Cathy Howse was one of the first authors to dispel Black hair care myths. Although I prefer the original version of this book, the 2000 edition of Ultra Black Hair Growth is still a great read for beginners. With the exception of a few rants about hairstylists and heavy product pushing, it’s a pretty helpful guide for growing your hair with proper maintenance. Below is a chapter by chapter description of what’s inside the book.
“Chapter 1. Black Hair Care A Common Sense Approach
Most of our hair care information has been a series of myths, not facts, and perhaps you too have been a victim of incorrect information without even knowing it! It’s the misconceptions that we follow that hinder our hair lengthening options. We are confused because of too much wrong information being circulated about our hair. One of the biggest myths is “trimming your ends to make your hair grow.” This statement is incorrect because hair grows from the scalp, not the ends.
“When you trim off the ends, another piece of hair does not shoot out like a rosebush! Hair is not alive, but dead.”
Chapter 2. The Professionals
The comments that were told to me by believers and users of the system when they showed their hairdresser the book, were astounding. Hairdressers all over are calling my hair a hair weave! Sorry folks, but I don’t falsely advertise my hair growth products like the rest of the hair care industry! My system is proven, based on fact not fiction.
Chapter 3. Black Hair Growth Facts
As you begin to read the information outlined in this chapter, you may be surprised to find out that it is not only what we do to our hair that causes it to be short, but also what we do not do! So, before you can correct a problem you have with your hair, you must first understand what the problem is! When the ends drop off excessively, length can not be accomplished.
There are 6 requirements for black hair growth. Find them on page 48 of the Ultra Black Hair Growth II 2000 book.
Chapter 4. Clean Hair
Many dictums characterize our hair care and how often we wash it. They were passed down from our mother and our mother’s mothers. The most popular one still repeated today is, “Don’t wash your hair too much because you’ll dry out the natural oil’s.” If that’s not a false statement what is it? People, common sense tells you that water is moisture, and it is not how often you wash your hair that dries out the natural oil, it’s what you wash your hair with! Find out what shampoos to use on page 50 of the book.
Chapter 5. Do we really need hair grease?
With such an abundance of grease products on the market for our hair, we often use them just because we always have or we were taught to use them by people who cared for our hair. In the meantime, we wish and hope for the claims of voluminous hair growth, advertised by the manufactures of grease products to someday come true. People be advised, hair grease does not grow hair!
Chapter 6. Conditioning
As Blacks, the majority of us have the biological trait of dry hair and when chemicals are applied to it the condition worsens. The tight curl pattern in our hair is what determines how dry our hair is. In fact over 80% of all Blacks suffer from dry hair and intensive conditioning is one element that helps to correct the problem. The best conditioner for our hair should contain: protein to strengthen and repair, oils to lubricate and a stimulant. Ultra Black Hair Conditioner is the first conditioner that finally addresses African-American hair care needs.”
-via the author’s website