As you all know I recently had box braids. They were in for almost two months and it was glorious. One of the things I love about natural hair is the versatility, this month is my four year curliversary and I’m loving every minute of it! But, it can be hard not to get bored with natural hair. It takes so much time JUST to wash and condition your hair that once you’re done with that often you have NO time (or desire) to experiment with your hair.
I have found that the best way to avoid natural hair boredom is to take the next step and style your hair. With natural hair most styles last at least one week so if you “set” it one day over the weekend you don’t really have to worry about styling it the rest of the week. This is great for saving time and it means that you can dedicate time you ordinarily would have spent Monday thru Friday solely to styling on Wash Day.
Over the years I have tried numerous styles and I have found this to be the best way to stay motivated and keep up with my healthy hair regimen. The more fun I have with my hair and compliments I get (lol) make it that much more rewarding.
Here are some ways to stay motivated:
Set Healthy Scalp Goals. Hair scalp health is crucial to healthy hair. If you have dry scalp and/or your scalp tends to flake a lot invest time in learning your scalp and treating it. Research different scalp treatments and things that you can do internally to help, too.
Set Hair Length Goals. I’ve never set a hair goal BUT now that I’ve hit BSL (bra strap length) I wouldn’t mind shooting for waist-length. Wouldn’t that be something…? Set a realistic hair length goal for yourself. But, keep in mind that length for most people is hereditary and length retention can play a major part in how long your hair is or appears to be.
Try New Styles. You have to experiment with your hair. If you’re not good at something, take a little extra time to practice. Once you perfect it, you will feel even better and have additional options when you style.
Get a Protective Style. Hide it and forget it! Whether it’s a weave or box braids (check out the different options I shared recently here), it can be really nice to have a semi-permanent change.
Get Color. Now I know color isn’t for everyone but if you have been thinking about it, DO IT! Make sure you get a professional to do it, if you’re not licensed.
Get a Cut. If you don’t have a length goal and you’ve been eyeing a new fierce cut go for it. You’ll feel sassy and enjoy a new change.
Ask Other Naturals. When all else fails, ask for help. That’s what I do. Maybe a natural curlfriend of yours can suggest something you haven’t thought of. If you don’t have a natural curlfriend, ask your favorite blogger. Tag them on twitter or post a question on an Instagram pic. We’re always happy to help.
Above are some of the styles I’ve tried over the years. What do you do to avoid a hair rut and stay motivated while you long for length? (You see what I did there? You like that? Lol.) Please share your comments below.