We have become a microwave society, meaning we want everything fast, right now, and in a hurry. In terms of hair care, we want our hair to grow now, be thick now, and be healthy now.
We follow everyone who have accomplished our own ultimate hair goals for those “special secrets” to get what we want now.
However, we often get burned in the end and fail at following the same methods as others when we thought they would be great for our hair. Why? All because of our own impatience.
The internet has become so convenient for us, because we can get the information that we need in an instant. However, it is easy to miss something so important and vital that can help you succeed in your own hair care journey.
Sometimes we just need to slow it down and do the research from books. Below is a list of 5 must-have hair care books that will help you in your own hair care journey.
These books are not only filled with useful information, but they are great investments for your own hair care future and will fill in the missing pieces that you just cannot get from the internet:
Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, a health scientist and a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, is the author of this most highly-rated reference textbook on black hair care today.
The Science of Black Hair is based on research and testimony in how to maintain chemically-treated and natural hair for optimal hair health.
This book is filled with valuable information about hair and scalp structure, how to regulate PH balance, protein and moisture balance, product selection, how to build a healthy hair regimen, and so much more.
There are real photos of textured hair at a microscopic level to get an extensive understanding of the science of black hair. This book is very technical, but it is very straight-forward and an easy read.
Lorraine Massey is the founder and co-owner of Devachan in New York City, with her passion being all types of curly hair. Her book is not only filled with how to care for all types of curly hair, but she gives daily routines in how to care for each one of them as well.
The Curly Girl Method or “no shampoo” method is held in high regard as being the best recommended way to care for curly hair.
This is a method where you would not use shampoo to cleanse your hair, but wash your hair with a conditioner (know as cowashing) to give your curls ultimate moisture instead of stripping your natural oils* with the sulfates that are in shampoos.
You would also use silicone-free products to style your hair, in order to keep your curls hydrated as well. Curly Girl is a fun read with vibrant pictures and step-by-step tutorials for cowashing and styling your curls.