The Science of Black Hair is certainly a treasure, not only for my customers but for me as an African American woman in general who is interested in caring for my own hair. I refer to it, and encourage my clients who wish to know more about this much fussed-over appendage to read it as well. Fellow hair masters and stylists at salons worldwide, give YOUR clients a healthy hair advantage by including this book in your salon. Audrey, many thanks for bringing this valuable information together in such a timeless volume at such a critical time for black hair care. Thank you for helping us all to understand, The Science of Black Hair.
And yet, with all of the reading and writing I have done on the topic of black hair over the years, I have not come across a more well-researched, exhaustive and comprehensive book as The Science of Black Hair.
The Science of Black Hair has consolidated and organized the best information on healthy hair care and has made it both easy to find and easy to understand. This book helps women of color understand WHY their hair is different, why it acts the way it does and how to address its needs. And when we give our hair what it truly needs, it grows, it shines and it thrives.
Understanding the science of our hair helps us truly understand our hair. When you know what frizz really is, you know how to prevent it. When you understand what protein does for the hair, you understand how to use it and when. When you understand what a blow dryer does to the hair, you have a reason to use it sparingly.
I stumbled across my first online hair community in the summer of 2004, and by this point, my frustration with my hair was at an all-time high. The hair-care sites were just what I needed for motivation and support. They were full of information on healthy black hair care, and whole communities of black women were supporting each other day in and day out, challenging one another to grow their hair out natural and relaxed to greater lengths. It was beautiful and encouraging, and without those many ladies I would not be here today. Those sisters inspired me to put my thoughts on hair care together into a book with the hope that this knowledge will continue to be shared in our community.
The book you are holding in your hands is the culmination of years and years of heartbreak and sorrow surrounding my own hair. I am, very much like the majority of you, neither a stylist nor a traditional lab scientist. My background is in Health Science and Policy, a field that concerns itself with developing interventions and programs to improve health outcomes in at-risk populations. As a Health Scientist, many of the health-care interventions I am qualified to address involve larger physical, mental and social health issues such as obesity prevention, drug/smoking cessation and hypertension awareness in at-risk populations. The hair care problems rampant in our community, however, can easily be viewed as a social health issue for which a well-planned and customized intervention would certainly be appropriate. While improper hair care may not carry the threat of increased mortality, it can result in a reduced quality of life and poorer self-image, all of which are primary concerns of Health Scientists. As a primary marker of our personhood and major contributor to our overall appearance, our hair is intimately connected with our well being as people. As superficial as it may appear, no one can deny that hair is very important and its appearance is quite frequently the barometer by which we are judged and even valued in this society.
Hair breakage is the number one enemy of healthy, vibrant black hair. Until we understand the causes of breakage and take steps to control it, we will be unable to add visible length to our hair over time. This book presents a proven method for improving black hair health. It reveals a strategy for identifying and correcting common hair breakage issues, mostly using products you already have at home.
Unfortunately, hair-care misinformation runs rampant in the black hair community. Countless individuals capitalize on our lack of basic knowledge about healthy hair. Hair companies have unleashed many products over the years to satisfy this overwhelming demand for healthier, longer, stronger black hair. Some of these hair products are true
The Science of Black Hair is the ultimate consumer textbook on black hair care. Technically oriented and detailed throughout, this book was written with the serious hair care consumer in mind. Hair science, research and testimony combine in this carefully written text designed to examine black hair on a deeper level. With its light academic style it is truly the last hair book you'll ever need. Readers will learn how to: * Maintain chemically-treated or natural hair in optimal health. * Stop hair breakage with a novel, protein/moisture balancing method. * Regulate product pH balance for shinier, more manageable hair. * Grow their hair longer, stronger and healthier for life! Additional Features * Regimen Builder with extensive product listings * Ingredients glossary * Interviews * Real photos of hair at the microscopic level
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.
Cathy House has been in the game for a minute! Her book was first published in 1989 way before there were any black hair experts or natural hair gurus. Longing to dispel the myths about black hair care she spent years researching information about black hair care and growth. Kimmaytube gave this book tons of praise being one of the first to discuss the effect of PH balance in relation to black hair.
Longing for length? This book uses a simple six step process for retaining more length while also educating you about actions that could hinder your length retention. The author Chicoro, also shares her personal struggle with growing hair which a story that many of us can relate to. It also focuses on the commitment required to grow black hair to long providing a realistic view of the effort it takes.
Different genetic groups have observable differences in the structure, density, and growth rate of hair. With regard to structure, all human hair has the same basic chemical composition in terms of keratin protein content. Franbourg et al. have found that black hair may differ in the distribution of lipids throughout the hair shaft. Classical afro-textured hair has been found to be not as densely concentrated on the scalp as other follicle types. Specifically, the average density of afro-textured hair was found to be approximately 190 hairs per square centimeter. This was significantly lower than that of European hair, which, on average, has approximately 227 hairs per square centimeter.
For shampooing, black soap was widely used in nations in West and Central Africa. Additionally, palm oil and palm kernel oil were popularly used for oiling the scalp. Shea butter has traditionally been used to moisturize and dress the hair.
Because of the then-prevalent notion that straight hair (which, unlike kinky hair, is common in people of European origin) was more acceptable than kinky hair, many black people began exploring solutions for straightening, or relaxing, their tresses. One post-slavery method was a mixture of lye, egg and potato, which burned the scalp upon contact.
In November 2012, the American actress Jada Pinkett Smith defended her daughter Willow's hair on Facebook after the girl was criticized for an "unkempt" look. "Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be", the actress said.
There is no great secret to growing black hair long but it is definitely an art form that needs to be mastered before you finally have the length that you desire. This is a must read for any black woman with natural hair!
Basic knowledge of hair structure is important since it dispels myths and clears up any preconceived notions upon which much of your practices might have been based. In this section you will learn the basics of black hair and how external actions affect our length retention abilities.
Though science plays its role, there is a certain art form associated with the care of black hair that when combined with the science, maximizes the potential for it to thrive and grow to lengths that you might have thought unimaginable. Here you will learn how to achieve it.
Alma Ruddock is the founder of BlackHairInformation.com, a popular curly hair care website. She stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with her breaking relaxed hair. The information she found there changed the fate of her hair and life forever! She immediately started her healthy hair journey and a short while later achieve her dream of long healthy natural hair. Having achieved her goal length she made it her mission to educate other black women, both natural and relaxed, to achieve their dreams of long, healthy hair of their own.
As a black woman she is aware that she is in possession of the most unique and versatile hair on earth! Her four passions are her family, hair, art and entrepreneurship and she loves to be able to share her unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys. 2b1af7f3a8