A natural hair journal is a log of the condition of your hair and scalp. You can log your entries daily or every other day, depending on your needs and the changes in your hair.
Why Keep a Hair Journal?
Curlies who are transitioning to natural hair often like to keep track of the changes in their hair during the transition. By doing so, they’re able to keep note of the way their hair has changed throughout the transition. In addition, keeping a natural hair journal can show you that you really are making progress in your journey, even when months later, it seems as though you aren’t.
Journals are also useful when you try something, LOVE the results — and then can’t remember what regimen you used a year later. If it’s in your journal, you’ll know exactly what you did and what you thought about it.
How Do I Keep One?
Start with either a basic journal (found in the office supplies section of stores such as Target and Wal-Mart), or something more fancy and pretty. You could also start out with one made with a plain white or foam cover and decorate it if you’re feeling craft.
Alternatively, you could start with a scrapbook album if you’re a scrapbooker. Just glue some photographs to your scrapbook paper, jot down some notes and glue them next to the photo, then slide the paper into the album sleeve. Photos are useful if you feel that you’re having a hard time describing the changes.
You could also keep a video journal or vlog. Just mount your camera on a tripod and record yourself daily or every couple of days, preferably sitting in the same location and with the same amount of lighting on your hair so you don’t mistake changes in lighting for changes in hair texture. A video diary will give you the most descriptive log of your journey.
What Information Should I Include?
You’ll want to include the condition of your hair and scalp in your natural hair journal, as well as any products you use through the process. Keep track of the dates you did things to your hair, as well as any individuals who helped you style your hair. Everything matters, down to the weather outside, so don’t forget to keep track of it all!
Not only is a video diary useful for you years down the road, but it can help other naturals on their hair journey as well! Upload your videos to YouTube and let us know they’re there. We can help you promote, and spread natural hair cheer!