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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing December 2014 And March 2015

Natural Hair On A Kroger Kart


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

Dec. Front Length: 9 in
March Front Length: 10 in
(+1 inch growth)

Dec. Back Length:  15 in
March Back Length: 16 in
(1+ inch growth)

Dec. Sides Length: 15 in
March Sides Length: 16 in
(+1 inch growth)

March Full Hair Length: APL
Total AVG. Length: 1 inches 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month: 1 inch/month

Shedding? -- normal
Breakage? -- not too much
Shrinkage? -- high (APL length...NL shrinkage)
Trim? -- January 2015

*Note - "December" = " October through December"
*Note - "March" = "January through March"


Prepoo/HOT OT - 1/week, JBCO , massage 10 min, plastic cap 30 min or overnight
Regular Shampoo - 1/week, Shea Moisture Coconut And Hibiscus Curl And Shine Shampoo
Clarify  - 1/month, Rhassoul clay (with Aloe Vera Juice)
Protein treatment - 1/month, Cream of Nature
Refreshing Mist - DIY Flaxseed Gel Mist 
L - Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in, Oyin Juices and Berries 
Oils - Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil    
C - Shea Butter
Styler - Flaxseed Gel 


Prepoo treatment - 3/month, coconut milk treatment
Protein treatment - Henna, 1/month
Protein treatment - Green tea, weekly
Clarify - 1/month, Rhassoul clay (with Aloe Vera Juice)
Co wash - Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
DC - Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Masque
L - Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in and Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Mist
Oils - Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil    
C - Shea Butter
Stylers - Flaxseed Gel, Alikay Natural Crème Brulee, Crème of Nature Mousse
Vitamins - Women's One A Day


Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In
Shea Moisture JBCO Masque
Hibiscus powder



Flexi Rods On Fine Natural Hair

Perm Rods On Fine Natural Hair

Straw Set Updo On Fine Natural Hair

Twist Out On Fine Natural Hair

Wash N Go On Natural Hair

Blow Out (African Threading) On Natural Hair

Afro Puff On Natural Hair

Tuck and Roll On Natural Hair 

Crochet Braids (Cuban Twist) On Natural Hair



My short term goals are for next 3 months: to massage my scalp with castor oil 4xs/weekly, coconut milk/green tea treatments weekly, and henna treatment once a month.
My mid-term goals for December 2015 are: to maintain healthy hair, do more roller set styles, no extensions until Summer 2015, create more hair products, and reach BSL
My ultimate goal is: to reach waist length!


From Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement - Comparing September And December , my goals for 3 months were to massage my scalp with castor oil 4xs/weekly, deep condition once a week, clarify wash 1/month, co wash every week. I have succeeded my short term goals and I will surely continue for the next 3 months.



December healthy habits:
Exercising 4 days/week 
Natural Hair Length Check
Eating healthy!
Wrap hair at night ALWAYS!
Revamping regimen for hair needs
JBCO edges 4xs/week
Keep hair in protective for at least a week
Detangling hair before styling

March healthy habits:
Enjoying Detox water (cucumber, strawberries, and lemon)
Massaging scalp as needed
Detangling before Wash Day
Finger detangling and only using hair tools when needed
No heat!!!!!
Awesome regimen

December unhealthy habits:

March unhealthy habits:
Adding too much hair product to styles (sometimes)

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

If you want more like this article, check out
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Natural Hair Length Check


  1. Natural Love4/15/2015

    I love that Kroger cart pic! And wow you are serious about your hair journey. Maybe I should try something like this. Looks like fun and it will keep me on track with my own

  2. Oh yes! I was too excited to see the naturalista on my cart lol But yes, I love doing stuff like this. It really keeps me on track with my hair regimen. Happy hair journey!


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