[ad name=”ad3″]When it comes to your natural hair journey, staying on the right path to healthy hair can be discouraging at times, especially when there are no hair goals or plans set in place. Setting realistic hair goals, both for your hair and for life, and sticking to them is a surefire way to stay on track and see results. It’ll also ensure that your natural hair journey is one that is pleasurable to help you stay the course and be encouraged by your own progress. Tired of going through the motions with your hair? Check out these tips on how to set successful natural hair goals for the new year that will help you see results:
Assess Your Hair & Your Current Hair Care Practices // The first thing you MUST do when setting hair goals is assess your hair. Is your hair drier than normal? Is it breaking m ore than it should be? What products are you using? What works, and what’s not working for your hair? It’s important to assess the current state of your hair and your current hair care practices so you can flesh out what’s worked for your hair, what to eliminate, wash day frequency, etc… This way, you’re able to figure out what you’re end goal is. Whether it’s more length retention, or more moisture, it’s important to go through every single thing that you’ve done to your hair previously, both good and bad, so you know where you need to make adjustments to meet your current goals.
Set Realistic Goals // I don’t care what any bottle of hair vitamin tells you, but it may not be realistic to have 12 inches of hair growth in just a year. Not at all saying it’s not possible, but it’s important to set realistic hair goals that are attainable. If you know that your hair grows about half an inch a month, 12 inches of hair growth by December 2016 may not be realistic. You must also account for the normal wear and tear of your hair, frequent trims, and those times where you just may not be so good to your hair (it happens!). Set realistic goals that fit your lifestyle.
Be Specific // Often times when we set goals for anything, we just vaguely throw things out there. You’re goal for 2016 may be to be successful. But how? Same things goes for your hair. We may say, “I want healthy hair in 2016.” How do you plan on achieving that? What does healthy hair mean to you? I’ve set hair goals in the past, and they’ve honestly all been a flop. My goals weren’t specific enough, which would have allowed me to flesh out exactly how I was going to achieve that specific goal. Be specific so you know exactly what it is you’re aiming for, and how to create/tweak your regimen to achieve that goal.
Create an Actionable Plan // How are you going to make your goals happen? If you’re goal is to retain more length and reduce breakage for 2016, you have to create a plan, which would be your regimen. Decide what it is you’re going to do to your hair on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to ensure that you’re retaining as much length as possible, and make it practical. Assess your lifestyle, and create a regimen that fits your lifestyle so you’re able to take action and be successful at it.
Take Action and Stay Consistent // One of the reasons why we don’t keep our goals is because we don’t just do it! You’ve written the goal down, now make it happen! Take action! Start doing the things you said you were going to do to reach your goal and stay consistent. Don’t start for a few weeks, and then fall off for a few months, and then decide to pick it back up again. You won’t reach your goal if you aren’t consistent. Take proactive steps to make your goals a reality.
Create a Hair Journal // As odd as it may sound, keeping a hair journal will help you track exactly what you’re doing to your hair, products you’re using, etc… This way, you’re able to see what works and what doesn’t work for your hair as you continue with your new and improved regimen so you can see results.
Re-vist Your Goals Throughout the Year // It’s important to remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing throughout the year. Re-visit your goals throughout the year so that you see it right in front of you. This will help you stay consistent with your regimen so you remain on track to achieving your goals for the year.
What are your hair goals for 2016? How are you going to make those goals a reality?