Please raise your hand if you’ve ever set New Year’s Resolutions, only to fail at keeping them by the end of January.
Like that 30-day squat challenge you started to fill out your dress for your best friend’s wedding? Or how about that vow you took to never speak to “you-know-who,” the man you’ve been dating for months, who you know just isn’t right for you? Or maybe that time you promised to eat out less on your journey to becoming debt-free, but those Sunday brunch dates with the girls were too much to resist?
Well, we all know resolutions are hard to keep, but you don’t have to feel this way about your hair goals for 2016. Not only are you about to set some awesome natural hair goals, but we’ll also tell you how to begin achieving them. So if you’ve been thinking about reinventing your tresses, check out our tips to sticking to your natural hair goals in 2016.
1. Assess and Recover
As January comes to a close, take this time to really assess your entire wellness and beauty regimen, paying special attention to what has and has not worked, before establishing new habits and routines.
2. Be bold
For over two years, I have wanted to shave off all my natural hair (like, ALL of it), but have avoided it due to feedback from friends and family like “I have three sons, and I don’t need a fourth” (gee, thanks Dad). But remember ladies, if you’ve got naysayers in your life, you can make 2016 the year of risk and reward by trying all the styles you’ve had stored in your memory bank, while kindly ignoring the concerns of others. It’s your hair at the end of the day.
3. Let Me Upgrade ‘Ya
You know that Curly Pudding you bought 5 years ago, but have yet to empty? It’s time to let it go, along with all the other expired and unused products you’ve accumulated during your time as a product junkie. Take some time to clean house, maybe donate some things and prepare for the new, higher quality products you’re going to treat yourself to in 2016.
4. Dig Deep with Discipline
You’ve heard it all before, right? “Develop a routine, deep condition often and trim your ends.” But ultimately, we must remember that in all aspects of our life, discipline is the thing that allows us to follow through on the promises we’ve made ourselves and others. Not only should you be developing good hair habits (for real, this time), but you should also let discipline seep into all aspects of your life, particularly when it comes to wellness of body and mind.
5. Protect, Protect, Protect
It should be no news to you that often, letting your hair rest is a way to let it grow and become restored. If you’ve grown tired of daily styling and want to turn heads this year, now is the time to try a protective style. Heat Free Hair can of course help you there.
6. Phone a Pro
In this DIY, YouTube tutorial, post-relaxer age, I know I can’t be the only one who’s become accustomed to boycotting the salon and taking care of all my hair needs at home. Giving myself trims, for example, has worked for a while, but after a few straightening sessions and the resulting straw-like ends, I’ve realized that some jobs are better left to the pros. Find a natural hair specialist in your area that can help guide you through your hair goals in this upcoming year. Think of it as treating yourself.
7. Squad Up
When all is said and done, connect with other naturals trying to reach new heights in 2016. Remember to have fun on the journey, don’t beat yourself up for the milestones you don’t hit, and appreciate the hair you’ve been naturally given, regardless of how you decide to style it.
Now that you’ve got some tips for setting your natural hair goals, look forward to keeping them as 2016 continues to unfold. And remember… “Decide what you want… believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it’s possible for you” – Rhonda Byrne.