Be realistic about your starting point
No matter how focused you are, unless there’s some hocus pocus to go with your focus, you’re not gonna go from a pixie cut to waist length hair inside of a year. Not without the help of some weave. It’s unrealistic and you will only be setting yourself up for failure if you go into things thinking that way.
Assess the current state of your hair. Jot it down and be honest. Then set an attainable goal that makes sense for you. Consider your lifestyle, your hair type and any other factors you can’t control that will play a part in your progress. If you’re a working mom with 3 kids, you are not going to be able to take 3 hours every Saturday to attend to your hair without interruption.
Be practical about consistency
In line with the consideration of your lifestyle, also honestly map out what you’re able to be consistent about. Make a similar list of what you know you will probably slack at keeping up with. When you take an unbiased look at the two lists, you’ll see a pattern form.
That pattern is going to be extremely helpful when you are plotting out the steps you plan to take to reach your new hair goals.
If you are lazy when it comes to moisturizing daily, but you rarely use heat and you always protect your ends, you will be able to outline how much growth you should be able to retain each month because you know how much your hair grows currently without you moisturizing daily.
Don’t commit to a technique that will define whether you reach your goal or not, when it involves something you know you’re likely not going to keep up with. Implement steps that focus on what you already consistently do. That way you don’t have to make a complete lifestyle and personality change in order to stay on track.
Have a backup plan
Anyone who has ever embarked on a hair journey of any sort, knows the reality of setbacks. Things that are unforeseen, do happen. Working in room for mishaps is a smart way to approach things. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
You don’t have to think in terms of a catastrophe, but do consider what could go wrong and how you will get yourself back to the place you need to be to refocus on reaching your hair goals.
You set goals to achieve them so use these tips to set realistic hair goals for 2017.