Hair goals are always on our mind, but those lofty lists reach an entirely new level in January. If you’re a sucker for resolutions, we can almost guarantee you’ve concocted a list of products to buy for whatever type of mane you hope to achieve by year’s end. Sure, it’s great to load up on the latest innovations and test drive the most talked about releases, but the best tips and tricks are priceless. Remember to add a dose of self-love and community building to your hair routine with these easy breezy hair resolutions.
Assemble Your Curl Tribe
The beauty of the Black hair community is that it exists on such a wide and diverse spectrum. Having friends who share your texture means you can forge a partnership that includes sharing tips, tricks and motivation to maintain a routine.
If you’re prone to ponytails and intricate styling, remember to let your hair lay free every once in awhile. The constant pulling and tugging of certain styles can wreak havoc on your edges and ultimately, lead to breakage.
Remember…You Are What You Eat
As cliche as it sounds, beauty does truly start from within. Before you go crazy buying products and vitamins, remember that simply shifting to a healthier diet will do wonders for your hair and scalp.
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There’s no such thing as the “perfect” or “right” kind of hair, so why continue comparing what you have to others?! Spend more time learning to embrace the tresses you were born with; no matter the pattern, they’re fabulous and uniquely you!
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Master A Few Hacks
Thanks to family, friends and the oversaturated world of YouTube, we’ve discovered countless hacks that make doing our hair more affordable. Don’t be afraid to practice, practice, practice until you master a few.
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Dismiss Societal Standards
Again, there is no such thing as a “perfect” hairstyle. Trust your gut when deciding how to rock your coif and worry less about fitting in. Whether you want to rock it straight, transition to locs or wear a voluminous fro, no look is out of bounds!
Give and Take Compliments
You never know who’s having trouble embracing their texture, so support your fellow curl friends whenever you can. Compliment them on their look and don’t be afraid to accept the same in return.
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Explore Something New
A big change doesn’t always have to be a big chop or color change. Sometimes, discovering fresh new styles via YouTube or Instagram can be just as impactful.
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Get Familiar With Some Bloggers
Bloggers and vloggers are a great resource for tips, tricks and product recommendations. Do some research and start following one that shares your curl pattern; you’ll be living your best hair life!
Keep Up With The Headlines
We’ve reported time and time again on the consistent policing of Black hair in public places, from schools in South Africa to stateside corporate offices. Keep your eyes open and stay educated in times of crisis; solutions start with solidarity!