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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | December 2015 And March 2016

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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!


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

Fine Natural Hair Growth
December Front Length: 6.5 inches
March Front Length: 8 inches
(+1.5 inch growth)

Fine Natural Hair Growth
December Back Length: 9 inches
March Back Length: 6 inches
(-3 inch growth)
*1 inch growth, trimmed for uneven length

Fine Natural Hair Growth
December Sides Length: 8 inches
March Sides Length: 7 inches
(-1 inch growth)
*1 inch growth, trimmed for uneven length

Fine Natural Hair Growth
December Middle/Top Length: 8 inches
March Middle/TopLength: 9 inches
(+1 inch growth)

Total AVG. Length:  1.1 inch in 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month:  0.4 inch/month

Shedding? normal
Trim? search and destroy/dust straggly ends
Breakage? rare
Shrinkage? Ear Length

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


Hot oil treatment - (weekly) Coconut oil, 30 minutes with heat
Pre-poo/detangle - Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Clarify - (when needed) Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Shampoo 
Co wash - (weekly) Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner 
Protein - (bi-weekly) ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor OR (bi-weekly) Green Tea OR (every 6 months) Henna
Deep conditioning (weekly) - Shea Moisture Organic Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Masque 
Leave In - Shea Moisture Smoothie
Oils - Coffee Infused Oil, Olive Oil
Crème - Shea Butter Crème
Styler - Alikay Naturals Crème Brulee  

Rarely used products: Flaxseed Gel, Coconut Milk, Green Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse,  and Henna


Massaging - (4xs/weekly) Coffee Oil 
Co wash - (weekly) Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner 
Protein - (weekly) Green Tea Rinse
Leave In - Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream
Oil Hair And Body Oil
Other Oils - JBCO, EVOO, Sweet Almond Oil, EVCO, Lemongrass Essential, Peppermint Essential, Rosemary Essential, Lavender Essential
Crème - Shea Butter Crème 



Massaging With Coffee Oil
I will do this weekly as my scalp treatment before detangling and washing my hair. I have been experiencing a bit of dry scalp during the cold months and have found that my coffee oil gives my scalp and hair health balance. I will continue to massage my scalp with a light, natural oil (sweet almond with castor oil) a few times a week.

New Leave-In, Moisturizer, And Stylers

I have found that Cantu Leave In, HB oil, and ApHogee Leave-In are the perfect combination for moisturizing and sealing my hair. Add CURLS Blueberry Bliss Cream and I'm set for styling. Not much is need to care for my hair. The other stylers are for roller sets and fun styles. 


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Styling Natural Hair With Beanies and Hats

Natural Hair Pomp And Halo


From Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | September And December 2015 my goals were to finger detangling, protein treatments bi-weekly, always oil ends, no 'out' styles longer than 2 days,  'search and destroy' dusting, and massage scalp 3 times weekly for 2-5 minutes. I have exceeded my goals!


My short term goals for next 3 months: short/long term protective styles, hot oil treatments, finger detangle, and massage scalp with oil 4x/weekly
My mid-term goals for July 2016 are: to maintain healthy hair (let's do this!!) and 'search and destroy' dusting, when needed (will do!!).
My yearly goals for December 2016 are: NO BUYING NEW PRODUCTS (no more product junkie!), short/long term protective styles (to retain length!), and reach BSL (with health comes length!).
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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