Holistic Protective Styling: Why “Marginally Protective” Regimens Can Still Be Successful

When we think of protective styling, most of us think of boring buns, tired twists and variations of these hidden away styles.  But the truth is, protective styling is so much more than just styling and hiding our hair 24 hours a day. Although the styling element is important—to be successful, a healthy hair care […]

Hair Coloring and Hair Surface/Texture Changes

Ever wonder why color-treated hair feels rougher or has a slightly different texture than untreated hair? Permanent hair color degrades the hair’s smooth, transparent cuticle surface, which causes it to become uneven, chipped, irregular and rough.  This micro-scarring of the hair’s cuticle causes additional friction between individual hair shafts, leading to dryness and hair damage. […]

Coiling and Cuticle Fragility

Our coils or curls, whether worn in the natural or relaxed state, have special properties and needs that we must take into consideration. Knowing about coiling behavior and what that means for our fibers will make us all think twice before working with our tresses in a rough manner. The process of coiling for a […]

Welcome to The Science of Black Hair Blog!

Thank you for visiting The Science of Black Hair’s blog! I’m Audrey Sivasothy (pronounced: See–vah–so–thee) and I am the author of the book, The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.  This blog will capture my musings on all things hair and hopefully share some insights from the book and my upcoming titles.  (That is the […]