We Keep Talking About Hair Goals– But What Should They Be?

BY Laura Casciola
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Ah, goals. You probably have some personal goals that you set for yourself for the season, the new year, or some random burst of motivation. Your job might be asking you to set career goals to track towards. You go on social media and see #relationshipgoals all over the place (ugh). But…what about your hair goals?

If you’ve been following Function for any period of time, you know we love to talk about ‘hair goals’. Our thinking is, “how can someone actively treat their hair if they don’t know what they want to achieve?” And that’s really all that ‘hair goals’ are– the things that you, specifically, want to see in your hair. It’s different for every person and even every hair type. You might LOVE your voluminous hair, while the person next to you is always trying to straighten it flatter down. That’s why, no matter your hair type and texture, we ask that you choose your goals yourself. I mean, we don’t know what you want– we just met!

What we can do with our expertise, however, is guide you toward some hair goals and ingredients that make sense for your hair type, for inspiration. Find your hair type from the list below, and check out some of our most popular hair goals for it, specifically.

  Type 1: Straight

  • oil control – If you have a more naturally hydrated, oily scalp, your straight hair may be prone to absorbing these oils. Ingredients that provide oil control can help keep you from having to wash as often.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: rosemary leaf extract, vitamin E
  • volumize – straight hair strands tend to lay more heavily on the head than curls that provide lift. Add ‘volumizing’ to your list of hair goals to give your roots that natural texture.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: sweet almond extract, quinoa
  • thermal protection – used to blow drying and curling to give your straight locks some lift? Heat damage is real. Ingredients that boost thermal protection are a must.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: grapeseed oil, linseed extract
  • straightenfor straight hair?! Yes. Ever notice your straight strands don’t always look as sleek as they should due to weather, or the way that your hair dried? Adding this hair goal keeps your locks consistent and and styled, even in the humidity.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: sunflower seed oil, passion fruit oil

Type 2: Wavy

  • curl definition – give those waves ingredients that know how to really show them off.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: chia seed, linseed extract
  • anti-frizz – your hair texture might cause a bit of frizz in the heat and humidity. Battle frizz beforehand, in the shower, with hydrating ingredients.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: tamarind extract, morrocan argon oil
  • thermal protection – find yourself going for that straight look often enough? Protect from heat with your shampoo, your hair will thank you later.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: grapeseed oil, linseed extract
  • anti-aging – ever feel like your waves and your hair texture has changed over the years? Adding some anti-aging ingredients to your hair care routine can help give your hair the youthful nourishment it needs to stay it’s best.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: locust bean gum, baobab seed extract

Type 3: Curly

  • hydrate – curly hair can dry out quickly, so adding nourishing ingredients to your shampoo can make all the difference. Lock in hydration and watch your hair look younger than ever.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: coconut oil, aloe vera
  • curl definition – straightening, chemicals, and frizz can make your curls look, well, less curly. Add in ingredients that bring out your natural curl and let it shine.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: chia seed, linseed extract
  • shine – speaking of shine, add it to your hair goals. The more shine, the more your unique curls will stand out.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: acai oil, amazonian babassu oil
  • fix split ends – curly hair is known to be more prone to split ends and breakage. Let your conditioner do the leg work on that for you.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: black oat seed extract, beetroot extract
  • strengthen – breakage and dryness are curly hair’s worst nightmare and biggest pet peeve. Strengthening agents help support the structure of your hair on a basic level, preventing those dreaded moments of weakness,
    • Ingredients added to your formula: horsetail extract, evening primrose oil

Type 4: Coily

  • deep condition – your tight coils can dry out easily. But deep conditioning ingredients like _____ can make all the difference, helping with shine and breakage.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: shea butter, avocado oil
  • lengthen – nourish with ingredients that keep your hair from breaking.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: pea sprout extract, blue-green algae extract 
  • nourish roots – since coily hair requires infrequent washing, give your roots and scalp the nourishment it needs each time you wash.
    • Ingredients added to your formula: blue-green algae, coconut fruit extract
  • strengthen – the curlier the hair, the better chance for breakage and dryness. Strengthening agents help support the structure of your hair on a basic level, preventing those dreaded moments of weakness,
    • Ingredients added to your formula: horsetail extract, evening primrose oil

Achieving your hair goals shouldn’t intimidate you. In fact, with the right products and ingredients, you should be able to rinse, repeat, sit back, relax, and watch your goals happen before your eyes. In the meantime, show your hair a little love for what it’s like now. The true goal is self-love for where you’re at.

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