Happy New Year Ladies
Once again I want to thank all of you for being part of CFYH. It amazes me to see how this group is growing & growing each day. This new year Care for Your Hair has so much more in store for you, so I hope you all stick around to witness it.
Some don’t believe in waiting until the new year to make changes and other consider a new year, a fresh start – so however you view it, I’m sure you still have goals & aspirations for the new season we’re moving into.
My Hair Resolutions:
While I’m not planning on doing anything major to my hair I have a couple of changes I want to make to my regime:
- At most use heat only once a month – Although I don’t use heat excessively, towards the end of the year I became lazy and more reliant on the blowdryer and its a much quicker way to dry your hair. On the flipside I noticed overall my hair was becoming a lot dryer/brittle than usual. My plan is to return back to braiding my hair after a wash as a heat free way of drying my hair.
- Start the three month Castor Oil Challenge with AfroDeity. I’m starting this challenge as I’m just simply curious to see if I’ll get any significant results. For those that aren’t familiar with what this is: The aim of the challenge is to see if castor oil aids in growing your hair by using it at least three times a week in various ways. This can be done in various ways, you could do a scalp massage, a hot oil treatment or seal your ends.
Have you got any changes you plan on making to your hair this year?
In the year 2013 I guarantee many of you will want to ensure you look after your hair, keep it healthy, retain length and also allow it to grow to it’s maximum potential.
How exactly can we achieve these things?!
The only way for change & progression to be made is for you to be…
*…Honest with yourself and evaluate how you’ve treated your hair last year.
*…Real with your expectations for your hair this year
It may sound harsh, but you cannot be mad if you haven’t put any work into looking after your hair and it hasn’t grown much.
Things to evaluate:
*Most importantly your diet & food intake… – health on the inside = health on the outside
*Your use of heat – if you’re using too much heat this can affect your hair progress & your hair’s overall health
*Trimming – have to trimmed too often or not often enough this year? In keeping your hair healthy, you need to let go of the dead, broken and split ends. Hanging onto them will only cause further damage along your hair shaft. However, you also don’t want to get too scissor happy (like I do) and trim alllll the time.
*Listening to your hair needs e.g. if your hair feels dry, try a deep condition, or a co-wash.
*Deep conditioning & protein treatments – have you done them enough? Or not often enough?
*The products you’re using & your understanding of how they work, what they have in them and whether it’s actually working for you
*Whether YOU research YOURSELF on things that concern your hair
*Whether you know/don’t know what products work on your hair
*Whether you put enough time in looking after your hair
*The tools you use on your hair – e.g. the state of your bobby pins, have they split, if so throw them away
*Products you no longer need
*The forms of protective styling you do – Are you pulling on your hair too much? Do you leave your hair out enough for you to care for it?
*Dispel any myths! e.g. Black hair doesn’t grow
*The love yes, love you give your hair – are you positive about it?
*Have you sought sound advice?
* Whether length or health is more important to you
*Have you kept a record of your growth i.e. through pictures or measurements? That way you can monitor your growth and changes that may occur in your hair
Will all this being said, the most important thing I feel everyone should have on their list is to ENJOY your hair, no matter what length its at. Although maintaining healthy hair does require a little work, it should never be taken too seriously. Have fun with your hair, get a new cut, colour or try out a new hairstyle.