Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hair Length Checks and Your Sanity

How often do you check your hair length - weekly, monthly?

I am all for accountability when it comes to people who have a length goal. I do however think that some of us can drive ourselves star crazy because in truth, do you really know how small half an inch is?

I loved this article by Brit blogger - A Simple Thing. Please read it and then get out your measuring tape.

16 comments:

  1. i checked like 10 months in when I officially big chopped then like 2.5 years in when I finally straightened for the first time and saw that it was down my back. I wasn't one to obsess over the length, just let it do it's thang and it did :D


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  2. Never! Now I just need to stop stepping on the scale every day I'm at the gym too lol.

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  3. Hi JC,

    Funny you should post this today. Just last night I had a moment of curiosity about the length of my hair so I whipped out the trusty tape measure (which I NEVER do) and actually measured it. I do have a length goal and probably won't be checking the length via tape measure again because I just don't see the point. I guess now that I have the data (the scientist in me...LOL) I can refer to it as a reference as I reflect on my hair journey.

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  4. I want my twist to be shoulder length. Since twist are my preferred style, I get to see this style frequently. I do look back at past pictures to get a sense of the difference I do find the since my goal is on shrunken hair, I do not feel the need to blow dry, straighten, or tape measure to check on my goal. I know it will take 2-3 years, so no need to obsess if it is going okay until 5/2013.

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  5. I USED to check my hair every three months. I saw how it was driving me crazy and realized how impractical it was when my main goal now is transitioning--not retaining length. I no longer check.

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  6. I don't straighten my hair to check length (I don't use heat at all, actually), so I just stretch it. I don't have a schedule to check my length, either, but I just finished a 6 month challenge at the beginning of August, and took measurements at the beginning and end of it. I think, from here on out, breaking out the tape measure every six months or so will be good enough for me.

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  7. I have never checked my length, but sometimes I wish I would because at times it seem alike it has not grown at all. I'll feel better when its long enough that the shrinkage stops bugging me! LOL

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  8. Haha, I was checking quarterly, however after my last failed length check, I have no motivation to check, I'm just over it.

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  9. I haven't had the energy to be concerned with the length of my hair. ( I just had a baby.) I blew out my hair and was surprised by all of the growth. I've been keeping it simple and taking care of my hair.

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  10. Thanks for sharing Jc!
    I've never measured my hair. I think I'm just too lazy to follow up on monthly checks. The article reminds me of the saying about a watched pot...

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  11. I never really do length checks- Nat I hear ya!
    But I know when my hair has grown, I also know that it is always growing and can I really be bothered with the hassle of straightening, stretching, pulling down that comes with a length check?No. Simples :)

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  12. Thanks for all your input and lovely to see some of you over at A Simple Thing.

    Afro Chique - rofl my sister does a mean sergei impression - simples!

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  13. I've never measured, but like Smallfro, I have looked at pics taken since my big chop and noticed growth. I also have stretched a dry braid or two and noticed shoulder length. Maybe in another year or so, I will do an official measure, but I'm not so concerned about length as I am a healthy regimen.

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  14. I have never measured my hair, but half an inch a month, really? I colour treat my hair, so I know it doesn't grow too fast. And reading this made me curious, so I pulled my ruler out of the drawer and measured my new groth - it's been less than half an inch in t-w-o months. I wonder if anyone's hair really grows half an inch in a month. Maybe it's just one of these myths that drive women crazy. And make them buy pills and whatnot ;)

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  15. Like you stated on "A Simple Thing", I check every three to four months or so.

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  16. Every day, Mrs. Jc. It's that serious lol it's hard not to when you have dyed hair that makes your new growth painfully obvious

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