"New year, new me..."

I like to switch it up as often as possible. From going back to black, to trying a few homemade hair color treatments, to befriending Marley braiding hair all over again, 2015 showed me that no matter how dramatic or eccentric the look may be to some, I myself get bored easily with hairstyles, products, and DIY experiments. There's no doubt that having naturally curly hair is super versatile and fun, but I want to switch it up yet again in 2016. This is what I'm thinking of doing next.

1. Get microbraids

One of the main reasons for not committing to trying this protective style yet mostly has to do with the amount of time that is required to install the hair. Whether adorned with dazzling gold and silver loc rings or chopped into a cute chin-length bob, I am so down for rocking micros for at least a month long.

2. Give my hair a mud treatment

I haven't used mud before as part of a homemade hair mask (not counting henna). but I've heard enough about how great it feels. According to the pros, clay/mud acts as sort of detox for those with especially dry and porous hair. I'm interested to see the results in doing a monthly bentonite or rhassoul treatment.

3. Return to red

The first highlights I got were a ginger hue that I fell in love with at the tender age of 14. Deep down I always feel like I was meant to be a redhead. Since learning that henna dye acts as a barrier for allowing permanent hair color to penetrate, and making a sixty-something dollar mistake in attempting to defy the odds, I've been patiently waiting to return to use that box of Garnier hair color for my perfect shade.

4. Rock a sew-in

I was never a sew-in type of gal, except for a brief time in in 2011 when I got diagnosed with an illness that put me on chemotherapy. During this time, my sew-in experiences were not as memorable, but I can chalk that up to what I was going through. I'd love to rock a voluminous, long type 3 curly weave that will help me keep my hands out of my hair for another month or so.

5. Perfect the Bantu knot-out

My multi-textured, multi-porosity 3c curly hair gives me problems when it comes to making a Bantu knot-out not resemble a wash-and-go. It's only January and I've already spent some time and effort in testing different products that will allow me for the most polished definition. In addition to switching up the product arsenal, I need to revisit some Youtube tutorials and get my technique all the way together.

What should I try next?

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