Review: "Grow It!"
I’ve heard much about Chicoro’s book Grow It: How to Grow Afro-Textured Hair to Maximum Lengths in the Shortest Time. I finally decided to pick it up this week.
Chicoro has developed a model she’s coined “The Grow It Process” whose sole purpose is “to preserve for as long as possible the natural structure of each and every strand of hair currently on your head.”
The process has six defined steps: detangling, cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, protecting and growing.
What I Liked:
- The “Grow It Process” is not product focused
Chicoro’s model is not brand-based. She doesn’t push or endorse any particular products. She simply provides a base model that can be tweaked. Doing this encourages the reader to explore options and discover products that work best for her hair.
- She is knowledgeable
The author clearly knows her stuff. Grow It! contains plenty of detailed information about the science of hair. Chicoro guides you during each step of the process, offering facts on everything from hard water to environmental damage.
- The detangling section is excellent
I speak from experience when I say many women (“professionals” included!) do not know how to properly detangle their hair. Although a seemingly trivial step, detangling is in fact the first step in the “Grow It Process” and of vital importance.
- She clearly relates each step to the overall purpose
The steps of the model may seem overwhelming and overly complicated to some. Chicoro combats this view by providing a clear relation between every step of the process and the sole purpose of preserving every hair strand.
- The book was humdrum
Lackluster, dull, monotonous…Pick your word of choice.
- No pictures
As stated before, I am a big proponent of pictures. For a book detailing the history of hair, I could understand no/limited images. But for one such as Grow It! that details particular steps and processes I feel pictures help with overall instructions.
Overall, Grow It: How to Grow Afro-Textured Hair to Maximum Lengths in the Shortest Time is a good read; detailed, knowledgeable and easy-to-follow. NHBG gives it out of five nappy fros.
You can also visit Chicoro online here.
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