If you're new to embracing your curly hair, you're likely feeling overwhelmed with all the products, methods, techniques, acronyms, and words (plopping, STC???).
It's a lot of information to sort through and it's easy to go down the rabbit hole and try all the things in an effort to succeed in your curly hair journey.
Some people are successful right away and for others, it takes a much longer time.
So what's the secret to success on your curly hair journey?
Tracking what you're doing from the beginning.
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How to ensure success
Ensuring success and truly making progress with your curly hair is actually pretty simple. You just have to track what you are doing. That's it!
You simply need to record pictures of your hair, the products and methods you're using, and your schedule.
Without doing this, you risk overdoing moisture, creating buildup, not finding what methods and products truly work, and not actually learning about your hair.
The point of your curly hair journey is to have healthy, beautiful hair in its natural state. If you never learn about your hair how will that happen?
If all you're doing is slapping different products you hear about and rotating through products and methods you see on YouTube without a real plan then what are you actually going to get out of that?
You might eventually get to the endpoint but how long will that take you? How much money and time will you waste? And all the frustration along the way…
I did not track my journey in my first year of embracing my curly hair and progress was slow.
I would try a product once or twice, then toss it aside.
I didn't see the relationship between certain ingredients and humidity.
I over moisturized my hair because I wasn't paying attention to how it felt and looked and had no idea what it needed.
All of that could have easily been avoided if I was tracking my journey.
I saw much more improvement in my second year, which was when I started tracking what I was doing.
This ended up happening because I was blogging but it turned out to be a huge turning point in my curly hair journey.
I started having more consistent results, even when trying new products.
I figured out the techniques that really worked for me and stuck with those (unless I was testing a new method).
Seriously, keeping a record with photos and the details of the products and techniques was the best thing I did that year!
Take photos and keep them organized
There are a few ways to do this easily.
You can take photos and keep them in a folder/album on your phone, or create a private Instagram account to upload your photos with captions (this is my favorite option).
I like the private Instagram idea because you can list the products and methods used in the caption and it doesn't take up space on your phone. It already has the date and you can see the visual by scrolling so it's easy to see progress.
Record the products and methods you use every wash day
Note the specific products and methods you use every wash day.
You can write a note in your calendar app, use the private Instagram account idea, or use any note-taking app to do this.
It's super important to do this because you can see if there is a certain product linked to limp curls, frizz, or other problems you may be having. Without tracking you can't pinpoint the specific problem as easily.
It's also great to compare results as you test new products and methods. Sometimes it's an ingredient and not necessarily the product so seeing that you had the same problem when using 3 products that have 1 particular ingredient in common is valuable.
Create a schedule to ensure you maintain balance
I can't tell you how many times I talk to people who have been struggling with their hair for a few weeks and when I ask them when was the last time they clarified or deep conditioned they can't remember!
It's so important to keep a schedule so that you maintain balance.
If you're not regularly clarifying, deep conditioning, and doing other treatments that your hair needs you'll eventually start to have problems like frizz, dryness, limp curls, tangles, and more.
You can do all of these easily with my Curly Journey Journal!
Simplify your curly hair journey with this easy monthly & daily curl tracking system that will save you time & money!
The Curly Journey Journal contains:
- a curl assessment
- monthly & weekly schedule
- daily tracking sheet
- a “how to use this resource” video
- sample pre filled pages
- and it's fully editable on the computer (or phone)!
The Curly Journey Journal will help you:
- easily identify which products work & which products don't work on your hair
- have more consistent wash day results
- determine which styling methods work best for you
- simplify your curly hair journey
- determine if the weather is affecting your hair
- make adjustments to your routine as needed
- assess when trying something new if it is working or not
- avoid wasting time trying a million different things
- track your progress
- quickly spot problems in your routine
If you're ready to start tracking your journey using my simple curl journal then click here.
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