By Chinwe of Hair and Health
1. Set milestones to your goal.
Say your goal is to retain four inches of growth in the New Year. Well, break up that goal into smaller milestones, such as retaining two inches by July 1 and another two inches by January 1, 2014. Or maybe your goal is to successfully transition to natural by the end of the New Year. Then check off a milestone for each month you successfully go without a relaxer. Sometimes, setting these milestones – or smaller accomplishments – along the way can make the overall goal appear more feasible or even help you to determine early on any changes that need to be made. Also, when you reach each milestone, you receive that extra boost of faith to keep on going toward your end goal.
2. Make a solid regimen and stick to it.
Without a solid plan, it will be very difficult to achieve your hair goal. So where does this planning start? It usually begins with a solid hair care regimen. Start with the basics, such as washing with a gentle shampoo, deep conditioning, patiently detangling your strands, following up with a good water-based moisturizer and a thick sealant, wearing a low-manipulation or protective style, and factoring in your internal health. Then tailor your regimen according to your hair’s needs and your particular goal. For example, is your aim to grow out your heat damage? Then incorporate air-drying into your regimen and toss out the heat usage. Is your goal to end breakage? Then you may want to use a strengthening conditioner, adjust your styling and detangling routine, and incorporate the necessary nutrients into your diet.
3. Document your journey with photos.
Many times, documenting your journey via photography will help you to better see your progress or push you toward your goal. Decide how often you are going to take your photos, whether it is once every two months or once every three or four months. Create a photo journal online, on your computer (offline), on your phone, or simply leave it on your camera (remembering not to delete it, of course). As the New Year moves along, note the progress of your hair care journey through your photo journal.
4. Avoid comparing yourself to others.
Looking to your hair inspirations for motivation is great, but don’t make the mistake of comparing journeys. Each head of hair is different, and if you find yourself wondering why your hair isn’t growing as fast as hers or why your transition isn’t going as smoothly as hers, then you can fall into the trap of frustration. This trap of frustration can lead to detrimental tweaks to your plan or regimen or you eventually giving up on your goal. Admire, but don’t compare. Your journey is “your” journey.
Ladies, do you have any tips for achieving hair goals?