Set Your Intentions High
Happy New Year Naturals!
Best wishes to you in your natural hair journey. This year I know many of you have natural hair goals you have to accomplish whether waist length hair, length retention, moisture retention, big chop, recovering from heat damage, protective styling etc. All of this can be accomplished this year with new or improved techniques. Time to ring in the new year with new self care goals. So, ditch your old ways from your regimen and unnecessary products from your stash, let's start the new year afresh.
What should you incorporate into my natural hair goals?
1. Regular Moisture
In order to keep you hair moisturized you will need to ensure that your hair has daily moisture. Moisturize and seal using the L.O.C or L.C.O method with a water based moisturizer and a penetrating oil or heavy sealant. From this simple regimen, you can then tailor it to the needs of your hair and add things to it like massaging your scalp with an oil mixture for more growth, doing more protective styles in order to retain length, moisturizing mid-week because your hair gets dry or by using different products. These are some great ways to start achieving your hair goals.
2. Get Moving
Now that you've set realistic goals for your hair growth and maintenance journey it's time to set goals for your health. One way to help you achieve healthy hair and the results that you want is by properly caring for your body. I know this may be a hard task because of the temptation of junk food, but you need to eat healthier and exercise this year for your hair and body's sake. Exercising, drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables will not only contribute to the overall health of your body but your hair; especially for hair growth. You should be exercise, ideally 4-5 times a week, but you can start with 2-3 times per week just to get you going.
3. Set your intentions
Set mini goals to complete your big goal. This allows you to be specific with the goals you want to achieve. If you want to achieve waist length hair by this year, set specific mini-goals to reach the goal with steps and actions that you plan to take. For example, mini goals such as growing 1 ½ inches of hair this month, by massaging your scalp everyday or taking your hair vitamins or pills on a regular basis and protective styling to help retain the length. Then, check them off as you accomplish them. Let's say you want to start a business, you can start by doing market research, crating a website and social media handles, gathering emails and materials and crowdfunding. Setting mini goals help you to achieve your main goal easier and faster.
4. Positive Affirmations
This goal should be at the top of everyone's hair resolutions and goals. Positive affirmations are statements or formal declarations that help you to remain hopeful and optimistic about your future. They help to encourage you and to keep you motivated, so it would be befitting to start your year with a positive affirmation. Positive affirmations are statements such as "I am enough", "I am brave, bold and beautiful", "I am grateful for all I have", "I will not worry about things I cannot control" or "today is going to be a great day". Positive affirmations set the tone for you day and even your year so start with a positive affirmation and stay well.
I truly hope this is a fruitful year in your natural hair journey. Don’t forget to stay consistent with these practices by visiting your goals on a daily basis or on every wash day, by posting them on your mirror, desk or phone.
What are your natural hair goals for the new year?