Thursday, 25 June 2015

What to Do When You're Stuck in a (Hair) Rut

There are times in every journey when one may get bored of the normal, everyday, monotonous routine. On your HHJ, you may get tired of going through the pre-poo, shampoo, condition and style, hamster-on-a-wheel-type cycle, particularly if the end result is always the same - a braid-out, top-knot, twist-out or wig. But there are several things we can do to break out of this rut:

  • 1. Give your hair some oomph with some color. A new look in the form of color may be just what you need to get excited again. If you are natural, then feel free to experiment with semi-permanent and permanent color. My relaxed ladies however, should be more cautious, opting instead for rinses, henna dyes or hair chalk.

  • 2. Get a trim or even a chop. Seeing your hair at its healthiest by getting even, blunt ends may inspire you to show it off more, and all the compliments and double-takes will leave you feeling happier about your hair. A chop may take things a step further as it is more noticeable and a better way to shake things up.

  • 3. Change up your style. If you're curly, go straight and vice versa. When you're tired of your go-to style, the answer is obvious - go the opposite route. If you're the braid-out babe, break out the flat-iron (but don't forget your heat protectant!) and if you have to have heat, give some heatless styles a whirl. Or perhaps go natural? hmmm

  • 4. Are you a DIYer? A no-brainer is to book yourself a salon appointment. Nothing says relaxation and rejuvenation like a head massage at your favorite salon. And what's more, you routine is completely taken care of by someone else (in a fraction of the time it takes you) and you'll end up with a fab new do as well. Win win win! (Do your research though! There are plenty of salon horror stories out there!)

  • 5. Try a fun protective style. When the rut is so deep that you just can't be bothered to do anything at all, get a cute, fun protective style. Not only will this change up your look, but it will give you time and space away from your tresses, allowing you to miss your hair, making the reunion that much sweeter.

What do you do to get out of this phase? 


  1. Horaay for this post Abi as that's exactly how I've been feeling. Sadly am at point 5, and some Senagaleese twist are in order. I promised myself when I touch up again I'll probably flirt with some color or a cut (ie. bang).
    i really love this post.

  2. Wow! Are they your drawings


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