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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing December 2018 and March 2019

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*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
Porosity: Low
Density: Low
December Front Length: 14 inches
March Front Length: 14.5 inches 
(+0.5 inch growth)
December Front Length: 14 inches
March Front Length: 14.5 inches 
(+0.5 inch growth)
December Sides Length: 13 inches
March Sides Length: 13.5 inches 
 (+0.5 inch growth)
December Sides Length: 13 inches
March Sides Length: 13.5 inches 
 (+0.5 inch growth)
December Back Length: 12 inches 
March Back Length: 11 inches 
(-1 inch growth)
December Back Length: 12 inches 
March Back Length: 11 inches 
(-1 inch growth)
December Top/Middle Length: 14 inches
March Top/Middle Length: 14.5 inches 
(+0.5 inch growth)
December Top/Middle Length: 14 inches
March Top/Middle Length: 14.5 inches 
(+0.5 inch growth)
Comparing Baby Hairs/Edges September 2018 and December 2018
December Full Length: BSL!
March Full Length: Still BSL...

Total AVG. Length: 0.5 inch in 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month: 0.13 inch/month 

Comparing Wet Natural Hair September 2018 and December 2018
Comparing Wet Natural Hair September 2018 and December 2018
Hair Feels...brittle and shortened
Shedding? Normal
Breakage? Little to none
Shrinkage? 50% between Ear and NL Edges? Fine, but growing in
Trim? April 22, 2019

*Note - “December” = October through December*
*Note - “March" = January through March*
Wet Fine, Natural Hair March 2019

DECEMBER REGIMEN

Deep Twist Crochet Braids
Pre-Poo: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Pre-Poo
Cleanse: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Shampoo
Co Wash: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Masque
Protein: Carols Daughters Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Masque
Water Bottle: Aloe Vera Juice and 3 Essential Oils: Lemongrass, Tea Tree, and Rosemary
Leave in: Carols Daughters Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Leave-In Conditioner, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Deep Hydration Softening Milk
Oil: Camille Rose Honey Oil, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Deep Hydration Serum Oil Mist
Cream: Mane Choice Doesn't Get Much "BUTTER" Than This
Stylers: CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist-N-Shout CreamEco Styler Coconut Gel, Mane Choice Biotin Infused Styling Gel
Edges: Mielle Ginger Edge ControlCreme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edge Control
Natural Oils: JBCOOlive OilCoconut OilCastor Oil, lavender, peppermint, lemongrass Natural Powers/Ingredients: bentonite, fenugreek
Tools: fine tooth comb, wide tooth comb, edge brush, Denman brush



MARCH REGIMEN

Rubber Band Braids
Pre-Poo: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Pre-Poo
Cleanse: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic and Soy Milk Deep Hydration Shampoo 
Co Wash: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic and Soy Milk Deep Hydration Conditioner  
Deep Conditioner: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic and Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask  
Protein: Carols Daughters Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Masque
Water BottleAloe Vera Juice and 3 Essential Oils: Lemongrass, Tea Tree, and Rosemary
Leave in: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic and Soy Milk Deep Hydration Softening Milk  
Oil: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Deep Hydration Serum Oil Mist
Cream: The Mane Choice Doesn't Get Much "BUTTER" Than This Daily Hair Dressing 
Stylers: Eco Styler Coconut Gel, Mane Choice Biotin Infused Styling Gel
Edges: Mielle Ginger Edge Control
Natural Oils: JBCOOlive OilCoconut OilCastor Oil

Powers/Ingredients: Fenugreek
Tools: fine tooth comb, wide tooth comb, edge brush, Denman brush

UPDATE TO REGIMEN

I noticed that my retained hair length has lessened from 1.5-2 inches to 0.5 and even breakage. I haven't had the best care for my hair since the beginning of the year, setting my 2019 goals. So I went back to my 2014 QNHA archives and found great tips I used to do, but haven't in a while. It's time to get back to extreme healthy hair practices! I will keep the same products, but change up my regimen:
  1. HOT OIL TREATMENT - With my Pre-Poo, I need to re-add my hot oil treatment strengthening my hair follicles, increase elasticity, restore moisture back to the hair, and better length retention.
  2. 5/2 PROTECTIVE STYLES - There are times when I can get lazy about my hair, but there are many styles I can do that won't take long and can last the entire week! 5/2 means 5 days of protective styling with 2 days of wearing my hair out.
  3. ALOE VERA JUICE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS - I need to re-add this as my leave-in during Wash Day, my detangler in between styles, and just a great refresher during the week. Aloe Vera juice is great for moisture, balances the pH levels, reduces dandruff, and activates hair growth! 
  4. GET BACK TO PROTEIN TREATMENTS - Protein treatments have always strengthened my hair and balanced out the deep conditioning treatment I would do...but I haven't done protein treatments in a long time. I have used: green tea, coconut milk, all kinds of henna treatments, and others. So before I go straight to deep conditioning, I will do my protein treatment first. 
  5. Vegan Meals For Fine, Natural Hair Growth
  6. CLEANSE WITH AFRICAN BLACK SOAP - A clean scalp is a healthy scalp! So back to the basics of making my own cleanser. African Black soap is great for regeneration of the skin cells, removes tough product build-up, and alleviates scalp irritation and dry skin. 

EMPTIES

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PURCHASED

Aunt Jackie's Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel
Organic Flaxseeds

PRODUCTS TO TRY

RevAir Reverse Blow Dryer


STYLES

Check out my FreeTress Braid Deep Twist Journey:


Natural Hair Inspiration 2 | Millicent Swift: Queen-Easy High Bun


How To | Enhance Natural Hair With Ponydo Motown Curlable

How To | Enhance Natural Hair With Ponydo Motown Curlable

Sensationnel African Collection Jumbo Braid Feat. Rubber Band Braids
Sensationnel African Collection Jumbo Braid Feat. Rubber Band Braids

GOALS MET FROM DECEMBER 2018

My short-term goals set in September 2018 for December 2018: massage 4/ weekly, 5/2 weekly protective styles, JBCO 3-5 times/weekly, retain 1.5 inch, henna treatment. I definitely massaged my scalp, especially my edges and I kept my hair in a protective style. The weather was CHILLY and BRISK!...BUT I only retained 0.5 inches, and I did not do a henna treatment.

Drawstring Puff 
My yearly goal set in January 2018 for December 2018:maintain the same regimen and products usage, attend 3-6 natural hair meetups/events/shows, and reach BSL (stretched) I definitely maintain the same regimen and products of Mielle Organics, until I switched to Mane Choice in November 2018 and I reached Bra Strap Length! I did not go to any natural hair meetups/events/shows during 2018, so I need to make that happen for 2019.

GOALS SET FOR JUNE 2019

My short-term goals set in April 2019 for June 2019: New Regimen: Hot Oil Treatment, 5/2 Protective Styles, Aloe Vera Juice with Essential Oils, Protein Treatments, African Black Soap, retain 2 inches, BE A VEGAN!
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My mid-term goals for July 2019: 3 henna treatments, have at least 1-3 YouTube Videos.
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My yearly goal for December 2019maintain the same regimen and products usage of Mane Choice, attend 3 natural hair meetups/events/shows, and reach Mid-Back-Length (stretched).

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My ultimate goal for December 2020to reach BUTT CRACK length and HUGE volume.
My 2019 Goals For My Natural Hair
Check out my 2019 Healthy Hair Goals! 

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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