Every year women around the country make New Year’s resolutions that they simply can’t keep. This year, instead of making the resolution to lose 20 pounds in the next 2 days, I decided to make resolutions that any curly girl could keep, and that will also benefit my hair. What a concept! So here is a list of 11 hair resolutions to keep throughout 2011.
1. Use the blow dryer as little as possible: Heat is never good for your hair. After a certain amount of heat, you start damaging your hair, which leads to frizz; the one thing curly girls everywhere want to fight! Let your hair air dry as much as possible, although the occasional use of a diffuser is allowed when you’re running late and it’s only 20 degrees outside.
2. Learn more hairstyles: I constantly find myself wearing my hair down or in a ponytail, and that’s it. As the year progresses I want to learn more things to do with my hair so I don’t get bored with it and become tempted to bring out the straightener.
3. Do more deep conditioning treatments: Right now I do a deep condition when I think about it, which is close to once a month. I want to get in a regular habit of doing these so my hair will be loaded with moisture. And this leads me to the next one...
4. Experiment with DIY deep treatments: I have never been one to make my own deep conditioners, but with so many great recipes floating around, why not start? Anything involving honey and avocado not only sounds completely tasty to eat, but is extremely moisturizing for your hair. You can also save money by buying simple ingredients such as honey to use as a conditioner. If you need some recipes check out this article featuring yummy hair recipes.
5. Try more DIY Hair Accessories: I am guilty of buying any hair accessory that I love, no matter what the cost. I have realized that not only is this clearly not beneficial to my bank account, but I've also realized that many of the things I buy I could make at home for much cheaper. I want to bring out my inner crafty side and start making my own accessories.
6. Switch to using a shampoo free method: Yes, I still shampoo every other day. I know that co-washing helps control frizz while keeping your curls moisturized, but I just haven’t switched over yet. I’m going to try my best to get rid of the shampoo in these early months of 2011, and maybe I’ll see a huge difference in my curls.
7. Learn the art of self-trimming: There are several benefits to being able to trim your hair yourself—including saving time and money as well as being able to style you hair exactly how you want. At the moment, the thought of cutting my own hair is a bit scary, but if it’s just a trim I don’t see why I couldn’t do that. If you are in need of a touch-up, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pick up this art so you can save your money.
8. Use products that benefit the environment: As each month passes, I try to do more that benefits this lovely planet I happen to live on. One way to do this is by using specific hair products, i.e. things that are organic or that come in recyclable containers.
9. Clean out my cabinets once every 3 months: At the moment, this seems like an impossible task. I have so many products that 3 months seems like an extremely short time to try everything, but I am going to do my best. At the end of the 3 months, I’m going to clean everything out that I don’t think I’ll use and give it to the other curly girls of the world! Plus, I’ll make room for my other things that are coming in.
10. Keep up with the natural hair community: There are so many women out there who blog about their experiences of being natural as well as offer up tips. I want to follow them on a frequent basis so I can get advice as well as inspiration from ladies everywhere.
11. Spread the curly word to women everywhere: I have a wavy-haired mom and several friends who are naturally curly, and they all straighten their hair. I rarely straighten anymore, and I love my curls! I want all of the naturally curly women in my life to feel the same way. I want to share products and knowledge with them so they too can love their natural side and show it off often. Not to mention it’s always fun to have friends who you can share products and tips with.