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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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Who Says Afro-Textured Hair Can't Grow Long? Oh, yes it can! With the right tools and knowledge, you can be on your way to Grow It!

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Grow It is about using a repeatable process to help you gain length and health on your afro textured hair. Too often some magical product is touted as the answer to all our hair problems. There is no such thing as that one elusive magic product.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: ChicoroGYA (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982068905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982068908
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book back in Jan/Feb 2009. I was skeptical. I've been on my natural hair journey for 6years now. I felt like nothing she could say could possibly prove me wrong..well Miss Chicoro sure did!

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,
Cinammon/NasdaqDiva
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I have been trying to grow my hair most of my life. But it wasn't until around 1994, that I took it seriously to try and grow long hair. In that time I've read several books about natural hair & hair care -- books like Lonnice Brittenum Bonner's Good Hair, Pamela Farrell's Let's Talk Hair, & Aubrey Hampton's Aubrey Organics Natural Hair and Skin Care. Chicoro's Grow It! will be added to this list.

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.
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i've been natural almost 10 years but about 6 years in there i had locs. i wish i'd had this book when i first went natural. chicoro does an excellent job of dispelling a widely held myth that black hair can't grow long!! of course i had long hair when my hair was loc'd but even i thought it seemed impossible for my hair to get long in its loose state.

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!
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I would have given this book 5 stars but I had to knock off 2 stars because:

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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