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Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Hair Diary | Keeping a Hair Diary

"Wait, which heat protectant did I use?" "How was that oil used again?" When I did that twist out, did I air dry my twists or dry first then twisted my hair?"

My Hair Diary | Keeping a Hair Diary
These are the questions I constantly ask myself when I decide on a style for the week. Once I do my Wash Day, I either have to follow the same hair regimen I did before or evolve my regimen to something better. I rather not have a "down-hill" experience, especially since I'm so far into my Hair Journey. So my Hair Diary has become my play book that I refer to often when it has anything to do with my hair.

With this said I believe I know my hair so well and how to care for it because of my Hair Diary. I have kept it since July 2011, with updating every 2 weeks. At the 3 month mark, I review over everything that happened for those 90 days (challenges, hair length, goals, regimen and products used).

This is what I suggest a Hair Diary with 2 week updates should entail:

  • Wash Day - shampoo/cowash? DC? protein treatment? leave-in? 
  • Moisture and Sealing - what was used? finger/comb detangling?
  • Styler - what was used? air-dry/blow-dry/hooded dryer?
  • Styles done for the 2 weeks and grade them (either 1-10 system or A-F system)
  • What did you like? What could have been done differently?

This is what I suggest a Hair Diary with a 1 or 3 month update should entail:

  • Hair tests/growth - front, back, sides length and avg growth, moisture/protein
  • Shedding? Breakage?
  • Consistent Regimen? Hair challenges?
  • Favorite styles done? Favorite products used?
  • Short term goals? Long term goals?
  • Healthy hair habits? Unhealthy hair habits?

My Hair Diary | Keeping a Hair Diary

Yes, this seems a little extreme and over-excessive; but, the more you practice this system, the easier it will be and second nature to you. You do not have to follow this exact system and you may have other thing you want to record. I have evolved my Hair Diary over time and have learned so much about keeping one as well. 

My Hair Diary | Keeping a Hair Diary

Check out a few of my hair diary entries for ideas!

The Birth of My Natural 
My Hair Diary: My Styles Are FIERCE! 
My Hair Diary: Natural, Full, And Gorgeous! 
My 2014 Winter Castor Oil Journey 
Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement - Comparing December And March
My Hair Diary | Looking Back On My Hair Journey From 2012 - 2015

Natural hair says: learn to inspire yourself on your healthy hair journey and you will be completely amazed.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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