What goals have you set for your natural hair journey? More importantly, are you reaching them?
I think it is safe to say that our goals can sometimes be very fluid, especially when we don’t know what we want or how to achieve it. On a basic level, we could probably agree that for many, things like length and definition would be pretty far up on the list of goals we make for our hair.
What if I told you that before we achieved those, there were specific goals that we all should seek to achieve. These goals would set the foundation for our hair care journey and would ultimately make all other goals more attainable.
If you’re struggling to reach your natural hair goals or are looking for a great place to start when setting them, you’re in luck! Today we’re taking a closer look at the natural hair goals we should all strive for on our natural journey.
Do I need to set goals?
Whether we write them out or carry then in our heads, I think we all inadvertently set goals for our natural hair. We all have a vision for how we want our hair to look at some point along our journey. How well we stick to it and our ability to achieve the goals we set depends on how realistic we are and our starting point. If you want to increase your chances for success, consider these simple objectives, we should aim to achieve before tackling some of our other natural hair goals.
Understand your hair’s unique characteristics
We often dive into natural hair care headfirst without having a real understanding of our hair, its unique characteristics, or specific needs. We tend to look to hair typing to tell us what we should know about our hair. The reality is hair typing tells you very little and is not an adequate representation of most curls. Our goal should be to learn key things about our hair that affects the way it looks feels and behaves. Knowing these things will allow us to set realistic goals and expectations for our hair and move with more intentionality on our natural journey.
Appreciate the way your hair looks, feels, and behaves in its natural state
When it comes to natural hair care and the goals we set, I think it is safe to say that sometimes our expectations are unrealistic. Flooded with pictures, opinions, and commentary of how the perfect curls should look feel and behave, we have made it difficult to appreciate our hair in its natural state. Instead, we chase shine, curl definition, and a smooth surface texture when that is not necessarily what it is all about. Different surface textures respond to and reflect light differently. Coarse hair is beautiful, and tightly coiled curls can still pop. Before we can set individual natural hair goals, we must be able to appreciate our hair, embrace its unique characteristics, and understand how these things can affect our hair and the way we care for it.
Shift your focus to the health of your hair
Healthy hair is the foundation for success and often a critical factor in achieving our other goals. Definition, hydration, manageability, and growth all require a healthy foundation for lasting and meaningful results. Before reaching your other goals, you have to ensure that your hair is healthy. Yes, it may be possible to achieve the appearance of health without investing the time it takes to ensure your hair is healthy. However, the result will be damage, loss, and the inability to achieve the ultimate goals you have set for your hair.
When it comes to natural hair care, we have to be able to know, love, appreciate and adequately care for our hair. Focusing on these three simple goals will help you to do this and set the foundation for ultimate success on your natural hair journey.
If you’re reading this and realizing that you may need to shift your focus and hit refresh on your natural journey, you’re in the right spot. Bold Kulture Beauty will give you all the tools you need to be successful on your natural hair journey. Visit us today and let us help you set and achieve obtainable natural hair goals.