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New Year’s Resolutions and Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202131 Comments

New Year's Resolutions and Natural Hair
Adrien writes:

Bad hair habits. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things we do (or don’t do) to our hair when no one is looking. Or shoot, even when they are sometimes, lol. We all have them.

My number one offense is pulling and snapping off single strand knots with my fingernails if I can’t find scissors. *GASP!* Yes, it’s true… it’s atrocious, I know. I just can’t stand to leave the little evil knot there so I break it off even though the sound of my hair snapping makes me crazy and it creates more damage.

So with the new year coming I think I’ll make a New Year Hair Resolution to never never EVER do that again. ok ok…. I’ll TRY not to do it again, lol. I’ll keep a ‘lil pair of grooming scissors in my bag to help.

So, what’s your bad hair habit? What do you plan to do to break yourself of it in the New Year? (or better yet, TODAY?)

CN Responds:

I too snap off single strand knots with my finger nails! Ack! Such a horrible habit! I also impulsively cut off inches of my hair at once due to finding one, maybe two splits or knots. On the one hand, I need to continue toting my scissors around to keep from snapping off strands, but on the other hand, I need to pitch them to prevent my impulsive chops. In the new year, I’m going to store my scissors in a drawer, and only trim once every two months or so. It will have to be a scheduled session, with the intention to remove splits or knots (search and destroy)… not to hack away several inches, lol.


  • Anonymous says:

    My goal for 2011 is to make it another year transition! I've just had my one-year no permaversary… and I'm so excited! I'm ready to make it 2 years! My transition style in 2011 will definitely be the kinky twist; it's very low maintenance and my hair loves it!

    Another goal I have is to transition to all natural/organic products. Right now Cantu Shea Butter is holding me back but I refuse to throw that away and waste money LOL. My hair has grown so much in this past year of no perming, and I can't wait to see how long it will be after 2 years 🙂

  • nessa says:


    More protective styles

    Following a regimen (I kinda have one already just have to stick to it lol)

    Buying a pair of shears (but I don't think that will be for a while because I just got a trim)

    Definitely drinking more agua!

    *reaching for bottle…

  • Anonymous says:

    I am NOT going to straighten my hair until I am APL. I promise! Nope, won't do it…the reason why I'm putting myself on lockdown is because I KNOW I'm going to be tempted to see how my hair straightens after I get my steamer…but nope, 3 inches to go.

  • luvmylocs says:

    i will not try a single new product or brand. i have products i like. i plan to use and replenish those as need. also weekly conditioning, detangling and styling (i was doing it every 2-3 weeks and that's not enough for my hair). i'm worth the time.

  • determinedbydesign says:

    learn how to more protective styles… and just get a set routine going…


  • Sherri says:

    I need to keep my hands out of my hair and leave it alone. Flat out! I also need to quit trying products because everyone else is. Every couple of months i'm giving away tubs of products because they didn't work. Enough already!

  • Lex says:

    protective styling. less manipulation. stretched styles.

    i also need to sleep with a bonnet more. and when i don't have a protective style in, it's important that i work on deep conditioning more.

  • Anonymous says:

    My bad hair habit is purchasing products when I know my hair really only loves Jojoba Oil, Shea butter, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Kinky Curly Knot Today and Joico Hair Treatment balm. I think Oh my hair is in good condition this won't hurt it, but my hair rebels and then I feel guilty. It takes my hair about two weeks before all is forgiven. Recently, I used a sulfate shampoo – my hair cussed at me! For the next 6 months I vow to only use what my hair likes and to make an honest effort to not use leave-in products with protein. Although 4a/4b I don't think my hair cares for leave-ins with protein.

  • Miss A says:

    I too am guilty…snaping off single strand notes. For the year, I hope to trim my hair every few months so that I don't have the need to snap them off one by one.

  • CashmereKinks says:

    not only do i have hih syndrome… but i also do the same thing as the author:/ most times i try to cut them out though

  • Kristen says:

    @ Adrien, I am guilty of the SAME exact thing…pulling out the little knots on the ends of my hair. I hate it but I have been REALLY good for about the past month or more because I have been keeping my hair in twists. I only pull at my hair like that when it's in its natural curly state!!! YAY for twists!!! LOL :o)

  • apaine says:

    @ anon 3:29 maybe try to figure out why your head is itchy? is it chronic? maybe you should switch products? i too scratch with my nails in the rare dire occasion. it feels so good lol! but not good for your scalp. or get one of those shampoo brushes with the flat or rounded tips. LOVE that thing!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok, so how about if I have a bad habit that I don't intend to break? 🙁
    When my head itches yes, I scratch with my fingernails. That's the only thing that relieves the itch. I've tried to rub vigorously with the tips of my fingers, I've tried to concentrate away my itch… and I am NOT going to walk around popping myself in the head like I see some do (I understand you have to do what works best for you – but dang, sometimes I wonder is all that popping and slapping your head healthy?). I know that some say scratching with you nails will cause splits at the root of your hair but I figure as long as I don't do it while shampooing/co-washing my hair it'll be alright… right? :-/

  • Anonymous says:

    *meant "sometimes bite my single strand knots"

  • @LovingKinky says:

    My hair goal is to stop pulling out strands of hair when I am nervous or bored. I don't even realize it until I am 4-5 strands in.

