Typically when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, most people proclaim, "New Year, New Me." While that's great (go head, y'all!), I've been trying a new approach this time around: New Year, Healthier Me. Now this doesn't just mean eating right and getting adequate exercise. It also means fostering healthy and organic relationships, drinking more water--hello skin glow up--and, of course, healthier hair. Here's what I'm thinking:
One thing I don't do well enough is hydrating my body, thus hydrating my hair. So in 2017, I'm committing myself to 8-10 cups of water per day and good hydration treatments for my hair. The only brand I've tried so far is Shea Moisture, which I loved, but I'm open to giving other products a go. If you have suggestions, let me know in the comments below!
I've always heard that you should trim your ends every 6 to 8 weeks to avoid split ends and excessive breakage from them. I did pretty well with this in 2016 so I vow to keep it up this year. Although, I must admit, most of my trims ended up being full blown hair cuts because I'm obsessed with my bob 😭. So more trims, fewer hair cuts.
Protein & Moisture
Protein treatments are the ultimate glow up because they prevent breakage. Now, it's important not to get them very often because too much protein isn't good for the hair. But let me tell you, when my hairdresser does my protein and moisture treatment, I cue the Beyoncé wind, slay and carry on! Aphogee is the brand I use for these and I try to get them every time I get a trim.
Love My Scalp
Many stylists have told me that our scalps don't need oil but I beg to differ. I notice that my style lasts longer and my scalp itches less when I use a light oil such as olive or jojoba oil. I also plan to massage my scalp when I apply the product to get the blood flow going (and a scalp massage is just ah-maz-ing!). While I won't oil it everyday because it can make my hair clumpy and stiff, I will do it once or twice per week around the nape of my neck, the middle of my scalp and my edges. Speaking of edges...
Healthy (& Laid) Edges
My final 2017 hair goal is to maintain and grow my edges. My favorite product for this is Jamaican Black Castor Oil--I love the thickness and how it truly makes my edges feel moisturized hours later. I'll also stray away from edge control gels because they dry my edges out and usually make them curl up (a big no when the rest of my hair is laid!). I'm going to do my best to keep a journal this year of my progress on all of my 2017 goals, including my hair, so I'll update y'all in a few months.