Happy New Year my lovelies

The start of a new year is a great time for a fresh start, a clean slate.  You may have already made New Year’s resolutions relating to your diet, finances, organisation or fitness, but have you made goals relating to your natural hair? Have you even thought about it?  How about taking the plunge to make 2016 the year you start your natural hair journey, or maybe you are already on your journey and simply want to reach a target length. Whatever our best intentions research suggests that only 64 percent of resolutions are maintained longer than the first month. In fact, you may have broken yours already.  Why do so many of us give up on our New Year’s goals and resolutions so quickly? Well there are actually a multitude of reasons including: making unrealistic goals, lack of self-belief, giving up at the first sign of obstacles/slips/failures, lack of planning, failing to measure your progress, lack of support and not sticking at it long enough to allowing changes to become routine. This is by no means an exhausted list.   Whatever your New Year’s goals or resolutions for 2016, here are some simple tips to help you keep on track or even get back on track if you have already thrown in the towel:

Be realistic: Trying to grow your natural hair? It is unrealistic to grow your hair from chin length to waist length by December 2016, but trying for shoulder length over a given period based on your hairs growth rate is realistic and achievable. So too is aiming for healthier natural hair.

Take tiny steps: If doing a big chop is not for you, try transitioning with the use of protectives styles until you achieve your goal. Want to experiment with new hairstyles? Spend a few minutes checking out Pinterest or Instagram for ideas. Subscribe to new Youtubers with natural hair how-to videos.

Find a community: Being accountable to others can help you stay committed to your gaols. Why not join a natural hair challenge or be part of a Facebook group or blog forum? Maybe a family member or friend could give you that much needed encouragement.

Don’t give up or be too hard on yourself: When you feel like giving up, remember why you started. Rome was not built in a day! Success takes time and involves a cultivation period of hard work and determination before you can reap a harvest.

Track your progress: Help yourself stay motivated by measuring your progress. Tracking your progress, will help you to identify how well you are doing or if you need to make any simple changes.

Celebrate your successes:  Whether it be a new pair of shoes, a new bag or an expensive new protective hairstyle, treat yourself to something that will make you feel good about achieving your goals.

New Year’s Challenge – Creating Good Hair Care Habits

 

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The New Year is not just about resolution and goal setting but for some it may also be about changing certain habits.  Remember to start with something small, it’s all about taking baby steps.  Achieving tiny victories will give you the confidence to tackle larger ones.  Why not start using a satin headscarf or pillowcase or committing to regular deep conditioning. Maybe you need to start wearing your hair in large braids or a pineapple for bed, rather than leaving it all free to become tangled.  Have you been washing your hair as frequently as you know you should?  Rather than totally getting rid of a habit why not replace it with a better one. For example, you might replace your tired weave with a suitable protective style which allows access to your hair and scalp.  When you have the victory in one area, reward yourself and move on to find a solution to your next problem area.  Slowly but surely you will be waving goodbye to damaged breaking hair and loving the new you.   If you have not done so already, why not consider making realistic hair related goals, as well as planning how you will accomplish them. Setting your hair goals and planing how you will achieve them will help you to reach your natural hair hope and aspirations.

My 2016 hair related Goals

1.) My main hair related goal for 2016, will be to retain as much ‘healthy’ hair as possible.  I am not going to aim for waist length this year, since I am unlikely to make it after trimming etc. But I am definitely going to track my progress by taking photos in my length check t-shirt (front and back).

2.) My other hair related goal, will be to find a new protective style to help me retain more length. I’ve been crochet braiding now for far too long (over 3 years) and I think I want to try something new and exciting. I always see girls on YouTube sporting a different protective style every month. I’m not sure what I’ll go for yet but I’m thinking about Nazuri Curls. I have seen a couple of naturals wearing one of their numbers on a few blogs I frequent, so I may give them a try.

What would you like to achieve with your hair this year? Anyone planning on actually achieving waist length this year? What one hair care habit do you feel you need to change? Comment below to let me know if you have any hair related goals for 2016?

See you soon ladies x

 

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Hello ladies,

I am frequently asked how I achieve my hair length and what methods I use to retain length, well it’s not a big secret really and to be honest I’ve chosen the easy route to long heathy hair. For those of you who do not know, I attribute much of my hair growth and length retention to ‘protective styling’ and my number one means of protective styling at the moment is crochet braiding. Crochet braiding is a technique that involves cornrowing your own hair and simply attaching loose hair to the cornrows using a crochet needle in a ‘latch hook method’. Please check out my new YouTube video to see how I achieve my ‘natural look’ crochet braid-out look with mode model Marley braiding hair. I’m both an advocate and massive fan of this method of protective styling!  For my sisters who have not yet discovered crochet braids or for those who would like to give crochet braiding a go, here are 15 reasons why I think crochet braiding is the ideal protective style.

  1. Crochet braids are easy and quick to install, especially if you pay a professional to install them for you. They take between 3-4 hours to install once your hair has been cornrowed.
  2. Your entire hair is allowed to rest underneath in the cornrows.
  3. They are a time saver, in most cases you can literally get up and go because daily styling is relatively simple.
  4. There is no need to leave out your own natural hair but you can choose to do so if you wish.
  5. The strands of your own hair are not all intertwined with the extension again reducing the tension placed upon your own hair strands.
  6. There is no daily styling, brushing, combing or manipulation of your own natural hair therefore allowing your own hair to grow and rest. You are therefore able to retain all your growth and so help to retain length. This is what I call 100% protective styling at its very best.
  7. They look extremely natural and if installed correctly they look very much like your own natural hair.
  8. You can wash/cleanse your natural hair while wearing crochet braids, giving your own hair the much needed moisture it requires to remain healthy and grow.
  9. You can easily oil your scalp and moisturise your natural hair, thereby preventing dryness and ensuring your hair is less prone to breakage (I have a post coming up about how to do this- so stay tuned).
  10. They look really, really good and they actually look even better the longer you have them in.
  11. No glue, tread or chemicals required.
  12. Crochet braids are kinder to your edges than conventional braids since your hair underneath is cornrowed.
  13. Crochet braiding is inexpensive with two bags of Model Model Marley braids costing only £7.89 (you only need one and a half bags) perfect in a time of recession when you might have more important things to spend your money on i.e shoes! Lol
  14. You can use different types of synthetic hair not just Marley hair, for example water wave, kanakelon, expressions etc
  15. They are quick and easy to take out – simply cut the Marley braid just above the cornrows and then take down the cornrows and the reminder Marley hair will simply come out.

So if you have not already, it might be worthwhile giving crochet braids a go?  Considering all the positives I have listed above I personally believe crochet braiding has many advantages when compared to weaves or other braiding methods.

What you will need:

1.) Model Model Marley braid 1 or 1B

Model model marley braiding hair

Model Model Marley braiding hair

 

2.) Crochet needle

Crochet needle for installing marley braiding hair

Crochet needle for installing Marley braiding hair

 

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