  • apaine says:

    @ anon 2:20 I know! i'm afraid i wont be able to find it later so it must go RIGHTNOW! lol. i was good this morning. clipped a few knots the proper way. i'm off to a good start lol. another way i'm trying to prevent the snapping is ps's. my goal is to go until at least march in braids. although i'm already DYING to take them out and wear my fluffy hair for new years. ugh!

  • Anonymous says:

    (Embarrased) I some bite my single strand knots if they're within view. Just as bad as snapping I guess. Will try to keep trimmers around!

  • SRG says:

    @ Jules- This is also my goal. I want to be consistent with drinking water, eating fruits and veggies and exercising too because I know that it will benefit my hair tremendously.

  • CocoEuro says:

    I'm going to do a DT every week with a concoction of Shea, Honey, Aloe Vera Juice, and conditioner (a cheap thick one), and use Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration or one of the expensive conditioners (Carol's Daughter, Komaza Care) as leave-ins. Trying to keep it simple!!!

  • TONYA says:

    OMG..I do the same thing I hate single strand knots..I snap them off I try not to do it but it's so hard I like to get rid of them whenever I feel them

  • Jul says:

    Vitamins! a multi-vitamin & silica- also adding flax seeds to my diet. I had to give Biotin a rest- major skin breakouts.

    Also- keeping my hands out my head. I had a braided style for the past 3 months. I been rocking my TWA for the past 3 days.. and can't stop touching it.. The braids will be back in in 2 weeks. Stat.

    Happy Holidays ladies.

  • Anonymous says:

    I plan to DC more often and to get a professional trim. I haven't had a trim since the BC and with this new year coming, it's time I incorporate new habits.

    FYI: You shouldn't experience any mildew with the baggie method. You can do it overnight or several hours.

  • Anonymous says:

    Add me to the list of snaping off single strand knots lol.I can't help it. Im scared I wont be able to find them later.

  • Anonymous says:

    My goals is to" KEEP MY HANDS OUT OF MY D*** HAIR" I don't know about you but I love to mess with it.Im going to not use heat on my hair in 2011 just a hair chall for my self."SO 2011 HAIR I COME!"…..*THRIFTY CURLY*

  • TiffGray says:

    I too am guilty of snapping those darn SSKs. I did it the other day knowing good and well I should have reached for the shears. I definitely gave myself the side eye. No more snapping!

  • Anonymous says:

    I totally understand about SSK's! I tried to give myself a trim last week after noticing way to many and did not realize until the next morning that I cut off way too much of my hair :(.
    So I will also resolve to only to trim my hair every 6 months! I am also looking forward to consistently using the baggie method during the winter months to decrease dry hair :). However, I must admit that I am a little concerned about my hair possibly mildewing with the baggie method. Has anyone tried this with success?

  • DrChuck24 says:

    It's sad but I allow my busy schedule with school stop me from washing my hair and doing weekly deep conditioners. My hair is colored and gets very dry so you would think I would be more consistent at taking care of my hair. But I do not *sad face* So my New Year's resolution is to make time each day and every week to do my hair.

  • vonnie says:

    lol, mine is the same as you both….those darn single strand knots are like a beacon, calling me to snap them by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. won't do that in the new year, need some shears and i have no excuse since we have a whole aisle of them at my job. picking some up on friday.


  • The Melanista says:

    My goal for 2011 is length retention. Like CN mentioned, I, too am fighting these annoying SSKS. I'm going to invest in some quality trimming shears and make sure I trim every 6 months. I'm also going to step up my protective styling game alot more. Less manipulation = more length retention.

  • Sharmer says:

    My plans are to continue my transition and to continue learning new technique to ensure my curls grow out healthy, beautiful, and strong. I also vow to purchase a few more essential oils, a hooded dryer and denman brush.

  • Chantel says:

    My New Years hair resolution is to hide my hair for majority of the spring semester. This will benefit me by a)Helping reduce SSK and allowing me to focus on other parts of my life and b)I realized after this last trim that my hair does need a serious break and stretched styles for my hair are the way to go.

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