We all know the secret to keeping New Year resolutions is to set goals that are attainable, and not too drastic of a change. The same principle applies to hair care. If you find yourself always re-setting #hairgoals, try these simple steps that will enable 2018 to be the year you finally cultivate your healthiest mane ever.
Get the snip!
You know those trims you’re always meaning to get but use every excuse under the sun as to why you have to put it off until forever? Let’s try and change that in 2018. We know how difficult it is to let go of the two inches of length attained last summer, but trimming your hair at least 4 times a year is one of the most effective gateways to healthier, snag free strands.
Don’t let protective styles overstay
We’re talking about those braids you initially said you’d keep in for a few weeks, until those weeks turned into months and has now left your poor braids hanging on for dear life to inches of regrowth. Don’t let braids overstay their welcome. 3-4 weeks is adequate time for a protective style such as braided or twisted extensions, otherwise you leave your hair vulnerable to damage due to the excessive weight of extensions.
Learn to love wash day
We know, we know… this can sometimes be a hard one. Washing Afro hair can be a laborious task, but your hair and scalp are ever so thankful when you make the effort. Water is one of the best ways to hydrate your hair, and a clean scalp promotes hair growth, so if you’re serious about attaining a healthy head of hair we recommend cleansing every 7-10 days.
Let it go, let it go
High buns and Pineapple Afro puffs are your go-to styles, we totally get it. But you know that wearing these styles too often will put excessive tension on your hair follicles, potentially leading to damage and traction alopecia. Keep things interesting by wearing your hair down as often as possible, or wear a looser version of your updo styles, or half-up/half down dos. Basically, any style that eases tension on the hairline is what you should be going for to prevent damage.
Conversely, changing your hairstyle too often can also be problematic. This year, try not to hop onto every colour trend, all the latest straightening treatments or any other chemically based treatments that weaken and compromise the health of your hair.