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 plan anyway!)
Relaxed or natural, black hair is one of the most unique fibers in the world. Beginning its journey from the scalp in an amazing explosion of curl, black hair fibers are by far the most versatile of all hair types. We can see extreme diversity in curl patterns and textures from kinky to near-straight throughout the black hair diaspora, and even upon the same head.
My experience as a professional, freelance writer and my educational training in Health Science have greatly informed and influenced the writing of my book, The Science of Black Hair. Good health is established through a combination of mental, physical, and spiritual constructs. As a Health Scientist by training, my professional skills are focused on helping at-risk communities change adverse health-related behaviors through meaningful educational interventions. The goal is to simply improve the quality of life for the target population. While many of the health interventions Health Scientists plan are in response to traditional clinical ailments such as diabetes or cardiovascular health, we often consider the effects of other factors that negatively impact the quality of life for our target populations. Mental health and self-image are important factors to consider since negative self image has been routinely, positively correlated with poor overall health. Our hair, and how we present it to the world, plays a major role in how we view ourselves as people.
My hair care philosophy has always been quite laissez-faire. No matter how you choose to wear your hair, my job is to help you discover better ways to handle it so that you can bring out its best potential! There are often many ways to one goal, and this is true for hair care as well. I love when readers contact me, and while I cannot answer every message right away- I do try to answer many of them! If you haven’t heard from me, sending kind reminders always works well.
Finally, (and this may come as a surprise, j/k!) I am human and I do not know everything, lol. If I can’t help you, I will point you to someone who can. Take care loves!
All the best =)