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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing June 2018 and September 2018

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*This is definitely what I've been doing the past 3 months: really doing my hair!
*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 Kitchenista
Moisture and Protein: Balanced
Texture: Fine

June Front Length: 12 inches
September Length: 13 inches
(+1 inch growth)

June Sides Length: 11.5 inches
September Length: 12.5 inches
(+1 inch growth)
 
June Back Length: 12 inches
September Length: 12.5 inches
(+0.5 inch growth)

June Top/Middle Length: 12.5 inches
September Length: 13 inches
(+0.5 inch growth)

June Hair Length: 1 inch from BSL
September Length: 0.8 inches 

Total AVG. Length: 0.75 inch in 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month: 0.25 inch/month 
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Hair Feels...thick and healthy, with split ends 
Shedding? Normal
Breakage? Not much
Shrinkage? Neck length
Edges? Growing 
Trim? 10/13/2018

*Note - “June” = April through June
*Note - “September” = July through September 

JUNE REGIMEN

Massage and Detangle: Coconut Oil and Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Cleanse: African black soap
Co Wash: TTT
DC: Mielle mint DC, SM Manuka Dc
Protein: Green Tea
Water Bottle: Fenugreek Mist (with Chamomile)

Leave in: Mielle White Peony
Oil: Mielle mint almond oil
Butter Cream: HB Creme (mango, raw cocoa, and coconut oil)
Stylers: Mielle twisting soufflé, CURLS cream, Eco styler, flaxseed gel
Edges: Mielle Ginger Edges, Mielle mint almond oil
Tools: fine tooth comb, wide tooth comb, edge brush
Oils: olive oil, coconut oil, lavender, peppermint, lemongrass,
Powers: moringa, bentonite, fenugreek

SEPTEMBER REGIMEN

Massage and Detangle: Coconut Oil and Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Cleanse: African black soap, Mielle Babassu, Bentonite clay
Co Wash: TTT
DC: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner, Shea Moisture Manuka and Honey Masque, Carols Daughters Almond Milk, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo DC
Protein:
Water Bottle: Fenugreek Mist (with Chamomile), 
Leave in: Carols Daughters Almond Milk, Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizer
Oil: Camille Rose honey oil
Butter Cream: HB Creme (mango, raw cocoa, and coconut oil), Mane Choice Butter
Stylers: Mielle twisting soufflé, CURLS cream, Eco styler
Edges: Mielle Ginger Edges
Tools: fine tooth comb, wide tooth comb, edge brush
Oils: JBCO, olive oil, coconut oil, lavender, peppermint, lemongrass
Powers: moringa, bentonite, fenugreek

EMPTIES

Mielle twisting soufflé (gave to LeAnne)
Mielle mint DC
SM Manuka Dc
Mielle White Peony
JBCO
Fenugreek seeds
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


PURCHASED

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Mielle Moisturizer (purchased 2) 
Mielle Ginger Edge Control
Mane Choice Heavenly Halo DC
Mane Choice Butter (LeAnne gave)

STYLES

Fine Natural Hair Twist Out
Fine Natural Hair Afro Puff
Fine Natural Hair Protective Style Updo
Fine Natural Hair Wash N Go

GOALS MET FROM JUNE 2018

My short-term goals from June 2018 were to massage my scalp with castor oil 4xs/weekly, use coconut oil/green tea treatments weekly, write at least 8 articles, and do 2 long term protective styles. I did much better massaging my scalp with my castor oil these 3 months, but I did not get to use my great tea treatment. I did 1 long term protective styles with the Curly Crochet set. And of course I wrote my 8 articles!


Fine Natural Hair Wash N Go
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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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