The Science of Black Hair Care Audiobook Review

February 27, 2013

Most women, at some time or another, wish that they had different hair. Some of us have to deal with thin, fine strands that won’t hold a curl and stubbornly refuse to fluff up no matter how many thickening, volumizing, and texturizing products you try. Others must contend with unruly ringlets a la Princess Merida from ‘Brave’. And still others are beset by the woes of hair that is thick and course, requiring daily manhandling to keep it in some semblance of order. We deal with frizzies, fly-aways, tangles, cowlicks, and all manner of natural disasters, and that’s just the beginning. If we want any kind of control over our coifs we must also paw through a slew of lotions and potions, from chemical dyes and straighteners to shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. And then there are the inevitable heat treatments like curlers and flat irons that work for a while but ruin our lustrous locks in the process. Sigh, it’s not always easy being a woman, and the road can be even more difficult for women of color, whose hair woes can go beyond what other women have to deal with.

The problem is not really that black hair is better or worse than other types. Every woman’s hair is, to some degree, different. The real issue is that less research and information seem to be available when it comes to hair products for African American women. If you’ve ever gone to the hair care aisle at the pharmacy or beauty supply store you know what I’m talking about. There’s a whole aisle devoted to hair care but only little shelf down at the end has products for women of color. And while you can always go to a salon that caters to African American customers, you still might not know which products to buy or how they’ll work (all you know is that they’re expensive).

Luckily, Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, a trained health scientist and healthy hair care enthusiast at an aesthetic clinic in Kuala Lumpur was able to conduct several clinical trials and has finally broken down the wall that separates black women from the knowledge they need to take charge of their hair (look here to learn how normally clinical trials get performed). With her audio book ‘The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care’ she provides listeners with the technical know-how and specific material needed to make informed decisions about their hair. Touted as a “consumer textbook”, this audio offering will definitely take you back to your time in high school thanks to the technical focus on everything from hair structure to scalp conditions. And while Davis-Sivasothy can hold her own when lecturing on pH balance and chemical treatments, she also offers a wealth of practical information for women seeking longer, stronger, healthier hair, including specific products that will give them the results they’ve been dreaming of.

So whether you use chemical colors and straighteners or you keep it natural and get the smoothness you seek with a chi hair straightener; whether you’re dealing with dryness and breakage or you can’t seem to keep your oil levels under control; whether you want to create a healthy hair care regimen for yourself or you’re looking for tips to help you handle your kids’ hair, ‘The Science of Black Hair’ delivers the in-depth 411 for all of your follicular woes. And while it is certainly dense, consider that it’s everything you always wanted to know about black hair care but didn’t know who to ask.

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