I finally got my copy of the ultimate guide for black hair care: The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Sivasothy. Being that I am not in the US I opted for the Kindle version of the book as I liked the idea of immediate delivery. I will eventually purchase the actual book but the electronic version will work for now. Plus you can't beat the $9.99 price.
Did my online transaction at a few minutes past 1 in the morning and was too excited not to take a look at the book before bed. I did a bit of skimming but fully intend to go back and read it from cover to cover. I don't want to miss anything as this book is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to black hair care.
I don't have a Kindle, but I did download Kindle for PC which is an application Amazon allows you to download so that you can view Kindle products. I love it; it allows you to highlight which is great. I would like to share with you a few lines which I highlighted while reading. Made me realise I should have bought this book earlier as it would have saved me the 5 or so inches that I cut off this year, not to mention what broke off.
It says "Product build up on the shaft is also a leading cause of ambiguous hair breakage that cannot be explained by moisture or protein imbalances." and "Silicone-burdened hair has a heavy, coated feel to it, and its straw-like dryness makes it prone to breakage. When silicones build up on the hair shaft, they can begin to mimic traditional oils. They seal and coat the hair shaft, preventing moisture from getting through to where it is needed." Audrey goes on to talk about the different types of silicones (water soluble or water insoluble) and highlights the importance of clarifying your hair when you use what she refers to as "stubborn silicones."
I understand my mistake now. Before it was an informed guess and now I got confirmation. I think there is so much information out there encouraging you to stay away from sulphates, mineral oil and petrolatum but no one tends to talk about the dangers of "cones" especially if you are not a person who clarifies regularly.