There are times when I feel like the natural hair movement is a doctor diagnosing people without giving them proper prescriptions. Some people say I can grow my natural hair by moisturizing everyday, others say I do not have to do anything just leave my hair alone. I have no clear plan on how to grow my natural hair. I need a clear plan on how I am going to reach my goal. One that clearly says what my goal is, how I am going to achieve this goal and for how long.
When I was young my parents would ask my siblings and I to kill a chicken for lunch and remove feathers. Do not say, oh my. These were the most organic free range chickens. It was the greatest thing ever, trying to catch a chicken. Until one day…Imagine you as a child, your first horror image. Head cut. Not enough man power to hold the chicken down. On the loose a headless chicken zig zagging everywhere. Sometimes this is me trying to figure out how to grow my natural hair. One minute I hear this is good for growth, I jump for it. The next day I hear so and so has discovered a miracle product I run go buy it. I am forever on Pinterest and Facebook groups admiring and asking each person with beautiful hair what they use. Most times I get the “I do nothing” response. Which does not help but leaves me super frustrated.
I need a clear plan on how to grow my natural hair that will save me time but it will also save me money. When I became natural I thought I would save money only to find natural hair products are not that cheap. Also, most natural hair products have addictive nice smelling essential oils like rosemary, peppermint that one can’t help but become a hair product junkie. I refuse to carry with me products that I will never use on my journey. I remember reading a post by a blogger who said if you go to Ireland carry rain boots because it rains all the time. For sure I would be one of those tourists in high heeled shoes when the solution is very simple look at the weather and plan accordingly. I certainly do not want to stand out in my natural hair journey. I need to plan accordingly.
So, what exactly is my prescription? What are you going to do to have a clear natural hair plan?
It is pointless to continue doing something with no clear plan or goal. One way to have a clear plan on how to grow natural hair is to use the SMART goal setting.
It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound. I can’t tell you what a difference using SMART goal setting has made in my overall life since I started using it. You can use this with any goals in your life. It will make you accountable and help you reach your goals.
e.g. I want to grow healthy waist length hair.
e.g. I will know when my hair is at waist length.
e.g. I will accomplish this goal by following a strict regimen. For example, washing my hair every Sunday, etc.
e.g I will improve my lifestyle by making proper hair and health decisions.
e.g Starting now I would like to grow my hair for the next 10 years.
By answering these questions, I can set a plan and proper map to my destination. It is better to have a plan than not having one. If you know the goal you can see problems easily and correct them immediately.
Do you feel like you have a clear plan on how you are growing your natural hair?
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