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Oh, the things that can be done in a year. When it comes to your hair, sometimes it’s not given the attention and thought that it really needs. As a lot of naturals can attest, it can be hard to grow your hair the way you want. But what if you could reach your lengths goals, get your hair healthy and see amazing results all in the span of a year?

I know some folks will say, “A year, that’s a long time.” But with most things, you have to be willing to put in the work to see real results. Things will not always come easily and in the moments of frustration, you can choose to either abandon all hope or move forward and see things through. When it comes to growing hair, some people have it easier than others. That’s okay because there are steps that you can take to get your hair the length you want it to be. The question is, “Are you willing to do what needs to be done?”

If you want to see your hair flowing down your back, or just want to see more growth, and have had issues achieving this in the past, no matter if you have 4c, 4b or type 3 hair, it’s time to consider being in it for the long haul.

Let’s look at how you can grow your hair within one year.

Evaluation

This is the first step. You have to know what you are working with to know where you need to go. Take a good, long look at your hair. What is the current condition, how is it’s manageability, etc? From there, you can start the process of formulating a routine that’s catered to your hair needs.

Regimen

Which brings me to a most important aspect of natural hair care- regimen. I believe that this is a make or break. If you don’t have a plan in place for how to care for your hair, that is where you go wrong. After you evaluate your hair, it’s time to start the building process. Have the products you know will work on hand at all times. Have a set time for washing your hair (once a week, twice a week, every other week, etc.). Decided when you will do deep conditioning, hot oil treatments and more. Then stick to it! You have to be strategic and you have to pay attention.

Learn

If you don’t know much about hair it would behoove you to do some research. There are a plethora of tutorials, videos, articles and other information at your disposal at ALL times. Don’t go into it without knowing what you are dealing with. During this time of learning, you should find out what type hair you have, the porosity, what your hair is prone to and what others who have similar tresses to yours do to keep their hair healthy and that’s just to name a few things.

Re-evaluation

It is a good idea to look at your progress every two to three months. Remember that taking care of natural hair is a purposeful process so it is necessary to look at what you’ve been doing to make sure it’s working. If it’s not, then adjust your routine. It is so important to chart your progress and doing this “housekeeping” item will definitely help you see what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong.

You don’t have to wait until a new year to start your year of hair growing. When it comes down to it, you have to make a commitment and if you start the process in April, June or October, within 12 months, you should see significant growth.

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