Have you ever seen an older couple where the man looks more vibrant and fit than the woman? My life flashed before my eyes last year, when I realized that my worst nightmare could be realized in the next 40 years if I don’t become as disciplined with taking care of my body as my hubby is with his.
Inspired by the fact that I don’t ever want my husband to look hotter than me, (on his worst days he looks like the extra built version of Michael Angelo’s David), I declared that I would return to exercising and give my hubby a real run for his money.
My plan was to start right away with a gym membership and do some strength training and cardio 5 times a week.
I planned get up at 5am five times a week. I planned to eat cleaner by dropping cheese and unnecessary fats and adding more veggies to my diet.
But then this happened.…
The truth is, this scenario isn’t unique to people who want to exercise. If you’ve tried again and again to build a hair regimen, but can never stick to it, I know how you feel.
It took me a long time to finally figure out what worked for me and how I can remain consistent despite life, and I’m here to tell you, “It can be done!”
Check out my tips for creating a regimen you’ll actually stick with.
1. Learn what you’re doing right.
We often become overwhelmed with our hair plans thinking we have to add a whole bunch of new techniques and habits into our everyday lives when in reality, we are already doing much of what we plan to do. When you take stock of the good you do to your hair and how often you do it,you help yourself start your regimen with the right mindset — already triumphant.
2. Match what you’re already doing right with the right tools and the right products.
Instead of adding a whole bunch of other habits and techniques to your regimen, maximize the effects of the good things you already do for your hair by using the best tools and the most conditioning and moisturizing products.
If you’re all about that weekly wash, instead of looking at it as just another thing you do on the regular, look at it as an opportunity to really nourish your hair and get it on a healthier path. Choose moisture rich shampoos to take your hair to the next level. Make sure you’re not using broken combs or denman brushes to detangle.
When you match an already established habit with products and tools built to enhance your hair, you’ll notice a change in the quality of your hair without the headache of changing up every single thing that you do.
3. Make sure you have what you need to do it right.
Nothing is worse than getting ready to start on your new regimen, only to learn that you don’t even have everything you need to start on the right foot. If you don’t get it right the first time, by having all the ingredients, tools, etc. you’ll need, it’s more than likely that you won’t follow through with the new addition to your regimen the next time. Say, for example, you plan on adding a pre‐shampoo oil treatment to your regimen, make sure you hit up Amazon or the beauty supply store to get all the things you’ll need in advance.
4. Allow your regimen additions be time sensitive.
Instead of saying, “I will now forever wash my hair 3 times a week and moisturize 5 times a week”, set a time limit for each new item you introduce to you regimen. Something like, “I will start my washing my hair one extra time per week on X date and for the next three weeks. I will stop this extra wash on X date.” And even go so far as adding those start and end dates to your calendar. What this essentially does is make this new part of your regimen seem much easier to tackle because the commitment seems more doable. Bite sized chunks of change are easier to digest than a whole 6 course meal of it.
When you add set start and end dates to your calendar, it helps you approach it with a more “can do” kind of attitude and takes away the anxiety that comes with making a huge time commitment. Plus, when the time is up, it’s up. No need to feel guilty about not doing it anymore because hey you did it for the allotted time. If you care to continue that new addition to your regimen, simply re‐plug it into your hair regimen calendar for more allotted time.
What are some techniques you’ve used to stick to new hair regimens?