It's January, so I know you've already made some goals, but you may have to edit them after reading this epic list of hair goals and life advice.
Hey there beautiful,
If I haven’t officially told you yet, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Is anyone hoping and praying that this year is NOTHING like last year? Yeah, ME TOO! We expected 2020 to be new growth, but got split ends and breakage instead. Curly and kinky-curly haired girls understand what I’m talking about all too well.
I’m not here for it this year. I’m claiming growth, strength, and retention in all areas of my life. It’s funny how hair goals can go hand in hand with life goals. It may sound like a bit of a stretch, but stay with me.
I made a list of 2021 hair goals that are also words to live by in 2021 and beyond. Check it out!
1. Stretch Yourself, But Be Careful Not to Snap
2021 is about knowing when to stretch yourself (you definitely should go beyond your comfort zone) and when you’re about to break. This beauty chat is dropping life gems. Who would have thought?
This life advice translates directly to haircare (particularly textured haircare). There are many benefits of stretching your hair without heat or excessive tension. On textured strands, each kink or curl is a fragile point, that can easily snap and fall victim to breakage.
Many stylists recommend wearing hair in stretched styles, so that it does not break as easily. Know when to stretch yourself and know when you’re using too much heat. Mastering this concept will help you save more than just your tresses.
2. Begin with the End in Mind
I’ve been familiar with this phrase, coined by Stephen Covey, in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, since my teen years. Covey speaks about intentionality and making choices that help your end goal a reality each and every day.
I have a haircare related spin on this. Love your ends. Baby your ends. Moisturize your ends. If you’re applying product, saturate your ends first.
You might be wondering why. The ends of your hair happen to be the oldest part of your hair. They are comparatively weak and fragile. They need the extra moisture and TLC or else they are likely to split or break off altogether.
3. Take Your Time
Slow and steady wins the race. If you rush, 1 of 2 things will happen. You’ll burn out or you’ll move recklessly. Neither of those are good options.
Recklessness isn’t good for hair or for life. Take your time, sis. Detangle gently. Don’t rip through your hair. The “time saved” can reverse months of growth. Take your time and retain those inches.
4. Consistency Yields Results
Consistently good habits beat occasionally great habits. You don’t have to follow every rule or deep condition every week. Commit to a few manageable yet impactful habits. You will see results more than if you tried to do something incredibly extravagant or time consuming once in a blue moon.
The life lesson here is to commit to routines that make sense for your life and lifestyle. If you can’t do it consistently, it’s not a viable strategy. Doing something extraordinary once a quarter, followed by doing the bare minimum for the next 3 months, will not help you achieve lasting change.
5. Your Journey is Yours and Yours Alone
Comparison will only drive you crazy. Your goals should not be about being as good as or better than the next person.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average person can grow 6 inches of hair per year. Be realistic with your goals. You’re not going to go from a fade to waist length hair overnight. Treat your hair like the valuable, fragile crown that it is.
What do you think? Can hair goals teach us life lessons or is this a major reach? I want to hear your 2021 hair goals. Whatever your goal may be, I’m wishing you an abundance of GROWTH this year.