December Assessments/January Goals


Last month was my first month setting monthly hair goals for Z, and after reflecting back on December, I can truly say that everything pretty much went as expected. My overall goal for our hair care throughout the winter season is to keep our regimen/routine as simple as possible while focusing on optimal moisture retention and protection of our hair against the dry and cold weather. One of our biggest issues with Z's hair has been dry, itchy, and flaky scalp. Assessing her scalp over the course of the month and following through with my consistent moisturizing efforts, I am happy to report that her scalp has significantly less flakes. I believe this is primarily due to the fact I have been oiling it with coconut oil. I will be continuing the practice of oiling her scalp every time I put in a new style to help alleviate Z's scalp issues.

My goals for Z this month are pretty much similar to last month's:
  1. Clarify Z's scalp by doing a mild Baking Soda rinse (1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda per cup of warm distilled water).
    • Last month was our first time implementing this rinse. Although I did not have any complaints about the rinse as far as noticing any ill effects such as extra dryness of the hair, I have not come to a definitive conclusion as to whether we should keep this rinse in Z's cleansing regimen. Therefore, I will try it again this month to see how well the rinse cleanses her scalp after removing her current style later this week.
  2. Deep condition Z's hair bi-weekly using Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque and Coconut oil as described in this post.
    • I plan to do an overnight 30 minute deep conditioning treatment following the Baking Soda rinse
  3. Co-wash her hair with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner following the deep conditioning
    • After rinsing the conditioner, I plan to do an ACV rinse (1 Tablespoon per cup)
  4. Style her hair into 2 sets of protective updo styles lasting approximately 2 weeks each. 
  5. Use our homemade moisturizing spritz on her hair regularly to restore moisture as necessary.
  6. Continue using the LOC method this month as it seems to be doing a good job keeping her hair moisturized.
As far as my hair goes, it has grown long enough that I am now required to give it a little more attention than I have before. I did set a small baggy challenge at the end of last month, but unfortunately, I did not follow through after the first week. With so much traveling going on, I just was not focused on my hair or the challenge like I intended. I did co-wash my hair at least once/twice per week and applied a leave-in, oil, and cream. I am still up in the air about whether my hair responds better to the LOC method or the LCO method. I will stick with LOC for a few months before coming to a final conclusion.

Since I have decided to grow my hair out, I really desire to focus on protective styling this winter (and this year). I know from experience that keeping my hair in a protective mode (and under very low manipulation) greatly minimizes breakage at the ends and maximizes my overall length retention. For the past 6 months, I have been wearing nothing but my wig, and honestly, I am tired of it! I am ready for a new look...anything other than a wig.

I have been looking at some options online and came across this look:

Seriously. I love this look! I cannot believe this was achieved using yarn. I have seen other pictures of yarn braids/genie locs a few months ago on the Chocolate Hair and Vanilla Care blog but never considered back then about trying the style on myself (plus I had less than an inch of hair on my head at the time as well). I have watched several YouTube videos yesterday to get the gist of how to achieve this look, and I found the video, Yarn Locs Tutorial by ForeverRikk, most helpful in breaking down the process and giving me the boost to proceed with the yarn extensions.

I am aware from these videos that I need to be prepared to give up a good 15-20 hours of my time installing them myself. I figure I will start tomorrow night and finish my head over the course of 2-3 days after putting Z to bed. I will see how this process goes. Nevertheless, my hope is to be completely done by Wednesday. Once installed, I would like to keep them in for 6-8 weeks, redoing the front, edges, and back as needed. I am super excited about this style especially since I did a few practice locs to determine how long and thick I would like them to be.  I will post more about my process and plans for this protective style in the next post.

What are your hair goals/plans for the month? The year?

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