Are you setting intentions for the New Year? You should be.

While you probably make resolutions in other areas of your life, such as career or fitness, your hair might be one of those sections that gets overlooked at this time of year. But just like the other parts of your life, your curls deserve a dedicated list of goals to kick things into high gear.

These are the top ten Curly New Year's resolutions to add to your ultimate plan.

Give up on "perfect hair"

While this may seem counterintuitive to making a list of hair goals, it's actually the first step in the right direction. Too many naturalistas stress about their curls and how to make them better. While this is a great way to keep your tresses lovely, it can also lead to overly high and mostly unattainable expectations. Don't let the chase for "perfect hair" derail your hair journey this year! The most important thing is to accept your hair for what it is and make it the best it can be in terms of health.

Take the Big Chop

If you have been contemplating going natural for a while and the idea of the Big Chop makes you nervous, you are not alone. It can be a scary step, but it is a step in the right direction, and lots of naturals end up adjusting to the Big Chop eventually. Be bold and take that big leap this year!

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Schedule your trims in advance



Trims are a necessary evil. While they may seem like just one more pesky thing on your already full to-do list, they shouldn't be swept to the side for more important tasks. Your hair is important, too! If you know you will need a trim about every three months, schedule those appointments in advance so you make them a priority and have one less thing to worry about on your to-do list.

Coily? Embrace the 'Fro

Some people are intimidated by the 'fro. These people are misinformed! Maybe you think it's too much work, or damaging in some way, or worse, you may even worry about the social reactions to this beautiful natural look. However, embracing your afro is a great way to gain not only a new sense of confidence in your texture, but also a new go-to style you might love!

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Buy that one big hair care purchase you've been putting off

There are lots of products we tell ourselves we will buy eventually and keep putting it off until later. Maybe you want a better blow dryer with more settings or a flat iron infused with argan oil. Maybe your old steamer broke and you've been putting off buying that replacement you know your curls deserve. Whatever that bigger ticket purchase is, just go ahead and get it out of the way at the beginning of the year.

Discover your curl type

Knowing you have curly hair means nothing without knowing where you fall on the curl spectrum. For instance, a naturalist with type 3a curls needs different care routines and products than a type 4c. The more you know about your curl pattern, texture, and the overall needs of your type, the easier it is to get gorgeous, healthy curls! We even have a quiz to help you out with this, so if nothing else, you can say you aced this resolution in under 10 minutes. Impressive!

Get a sleep routine in place

If you aren't wrapping your curls at night, make this a top priority for the New Year. You should be applying your favorite oil to your hair and wrapping it in a silk scarf or bonnet overnight. This will cut down on friction, lock in moisture, and reduce tangles.

Connect with your fellow naturals

Trying to figure out your hair needs on your own can be a little lonely and confusing. When you connect with other naturals, you widen your scope of knowledge and make some new friends in the process! Whether this means joining a forum discussion, catching up with your favorite YouTuber, or simply starting the conversation with your neighbor about natural hair, it is great to have lots of channels (pun intended) for information in your natural hair journey.

Make healthier choices for healthier hair

Finally, make sure you choose healthy New Year's resolutions overall because the health of your body dictates a lot of what goes on with your strands. For example, if you are dehydrated, your curls are dehydrated. Whether you want to set a goal for daily water intake, consuming less sugar, or eating more lean protein, just remember that healthy hair starts on the inside.



Are those New Year Gears turning yet?

Make your toasts, make your promises to yourselves, and make sure to follow our editors as they take on the two-week sugarless challenge starting soon! Join them...if you think your willpower can take it and tag us @naturallycurly with your results!