We’re coming to the end of the first month of the year, which means it’s time to actually consider my yearly resolutions. As in all things, I like to procrastinate on these and wait until everyone else has just about blown theirs off and then think about what I want to change in the new year. Except I prefer to make them about things that don’t matter in slightest thereby reducing the impetus to just say “screw it.”
Therefore every year I make beauty resolutions and shockingly I’ve managed to stick to it. A few years back I decided to be better at taking off my makeup every night with a full face wash instead of just haphazardly swiping at it. When my skin turned so dry it started cracking, I added moisturizer into the list (personal favorite? Philosophy). Now I have a full nightly routine that I’m pretty adamant about that includes a thorough cleansing, a Clarisonic, and night cream. Another change I made a few years ago was dedicating myself to painting my nails once a week. It’s a superfluous thing to do, but I’d stopped altogether because I was always too lazy to take off the nail polish or update it, and so it was easier to avoid it altogether. Now I have a drawer full of Butter London nail polish (finding the brand that works for you makes all the difference, too) and doing my nails has become a weekly enjoyment (current favorite? Lady Muck).
With face and nails taken care of, there’s an obvious choice to focus on this year. My hair. It’s long, frizzy, curly, and dry and something must be done. It’s too easy to just wash, throw in some gel, let it get curly frizzy, become frustrated and tuck it up on my head. Which is ridiculous. I like my hair. It’s red and a big part of my identity, so why would I tolerate it looking “meh” at best? My goal is to get it healthy, shiny, frizz-free, and easily maintained this year. To do so though, I need a plan of action.
I’m vowing to use a hair mask every other week until I see results. I’ve already bought Roots and Fluffy from Lush (FYI Fluffy REEKS) to get my hair softer and stronger.
Olive Oil Treatment:
Yes you heard me, olive oil. I had to use it to get glue unstuck from my hair and that small section had perfect curls and no frizz. I’m hooked and it’s far cheaper than going broke at Lush. I’m determined to coat my head in it once a month, even if it does make me smell like a foccaia loaf, let it sit for as long as I can handle it, and then shampoo/condition it out.
I have a terrible habit of maybe cutting my hair once a year and snipping the worst of the split-ends myself. Which is stupid since I love the way my hair looks and feels after I get it done. So I’m vowing to go at least three to four times a year.
It’s easy to rush through the wash/rinse cycle in the shower, but taking a little extra time and putting the conditioner in early, running a comb through in the shower and letting it sit makes such a difference. Goal? Slow down in the shower.
Harnessing the Advice of Friends With Good Hair:
We all have those friends with perfect locks. You glare at them enviously while wondering how much time a day they spend getting their hair to look that good. But instead of seething, I’m going to just start asking (ok demanding) they tell me their secrets. Maybe one of them can teach me how to blow dry my hair without it looking like a beauty queen pageant from the 80s. Perhaps I can finally master curling the back of my hair. The possibilities are endless and shouldn’t we all work together for better hair? I think so.
Whether your goal is for better hair or something else, I encourage everyone to take on a silly little resolution that is easy to accomplish and makes you feel better. Something that can have a more immediate result than trying to be as financially stable as Donald Trump or losing 60-billion pounds of Chipotle burrito fat in six months (I’m fairly confident I could master “Game of Thrones” hair before I could give up Chipotle). You may not end up with perfect hair, nails, skin, etc at the end of the year, but you’ll most likely have incorporated a regular routine in to your beauty ritual that makes you feel and look a bit better.[divider] [/divider]
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