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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | March 2018 and June 2018

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


*THIS IS A LONG ENTRY*

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!


TESTS AND GROWTH

Hair Type: 4a/Coily
Hair Archetype: Minimalist
Moisture and Protein: Balanced
Texture: Fine
Porosity: Low
Density: Low
Fine Natural Hair
March Front Length: 10 inches
June Front Length: 12 inches
(+2 inch growth)

Fine Natural Hair
March Front Length: 10 inches
June Front Length: 12 inches
(+2 inch growth)
Fine Natural Hair
March Sides Length: 10.5 inches
June Sides Length: 11.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)
Fine Natural Hair
March Sides Length: 10.5 inches
June Sides Length: 11.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)
Fine Natural Hair
March Back Length: 11 inches
June Back Length: 12 inches
(+1 inch growth)
Fine Natural Hair
March Back Length: 11 inches
June Back Length: 12 inches
(+1 inch growth)
Fine Natural Hair Growth
March Top/Middle Length: 11.5 inches
June Top/Middle Length: 12.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)
Fine Natural Hair Growth
March Hair Length: 1.5 inches from BSL
June Hair Length: 1 inch from BSL

Total AVG. Length: 1.7 inch in 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month: 0.56 inch/month

Hair Feels...really soft and moisturized, slightly oily
Shedding? Normal
Breakage? Normal
Shrinkage? High, NL
Edges? Fine, need more attention
Trim? June 28, 2018

REGIMEN AND PRODUCTS

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

MARCH REGIMEN
Massage and Detangle: Mielle mint Almond oil AND TTT
Mielle Organics Products
Cleanse: Mielle babasu shampoo, African black soap
DC: Mielle mint DC
Protein: Green Tea,Aph 2 min, henna gloss
Hair Rinse: Rice Water
Water Bottle: Fenugreek Mist (with AVJ)
Leave in: Mielle White Peony, Mielle honey leave in
Oil: Camille Rose Honey Oil, Mielle mint almond oil
Butter Cream: HB Creme (mango, cocoa, Shea)
Stylers: Mielle twisting soufflé, CURLS cream, CURLS blueberry gel, Eco styler, flaxseed gel, aph mousse
Edges: HB oil
Tools: denman, fine tooth, paddle, wide tooth, toothbrush
Oils: olive oil, sweet almond oil, lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, Rosemary
Butters: mango, raw cocoa, Shea butter
Powders: bentonite, moringa


JUNE REGIMEN
Cleanse: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Conditioning Sulfate-Free Shampoo, Raw African Black Soap 
DC: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner
Water Bottle: Fenugreek-Chamomile Mist
Leave in: Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In Conditioner, Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey Leave-In Conditioner
Oil: Camille Rose Naturals Cocoa Nibs and Honey Ultimate Growth Serum, Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil
Butter CreamDIY Butter Crème (Mango, Raw Cocoa, and Coconut Oil)
Stylers:  Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey Twisting Soufflé, Eco Styler Krystal, Naptural85s PERFECT Flaxseed Hair Gel 
Edges: Mielle Organics Honey and Ginger Edge Gel
Tools: Fine tooth comb, Wide tooth comb, Edge brush
Powders: Bentonite, Moringa, Fenugreek 

PURCHASED
Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In Conditioner
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner

Target Beauty Box travel size ($7)
Shea Moisture Manuka and Honey Masque
JBCO (purchased 2)
Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek powder
Target Beauty Box travel size ($7)
* Jane Carter Detangle
* TGIN Honey Mask
* Mielle organics DC
* Mielle Organics Co wash
* Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter
* Camille Rose Aloe Whipped Butter Gel

PRODUCTS TO TRY
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STYLES


Fine Natural Hair Wash N Go

Fine Natural Hair Twist Out

Fine Natural Hair Twist Out

Fine Natural Hair Twist Out
 
Fine Natural Hair Afro Puff

Protective Style Series Vol 15.1 | My Wedding Hair: Mega Brazilian Human Hair StyleMix One Pack Straight Weave
Protective Style Series Vol 15.2 | My Wedding Hair: Time For The Wedding!
Protective Style Series Vol 15.3 | My Wedding Hair: Taking Out My Sew-In
Product Review: Mega Brazilian Human Hair StyleMix One Pack Straight Weave

Product Review: Sensationnel African Collection Jumbo Braid Feat. Rubber Band Braids


GOALS MET FROM MARCH 2018

My short-term goals from March 2018 were to do weekly Protective styles, use JBCO 3-5 times/weekly, do a henna treatment, write at least 4 articles, and retain 1.5 inches. I retained 1.7 inches, by keeping my hair moisturized at least 4 times a week. Even though, I did not do my henna treatment, I felt that my hair was pretty strong in protein from the fenugreek-chamomile mist. And I wrote 7 articles on my own website since March!

HAIR GOALS OF 2018

My short term goals for next 3 months: to massage my scalp with castor oil 4xs/weekly, coconut oil/green tea treatments weekly, write at least 8 article, and long term protective styles.
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My mid-term goals for July 2018: to maintain healthy hair (check!!) and reach BSL (which I'm still working on).

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My yearly goal for December 2018: to reach mid-back length...or close to it.
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My ultimate goal is: to reach waist length and HUGE volume by December 2019 (changed from 2018 because I cut my hair again in 2017 from the heat damage in 2016)!



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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