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Your Growth Rate
Measuring hair is a great way of seeing how long your hair grows in a certain amount of time or for measuring its rate of growth. The average person’s hair grows at a rate of 6 inches per year. However, like the average heights of men and women, your hair growth rate maybe greater or lesser than the average. Some women have had growth rates of 18 inches or more per year.
Measuring your hair is also a good way to see if any changes made in
haircare routine or diet have affected your hair’s growth rate. It is
that you get an accurate measurement each time you measure. I recommend
measuring once a month, on the same day of each month. It is best to do
your first measurement right after a trim. So if you know you have one
coming up soon, wait until after it to begin keeping records.
Before you start you need these items:
In measuring your hair’s growth, it is vital that you get an accurate
measurement each time you
measure. This is why you need to start measuring from your hairline
were your forehead ends and your
hair begins, right in the center, where a middle part would begin. If
you try measuring from other areas
of your scalp, the chances of your getting the tape in the exact same
spot of your scalp each time you
measure are against you. Since your hairline does not move, you will
have the same starting point each
time you measure.
Measure Your Hair
Begin by standing up and pulling all of your hair behind you. Let your hair fall unobstructed down your back. Stand with your side facing a full-length mirror, if possible. Stand as perfectly straight as possible and place the end of the tape measure in the middle of your forehead where your hairline starts. As shown in the photo below.
Let both your hair and measuring tape fall behind you along the line of where a middle part would be. The measuring tape needs to be in the middle of your back. Whether your hair is all one length or layered, measure to the end of your longest strands. As shown in the photo below.
It may be impossible to read your hair measurement from the mirror. So while still holding the beginning of the tape measure on your hairline, feel for the spot where your hair ends. Grab the tape measure one or two inches above that spot, using your thumb and fingers as shown below. Please make sure that your hair and tape measure are both perfectly straight when you grasp the spot. Once you have the exact spot on the tape measure grasped, you can let go of the beginning of the tape measure. Now simply pull it around for a quickreading. As shown in the photo below.
Create A Hair Growth Diary
Now that you see how easy it is to accurately measure your hair's length. You can begin a hair growth journal, or diary. If you really want to go all out you can photograph your hair with each measurement. Two photos showing the full length of your hair from behind and the side without a tape measure. Another photo that clearly shows the tape measurement at your hair's ends.
After 6 months of measuring, take an average,
and multiply it by 2. The resulting number will be pretty close to how
long your hair grows in one year. Remember that in warmer climates,
hair grows faster. So if you live in an area that has major climate
changes with the seasons, you will see more growth during summer than
during winter. If you keep a hair journal to track your hair
improvements, then you can record your measurements in the journal.
Remember to measure and record your hair's length each month.
Other Measuring Tips
For curly or wavy hair, you may need someone to gently pull on your hair to straighten it out as much as possible, or you can measure when your hair is wet. Always remember to measure the longest layer and straight down the middle of your back. Now write done your measurement with the complete date.
If you hair is layered or you are growing out
your bangs, you can measure them separately. You will probably find
that different lengths grow at different rates. If you do this, record
and label each length. And do not forget to date all measurements.
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