As I sit and write this post my mind is already flooded with things I know for sure I could have done differently with my hair in 2014. Things like sticking to weekly deep conditioning, or more importantly clipping off my split ends which have now grown up the shaft of my hair (now I’ll have to cut my hair rather than snipping off a few bad ends). This year will be different—or so I’m telling myself. My natural hair resolutions really have nothing to do with growth and it honestly never has, instead I’m more focused on having healthy hair. To me there is absolutely nothing better than having healthy hair whether it’s a TWA or waist length hair. So the first month of the year is almost over, but so what…it’s still not too late to begin to implement some changes into your current regimen.
1. Embrace your hair’s natural texture
I receive comments and emails all the time from fellow naturalistas constantly asking me how I get my hair the way it is, and questioning why their hair won’t look like mine when they follow my hair care routine. Listen I’ve been there too—constantly comparing my hair to other naturalistas and trying to figure out how in the world can I get these damn curls to fall, or loosen because of how much shrinkage I get after a fresh wash and go. That was my thought process a year ago and I’ve grown so much since then. I’ve learned to fully embrace my natural hair because I now understand that no two heads of hair are the exact same, so comparisons will get me nowhere. I now know that my my kinks and coils are just as beautiful as all the fabulous ladies I crush on social media. Listen no matter what you do with your hair for 2015 try and do it with confidence. For 2015 embrace the Beauty within YOU and learn to love your hair ♥
2. Commit to regular trims.
Where should I start…This was perhaps my biggest let down of 2014. I just kept putting off trimming my hair. Not because I was scared to lose length but because I don’t know how to trim my hair myself and I get so nervours just thinking of someone else doing my hair. Well now for 2015 I will have to cut some of my hair because of my splits and I suggest that you stay far away from my 2014 habit of ‘split end neglection’. Snipping off bad ends shall become a requirement for me and I urge you to do the same. So lets make a deal, either search and destroy split ends as you see them or trim your ends at least three times for the year. I’m all about healthy hair and I can’t keep preaching this if my ends aren’t as sleek as they should be. Now I hope we have a deal. Deal?.
3. Protect Your Hair While You Sleep
This is by far the easiest habit to get into for 2015 by just simply investing in a satin hair bonnet, silk sheets or a silk pillowcase. Silk sheets or pillowcases can sometimes get a bit pricey but it’s well worth it, plus if you live with your significant other he may appreciate your hair not being wrapped up all the time. By protecting your hair while you sleep you are preventing moisture from being stripped from your hair, avoiding tangles and reducing friction which causes that frizzy look while benefiting from smoother and softer hair.
4. Commit to regular conditioning treatments.
When I first started my hair journey I would deep condition my hair every single week…however since lately I must admit I have slacked off in this area and I plan to get back on track A.S.A.P. (as in right after I’m finished writing this post). I’ve realized that healthy hair is related to consistency. My hair felt its best when I was in the habit of deep conditioning, co-washing and moisturizing regularly. My Sundays are my “ME” days, so I plan on using it to pamper myself by sticking to some of my Beauty Resolutions for 2015 while also making it my DC days.
5. Do NOT FORGET your scalp
Another mistake I made in 2014. Paying way too much attention to my ends (which are now split) and neglect my actual scalp. So for 2015, there will be no more product build up, regular scalp massages with castor oil and occasional exfoliation with one of my DIY hair masks.
6. Go Comb-less or Be Comb-careful
Oh dear…me and that damn comb. I don’t think I’ll be able to fully finger detangle my entire head but I do plan on being more patient with my hair and be much more careful when detangling. I still haven’t quite figured out finger detangling fully but I’m taking baby steps and trying to incorporate it more into my routine.
7. Test New Products
YES! YES! YES! So since fully natural in June 2013 I have basically stuck with three hair product lines; Shea Mositure, Giovanni and one ‘single’ product from the African Pride line. So for 2015 I am definitely planning on going on a product testing plan (once I’ve used up all my current stock lol). For myself I need to experiment with new products to see what else works for my hair, and for the YOU and my blog I also need to do this so I can inform you on things like which conditioners has great slip (still searching).
8. Connect with Other Naturals
This is definitely a big goal of mine in 2015. I need to reach out to more naturals, especially those in my area. Here in Jamaica the natural scene is finally breaking out and I love that. I get super excited every time I’m waking in the supermarket and glimpse another natural gal. So 2015 is the year of connecting with my hair crushes and also naturals new to the community who may need some inspiration and advice.
CONAIR Professional Thinning Shears- HERE
100% Pure Silk Pillowcase- HERE
Satin Sheet Set- HERE
Stay On Satin Bonnet Sleep Cap- HERE
Silk Wrap Scarf- HERE
Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil- HERE
Extra Virgin Olive Oil- HERE
Sweet Almond Moisturizing Oil- HERE
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Mask- HERE
Shea Moisture Organic Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque- HERE
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Masque Deep Treatment- HERE
Jamaican Black Castor Oil- HERE
Til’ next time, Nuff Love. ♥