High Maintenance Christianity: Three Steps to Restoration
- Monday, December 15, 2003
"Your hair is unhealthy," the hairdresser told me as she ran her fingers through my shoulder length auburn hair.
I frowned. Years of brushing, teasing, coloring, rolling...years of hot curlers, brush rollers, curling irons, blow dryers, barrettes...years of abuse had finally come to this. Unhealthy hair.
"What can we do about it?" I asked.
"You can take this," she replied, handing me a hair repair kit from a nearby shelf. "It's a three-step program. Do this daily and in two weeks the difference will amaze you."
Two weeks. From my past work in behavioral health management I knew that it takes two weeks to form a habit...or change one. Two weeks to healthy hair. I looked from the kit to my hair to the hairdresser and back to the kit. "Okay," I said. "I'll take it."
The kit consisted of shampoo, conditioner, and a final leave-in conditioner. The following morning I washed out the dirt from the day before, applied the conditioner, then-having towel dried-applied the leave-in conditioner to the damaged and dry ends of my hair. Every day I repeated the process, choosing not to tell anyone what I was doing, just to see if they would really notice. Within 10 days, friends began to comment. "Did you get your hair cut?" "Wow! Your hair looks great! What a difference!" "What did you do to your hair?" And then the final, "I don't mean to sound harsh, but your hair looks healthier than I've ever seen it!"
By the end of the two weeks, I was sold on the product. A new routine had been set. Every morning I would wash, condition, and re-condition the ends of my hair. The results would be life with healthy, shiny, manageable hair.
One morning as I performed the tasks, I thought of how easy it was for spiritual lives to become like my hair had once been. Broken. Damaged. Unhealthy and not so pleasant to look at. What we need-each of us-is a three-step, daily program to cleanse, renew, and energize. What we need is something that will make a difference.
The Body Beautiful/Physical
Take a moment to look at the three steps of the hair restoration program I underwent.
1. Cleansing. Have you ever spent a lot of time in the hot sun? You can literally feel your scalp growing dirtier by the second. As the day wears on and hair becomes oilier, it attracts dirt and grime. Nothing feels better than a good scalp scrubbing afterward and there are dozens of types of shampoos out there for every hair type, color, etc. With the right shampoo-nothing harsh!- hair has more body and luster. Shampoo should add moisture and hair strength. P.S. It's nicer to the touch and smells good, too.
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