The first few days in the new year is often filled with excitement and optimism, as most people are convinced that the new year will solve all the problems that they’ve had in previous years.
Unfortunately, a few weeks after January 1st, these same people will start to realize that nothing is changing, they will then start to return to their “old ways” of doing things. And when December rolls in, they will now ask themselves where the time went?
So, if you don’t want to spend a whole year on wasted efforts and you actually want to achieve your hair goals this year, here are 5 things that you need to do.
Have a regimen
A regimen is simply a plan of action for your hair. When creating your regimen, you will need to factor in the products you’ll be using in your hair, when you’ll be using them, how you’ll be using them and how you’ll be using them.
Your regimen should have at least a 4-week plan on how you’ll be taking care of your hair and it should be easy enough for you to follow and be consistent with.
Have a list of hairstyles that can help you to achieve your hair goals
If your hair goal this year is to have longer hair, you will probably be wearing protective styles for at least 60% of the time. Mind you, a protective style doesn’t necessarily mean braids, weaves* and more braids.
A simple two strand twists that you leave in for around 5 days will be just as effective in helping you to reach your hair goals.
Have a list of hairstyles that you will NOT be wearing this year or that you will be wearing less of this year
The main reason why a lot of women are unable to grow their hair long can be traced down to the hairstyles that they wear.
The honest truth is that the majority of the hairstyles that Black women like to wear are actually not good for the scalp and the health of the hair. Find styles that are healthy for your hair and stick with them for the duration of the year in order to get the results you need.
Have a list of products that you will be using this year
Although products won’t make your hair grow, they can however help to keep more hair on your head. They can also help to define your hairstyles so that it turns out the way you want it to.
It helps to not purchase every product that comes out on the market but rather come up with your core products or your holy grail list that you can pick from depending on the style you choose.
Have a list of products that you will NOT use in your hair this year
So, great hair products can help your hair to look like sunshine and roses. But bad hair products can unfortunately make your hair look like a hot mess.
Not only that, they can also break your hair, make it feel dry and even hinder hair growth. So, if you have any hair product that falls under any of this category, it’s best that you give them away to someone else that might appreciate them.
Since everyone’s hair responds to products differently, what’s bad for you could actually be good for them. How do you plan to achieve your goals this year?