I’ve been on this natural/healthy journey for 3 years now. I’ve had many mishaps and setbacks, but thank God I’ve recovered from them all.
Today I’m sharing with you some tips about the mindset, in particular, the expectations we place on ourselves, to help avoid surprises and not wanting to quit midway through your transition process. There are three parts to the foundation of your healthy hair journey; general information, your mindset and health, and nutrition.
Mindset is so important because the mindset (or beliefs) that you have about your hair, products, tools, proper maintenance, and all those types of topics will change as you learn more about hair care and your specific hair needs. Your mindset will be the source of many obstacles that you’ll face during your journey. And the truth is that success in anything you do is more about commitment to a process.
We live in a microwave generation searching for endless hair growth products and different methods, regimens that have harmed and even lost some of us to the point of hampering our ability to truly learn our hair and distinguish its true needs. Product choices (especially when we see something new) that have encouraged temporary looks over long term substance and condition have also set some of us back.
Many people see the outcome or the results we've achieved and are often blinded by it, not realizing the immense amount of time and effort necessary to achieve these results. People always ask what products did you use to get your curls back, as if the answer is a short and simple one...I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it takes more than just products. Having this mindset in the beginning of your transition will cause you to adjust your "high expectations" towards a result or outcome that you want to achieve. But, seeing the finished outcome of others is encouraging and gives you hope to stay committed and persistent as you come to terms with yourself that you MUST and CAN do whatever it takes to succeed.
Be prepared to learn a lot. Transitioning involves getting educated, it’s almost like going to college because of the amount of information we try to take in as we transition. And this is great because this time around you’re invested in doing things right. It’s just part of the process.
Don’t wait for your curls to be the same as your hair guru. Your hair will have different curl patterns, textures, no volume, limp, stringy, etc. for awhile. Each curl is different and behaves differently. You have to learn to love yours and not somebody else’s’ hair. Love every step of the journey knowing that you're on your way to better, healthier hair.
You do not have to follow every single hair tip/method/application/technique to the letter, BUT sticking close to a healthy hair regimen even when you want to slack off will benefit your hair progress and results over time.
If you can monitor your progress carefully, it is an invaluable tool for helping you understand which products and techniques work best for your hair and which products do not work best for your hair. How? Keep a hair journal and take pictures of your progress to help you see and follow your hair journey as well as its achievements.
Your ability to navigate and control the interplay of moisture and protein in your hair is ultimately what determines how your hair responds to hair care product interventions. If you give your hair the proper treatment, it will always demonstrate visible length over time. (More on this at a later time).
Your old regimen will not necessarily work. Your transitioning hair has different needs. Everything changes; the products you use, styling methods, application/techniques, etc. It will feel like you’re being sucked into a new reality, and in essence- you are. Things won’t be as easy and as quick as before. This is an adjustment you’ll have to make.
If the perfect hair care product could be packaged and distributed, it would contain one solitary ingredient: TIME. Time is the commodity that has never failed anyone trying to recover from damaged hair and it is the common denominator in all healthy hair regimens.
As you continue on your hair journey, remember that flexibility and variety are the keys to healthy hair survival. Our haircare regimens MUST always be open to change.
No matter how well written a blog, book, post may be, they all face disadvantages when it comes to conveying them in an effective manner that will work best for YOUR hair. Always let your hair be your guide.