This pic below the hair length of the young lady in black is my goal. I just love how the hair effortlessly falls below her shoulders and how the ends are just as shiny and healthy looking as the rest of the hair. And yes, I understand that she's more than likely wearing a weave but that doesn't stop me from striving to achieve that look.
I'd like to take this opportunity to assess where I am (compared to my goal) and what I need to do for the next 6 months to take me towards my destination. In my assessment, I'll use a SWOT analysis. That way I use a systematic approach in creating my strategy by analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to my current hair regimen. From this, I hope to create an effective plan of action that will really speak with to my goals. Let's get started.
STRENGTHS:I'd say a strength of my journey has been the ability to create healthy growth. I wouldn't say that my hair grows faster than normal. I'm talking more about quality of the growth versus the growth rate. So for the next six months or so I will continue to leverage this strength by continuing to do the following:
Along with taking these internal products, I will also continue a practice that I've really only started consistently doing for the past few weeks. Every morning (and some evenings) I've practiced the Sanford Bennett method of scalp massage which includes "pulling the hair and scalp" as part of the massage process. I believe that doing this has helped me create the blood flow and stimulation to larger areas of my scalp in less amount of time then if I were simply massaging my scalp with my finger tips. Doing this long term will definitely have a positive impact on growth.
A huge weakness I see in my hair (compared to my goal) is in the fullness/thickness of my ends. As a non-protective styler, I kinda expect this result as a bi-product of my decisions. That still doesn't mean that I'm not going to try things that alter my current situation. One such action I've taken is to trim my ends. Although this has helped, there's still more that needs to be done. So I'm going to try a few other actions to protect my ends and help keep them healthy including:
- Overnight pre-poo to elevate the strength of all of my hair including ends. Sealing the conditioner in my hair with coconut oil (especially on the ends).
- Testing out a new way of caring for my hair at night that promotes healthy ends while I sleep. If this method produces worthy results, I'll share on the blog.
An opportunity that I can leverage for the remainder of the year is creating the habit of being consistent. I feel like I've amassed enough products and knowledge to really make an impact on my goals. The key is how I can do these things I've talked about day after day, week after week until substantial progress is made. If I can remain consistent as doing all the right things, I will undoubtedly be signing the praises of my progress come six months from now.
The biggest threat, I see, in my plan to move towards my goal is myself. My lack of inaction, along with my destructive habits. Setbacks are a huge threat to my progress so I'm focusing on doing all I can to avoid them like the plague. Continued trimming, overnight deep conditioning, and making sure I set aside enough time for daily care and maintenance. I'm simply at a point where I can not let a set back creep it's ugly head.....not now. I'm really focused on doing things daily that move me closer to my goals. It's like being on a treadmill....if I simply stand still, I will fall off (and possibly hurt myself in the process). For this reason I must keep moving even if it's one step at a time.
One thing that I'd like to do is acknowledge the progress made thus far. It's important to take the time to recognize the result of the work put in up to this point. Sure, my journey hasn't been perfect but the more I am able to be grateful for what I have thus far, the more I will enjoy what I desire.