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Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by NaturalShe94, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Curls&Caramel

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    Your curls are to die for. No need for a braid out for you. I'm trying to get into bunning, but it requires that I air dry my hair straight. Which always leaves my damaged hair a crispy mess. Braid outs mean I can braid it up damp and for some reason my ends don't turn into sandpaper. It's FAR from perfect though. With all that moisture, my new growth brings cotton fields to mind lol.
     
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    Length update is a little over 18". I already started tiny trimming the front, then got tired and forgot that I was doing it, so I don't remember where I left off. But I will do, like, the back 2/3 of my head soon. Definitely no more than 1/2". Just hitting WL.

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    GORGEOUS!!! OMG I was just looking at your previous post because it is my goal for next year and this you posted this one!!! i love it. your hair is my hair's big sister. We wear the same style and it looks the same as my own. Hopefully I have your hair next year December 2021.
     
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  4. NaturalShe94

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    My curl pattern seems to have loosened as my hair has gotten longer. Pretty sure it has to do with the weight of the hair on top of the fact that I have pretty thick strands. It’s more S-shaped than corkscrewed now. I do want to get good at braid outs as a way to keep my hair clumped when I want to wear it out. Have you ever tried damp or wet buns? You don’t necessarily have to let it dry completely before bunning it.
     
  5. NaturalShe94

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    Oh my goodness!!!!! & it’s most likely even longer if it were straightened! Beautiful progress!
     
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    @nyeredzi you’ve got me thinking about measuring again. Think I’m gonna go home and measure some parts of my hair today :giggle:
     
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    No I haven't but it sounds like exactly what I need. As long as my new growth and ends cooperate. I love my braid outs because I can hop right out of the shower and finish in 20 minutes or so and go about my evening while it dries. Do you know of any good how to videos on damp bunning? I ran a quick search through the forums but it just has ladies describing if it works for them.
     
  8. nyeredzi

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    Thanks. Always on the lookout or hair twins, or siblings. Let me go look again at your posts.
     
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    Will your arm reach? :giggle: Measuring is the only way I know what's happening before it's too late. Otherwise, I can only discern big changes
     
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    I did Pop Smoke braids (never heard of the late rapper but saw a YouTube video) in about an hour!

    Low manipulation for rest of summer!!!!
     
  11. nyeredzi

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    You can always burn your braid out
     
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    LOL! At least it'll be useful.
     
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    Sorry, I meant bun it, not burn it! omg.
     
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    I tried measuring, I’ve gotta wait till wash day when I detangle and my hair is freshly moisturised and elastic. I took my plaited bun down and ended up getting some tangles trying to take a small section to measure, plus my hair is so dry sheesh. I measured one piece anyway just because and it was 24 inches. Going to wash this weekend and try again. I need accuracy lol.
     
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    Lmaoo!
     
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    That makes sense too! Hahahaha. I can't tell you how many times I've considered just starting over. But I'm gonna work with what I got...for now:yep:
     
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    ItsMeLilLucky Aka Giveme D’Monee

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    Ngl, at first I was like :eek: but the more I read it the more I was like :lachen::lachen::lachen::abducted:
     
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    Prettymetty Natural/4b/medium-coarse

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    My hair is growing y’all. I haven’t trimmed since February so I’m retaining it all. I ordered a split ender and another prismax hair botox. I’ll do a dusting in December.
     
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    So does anyone measure their hair like this? I was doing some research (googling) on hair measuring & the long hair community forum came up.... I started lurking.... I was seeing BSL hair being measured at 27 inches. And TBL at like nearly 40 inches. I was like wth? How? Im near TBL but definitely not near 40 inches. Then I saw this method... I feel like Ive been measuring wrong for years now :confused:

    https://sites.google.com/site/habioku/about-hair/hair-measurement
     
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    Prettymetty Natural/4b/medium-coarse

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    I measure like this
     
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    I used to be on that forum (LHC), though never posted that much. I think @PlanetCybertron measures like this. Since I know this is how some people measure, I usually try to be explicit by saying "18 inches root to tip" so it's clear how I'm doing the measurement. I don't really like measuring the other way, it's not as informative for me because like 8-9" is just the length of your head. So your hair can literally be 1" root to tip and you'd say your hair is 9". But it may make more sense for people's hair that has been given a blunt cut across the bottom, because the hair all over their head will be different lengths. Like, the hair at the front of my head would have to be 8" longer than the hair at the back of my head to fall to the same part of my body, on the back, but some people's hair is like this. Especially the straight haired people on that site, they're more likely to have hair like that. For me, though, the hair all over my head is roughly the same length, so I don't have to really give a bunch of different measurements to say what it is root to tip. It's all pretty much between 17 and 18.5 inches, root to tip.
     
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    I just tried this now & mine comes up to 23 inches. I think it depends on how you wear your hair really if I was still frequently straightening my hair or using protective styles that stretched my hair I would definitely use this method of measuring. However with shrinkage I think it’s easier to do root to tip. I think I might record both ways as it’s a interesting way of doing it.
     
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    So I measured both ways in the shower on soaking wet hair, sectioning from root to tip and from hairline all the way back. The back, front & sides measure at 25 inches, crown at 28 inches. From hairline all the way back measure at 35 inches. Makes sense, my crown does grow faster than the rest of my hair.
     
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    Here’s my puff progress. I’ll do one with my hair down after I wash tomorrow

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    Hair down progress. I think it will take many, many, many years for me to see a real difference here. 1741640D-3344-4130-A0C8-27453151CE8D.jpeg
     
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    Definitely fuller hair. You’ve got growth. :clap:
     
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    MzSwift Texlaxed, loccing again

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    Maybe you can find a shirt that you will use for your length checks? Even if it isn't a true length check shirt with the lines, etc. I found that once I did that, it became easier to see my progress.

    IA, I can see the growth!
     
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    I was thinking that. I’ll have to see if I have any shirts that could serve that purpose.
     
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    Maybe I would measure my hair this way if the length of the front of my hair actually met the end of the back... or at least came close. I fear that this would make me think that it is longer than it actually is. It wouldn't represent any one single strand on my head at the moment.
     
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    I have only been photographing my hair straight. I think our natural hair texture matches. I'll try to get a photo of that at the end of the year. Maybe next year I'll photograph it just natural like this :D thanks for the idea!!
     
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