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Saturday, January 6, 2018

My Hair Diary | My 2018 Goals For My Natural Hair Journey

My 2018 Goals For My Natural Hair Journey

Now that all the heat damage is cut out and I'm back on track from my mistakes, I'm ready to fully be on a healthy hair journey. I have awesome products, and a fool proof regimen, my hair is on her way to thriving! I still need help on my edges and crown, but I know my hair will boom!! 2018 is my year to get to WAIST LENGTH!

So now that you know my mistakes and failures of 2017, here are my goals for 2018 to continue on with my healthy hair journey:

Stick With My Staple Products

Mielle Organics is it for me. I purchased this entire bundle over Thanksgiving Weekend during the Black Friday sale. I've always wanted to try this product and I'm proud of myself for making this purchase! I have a few DIYs I want to keep in my staple stash: African Black Soap, Green Tea Rinse, Henna Gloss, Rice Water Rinse, Fengreek mist, Mango And Raw Cocoa Butter Creme and Flaxseed Hair Gel.

Mielle Organics - My 2018 Goals For My Natural Hair Journey

 Use castor oil religiously

I will definitely keep up with massaging my scalp at least 4 times a week with castor oil, which is my favorite oil to use.

Healthy Hair Challenges

Hair challenges keep me on track to succeeding my goals, while learn ingmore about my hair in order to keep her healthy. I have found that I can retain 1.5-2 inches of growth every 3 months. My normal rate is 1 inch every 3 months. I'm going to do my best to retain the length grown as I keep up with my hair challenges.
Healthy Hair Challenge | Summer No Comb Challenge 2016 1 inch in 3 months!
Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Back To The Basics Challenge 2016 1 inch in 3 months!
Healthy Hair Challenge | Spring Protective Styling Challenge 2016 1.4inches in 3 months!
Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Protective Styling Challenge 2015: 1 inch in 3 months!

Healthy Hair Challenge | ClassyCurlies 31 Days of Healthy Hair, March 2017  

Hair Length Goals

January 2018
Front: 7.5, lip
Sides: 9
Middle/Top: 10
Back: 10.5, top boob 
Edges: very fine
My 2018 Goals For My Natural Hair Journey
December 2018
Front: 15.5 APL
Sides: 15
Middle: 16
Back: 16.5 MBL/WL

I'm really striving to make it to MBL/WL by the end of 2018. As Black Hair Information always puts it, "With Health Comes Length." As long as I keep my hair healthy then I can definitely achieve this Yearly Goal!

Try 4 new styles

I definitely want to go all in this year especially with protective styles. So I'm thinking more with crochet braids and styles that have less tension on my own hair. I'm thinking: straight hair sew-in weave, Marley twists, Jamaican bounce crochet braids, and wavy crochet braids.

Attend natural hair meet ups and events

I would love to hang out with other naturalistas in Indy. There is actually a natural hair meet up group in Indy called the Naturalistas in Nap, where they have seminars, watch movies, have conventions, and just hang out as natural sistas. I think I would have lots of fun with them and benefit from the encouragement and support these sistas would give.

Have natural hair inspiration

This year I'm focusing on the health of my hair over length/volume with hair like mine. And of course info and hair health. I watch many for styles. I'm not one to be envious or jealous of another naturalista's hair...and never will be. But I have found myself to use other naturalistas as natural hair inspiration of where I will be one day. For 2018, my natural hair inspirations are:

Check out her YouTube channel!

Naptural85 YouTube channel is great for learning simple and more intricate hair styles, DIY recipes, and learn how to care for your own hair. She gives great tips on how to keep moisture, ways to style a dud, and to achieve length retention.
YoursNaturally11: hair tutorials are thorough and hair channel has valuable information to care for natural hair from damaged curls to healthy hair

JeweJeweBee: hair curl and length retention goals

Fusion of cultures: info on healthy growth and ethnic styles 

Power in your curl: great for learning hair retention and gain info for healthy hair from BC

Alyssa Forever: sense of humor of natural hair and tips for retaining length

Get Back To Writing On Desire My Natural

 I havent done much on my blog since last July 2017, but I still want to evolve my website. I want to do a lot more updates, promoting, and professional pictures. And just keep up with it in general.

Love my hair unconditionally

This is very important in any healthy hair journey. My hair is a crown of glory that God has blessed me with, so I have nothing but love for my hair. I do get frustrated and overwhelmed with my hair, but I wish of nothing else on my scalp. I thank God everyday for my hair and I am very thankful for the journey I have had and the journey I will embark on this year with my hair.

Natural hair says: if you know the mistakes you faced with your hair, you will be able to plan for goals and inspirations for the next year. Plan for goals for your hair and see how far you can go. Write them down in a notebook, on your phone, in a calendar book, or on your forehead, but have a plan. Good luck this year!

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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