Okay, so I’d be lying if I said I have not completely slacked on my hair care over the last three years or so. Totally insane, right? If you know me, you know that for years, I prided myself on taking impeccable care of my naturally curly and coily tresses. I washed and deep conditioned once a week before changing it up a bit and doing it twice a week starting my junior year of college. I maintained moisturized curls no matter what– even if I had to wash my hair in between classes.
After graduating college, however, I almost immediately stopped being consistent with my hair care routine, and I honestly have absolutely no idea why. After a few months of not properly caring for my hair, I began to notice a stark difference in how my hair looked and felt. This has continued for the last few years. The inconsistency in my hair care has truly had a huge impact on my hair. I believe if I had continued to properly care for my hair, I would have waist-length hair by now. Last year, I ended up cutting roughly 3.5 inches off of my hair due to how rough my ends looked, which was a direct result of me not properly taking care of my hair over the last couple of years.
Talking about slacking on self-care! Ha! But hair care, for me personally, is not necessarily only “self-care”, it is self-maintenance. Being inconsistent with my hair care simply is not going to cut it in 2022. Maintaining my curls and coils not only made my hair look better– it made me feel better about myself! Nothing like going in public with ultra moisturized tresses that smell of Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie after a forty-five minute long deep conditioning treatment!
With this being said, here are three practices I will be consistently implementing in 2022 to ensure that my hair gets back to flourishing— maybe even better than before!
Deep conditioning. I plan to deep condition my hair once every two weeks, for now. This could be subject to change based on seasonal changes, changes in hair needs (dryness or hygral fatigue), etc. I will listen to my hair and keep you all updated!
Scalp massages. Okay, not only does this sound absolutely relaxing, but it stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which in turn stimulates hair growth. Win-win, amiright?
Professional trims. Yes, I am going to commit to keeping those dead ends cut off, and I plan on using a professional to do so. In the past, trimming my own hair just never really worked out. Choosing health over length all 2022 and moving forward!
Now that I’ve laid out the hair care habits that I plan on implementing in the upcoming year, I would love to hear yours! What are you planning to do to take better care of your hair in 2022? Eat healthier? Take a certain supplement? Use a particular hair oil? Wash on a schedule? I look forward to reading your comments below!