Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Starting A Healthy Hair Journey on a Mental Note

We sometimes fail to realize that a lot of the women and men who have been on a healthy hair journey, had put in time and work to make it a successful one. Many did their research, saw what worked for them, experimented, had patience and set realistic goals. Also, there are many who want that “ideal hair” instantly without giving any thought of the effort that should be brought forth. A hair journey is not just about buying hair products and using them. A healthy hair journey is ultimately about you being prepared and staying optimistic throughout, no matter what happens during. 

* Embrace what you have and work with it – your hair that is. Hoping for your hair to look a certain way because you are using the same products someone is using may not give you the same results. Your hair may be different and the products may not work well for you. Remember that all hair is beautiful as long as you embrace it, take care of it and feel confident with it…it is yours. There is beauty in everything; it just needs to be enhanced to stand out more. 

* Set short and long term hair goals for your hair journey. Be realistic. If your goal is to have waist length (WL) hair in 2 years, than that is a long term goal. Within that long term goal, there should be short term goals implemented.

* Help yourself first and do your own research. It is easier to start your research on products first before asking someone about it. That way, you are already armed with the info you have to see how it corresponds to the response you get. This in turn may help you do something differently to make it work for you or dismiss it altogether. 

* Use your regimen as a guide, don't let it guide you. Your regimen will change over time. You may have to tweak it for it to become effective for you as you progress along. At times, a product can be added, remove and replace products. 

* Be patient during your hair journey. We know that 99% of things do not happen overnight. You may have set goals for your hair as far as what length you want to reach or how you want your hair to look.

* A hair journey is what it is, it may not be perfect but learn from it. If someone had a perfect hair journey, they are the few lucky individuals. Life itself is a journey because you learn as you grow. You make mistakes, come face to face with dilemmas and have to make some changes. 

* Worry about the health of your hair and the rest will follow. A healthy head of hair will always turn heads at any length. When the hair is healthy, it makes it easier to go through the hair journey as you are patiently waiting to reach your ultimate goal. 

* Take care of your insides for it to reflect on the outside. Proper diets, drinking water, vitamins and exercise are also important when it comes to your body’s health. 

So now, are you ready to learn or ready to be disappointed during your healthy hair journey?

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  1. Wonderful post, very true advice. Thank you for sharing!:-)

  2. You are so right about not letting your hair regimen run your life. Sometimes I try too hard to stick to my regimen and I have to step back and realize that I am being too rigid.

  3. Great and thorough article. patience is important during this hair journey but i don't think many people have that and that's OK as long as you keep doing what you're doing to achieve the goal.

    My hair is pretty long and I want it longer but I realize too that you have to work with what you have and not worry about the rate of growth that others are experiencing.

  4. Sdestra HairJourneyNovember 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Thanks sweetheart!

  5. Sdestra HairJourneyNovember 9, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Thanks for reading Michelle! Yes and you are so right! I used to be one of the impatient I wanted to wake up and see my hair down to shoulder length when my hair was ear length.

  6. Sdestra HairJourneyNovember 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I agree...You end up going crazy when you do! I was stressing over when I needed to wash my hair, etc. Now, I just go with the flow and do things as needed.

  7. Sdestra HairJourneyNovember 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Thank you so much hun!

  8. Sdestra HairJourneyNovember 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    You;re welcome and thank you for reading!

  9. Hi. I'm very green here. I'm about starting on my journey. Any pointers pls? My hair is neck long and I want waist lenght. Thank you in anticipation of pointers.

    1. Hi Franni, As I mentioned above, it is good to start off with short term goals. I was neck length at one point. But because of 2 major setbacks, I have been cutting my hair to BSL to remedy the situation and bring my hair back to health. Like someone said, it will take some time. Quick pointers: moisturize, condition, avoid using a lot of direct heat, avoid tight hair styles, if you relax your hair...try stretching a little longer than 6weeks. Keep up with protein treatments and patience. You need healthy hair to acheive your goals.

  10. @Franni, give yourself a minimum of 2 yrs to reach waist length if you are at neck length. Just be patient, and follow healthy hair practices: avoiding excessive heat, finding a moisture/protein balance, stretching relaxers, taking vitamins, trimming split ends, drinking lots of water, etc.

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