If you're reading this post it means your interested in learning, or possibly fine tuning, habits for a successful healthy hair journey. As with anything in life, what you repeatedly do becomes a habit. Right?
HABIT :Throughout the years, I've picked up on key habits that most, if not all, successful hair journeyers possess. By successful I mean:
noun \ hab-it
A habit is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.
- ability to reach their hair goals i.e. in length, thickness, etc.
- have made the transition from damaged to healthier hair
- maintain healthy hair after reaching their intended hair goals
Just through simple observation, I have found hair habits that seem to be universal across the board. These key habits provide a great foundation and guideline for those who are just starting their hair journey or need a little re-fresher! Sometimes we get caught up in new products, techniques, and tools that we get side tracked from what truly works for our hair. These 7 Habits of a Successful Hair Journey all work simultaneously to create the foundation for a successful hair journey!
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Check out my list of 7 Habits of a Successful Hair Journey, below:
1) Consistency - With anything that you want to accomplish, there needs to be consistency. Those who have a successful hair journey display consistency in how often they deep condition, moisturize and seal, consistently wearing a satin scarf to bed, laying off of heat etc. Their consistency reaps results! It's all about staying consistently consistent!
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2) Set Regimen - Vital! As you continue to stay consistent and notice positive results, a regimen will develop. Regimens are necessary as it is a habit of routine behaviour. Most, if not all, healthy hair journeyers have a regimen that they follow on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. They tend to not deviate from their flow. This routine behaviour produces predictable results helping to heal and/or maintain their healthy hair.
3) Patience - Those who have achieved their desired hair goals know that patience is a virtue and a key component. Having unrealistic expectations can lead to failed/unsuccessful hair journeys. Those who have a successful hair journey exercise patience through the good, bad and ugly.
4) Keep It Simple - It's just that simple! I find many ladies who have reached phenomenal lengths and thickness keep a very simple, easy to follow regimen (let's not forget the products too). Less is more! By keeping things simple it allows you to understand your hair, know what works and it takes the confusion out of it, allowing you to reach your goals with ease.
5) Know Your Hair - As a follow up to the point above, the best way to learn the behaviour/characteristics of your hair, is to keep things simple! Simplifying your products and your routine will give you a chance to see how your hair responds - so important. Paying attention to the way your hair speaks to you will put you at an advantage to attain your goals. You will know the unique do's and dont's according your your hair.
6) Holy Grail Products - Let's face it, there are a ton of products out on the market for relaxed, natural, texlaxed and transitioning hair. Everyone wants to try the "new stuff" - which is great. But what I've noticed is that those who have a successful hair journey, tend to always revert back to their holy grail/staple products. Though they try a new product here and there, they always have their staple products in rotation (this goes back to Consistency). Their "tried and true" products die hard!
7) Low Manipulation/Protective Styling - Those who have a successful hair journey know the importance of leaving their hair alone and laying off of direct heat for a period of time that best suits them. They have routine behaviour of choosing styles that will not add stress and/or strain to their hair i.e. buns, braid-outs, twist-outs, up-dos, box braids, wigs etc. In fact, many hair journey's that display success are a result of just leaving the hair alone.
What do you think? Would you apply these techniques? What habits have you incorporated into your hair journey?