I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan
It’s easy to get frustrated and to want to quit when the going gets rough, but the reality is that persistence leads to success, which means you have to keep trying! That is very real, not only for hair but for everything in life. It is all too easy too and attractive to quit and put the shovel down, but just know you are not alone. Everyone and I mean everyone goes through moments where they feel self-doubt and want to quit, but you deserve better from yourself. As a full time student, I struggle with maintaining my blogs making sure I post every Friday and that I get them done to a good standard; I am always fretting over not having enough subscribers and feeling inadequate to the bloggers that make £14k in their first month, when I’ve made a grand total of £0 in the last 3. So how does this relate to you and your hair? It’s way to easy to get deflated and not see enough advancement with your hair, be it growth, or split ends and this can cause you to instead want to just straighten or just give up and stop looking after your hair. This is completely normal. Hair can be very complicated but it is so important to not give up.
How To Keep Going:
- If you ever feel deflated, try and remember why you started. Many women choose to start their natural journey with a Big Chop or a transitional period. Whatever the reason, keep it ‘in mind’ when you’re feeling the urge to quit because of that little voice of discouragement or from haters who don’t like the changes you’ve made to your hair. The urge to quit is usually a passing thought, not a ‘solution.’ Keeping your primary motivator for starting in mind will help you to resist the urge to give up on your hair.
- Try and create a routine. All hair types are different and require different routines. Not only can your hair routine help to improve the condition of your hair, but it can also be effective at simplifying your life. Routinised behaviour is more likely to stick, but don’t let yourself fall off of the bandwagon, find something simple and sustainable that you can actually stick to.
- Go-to lazy hairstyles are a must. We aren’t perfect and we all know there will be days where doing your hair is the last thing on your mind. While prevention is better than cure, it’s always good to find a cure. Some go-to hairstyles I like to do are buns, slicked ponytails etc. but a great way to upgrade these hairstyles are by using deep conditioning treatments or oils to leave in your hair so your hair is being nourished while you leave it in a mess.
‘Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan may not have hair, but he definitely inspires me to look after mine. Your hair isn’t worth giving up on, stick to your goals and think of different creative ways to to achieve them. It’s not trying harder, it’s about trying smarter.
– Paris x