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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing March And June 2015

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I enjoy my hair daily, which always gives me that freedom
to strut...nah to...


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 March And June 2015


Hair Type: 4a/Coily
Hair Archetype: Minimalist Kitchenista
Moisture and Protein: Balanced
Texture: Fine
March Front Length: 10 inches
June Front Length: 11.5 inches
(+1.5  inch growth)

March Back Length: 16 inches
June Back Length: 17 inches
(+1 inch growth)

Natural Hair Length March And June 2015
March Sides Length: 16 inches
June  Sides Length: 17 inches
(+1 inch growth)

March Hair Length: APL
June Hair Length: APL

Total AVG. Length: 1.2 inch in 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month: .4 inch/month 

Shedding? -- a lot (heat damage)
Breakage? -- not at all
Shrinkage? -- high
Trim? -- July 3, 2015 (2 inches for heat damage) from November 2014)

Updated Front Length: 9 inches
Updated Back Length: 15.5 inches
Updated Sides Length: 15 inches

*Note - "March" = "January through March"
*Note - "June" = "April through June"


Prepoo treatment - 3/month, coconut milk treatment (with olive oil, JBCO, honey, and glycerin) overnight
Protein treatment - Standard 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 - JBCO, coconut, apricot, argan, rosehip seed, lavender essential, and peppermint essential
C - Shea Crème
Stylers - flaxseed gel, Alikay Natural Crème Brulee, Crème of Nature Mousse
Vitamins - Women's One A Day


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 



Hair Tips | What Do I Do About Heat Damage? 
I absolutely love the standard henna with the protein for strength that it gives my hair. The Hibiscus is helpful, but it's not really needed.

Rhassoul clay has been the best cleanser for my hair so far, but I'm interested in trying a sulfate-free shampoo. I will continue to cleanse my hair as needed and co wash weekly.

I am a fan of the Indian Hemp Masque, but it's more of a detangler and too light for my hair (like I said in my product review). So back to the Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Masque.

I'm phasing out with the Crème of Nature Mousse and will use the Shea Moisture Smoothie to take over enhancing my curls. I will also change to Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk for a leave-in, which I heard great things for fine hair.

I'm also going to start trimming regularly for healthier ends. I tried to do twice and year, but my ends end of frizzy and split. So I'm going to try trimming more often. After I complete my QHNAs, I will trim my hair while blown out (African Threading Method). That would be every 12 weeks. As of right now, I have about 2 more inches of heat damage.



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Senegalese Twists Crochet Braids

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My short term goals for next 3 months: to massage my scalp with castor oil 4xs/weekly, coconut oil/green tea treatments weekly, and long term protective styles.
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!!), create more hair products (check!!), and reach BSL (which I'm still working on).
My ultimate goal is: to reach waist length by December 2018!


From Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing December And March 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 and changed a few things around. My styles will go back to mostly protective styling and I am updating my hair products, as I continue to learn and test my hair.
My goal is to ultimately keep having healthy hair and to reach waist length (stretched) by December 2018. I think I am on the right track, but I've noticed a few things when I was reading my hair diary. The amount of length I would retain has decreased about 1 inch during the 3 month span, because of the styling options I have chosen recently. Here are the numbers:
  • QNHA 6/14 - 9/14 = Avg. 2 inches growth, mainly protective styles
  • QNHA 9/14 - 12/14 = Avg. 1.2 inches growth, protective styles and out styles
  • QNHA 12/14 - 3/15 = Avg. 1 inch growth, mainly out styles
  • QNHA 3/15 - 6/15 = Avg. 1.2 inch growth, protective styles and out styles 

There aint nothing like stats! That's why I keep my hair diary. Although it's possible to retain length wearing twist outs and rollers set, my hair is just not that type. I do love long-term protective styles and have done the "5 days protective style, 2 days outs," which  I really liked very well. However, I would rather have my hair in long-term protective styles. So I will continue with mainly long-term protective styles.



March healthy habits:
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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

June healthy habits:
Eating healthy and taking my multivitamin!
Drinking 8 cups of water daily!
Earring more green foods
Massaging scalp 4 times a week with JBCO
Detangling before Wash Day
Finger detangling and only using hair tools when needed
Trimmed split ends (search and destroy)
No heat!!!!!
Awesome regimen
Fine Natural Hair
Wrap hair at night ALWAYS!
Moisturizing while in long-term styles
Joining hair challenges with other healthy hair communities

March unhealthy habits:
Adding too much hair product to styles (sometimes)
June unhealthy habits:
Changing styles too often (in the beginning of April)
Heat damage!

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


  1. Wow!!! This is intense!! But if it works for you, then that's cool. I need to get more into my hair regimen too. Looking to grow my hair out. I'll try some of your info

  2. Oh this really helps me to stay on track with my hair journey and it is fun to me! You should def try it out :)


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