The 4 Steps of The Virtuous Cycle

In a previous article, we made a limited introduction to the virtuous cycle by referencing the feeling of achievement when completing even the simplest task. Being in the virtuous cycle means that you are setting up good goals and working towards their completion because the reward is worth it. At The Hair Routine, we do everything according to this method so that we can all follow the cycle individually and as a whole. The reward? Fulfillness. 

What’s the Virtuous Cycle And How to Get Into It?

Step One

The first step is setting good goals. Think of something you want to achieve or something you want to do better.  Then consider if this objective or set of objectives will be good for yourself and your environment. When we plan our goals, it is essential that we make sure this is what we really need and want for ourselves.  


Step Two

Once you have your goals set up, you need to start taking action. Think of the overall strategy and the tactics that will take you to the final result. Sometimes, the goals are not that complex and you don’t necessarily need tactics, but you always need your strategy: when and how you will get to start and finish? If you have good goals and a good strategy then it will be easier to begin the task in the right way.


Step Three

The third step is to plant good seeds. The actions involved in your strategy must be well thought out and they must follow a set of values. These values or guidelines can be personal if the objective is personal or must be the group’s values if the objective is related to a community. Planting good seeds is the beginning of making this process a cycle. When you create or do things that are good for you and good for others, with the right mindset, and within a set of your values then it will become a lifestyle rather than a linear project. 


Step Four

Collect your results. As you can see, this step requires no inputs from you or anyone, it’s more like the output or benefits that you were expecting at step one. After taking action and collecting results, there must be continuity in the process for it to become a cycle. Step four and step one should be connected so that whatever you do, you keep getting good results. 



Following your Hair Routine is the perfect example:

Set up your goal. The objective is to have healthy, natural hair. This is a good goal because it’s an expression of self-love. Good for you and everything and everyone that surrounds you. 

Take action. The strategy to get healthy hair has to consider individual characteristics of your hair.  Approach an expert and have them do a diagnosis of your hair situation. Completing an online test is a good tactic, after answering some questions about your hair type and rituals, receive your personalized Hair Routine. Generated instantly and curated especially for you. 

Plant good seeds. When you receive your Hair Routine, study it, and comprehend its why’s and how’s. Set up a start and end date to compare the results. From the first few treatments, you will start observing some changes but you must continue and follow the routine as it was sent to you. Good things take time. 

Finally, collect satisfaction. In order to make this a cycle, take the online test again, and review your new results. Receive a new routine to continue with the maintenance process.  Long-lasting results only come from commitment. 

You can apply this method to every aspect of your life: giving up a bad habit, your career, health, love life, etc. It’s a self-care strategy. Target the future and make this your new way of living each day. No matter what goals, big or small, you have in mind, you will find that following this cycle is one of the best ways to achieve them.