As each year draws to a close and a new one beckons, it’s not uncommon to assess your failures and triumphs, as well as areas in your life that you can improve on. If you’re like many other naturals, truth is you most probably spent some time examining the state and length of your hair and whether you reached whatever hair goals you had set for 2016 before the year ended, and taking your assessment into consideration, you set new hair goals for 2017.

Hair goals help keep you motivated on your hair journey. But just as setting hair goals is important to a degree, it is also essential to keep them as realistic as possible. It is also important not to beat yourself down just because you didn’t reach your hair goal…no need to panic, take a deep breath. You will reach your goal eventually. Remember, it’s a new year and it’s never too late to incorporate new ways of assisting your hair growth. So without further ado, here are three things you can do to help you reach this year’s hair goals.
Stick to a regimen
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to stick to a regimen. Whether that includes doing your hair on your own once a week or heading to the salon for wash day once a month, find a routine you can stick to that works for you and your schedule. You can have the world’s best hair products known to man stashed in your bathroom cabinet, but they won’t be of any help if you’re not consistent with your regimen.
Protective styling
If you suffer from hand-in-hair syndrome, protective styling is the best way to avoid playing around with your hair. Yes, I know your hair is flawless and you just love the feel of your hair or – gasp – twirling it around your finger, but just stop with all the hair manipulation. Protective styles such as two-strand twists, bantu knots, braids, flat twists, cornrows, box braids, weaves, wigs and crotchet styles will go a long way in assisting you with length retention. However, if you’re going to do cornrows (with hair extensions), box braids, weaves and crotchet styles, remember to give your edges and hair two weeks to a month’s break to recuperate before installing a new set.
Incorporate healthy lifestyle practices
Healthy lifestyle practices are essential for strong, healthy hair. Drink lots of water, introduce super foods like fish, lentils, beans, green leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts, whole grains and dairy into your diet, exercise when you can – even if it’s just taking a walk around your neighbourhood, think positively and choose happiness over stress every time. You may not think much of it, but a healthy mind equals a healthy body and your input will always equal your output.