Like many, we all have things we can work on and improve in our lives. Do you want to become more disciplined? Would you get more accomplished if you woke up an hour earlier to start your day? What about your hair? Would you like to grow longer, fuller hair? Maybe you just want to grow your beloved edges back. Someone else’s goal could be to grow their hair out completely natural, and transition from relaxed or heat damaged ends. Whatever the goal, keep in mind that anything is achievable with a well thought out plan as well as persistence and discipline. You can’t achieve a goal if you don’t stay committed to it.
Let’s discuss some tips to help in actually accomplishing these goals we have set out for ourselves. The first thing I recommend is to have a visualization of the desired look. This could be in the form of a vision board or a Pinterest board of precisely what you want your hair to look like. If you choose to do a physical vision board, be sure to place it somewhere that you will be able to see it daily to keep you motivated. Often when we end up giving up on our goals, it is because we literally lose sight of the vision we set for ourselves. Passing by a collage of your goals every day will constantly refresh your memory and help you to stay focused on achieving that desired goal. If you choose to use Pinterest to build your vision, just make sure to take a peek and scroll at least once a day during your downtime to ensure constant inspiration.
The next thing I would suggest, in my professional opinion, is to write down everything needed to achieve this goal. In many cases, it would be best to seek a licensed Cosmetologist that can perform a thorough hair and scalp analysis to fully assess the necessary steps needed to achieve your desired look. If you do not already have a stylist, may I make a shameless suggestion? If you are not already familiar with The Hair Ministry, I am the CEO and Lead Stylist. I am currently offering free consultations to any client who would like me to take a look at their hair to discuss goals and a good hair regimen. I will help to map out a suitable game plan and assist in any way I can with you achieving these goals in the healthiest way possible. If you are interested, you can book a free consultation with myself, ElonTheStylist, at www.thehairministry.net, when you’re ready to get started on your hair goals.
Once you have a vision of what you want and a map of how you’re going to get there, my next piece of advice would be to find an accountability partner. Having someone to keep you accountable for your goals can be the biggest blessing, especially if you’re likely to give up on yourself easily. In retrospect, we, as humans, are usually OK with letting ourselves down. Still, when someone else that we care about is involved and could possibly be disappointed in us, we are more inclined to stay committed. One of the worst feelings is disappointing a friend or someone we genuinely care about. If you are married, you can tell your husband or wife your hair goals and ask them to help you stick to your hair regimen. If you are single and have a good friend with similar goals, commit to check in on each other weekly or make wash day a friend date. If you’re more of a private person when it comes to your hair, ask your stylist to be your accountability. After all, that’s what we’re here for! There are many ways to make achieving these goals fun and suitable for your lifestyle.
Once you have the vision, a well thought out plan, and an accountability partner, it’s time to do the work. Prepare as much as possible ahead of time. If there are any items you have to purchase, add them to your weekly grocery list and handle that as soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate! Be sure to place your bonnet and scalp oils in a place where you will see them right before bed every night – like on the nightstand, so there’s no way you won’t remember them. If necessary, keep a journal of your hair regimen so that you can keep track of what’s required each day. Set reminders on your phone for each daily habit needed to keep you persistent. Be sure to do the same for your appointments with your stylist. Missing one appointment could be detrimental to your hair journey. Also, be sure to always rebook to ensure that your stylist is able to keep you consistently in rotation without too much time passing between maintenance appointments.
The most important thing to remember when seeking to achieve a goal is to remain disciplined. Anyone can do any of the above things to prepare, but only discipline will keep you going. Remember your why – your end goal and the fact that it is possible with time, patience, and persistence.