If you’re trying to grow your hair out, it is so discouraging seeing stray hairs in your brush and on the floor after a trim at the salon. But don’t despair! Hair growth is relatively easy to measure and can really help you chart your progress. Don’t rely on other people commenting on how long your hair has grown; know it for yourself to the inch!
Hair has three stages of its life cycle: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen is the active growth phase of your hair which can last from 3 to 5 years. The longer your hair stays in this phase, the longer your luscious locks will grow. The next phase, Catagen, is a 2 week transition stage when your follicle shrinks away from the hair and cuts it off from the blood supply. The final phase Telogen lasts from 1 to 4 months and leave the hair dormant as a new strand of hair begins to grow. About 85 percent of your hair will be in anagen phase during any given time, while 10 percent will be in telogen.
Now that you know the science behind how your hair grows, let’s talk about how to measure it. The easiest way to measure your hair length is with a measuring tape and a buddy. Place the start of the measuring tape at your hairline in the center of your forehead.
Drape the tape down your back, making sure there are no kinks in the tape and that it is in the center of your hairline.
Have your buddy measure the longest point of your hair. If you do not have a buddy, you can try to gauge the length yourself, but this can be difficult and cause inaccuracies in measurement.
Remember, never pull down on your hair or measure it when it’s wet. Your hair will stretch and appear longer, making next month’s reading seem shorter.
Create a chart and post it in your bathroom so you remember to chart your growth every month. Don’t get discouraged if some months your hair doesn’t appear to grow at all. My hair stays pretty much the same length in the winter because I get more split ends and have to trim more.
If you haven’t already, check out my tips on hair growth or some luxuriating hair oil treatments you can do at home!