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Grow It: How to Grow Afro-Textured Hair to Maximum Lengths in the Shortest Time Paperback – September 22, 2012
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Not only did I complete the reading in 24hrs (awesome read btw) but I also started implementing the process the first night! I threw away my shampoo and started co-washing. I learned about cleansing my hair and scalp into sections, using smoothing techniques both before and after detangling.
It took me 6 months to sit down and actually write this review. Why, because I want YOU to know that the information in here is golden. My hair has retained at least 4 inches since I've started w/ Chicoro's methods!!! It's healthy and strong and I LOVE IT!
Anyone who is hesitating on purchasing this book, don't. This is some solid, valuable information that I wish I had learned 6 years prior to my hair journey! Chicoro is a beautiful woman inside and out, and I am so thankful that she was willing to share her knowledge with all of us!
Happy natural journey,
A true hair book about hair care - Grow It! is the first to demystify and codify the mindset, processes & techniques of growing LONG afro-textured hair.
This book doesn't try to push products on you. Instead, it's all about the process. About you gaining the knowledge, making the decision, & taking the steps to achieve your goals -- lessons that honestly, can be extracted to achieve any goal in life. Chicoro breaks down her process into 6 simple steps -- showing that growing healthy, long, afro-textured hair is not some far-off, lofty goal. It is real & obtainable.
About the only criticism I have of the book -- the reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars -- is that we don't see enough pictures & diagrams throughout. Besides the cover & back cover, we don't get to see her hair. As a member of longhaircareforum.com, I've seen her lush, mane of hip length natural hair, & I've also seen evidence of the process she entails in her book working for her & others. She documents her journey here: [...]
All of this is to say, the proof is in the pudding. It's one thing to talk about "growin' some hair". It's a "whole `nother thing" to have a head full of natural hair cascading down your back as evidence:). I'm glad she finally put down her words in book form. The world of hair care is better for it.
the book lays out a well thought out plan that, if followed, will help you retain your hair. this is the key since breakage is the biggest enemy to longer lengths. no this book doesn't present any rocket science but it did help me reconsider/rethink some things. namely for me the concept of detangling with my fingers on dry hair and only wetting the hair with water, conditioner or oil if needed to further detangle. i always thought i had to have my hair sopping wet with conditioner while standing in the shower when detangling. this often lead to utter frustration and no doubt some breakage. the dry detangling before cleansing takes a while (the first time) but i did feel like i had more "control" of getting tangles out of my hair and loss less hair.
the rest of the topics were things that were a good reminders and some new tidbits of information i'd learned along the way from experience or the internet or other natural haircare books.
i would highly recommend this book especially for someone who is newly natural but even veterans can get something out of this. for the price it's totally worth it to help you grow your hair. as someone else commented there are no pictures or diagrams in the book but that didn't bother me one bit because you can find a plethora of natural hair pics online and chicoro does have her blog for all to see. i have several pages marked for reference. good job chicoro!
There were no photographs inside the book. None. No drawing, no diagrams showing how to do some of the things the author recommended. Authors need to remember that for How to books, a picture is worth a thousand words.
There was no section on protective styles, that is, the kind of hairstyles that are best at protecting the ends of the hair. It would have been great to have pictures or drawing showing different types of protective styles and how to achieve them.
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Bought this for my wife. She has the longest hair since i've met her. Don't know whats in this book. But whatever she took from the book works for her :-)Published 1 month ago by Blueskys06
Was disappointed in the lack of information on and care of various types of African American hair types/texturesPublished 2 months ago by S.R. Steele
This author knows her stuff!! In the author's knowledge the reader becomes knowledgeable. This book is packed with tremendously enlightening information on textured hair; how to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by CaH
Excellent and thorough information about how to appreciate, care for and grow Afro-Natural hair. I wish that books like these were around when I was a little girl... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deborah L. Atkins-Denmark
The author takes an entire chapter to tell you what can be written in just a few paragraphs. The information wasn't very clear either. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Smith
Book waaaaay to scientist. Almost like the author copied and pasted from google. Such a waste of money for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer