Just before 2016’s new year, I made a promise to myself to eliminate the use of heat for a year. At the time, I only used the flat iron on the lowest heat setting every 2-3 months. Curiosity of how my hair would turn out with a year break from heat, led me to take the challenge. To my surprise, not only did I learn more about my ever changing curls, I learned a few life lessons along the way. Here they are!
Lesson #1: Perseverance
After the first 3 months of weekly twist-outs and buns, I grew tired of the same look. I also noticed my roots growing in a different texture than the rest of my hair. Despite my frustration, I kept up the same routine hairstyles until my roots eventually grew long enough to blend in with the rest of my hair. As I got used to how I looked with my curly hair, my straight hair started to become a distant memory; hence, making it easier to keep on going.
Lesson #2: Keeping My Word
I never made a huge announcement of my 1-year-heat-resistance venture. But, I did announce it to myself and that was enough for my conscience to bear the fact that I now had to stick to it. Every time I desired to take a little break from the combination of growing textures, my own words would echo in my mind along with the guilt of my potential actions. The more I resisted the temptation to use heat, the easier it was to simply keep my word.
Lesson #3: Contentment
When my year of heat resistance came to a close, the question popped in my mind. “Will I use heat again?” Curiosity struck with the image of my springy coils becoming a long straight mane. But there was only one difference. I simply had no desire to feel my scalp and run my fingers through my hair. I got used to the way I looked as a curly girl and wanted to do nothing more than to make it better.
The verdict: this commitment to myself became more than about hair, it was my own personal character building.
Ever completed a challenge that resulted with a whole new perspective? Please share in the comments below. 🙂