Happy New Year and welcome to For Curls Sake! First, I would like to thank all of you for all of your support for the launch of this blog. I look forward to sharing each of our hair journeys with one another!
In light of the new year, let’s encourage one another to establish some hair goals for 2014. When establishing your hair goals, I suggest you make specific/mini goals rather than general goals so it is easier for you to track your overall progress.
So, a goal that states, “I want long hair this year!” is not quite specific enough for several reasons. First, hair growth is achieved at different rates and speeds for everyone so it is important to be patient and enjoy each step you take towards attaining longer hair. Also, keep in mind that longer hair is not always equivalent to healthy hair. When creating your length-related goals, it might be in your best interest to establish a hair goal that is more specific to allow you to achieve overall hair growth. For example, a better hair growth goal may be to have more protective hair styles (i.e. twists, braids, updo’s, etc.)–in tucking your hair and ends away over extended periods, you will see vast changes in promoting and retaining your hair’s length! Overall, just breathe and really learn to enjoy your hair at its different lengths–you’ll get there!
There are also many other goals that you can make that are not exactly specific to length but can contribute to your hair’s growth and health. For example, other hair goals may include but are not limited to:
- finding products that work for your hair to style and retain moisture
- establishing a consistent hair regimen
- learning how to style your natural hair
- becoming more comfortable with your natural hair
So you see? Length is not necessarily everything. Learning to embrace your hair in its natural state despite what others may think is the true bonus of being natural. Once you are able to do this, it will become second-nature to shift this attitude towards your physical, emotional and mental well-being.
- Build the strength of my hair
- At the end of 2013 I flat ironed my hair. Although it was on a low heat setting, I also blow dried my hair several weeks after to trim my hair. While the health of my hair is not completely compromised, it doesn’t hurt in my opinion to rebuild my hair’s strength after using heat several times. I will be doing this through a series of homemade protein treatments (recipes coming soon! =)
- Do more protective/low manipulation styles (i.e. buns, twists, braids)
- Do more curl manipulation styles
- While I will be wearing my hair in more protective styles, any time I am going somewhere special I would like to experiment with more curl manipulation styles such as using curlformers, flexi rods or perm rods (minus the perm lol). Usually when I’m going somewhere, I do twist outs or braid outs; however, this year I am more open to using these no heat curl tools to style my hair.
That’s all ladies! I’ll close with a couple of tips. Some of you are still debating on becoming natural, or transitioning or some of you just did your big chop! –CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME! That being said, I suggest that you newer naturals keep a hair diary to track your progress. This suggestion is also applicable to you ladies who have been natural for a while.
Feel free to comment below with any questions or hair goals you would like to share. Also, let’s spread the news about this blog…for you, for me…
for curls sake♥