Hair Goals for 2017

11:03 Naija girl next door 8 Comments

Welcome to 2017!

I hope you're settling in nicely. Did you set any goals? I'm setting a few for my hair, my blog and my life.

 2016 ended on a high for me. Remember that exam I mentioned in my I'm Back post? I aced it! I just thank God for his direction and for answering my prayers. I had a lot on the line.

You know I haven't posted about my hair in a while. I'll be honest, I haven't exactly been on my best behaviour with my hair, I've done some good things and some bad things.

The Good

  • Low manipulation: My hair has been in protective styles lately; crochet braids, faux locs. They're good for keeping manipulation to a minimum so my hair doesn't break from too much touching, detangling, combing. Also, it's not exposed to the elements so it won't dry out as fast.
  • Paying attention to my protein needs: Every now and then my hair shows signs that it needs a protein shot. Even though I have used a couple of protein deep conditioners, good old egg is still what my hair best responds to. (Remember to do a strand test if you try it because one girl's go-to is another girl's no-no).
  • Snipping off single strand knots every time I see them.
The Bad
  • Slacking on moisture: This sums up everything bad I'm doing (and failing to do). I'm not moisturising as frequently as I should, which for my hair is daily. I kind of neglected my hair under the protective styles. There's also the problem of my all-time favourite moisture deep conditioner, Shea Moisture Purification masque, becoming such a scarce commodity in Nigeria. When I do find it, it costs N8,350- N8,450 (Girl, bye). I'm yet to find a satisfactory replacement. It's not every time I have the energy for DIY.
The Hair Goals
  1. Moisture, Moisture, Moisture: I'll be focusing on moisture primarily. During my relaxed and transitioning hair days, I retained a lot more length because my regimen was a very simple one centred on moisture. I'll be doing this by deep conditioning weekly and moisturising with water daily. I'll have to tweak the conditioners I now own to get more moisture into my hair. I'm also getting a heat cap to help them penetrate better.
  2. Length retention: If I'm really good with the moisture, this will naturally happen. I also have to continue to keep manipulation to a minimum; so styles like loose twists, cornrows, crochet braids, buns are my friends. I just have to remember to moisturise and keep my edges pressure-free.
  3. Scalp massages: This is the one I'm least likely to fulfill. My track record isn't the best. Hopefully my Hair Trigger oil will motivate me. Why have a growth stimulating product if you won't use it right, right?
  4. Straighten once this year: I haven't flat-ironed my hair in several years; even before I consciously started a healthy hair journey I knew direct heat was bad. However, it can be done safely if precautions are taken and it's not done too frequently. I plan to do it at Tasala HQ or Kemi Lewis's salon. Really want to see my hair straight.
Hey I got the Cassie Daves blog planner. I started lusting after it last year when I began falling behind with my blogging. I'm already motivated to do more. It really is money well spent. Shoutout to Cassie for this creation <3 <3

Do you have any hair goals this year? 



  1. Welcome back, Sandra. Congrats on your exam. I understand your frustration with the cost of the SM masque. I'm down to the final scraps of my deep conditioner and I'm afraid to see how much it costs. :-(

    I just have 2 goals. (1) retain length with healthy hair practices and (2) improve my natural hair styling.

    Don't Touch the Hair

    1. I feel like natural products are reflecting the current exchange rates more severely than other products... or maybe that's just the area that concerns me?
      I'm on the same wavelength with you with goal 1. I'll keep up with your posts to stay encouraged.

  2. Congrats on acing your exam.
    My hair goals are.. 1) create and work with a simple regimen 2)retain length 3) get a trim

    1. Solid goals there. I hope they are coming along nicely.

  3. I feel your pain Sandra. My favourite deep condish is Obia natural and now on Konga it is 8500. I hv been rolling on the floor and praying that God will just send one from heaven down.

    1. Sis, that Obia one was on my list but I had to take a seat. I saw it for N7000 on if that helps.

  4. Please share your moisturizing and maintenance routine for when you have loose twists. Thanks

    1. This is an idea for a new post. Thanks. Will do.