The very first step is to realize that there are a spectrum of approaches that you can take when deciding to start a hair journey. You can be extremely rigid in your actions and avoid everything that any person tells you that is wrong but I suggest that you heed the advice of others and implement the fundamentals in a way that fits into your lifestyle. Below I’ve outlined the steps to guide you to getting your hair to a healthy place.
Step 1: Remember from whence you came…
Step 2: Decide on your Goals.
Step 3: Troubleshooting
- Want longer lengths?
- Want to combat dryness?
- Are you experiencing Breakage?
- Want to get rid of excessive Shedding?
- Garlic Treatments
- Black Tea Rinses
- Hoping for Thicker Hair?
- Want your hair to have more Shine?
Step 4: Create a Customized Hair Regimen
- Step 4(a): First figure out what you want to incorporate into your hair regimen. Here is an example of the basics to any regimen: Cleanse, Moisturize, Strengthen and Protect. This may be where your regimen starts and ends, but depending on your lifestyle and your hair’s needs, there may be other elements that you decide to add to it (for example hot oil treatments, pre-shampoo, rinses, daily moisturizers/sealants, co-washing, etc.).
- Step 4(b): Finding Products for your Hair Regimen — This is where a lot of people get hung up for various reasons, the ailment often referred to as being a PJ (Product Junkie) or PJism (Product Junkie-ism). The cause: there are just so many different hair products out there, “how am I supposed to know that I’m using the best one for my hair?” The result: you stock pile hair products like you’re starting your own Beauty Supply Store. How to prevent this: A good way to avoid this is to weed out bad products (or to find some products to start out with) is to check out product reviews on blogs, forums and websites. From there try one product at a time (for a few weeks at a time), if you hate it repeatedly –> kick it to the curb; but if you love it –> keep it by your side.
Step 5: Be Consistent, Persistent and Patient!
While you are working on your regimen you may have some setbacks and/or epiphanies, at which point you reassess and adjust your regimen to accommodate them. But the foundation of your regimen doesn’t change much and what’s important is being consistent and persistent in your healthy hair endeavors. It is the best/fastest way to get your to your goals. However, keep in mind that this journey takes time because depending upon your ultimate goal it will take at least month but (if you’ve got lofty goals like myself) it can take years. If you get discouraged (or want to check on your progress) take another picture of your hair from the same angles as your starting picture. Compare the pictures, do you see improvement? If not, return to Step 3 and try to figure out why you may not be making progress. But if you do see progress, then you’re on the right track and should continue to be consistent with your regimen and push ahead.
Some Key Tips
- Average Hair Growth Rate is 1/2 inch per month.
- Normal Shedding Rates: We shed an average of 50 to 100 hairs a day.
- Hair Growth Length Chart