by Tola Okogwu


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Kechi’s Hair goes Every Which Way by Tola Okogwu is a book that helps young girls with Afro/curly hair appreciate how wonderful their hair is. This book uses a believable story to really express how beautiful afro/curly hair is and shows that you can do almost any hair style with it.  I liked that it shows that when hair goes every which way it is just amazing! My mum told me that when I was three years old I really wanted straight hair, but now eight years later I love my hair and never want to change it. I love my hair because it is perfect, it is just the way it is supposed to be.  All of my curls are beautiful, puffy and magnificent!

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I think that it is very important for everyone to love their hair the way it is naturally because this says you love yourself just the way you are.  It is especially important for black and mixed children to love their hair the way it is because it is part of us and we should be proud of ourselves the way we are.  Lots of films and magazines concentrate on European hair and beauty which can make people that aren't European think that they are not beautiful just the way they are, but that is not true because there is more than one type of beauty.  

It is great to be able to change your hair and do what you want with it and still love your natural hair.  This book tells little girls and anyone who reads it that they are great just the way they are.  I hope that this book and books that are similar send a message that we can do different things to our hair because we want to, not because we have to or because we think it would be better to look like someone else.  This book tells me that my heritage is part of me and something to be proud of.

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This book also expresses that dads can do hair to and it isn’t just up to mums to do hair. I think it is good that this book included the dad participating in doing Kechi’s hair, often in hair books (and real life) it is just the mum, sister or another female doing the hair.  This book shows that hair care is for any gender. In my opinion, this book is for children aged seven and under.

Thank you for letting me write a review/blog for your great book which is very enjoyable.