The other day I was watching a hair length check video by pltbyCormie on YouTube. She was explaining that if you think that you are not experiencing hair growth, it may be best to start measuring your hair with a tape measure. This way you end up getting a more accurate look at how long your hair truly is. Since I'm trying to avoid straightening my hair for awhile, I can never really "see" where my hair is due to shrinkage. I decided to try it because I have been a little frustrated waiting for APL length hair. This method not only showed me where my current length is, but also gave me an idea of how much longer until I reach my hair length goals. It turns out that I am approximately 2" away from reaching my goal and another 4" before I reach BSL (bra strap). I was relieved to finally have something more concrete than just looking in the mirror and waiting for hair growth.
Measuring from shoulder length to APL;
about 5 to 6 inches
Height and Hair Length
Cormie also mentioned that when we look to others who have already reached their hair length goals, we should try not to compare our hair to theirs. This is where height comes into play. Depending on how tall you are, you may have longer or shorter to go before reaching SL (shoulders), APL (arm pits) and BSL (bra strap). The distance between these points is different for everyone. If you are shorter in stature then you may be able to reach your goals sooner than someone who is considered quite tall. I'm 5'6" and the distance between SL and APL on me is 5 to 6 inches. I had the unrealistic goal of achieving this length by Dec. of 2010 after only getting to shoulder length in May of 2010. That's only 7 months time while my hair most likely only grows 1/2" per month. Now I can stop fretting over not reaching this goal already because I can see that I'm on track to reach it by my 2 year natural hair anniversary (May 2011) which is more accurate. Others who have reached this goal sooner may or may not be shorter than I am. Now that I have this knowledge, I am looking forward to seeing hair growth in a time frame that is true to me and based on my own hair.