The end of the year brings reflection for most of us in just about every aspect of our lives. Jobs, family, finances…they are evaluated by us. We even make resolutions concerning them. It only makes sense that our hair, our natural hair be taken just as seriously and have a plan created for it.
Just as seriously as you take your job or your family is exactly how you should take your hair. I know, I know. Many claim it’s only hair but if you notice the vloggers, bloggers and regular women you see with gorgeous tresses are taking their hair seriously. No, I’m not saying you have to be a natural hair expert or even a fanatic, but if you see your hair as an accessory then it will be just that…an accessory that gives you only what you give it. There were some simple principles I came up with and used in 2013 that aided in the best hair growth and health I’ve had since I became Natural.
Create a Plan Yes, an actual plan. I started the Curly Girl Method, started taking hair vitamins, and upping my water intake. I started in January and didn’t stop. I began to see real progress. There was no hair journal but that would have been a great idea. I just decided to try something new and I stuck with it. I changed up products and techniques throughout the year but those basics stayed the same.
Be Consistent. One example would be my satin bonnet and satin pillowcase. I became a warrior with the sleeping arrangements. I never laid my head down unless I was on a satin pillowcase and/or wearing a satin bonnet. I’ve got about 6 bonnets and 3 satin pillowcases in the house. Extreme? Maybe, but now the thought of laying on anything outside of satin will make my neck freeze in place until I know all is secure. I was also consistent with my vitamins and water. Now all of those are habits.
Listen to Your Hair. I say that a lot and I am sure many are tired of hearing it. But it really matters! If my hair was dry I applied a moisturizer and remembered to drink my water. If my ends were raggedy I pulled out those shears and gave myself a trim. Give your hair what it needs so it can return the favor.
Be Money-wise. I know many are on a budget and cannot always get the product they want, but there are too many products that go on sale at certain times of the year or month and you must be on it! I caught so many sales at Walgreen’s, Sally’s and Target this year and used those coupons like a lunatic. I did that to save as much money as I could. Be smart and get weekly ads sent to your phone. Many stores have those store cards and you get special sales, coupons sent to your phone or home. One example would be Target. If you use their red card (which is just a debit card for your bank account) you get 5% off every purchase! I know exactly when my products go on sale and I make sure to buy in bulk so when I’m broke I have my stash already in the closet.
My success didn’t happen as a fluke. I know it was because I was smart about what I did and how I did it. I will be bringing these same 4 principles into 2014 with a few more that I learned along the way. Get a hair journal, make a list of what you want to do or just be smart about your choices. I promise at the end of 2014 you will be just as happy as I am and so will your hair.