendations that follow
  4. Offers information about vitamins, minerals, natural food supplements, amino acids, herbs, antioxidants, water, and more
  5. Has manufacturer and distributor information and glossary in the back

This book covers so much from stress to migraines to cardiovascular disease. Whether you are someone who relies on natural alternatives to medicine or you are looking for a few natural alternatives to use in addition to traditional medicine, this book is an excellent resource. I have learned so much from it, and there is still so much to learn. There is over 800 pages of information. Even with the large size of the book, it is easy to find the information you are looking for. You can search different ways. 1. You can browse through. 2. You can go through the “Contents” section to identify a specific disorder. It will tell you what page(s) has related information. 3. You can look up a specific remedy or therapy and find the page(s) with information regarding those. This is a great addition to your home library.

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What Are Your Favorite Natural Hair (or Related) Books?

8 Mar

So far I’ve reviewed two great natural hair books Going Natural and Natural Woman/Natural Hair: A Hair Journey. Next up, I’ll be reviewing Textured Tresses by Diane Da Costa.

What are your favorites?

Book Review: Natural Woman/ Natural Hair

1 Oct


Natural Woman/ Natural Hair: A Hair Journey by T’Keyah Crystal Keymah

10 Things I Like About This Book:

  1. Lots of diversity- The book displayed different hair textures, it featured people with loose hair as well as locks, there were men and women and a few children.
  2. Photos-There were many, and some were very large and in full color.
  3. The Key- At the beginning there is a key explaining different icons (i.e. one meant the style could work for short hair, one meant that the style was good for transitioners). Each page that showed a style displayed icons from that key and gives the reader information at a glance.
  4. There was a Q & A section.
  5. Versatile styles- Many of the styles explained in the book would work for an interview or for a professional setting. There were also several that would work for transitioners.
  6. There are anecdotes, stories, poems, etc…that illustrate T’keyah’s natural journey.
  7. You got a chance to see how the look of a style can vary with length and texture because of few of the styles were shown on different people.
  8. The book was autographed.
  9. It works well for readers and non-readers. I like to read, but I realize that some people don’t. This book allows a person to follow along without much reading by following the photo sequences.
  10. There are lists of other tools, natural hair books, and basic maintenance in the beginning.

Great book! I would recommend it to people looking for instructions on unique hairstyles. It is also great if you are considering going natural   want to know more about the experience.  I purchased my book directly from T’Keyah Crystal Keymah’s website ( for $20.

Book Review: Going Natural

31 Aug


I recently read “Going Natural-How to Fall in Love With Nappy Hair” by Mireille Liong-A-Kong. Ms. Liong-A-Kong is a native of Suriname, South America.  She published this book while living in the Netherlands.  It was the first Dutch book about African hair and sold out within two months. 

10 Things I Love About This Book:

  1. The book is well-researched-It has great information on everything from misconceptions of natural hair to how to alleviate scalp issues.
  2. There is detailed information about ingredients that are potentially harmful to hair
  3. There is a glossary at the end that is beneficial to new naturals as well as those of us who have been natural for years.
  4. Great recipes-Including a banana/avocado conditioner, a moisturizing spritz, styling spray, coconut oil pre-conditioning treatment, etc…
  5. There is a section devoted to transitioning.
  6. There are a lot of styling tips including more unique styles than I have seen in many other natural hair books.  There are also photos included.
  7. There is a section devoted to locks.  It includes explanations of different techniques used to start locks and the different phases.
  8. There is information on how to keep hair healthy while wearing extensions or weaves.  There’s information regarding specific types of hair used for those styles.
  9. The author shows a photo timeline of her first year transitioning.
  10. The book covers so many of the topics that regularly come up when discussing natural hair.

This is a great book.  It’s great for people who are considering going natural, for those who are transitioning, and for those who are already natural.  I’ve heard great things about “Going Natural”, and now I see why.  I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the structure of our hair, different styling techniques, or who wants to know more about having natural hair in general. 

The book is available on the Going Natural website for $10.89 plus tax.  It is well worth the price. 

The Going Natural website is another great resource.  It’s a place where natural hair is discussed and celebrated.  Visit the site: HERE