Face it. We all have setbacks. You can be the most dilligent person on the planet and still find that you have breakage or are shedding like a beast. The fact that we all will have a setback or two at some point during our journey does not mean we should give up or throw in the towel. Setbacks should be looked at as an opportunity to examine your methods and determine where you can make adjustments or tweaks. Indeed, setbacks are a learning opportunity. There are times when you will find that you may have excessive shedding or breakage or visit a stylist who delivers more than a "trim." Or you might discover that wet detangling is causing you more harm than good or that heat usage means you can't get past shoulder-length. Products can also cause setbacks. You might find yourself in protein overload because you were co-washing with protein too often, or moisture overload because you avoided protein for far too long. The trick to dealing with these setbacks is in realizing that it can be a one-time occurrence if you take your lesson from it, redouble your efforts and move on stronger than ever. One great trick when a product doesn't work or that salon visit goes all wrong is to jot it down in a little notebook or calendar. These notes can serve as reminders about what not to do again. Throwing your hands up in defeat and giving up on consistent care is exactly the wrong thing to do. Once you have honed in on the problem, your efforts should go toward finding solutions - whether it be reading blogs or watching how-to videos. A setback means it's time to do your research! Find out what others who have your problem are doing to solve it and cautiously take steps in that direction, making sure to take note of progress and little failures. If you're growing out your hair, the name of the game is consistency over time. So the next time you face a setback simply pull up those bootstraps and soldier on.