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Hair lengths – explained!

There are so many new words & in particular acronyms I’ve had to wrap my head around since I’ve started my hair journey almost a year ago now. And yes, Google is fabulous but sometimes it’s just a little overwhelming – at times it felt like I was googling every 2nd word! JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor oil) , BC (big chop), EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) – how much time do you have because the list goes on & on…

It’s with that in mind that I’ve just swiped this chart off one of the hair care pages I follow, Nappy Sisters explaining the various hair lengths – I knew I had to share. Perhaps the one that’s been left off is  TWA (teeny-weeny afro).

These lengths can be referred to with or without shrinkage (usually with) but rather clarify with whomever you’re chatting to as there is a big difference between the 2 given just how much our hair shrinks.



Can you imagine having to manage hair at tail bone length or longer! My arms hurt just thinking about it 🙂

My goal length for 2013 (i.e. by the end of the year) is NL (neck length) & I plan to give my hair loads of TLC to get there asap. Instead of focusing on length & curl definition like I did at the beginning of my journey, I have realised that if I just focused on having the healthiest hair possible, those things will inevitably come with it. Ultimately I would love to be at BSL (bra strap length) in a couple of years (why can’t it be sooner!?).

I’ll be doing a length check in a few short weeks (minus shrinkage) since it’ll be the 1 year anniversary of my big chop. I’m planning to go in-salon for a protein treatment & blow dry.

Are any of your hair goals related to length?

If you missed my most recent 9 month hair update post, check it out here.

Be kind to your hair….


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