Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My first 30 Day Challenge for healthier hair

For the past several of years I have had a very strong interest in the area of personal development. One of my favorite PD bloggers is Steve Pavlina writer of Personal Development for Smart People. His website is chock full of valuable content geared to help you become the very best person you can be. One of my favorite posts of his was the 30 Day trial entry.

The basis of the 30 Day trial is to develop a habit by committing yourself to doing just one thing every single day. Once you commit to beginning the trial, you must remain faithful until the full 30 days have passed. If you miss one day, you need to start over. Once you have successfully completed your 30 day trial, you can make a sound decision on whether or not to continue with this habit based on your results. Chances are, your new behavior will continue after the 30 days simply because of the consistent action that you have been taking.

I've decided to take on a 30 day trial that will benefit my hair. I thought long and hard about an activity that I can do every day that will make a positive impact in the health of my hair. I finally came to the conclusion that for the next 30 days, I will:

Focus on improving my nightly routine. I will add my favorite oil/moisturizer to my hair every single night sometime before I go to sleep. I'll take extra care to focus on areas that need it the most including my ends and any other weak areas. Along with this I also plan on making sure to tie my hair down properly using the best scarves, wraps, etc that will stay on overnight and keep my hair protected until morning.

The end result of my actions will (hopefully) be shiny, healthier looking hair in the morning, every morning for the next 30 days. My hair will also become stronger because of the reduced friction now that my wrap will be secured more properly to stay on all night. My hair will also be nourished from the nutritional properties of the plant oils that I will apply every single night without fail.

Let me just say that I have made this promise to myself before. My downfall usually occurs when I fall asleep while watching a movie or something and neglect to moisturize/oil my hair before bed. When that happens, I grab whatever head wrap I can get my hands on, and manage somehow to tie my hair down with both of my eyes closed. This action is extremely futile because my hair is already in disarray when I secure the scarf.

Understanding fully that I am functionally a morning person, I will overcome my obstacle by putting in place some measures to help me in my success. First I will set a daily alarm on my blackberry (Yes, its that serious)informing me of my need to prepare my hair for bed. I'll set my alarm for 6:30 m or 7:00 pm so I can make sure to do my deed way before the Sandman comes to visit. My second safeguard will be to segment my 30 day challenge into a 7 day challenge for four weeks. For me a 7 day challenge will seem more manageable(achievable) and I can assess my success every Sunday. During my assessment, I will notate any noticeable benefits and use the progress to motivate me to keep going strong the following week.

Wish me luck. I'm off to start day one.
  1. For some reason, no matter how much I neglect my hair in other ways, I always remember to wrap it up before I go to bed at night. Perhaps, it's my sheer laziness at styling it in the morning and knowing that if I wrap it properly at night, I can have it styled in just a few minutes in the morning. Good luck with your challenge!

  2. Good luck with your challenge! I find your blog to be extremely informative. Just one question: what oils are you planning on using? I am interested in the challenge as well.

  3. @ Anon: I normally have handy a blend of avocado and vitamin E oil that I buy from Vitamin Shoppe but I'm currently running low so I plan on creating a blended oil product from a varied mix of my favorite oils that I have on hand.