In the past two years, I have always been wishy-washy with self-care routines I have tried to create for myself. Now, I know there are people out there who do some of these things on the daily or have done them without fail. But there has got to be ladies and gents out there who have probably been teetering on the ‘it’s ok to miss one day’ habit which turns into a ‘sometimes I do this’ habit.
You don’t need to do these specific habits/routines, but they are simple enough that they will get you on your way to a daily
I wanted to write this almost a month later to see how things have progressed and
1. Grow out your natural hair colour.
Technically, I started this last year. But it was with the intention of not colouring my hair at all in 2019. My natural hair colour is black and I have been colouring it since I was 12 years old. Blue, purple, red, ash gray, brown and blonde have all seen the light of day in my hair. Towards the end of my hair colouring journey, I had a full head of blonde hair. I loved it, it was fresh, fun, exciting and new! It took months and almost $900 later I had the blonde shade I finally wanted….
For those of you who have dark hair and have gone blonde you know all about the upkeep…. OMG the upkeep. Every 3 – 4 months I was in the hot seat to keep up the just the right shade of blonde. It was becoming too expensive and too high maintenance. So to lessen the upkeep and cost, I got an angled undercut. (Less hair to color, less fuss) For half a year I had the angled undercut and loved it. As it started to grow out that’s when my new hair awakening or reawakening (if that’s a thing) occurred. The new hair that was growing back, felt amazing, it was thicker, shinier and stronger. That’s when I decided to give my roots and hair a break. I went to my hair stylist and asked her to colour my hair closest to my natural as possible and never looked back.
Since then I have cut off the ends and it’s just a little past my shoulders. The shine and strength are what really gets me excited. So I may even continue this way past 2019, and even let my gray hair come in on its own and just let it be.
Tips to for natural hair growth:
Colour your as closest to your natural hair as possible, it will make the transition easier. It will depend on your natural hair colour or how fast colour fades in your hair to determine how many times you have to colour your hair before you’re ok with just chopping the ends off.
There will be no magic tricks or magical hand root rubbings to make your hair grow faster. Unless you are blessed by the hair gods, your hair will grow at its usual pace.
To actually help the growth of your hair, it’s important to get a trim every 6 – 12 weeks. By removing the split ends, you are enforcing the growth of healthy hair without breakage.
BE Patient! You will have those days where you are done looking at half roots and half dyed hair… it will happen. Just make sure to care for your hair and if you had hair care routines before, they may need a change from the colour treatments you used in the past.
2. Going dry (or 6 months if you want)
This isn’t a new thing that people do after the holidays. ‘Dry January’ is what it’s called, where people don’t drink for a whole month. But I thought I would give it a shot! No pun intended. I have been an avid drinker for many many years. Whether it’s going out with friends, a night in with a glass of wine or going to a wedding and not remembering what happened that night. I have never known what it was like to go without a drink in social settings.
Obviously, drinking isn’t the best for you. At my age, my hangovers last more than just a day, and even just after one glass of wine I
I’ll keep you posted in 3 months…. Let’s see how I fair then… lol
Tips on how to go dry:
There are so many drink alternatives to alcohol. Whenever I feel like I need a drink, I bust out the Kombucha. This is a fermented tea that’s fizzy and if you think hard enough it could be alcohol..lol. I believe there is very small alcohol content. But not enough to get you
Lemon water is also a nice alternative, or soda water and lime works great. Just douse those drinks with acidic goodness!
If you are a regular drinker, it will be tempting! You don’t have to avoid going out with friends or family gatherings to not have a drink. You can do this, there are tons of people who do it. Try being the designated driver for the night or drink a nice refreshing non – alcoholic drink.
3. Follow and create a skincare routine.
The good old skincare routine. How many times have you laid in bed at night and said ‘shit, I forgot to wash my face…. I’ll wash it tomorrow’ ??? I have done it more times than I could count. I had been noticing that my face was not reacting well to me not paying attention to my face. So I decided it was time to see what it was like to really stick to a plan.
For me, it is a self-care practice that I truly believe in. I have been following a solid day/night routine for the past month and my skin has felt so nice. This does not mean you have to buy the best and most expensive products.
As the years have gone by you will get to know your skin, the changes it goes through, and what you think it needs. It can be as simple as cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Your medicine cabinet doesn’t need to be full of different products to have a great routine. By following a skin care regimen, it can be great for the mind. That 10 or 20 mins of taking the time in the morning and night can be quite satisfying.
Tips on starting a skincare routine:
Do your research! It doesn’t hurt to see what is out there. Check out sites like Paula’s Choice, or Youtube channels like Mixed Make-Up. Or talk to your dermatologist to get a professional opinion. There is so much information out there regarding all kinds of products. I love reading user reviews from people who have the same skincare type
Ingredients are important. You don’t want to use a salicylic acid product on skin that is extremely dry. That’s just an example. This is also where research is key. Ultimately, everyone’s skin is different, and if you have sensitive skin be sure to do allergy tests on the inside of your forearm.
Sometimes results don’t always appear right away. If you’re following your plan and completing it, you will see them eventually.
It doesn’t matter how drunk you are… wash your face!
I am by no means an expert in this! Try what works for you and your skin. Skin changes over time or it can stay the same. Test out things or stick to what you know. The point is to follow a good habit and routine 🙂
4. Oral Hygiene
This might not be a new thing to most people out there. But believe it or not, I did not grow up brushing my teeth at night. Or I did and don’t remember when the ball was dropped on the oral hygiene. Over the years I would be here and there with the routine, I just never really stuck to it.
I had an epiphany the first time I had flossed in, like, 6 months and my gums hurt or bled after…my teeth and gums needed to be looked after or I would have gingivitis and other gross mouth infections I don’t want or lose my teeth!
Just like your eyes, your teeth need to be looked after and taken care of. They help you eat and they look great if you take care of them. This routine is so simple, it’s really easy to do and only takes a few minutes.
Tips on an Oral Hygiene routine:
Do it together with your skincare routine. By doing both, they become a pair, and eventually, you won’t be able to do one without the other.
If you don’t like putting your fingers in your mouth while you floss, use the floss picks. They are easier to use and you don’t need to really get your fingers in there.
Don’t forget about your tongue! Use a scraper and get the gunk out of there.
So overall, you don’t have to follow these specific things (or you can) to have control over your life, if you forget a day, don’t be so hard on yourself. By not being hard on yourself is self care. Accept it and let it go. It can help with your well being and health by just following a simple routine or forming new good habits 🙂