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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing June And September 2015


I AM A NATURALISTA!
*THIS IS A LONG ENTRY*

I decided to let you experience one of the things I do in my Hair Diary! Although I record my triumphs, failures, double failures, and awesome product reviews, I also do something called the "Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement (QNHA)." This entry reflects on the last 3 months comparing with the previous QNHA while giving a summary in one whole journal entry.


There are a lot of comparisons with lengths, regimens, goals, habits, and hair styles. I also include pictures to show that I have either improved or that I need to improve in a specific area. I started this back in June 2013 and I do the QNHA at the end of the months: March, June, September, and December. Yes, I am very intricate with my Hair Diary...but this helps me perfect my current regimen, helps me with future styling options, reminds me of my hair goals, and just fun to do!!


Natural Hair Length Check

TESTS AND GROWTH

Hair Type: 4a/Coily
Hair Archetype: Minimalist
Moisture and Protein: Balanced
Texture: Fine

June Front Length:  9 inches
September Front Length: 10.5 inches
Natural Hair Length Check
(+1.5 inch growth)


June Back Length: 15.5 inches
September Back Length: 16.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)


June Sides Length: 15 inches
September Sides Length: 16 inches
(+1 inch growth)

June Hair Length: APL
Natural Hair Length Check
September Hair Length: APL

Total AVG. Length: 1.2 inch in 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month: 0.4 inch/month 

Shedding? regular
Breakage? none
Trim? September 10, 2015 (heat damage from November 2014)


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*Note - "June" = "April through June"
*Note - "September" = "July through September"

JUNE REGIMEN

Prepoo and detangle treatment (weekly) - Coconut oil 
Protein treatment (monthly) - Henna (with hibiscus),
Protein treatment (weekly) - Green tea,
Clarify - (as needed) - Rhassoul clay (with Aloe Vera Juice)
Co wash (weekly) - Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
DC (weekly) - Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp and Tamanu Grow and Strengthen Treatment Masque
L - Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in
Oils - Coffee Infused Oil, JBCO 
C - Shea Crème,  Shea Moisture Smoothie 

SEPTEMBER REGIMEN

Hot oil treatment (weekly) - Coffee Infused Oil
Protein treatment (monthly) - Henna (standard) 
Protein treatment (weekly) - ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment 
Clarify - (as needed) - CURLS Creamy Curl Cleanser Sulfate-Free Shampoo and ACV Rinse 
Co wash (weekly) - Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
DC (weekly) - Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Masque 
L - Shea Moisture Yucca And Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk
Oils - Coffee Infused Oil, JBCO 
C - Shea Moisture Smoothie 

PRODUCTS TO TRY

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Shampoo 
Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream 
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner 

FEW CHANGES TO REGIMEN

I'm adding peppermint essential oil back into my hair regimen. I stopped using it in my Coffee Infused Oil for a while, but now it's time to add it back in. I love the tingly sensation and there is a new study that it DOES promote hair growth!  I have decided to change to hot oil treatment than regular pre poo, because the oil softens my hair and my hair doesn't feel stripped when I wash my hair.


I love the CURLS shampoo, but I feel I need more of a clarifier. I will try Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo as well as my ACV rinse, which I will use as needed to cleanse my hair. I will also not use any commercial protein treatments. I will use Henna for my protein treatment once a month. Other than that, my regimen looks pretty good!


I have fallen off of my organic/natural ingredients and I'm getting back to my flaxseed gel again. I just purchased Organic Brown Flaxseeds (tends to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and secrete more gel than the golden seeds). I will also let go of the Shea Moisture Smoothie and go back to my Shea Crème. In the past the Shea Crème has worked wonders for my hair. I'm going back into my protective styling phase for the Fall and Winter, so I need something heavier for my hair. 


I believe this is a great regimen and products for my hair for now until my hair decides to change. I will continue with my protective styles for this quarter. Stay tuned!

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STYLES:


Twist Outs
Afro Styles
Curly Styles



Buns




Sew In Weave: Long Bob


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GOALS MET FROM JUNE

From Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing March And June 2015  my goals were to massage my scalp with castor oil 4xs/weekly, coconut milk/green tea treatments weekly, and henna treatment once a month. I have succeeded my short term goals.




PERSONAL GOALS


My short term goals for next 3 months: short/long term protective styles, hot oil treatments, and massage scalp with oil 4x/weekly
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My mid-term goals for December 2015 are: to maintain healthy hair (check!!), do more roller set styles (check!!), no extensions until Summer 2015 (check!!), and create more hair products (check!!).
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My ultimate goal is: to reach waist length and HUGE volume by December 2018!




Natural hair says: you may think this is intricate, complex, and just too much...but this keeps me on track for my hair goals and habits. Try it for yourself after your three month mark. You may really love this method! To start a simple entry in your hair diary, check out It Works - Keeping A Hair Diary. Check out an entry from my Hair Diary to get a few ideas to start your own.

 
Always Desire Your Natural,

 
Christina J

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