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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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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.