When to Say Goodbye to Your Stylist: Transitioners & Newly Naturals

Going to your hair stylist should be an enjoyable experience—however, for transitioners and new naturals who are visiting with their stylists just after their decision to go natural or big chop, the trip can be daunting. In order to get the most out of your healthy hair care journey, your stylist must absolutely be on […]

Color Smart: 4 Things You Should Consider Before You Color Your Natural Hair

Taking your hair to the next level with color can be a really exciting experience.  Color can jazz up a boring puff, add dimension to locs and twistouts or really turn heads as a simple statement piece on TWAs.  While going darker, adding lowlights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too […]

When Water is the Enemy

When it comes to maintaining healthy hair, most folks will tell you— moisture is the key.  In fact, “moisture, moisture, moisture” is one of the first things we learn as hair care newbies in this big strange world of hair regimens and hair care.  And let’s face it— when your head is home to one […]

The Compound Effect in Healthy Hair Care: Avoiding the Fluff and Sticking to Key Healthy Hair Principles

Most writers will tell you that they are also avid readers.  I am no exception to the rule.  Interestingly, one book that has informed my understanding of hair care is not really a hair care book at all.  It’s a little book called, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.  In the book, Hardy states that, […]

Holistic Protective Styling: 7 Great Tips for Building More Protection Into Your Hair Care Regimen

Last week we discussed the importance of looking at protective styling from a holistic standpoint.  (A holistic protective styling regimen is one where protective measures are instituted throughout the entire regimen from cleansing to conditioning and general handling.) Actual hair styling is just a bullet point in a holistic protective styling regimen.  When all of […]

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 […]