We suggest using a length check t-shirt.
You may be asking yourself, what do you mean by “length check t-shirt”.
Simply put – a length check t-shirt provides an easy way to accurately measure your hair growth over a period of time.
These t-shirts not are exclusive to natural hair; they are for anyone who wants to track their hair growth without the hassle of using a yard stick, measuring tape or a comb.
The t-shirt is designed to make measuring easier and more consistent.
When creating your t-shirt, you will need:
- Measuring tape
- Sharpe Black pointed tip marker
- Ruler or long sturdy straight edge for drawing lines
- Something to put inside the t-shirt, just in case the Sharpe bleeds through
Create your t-shirt:
Step #1: Put on the t-shirt.
Step #2: Create your shoulder length (SL) measurement. Use the measuring tape to measure from the center (middle) of your head to the top of the shirt (collar). This measurement represents the length of your hair from the center of your head to your shoulders.
Step #3: Create your armpit length (APL) measurement. Hold one arm out horizontally. Then, take the black marker and place it directly underneath your armpit and mark the location of your armpit on the t-shirt. This measurement represents the length of your hair from the center of your head to your armpit.
Step #4: Create your bra strap length (BSL) and middle back length (MBL) measurements. Note: BSL measurements will be different for each woman, since each bra does not stop in the same place for each woman. Reach around to the back of the shirt and make two spots: one on top of the bra strap (BSL) and one directly below it, which you can use as a middle back length (MBL) measurement.
An alternative way to creating MBL measurement is to wrap the measuring tape just under your bust line. Next, mark a spot just above the measuring tape to mark your MBL.
Step #5: Create your waist length hair (WL) measurement. First, let’s accurately find your waist. Stand in an upright position and lean to one side. This will cause a natural crease at your waist. Place your hands on your waist to hold the place. With the Sharpe marker, mark the spot.
Step #6: Now that all of the major milestones have been marked. It is time to go back and draw lines on the t-shirt. Take the shirt off and lay it on a sturdy surface. Place something inside the t-shirt to prevent the marker from bleeding through.
Place a ruler or straight edge on the t-shirt in the appropriate spots (ex. at the APL spot) and make 4 dots with the marker from the left to the right side of the t-shirt. This step allows you to make sure that the line will be straight before you actually draw it in. If the dots are straight, go ahead and draw the full line across the t-shirt. If not, repeat this step by drawing more dots until you are satisfied.
Step #7: Measure the distance between SL and APL. Make a mark for each inch and make 4 dots across from the left side to the right side of the t-shirt. If the dots are straight, go ahead and draw the full line across the t-shirt. Now, repeat this step for APL to MBL and for MBL to WL.
Step #8: Extend the lines drawn on the back of your t-shirt to the front using 4 dots along the front to ensure the lines are straight. When you are comfortable, draw a solid line connecting the dots. You now own a length check shirt that measures the front and the back.
Once you finish creating your length check t-shirt, be sure to take a picture and upload it to your photo album.