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Rituals, Not Resolutions
By Crown Affair
As each year comes to a close, we’ve been conditioned to reflect and make grand plans or resolutions for the year ahead. We write down our resolutions in a journal, tuck them away, and neglect to revisit them past the month of January. But as we all learned this year (those Jan 1st 2020 ‘new decade, new me’ declarations are looking a little silly right now), life can quickly take unexpected turns. At the end of the day, it’s the consistent foundation you set for yourself that will get you through this journey called life.
We believe that greatness and transformation happens over time. Accomplishing your goals happens by showing up for yourself with the structures you choose to put in place everyday that make you feel whole. And when you get to the place and you look back at how far you’ve come, know that this is a lifelong journey of growth, not a destination.
As we enter this new year, know that by taking one step at a time, your vision will come to life. Plan the baby steps by creating accountability structures, be patient, be kind, and be forgiving to yourself along the way. That is how we evolve and keep momentum, even when the unexpected happens— you stay on track with yourself because of the foundation you've built.
So perhaps this year we resolve to not have resolutions, and instead, celebrate the universe of rituals you’ll create for your lifetime ahead. Rather than viewing your resolutions as something to achieve and be done with, consider the process, the ritual. Take pride and joy in how you care for yourself— your body, your mind, your spirit. The power consistency, in finding your rituals, not just resolutions, might be the evergreen awakening we all need.
𝘔𝘢𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘦 & 𝘈𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴, '𝘡𝘦𝘯 𝘎𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯' (2013)
- Where do you live and what do you do?
I live in Bushwick, NY, and I am the founder and CEO of emerging beauty brand, Ami Colé.
- How would you describe your hair?
My hair is a recent friend of mine. She's fully transitioned from relaxed to ever-changing 4C, low-porosity hair. My hair is demanding– time, product, energy, arm muscle strength– but she's beautiful to me.
- How does your hair make you feel?
Bountiful. My hair's thickness and versatility remind me that I am limitless. My hair can hold braids, weaves, combs, and so many stories & secrets. I feel proud when I finally nail a hairstyle and understand her (my hair's) language. It took some time to get here.
- Have you always felt this way about your hair or has it changed over time?
Nope. It took some time for me to grow a relationship with my hair. Prior to transitioning to all-natural, my hair was always managed by someone else; usually my Dominican hair stylist every other week for a "wash and set". And when I have braids, my mother or one of her hair stylists would braid, twist, or weave my hair.
It took some alone time with my hair – in the shower and beyond – to have this relationship. We're in a good place now. So much so, when I go to stylists I remind them how my hair wants to be treated, for example detangled from the tips down to the root vs. from the scalp to tips.
- What is your current haircare routine?
Oh boy. Do we have time? It all starts with wash day. This happens usually on a Sunday when I've mentally prepared for the start of a new week.
I start by sectioning my hair into 4 parts. I like to use clips or scrunchies to hold but not pull my hair. I brush through each section with the intention of detangling. When my hair is super dry, I use oil during this step. I then step into the shower and wash my hair by section. I stretch my hair downward to focus and massage my roots clean and treat my scalp – shampooing like the commercials leaves my hair tangled and shrunken.
After shampooing, section by section, I condition. I let my conditioner sit in my hair while the steam works its magic. It's a golden moment for low-porosity hair. While it penetrates, I usually treat my body to a scrub. I then take my Crown Affair Comb No. 001 to comb through my conditioned strands from root to end. This comb has fallen so many times but never broken (we're friends).
After all this, I apply a leave-in conditioner and oil immediately before my hair shafts closes – this locks in the moisture and oil. I usually stretch my hair with an amazing blow dryer brush from Amazon. When it's dry, I add oil and styling butter to twirl or braid my hair. When it's twist out day, I undo my twists to reveal and fluff my fro. This happens every two weeks.
- What other rituals do you lean into the most?
Laughing. Talking to my boyfriend. Catching up with my best friends. Using my Calm App to meditate in the mornings. Playing with beauty products.