Audrey is a Houston-based freelance writer, health scientist and consultant to the cosmetology industry. She is the author of two hair care books—Hair Care Rehab: The Ultimate Hair Repair and Reconditioning Manual and international beauty market bestseller, The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.
The Science of Black Hair book was born many years ago out of Audrey’s frustration with her own thinning, breaking hair and the absolute lack of resources available to help educate women about their hair. Many of the scientifically-oriented books on hair care either discussed textured hair in a few paragraphs, framed it as a hair form that was different from the norm, or neglected to address the needs of textured hair altogether. In the early 2000s, there was no Youtube, no major blogs, and only a handful of websites dedicated to textured hair. There were no authoritative, comprehensive science-based texts dedicated to caring for black hair in its natural and/or chemically-processed states.
After stumbling upon a successful, protein/moisture balance-based maintenance strategy by trial and error, Audrey sought to share her hair care experiences with the world. She decided to share her expertise through a series of casually written, yet well-researched, web articles on caring for black hair at home. These free articles combined empirical research with science in a way that was still easy for readers to digest. (The original hair care articles have been viewed over 2.5 million times, and are still freely available on the web today.) In 2008, Audrey began to combine and expand her article postings into the comprehensive science book we know today as The Science of Black Hair.
Today, The Science of Black Hair book is circulated by hundreds of libraries from New York to the Netherlands. It is used to train student cosmetologists and is in homes all over the globe. Audrey is a Rice University alumna, and lives in Houston, TX with her husband and two children.