It’s important to set hair goals while on your hair journey. Setting goals provides you with a sense of direction and you know what areas to tackle and set your attention on. In the beginning of my hair journey I just wanted long healthy hair as quickly as possible. I deep conditioned endlessly in hopes that, overnight; my hair would magically become healthy. I applied tons of growth aids to my scalp nightly in hopes that I would see inches of new growth the next day. Anxiety and impatience took over. I felt discouraged as a result of not having realistic goals. Unfortunately, I suffered a setback that caused me to start from scratch. From my setback I learned a few tips to help me stay focused and set realistic goals for myself.
Target Problem Areas First
Problem areas are delicate and prone to damage. Setting a goal to focus on restoring the health of one of these areas is ideal. Focusing on one area at a time will ensure you achieve your targeted goals. Give yourself at least 6 months to 2 years to see results.
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Track Your Inches
Hair typically grows ½ inch per month. With that being said, by the end of the year you should retain a total of 6 inches in new growth, minus your occasional trims. Calculating the expected amount of new growth you’ll accumulate aids in setting a realistic time frame as to when you’ll achieve your goal. For example, if your goal is to retain 6 inches, give yourself 1 year to attain that goal. If you are 3 inches away from your goal, give yourself at least 6 months. Another great way of tracking your growth is by using a hair length check t-shirt to measure the progress of your hair. Do a length check at least every 3-6 months for accurate measurement.
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Focus on Hair Health
Many sacrifice the health of their hair just to have length. Don’t do this! Hanging on to thin damaged ends for the sake of length is not smart and could potentially cause further damage down the road. Keep up with regular light trims to keep your ends in tiptop shape. Give yourself at least 6 months to 1 year for overall hair health improvement. Eventually the length will come.
Most importantly, be patient and consistently consistent with your regimen! You shouldn’t beat yourself up if you don’t go from shoulder length to bra strap length in 3 months! Growth and healthy hair do not happen overnight. Remember it’s a hair journey, not a race, so embrace it.
Valerie Bremang founded Hairlista Inc. Social Network in 2008 as a platform to educate, inform and encourage women that they can achieve healthy hair.