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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing June And September 2016

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*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!!


TESTS AND GROWTH

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

Fine Natural Hair Growth
June Front Length: 9 inches
September Front Length:  10 inches
(+1 inch growth)

Fine Natural Hair Growth
June Back Length: 8.5 inches
September Back Length: 9.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)

Fine Natural Hair Growth
June Back Length: 8.5 inches
September Back Length: 9.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)

Fine Natural Hair Growth
June Sides Length: 8.5 inches
September Sides Length: 9.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)

Fine Natural Hair Growth
June Sides Length: 8.5 inches
September Sides Length: 9.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)

Fine Natural Hair Growth
June Top/Middle Length: 9.5
September Top/Middle Length: 10
(+0.5 inch growth)

June Hair Length: CBL
September Hair Length: 0.5 inch from APL

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

Hair Feels...soft, cotton-like, and VERY HEALTHY!
Shedding? Normal amount
Breakage? Not too much!
Shrinkage? High
Trim? July 1, 2016

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


JUNE REGIMEN


Massaging - (4xs/weekly) - JBCO
Co wash - (weekly) Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner 
Leave In - Aloe Vera Gel 
All Oils - JBCO, EVOO, Sweet Almond Oil, EVCO, Lemongrass Essential, Peppermint Essential, Rosemary Essential, Lavender Essential

SEPTEMBER REGIMEN

Massaging - (4xs/weekly) - JBCO and Coffee Oil (Wash Day)
Co wash - (weekly) Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner 
DIY Oils - Coffee Oil, Hair And Body Oil,
All Oils/Juices - JBCO, EVOO, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Lemongrass Essential, Peppermint Essential, Rosemary Essential, Lavender Essential, Aloe Vera Juice 


PRODUCTS TO TRY

Product Review: Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Product Review: Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture And Shine Hydrating Conditioner
Product Review: Carols Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Leave-In Conditioner
Product Review: Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hair Sheen
Product Review: Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother
Product Review: TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
Product Review: CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex

FEW CHANGES TO REGIMEN

Kimmaytube pH-Balanced Leave-In Conditioner 
I have been learning about the importance of pH balance for the hair for a while now. From Kimmaytube, I have learned that one of her successes of retained length and achieving her goal of waist length hair is by consistently focusing on the pH Balance of the products she uses in her regimen. So I decided to use her Leave-In Conditioner. For the most part, I do love it! However, the KCKT is a luxury that I do not need for my hair. I will continue to use Aloe Vera Juice/Gel along with water (and essential oil) in a spray bottle for after washing my hair.

My Staple DIY Products
Although I love my DIY products, I have come to love just a few of them that I will continue. I know what works for my hair, so there is no need to continue to DIY products that I know I will not continue to use. For my DIY products, I will continue to use for daily purposes and styling: Mango-Cocoa Butter, Hair And Body Oil, Flaxseed Gel, and Aloe Vera Juice/Gel. I will continue to use for wash day (weekly/when needed): Green Tea, Rice Water Rice, and Henna Treatment.


STYLES:


How To | Milk Maid/Halo Crown/Crown Twist On Fine, Natural Hair 

How To | Tuck And Roll Natural Hair

How To | Mini Twists On Fine Natural Hair
How To | Grow Natural Hair Long And Healthy With Mini Twists 


Natural Hair Inspiration 8 | Xena: The Chunky Flat Twist Updo 


Natural Hair Inspiration 15 | Double Buns On Fine, Natural Hair

My Mane Speaks | You Better Work Your Fro


My Mane Speaks | Strut The Puff, Sweet Girl!


HAIR WARS | The Twist Out: Dry VS Wet
How To | Twist Out With Dry, Stretched Hair Tutorial
How To | My Twist Out Is A H.A.M

Natural Hair Inspiration 2 | Queen: Easy High Bun

Natural Hair Inspiration 14 | Crochet Twists + Side Cornrows/FauxShaved Side

GOALS MET FROM JUNE

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | March 2016 and June 2016, My short term goals for next 3 months: no comb challenge, co-wash hair weekly, rice water rinse weekly, shampoo once/month, do henna gloss treatment, finger detangle, weekly styles, and massage scalp with oil 4x/weekly.

Although I have continued to use my Denman Brush for styling, I have only used my fingers for detangling and doing pretty well in the No-Comb Challenge. Using rice water has really helped my hair to remain strong and healthy when using weekly.

I have not done my henna gloss treatment, so that means I need to make more time for that specific part of my regimen.



PERSONAL GOALS

My short term goals for next 3 months: henna gloss treatment, rice water rinse/weekly, trim hair when needed, use Aloe Vera Juice/Gel and Hair And Body Oil regularly.
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My mid-term goals for December 2016: do more weekly protective styles, maintain the same regimen and products usage, try new styling options, have at least 3 YouTube Videos.
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My yearly goals for December 2016: NO BUYING NEW PRODUCTS (no more product junkie!), short/long term protective styles (to retain length!), and reach BSL (with health comes length!).
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My ultimate goal: to reach waist length and HUGE volume by December 2018!

Confessing My Own Thoughts | I Hate Wearing My Hair Down

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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