A new year means a chance to refocus and set new goals for ourselves. While we all have every intention of living up to the lofty resolutions we set for ourselves, sometimes life can get in the way! Here are a few realistic tips that will help you look better and feel better this year, past the first week of January and beyond!
Resolutions to Keep
It's the most common resolution and usually the first to go: exercise. But this year get real by resolving to just exercise more. Instead of getting overwhelmed with a strict schedule to start, make a commitment to yourself to exercise more than you are right now. You can expand from there!
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Wear SPF, all over, every day-no matter your complexion, the season, or the weather.
Dust your (ends) off
Trim hair AS NEEDED. Some swear by trims every 6-8 weeks, but examine your ends and determine how often a trim is necessary. Also, let go of the word “trim,” sometimes only a light “dusting” is needed.
Learn to trust
Find a good curly hairstylist in your area that you trust.
Find the products that works for your specific hair type. With a bit of research you can avoid making purchases you'll regret. Good news, if you're reading this article on NaturallyCurly.com, then you're halfway there! Not only will your locks look better, but your bank account will too.
There's no better time to get out of your rut and experiment with new styles, whether it’s clothes, makeup, or our personal favorite — hair!
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Try it, you'll like it
Try something new regularly. This can be anything small and simple. From a food item you wouldn’t normally eat or a form of entertainment (music, TV, book, or movie) that you’ve never experienced before.
Use a satin pillow case, silk scarf, or satin bonnet every night to help prevent breakage and split ends - not to mention it makes your nightly snooze feel a bit more luxe!
Deep condition your hair regularly. Your curls will thank you.
Don't be a flake
Exfoliate once a week (perhaps on the same day you deep condition). It doesn’t matter how much or how good your moisturizer is if you’re trying to layer it on top of dead skin.
Drink more water. The benefits are endless, the work is minimal. Keep a large bottle of water on your desk at work and refill throughout the day.
Words of kindness
Don’t be stingy with the compliments. Not only will you brighten up someone else’s day, you’ll feel better too! See a woman with a great head of hair? Tell her so!
Out with the old
Clean out your makeup and beauty product stash! If it smells weird/different or has changed color or texture, throw it out (don't forget to recycle!). If you haven’t worn it in a while or if you purchased it but it doesn’t work for you, gift it to a friend or relative. Host a beauty swap party with your besties, or look into local women’s charities that accept donations of gently used products.
Take a moment to regularly reflect on the good in your life. Make a list of the things that you are grateful for so that when are having a bad moment (as they will happen), you can remember the positive things you have going for you. Don't forget to include your curls on that list!