I recently received The Science of Transitioning Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy to read and share with you all. Audrey Davis-Sivasothy is also the author of The Science of Black Hair, one of the top resources for black hair care as well as other popular publications. The Science of Black Hair focuses on and teaches how to care for naturally textured hair that is either chemically-treated or natural. Her new book, The Science of Transitioning, is a comprehensive guide for anyone who is currently relaxed but contemplating transitioning back to natural hair or has already begun their journey back to natural hair. The Science of Transitioning teaches all of the ins and out of natural hair care with the main focus being on healthy hair.
As y’all know, I started transitioning from relaxed hair back to natural hair in November 2009. At that time there were very limited resources. My best friend was YouTube. At that time my go-to Natural Hair Teachers were Natural Chica, KimmayTube, Ms V Charles and a few others. Due to my limited resources and knowledge I made a lot of mistakes when I started my transition. I used heat to “blend the textures,” used heavy shea butter like it was going out of style and countless other errors I wish I could have avoided back then. Books like The Science of Transitioning didn’t exist when I was transitioning but I wish they did.
Title: The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals
Author: Audrey Davis-Sivasothy
Price: Varies by retailer, $7.99 – $32.56
Availability: Amazon offers 3 different versions:
Description: The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals is your essential, all-inclusive guide to the journey back–written exclusively for those who are chemically relaxed and considering the natural journey, those who are taking their first steps back to natural and those who have already gone all in! Unleash your hair’s fullest potential, and learn how to care for the natural kinks, coils and curls you were born with.
My Thoughts: I love that this book begins with a bible quote! The Science of Transitioning has a LOT of information in it. I really like that. However, a lot of information can tend to be overwhelming and/or hard to remember or simply hard to digest. I love that the content in this book is broken down into five separate units (sections) that include the [harmful] affects of relaxers to sample regimens to styles and so much more.
My Experience: I really enjoyed this book and I’m certain that I will use it as a reference for years to come. All of the illustrations and pictures not only made the book easier to follow but they also made the book that much more entertaining and fun. This book is also special because it addresses the mental changes many of us deal with as we undergo physical changes during our transition.
Pros: I love that all of the content and information is explained so that anyone can understand it and appreciate it. I also really love the Take-Aways at the end of each chapter.
Cons: It wasn’t available when I was transitioning!
Final Thoughts: This is an amazing resource for anyone who has transitioning natural hair, is curious about transitioning natural hair, wants natural hair or who has clients with natural hair. I think that this is not only a must have for those of us who maintain our own natural hair but it’s a must have even if you regularly get your natural hair maintained by a professional so that you are educated. And, I especially think every hair care professional should own this book.
If you would like to take a peek into this book, check out this link on Amazon where you can see some excerpts of the black and white version. This link will give you the opportunity to see just how amazing and useful this information is.
Thank you so much Audrey for the opportunity to review your new book! Be sure to check out the site www.blackhairscience.com for more information and the natural hair tour coming soon!