divinedobbie

April 26th, 2014, 11:46 AM

I have been cursed with a little 2.5" ponytail circumference. I keep hoping that my tape measure is lying to me or that my hair will get thicker as I take better care of it so I measure it obsessively every month. Well it's been 8 months since I had extensions (I lost a lot of hair!) and about a year since I've started growing out my bangs. I figure that all my new growth should be about 4" long and my bangs about 6". Maybe all those short hairs just aren't getting into that one ponytail on top of my head and it's giving me a smaller number than it should be.

Someone recommended a really great idea in another thread. Divide your hair into two ponytails so that it gets all your shorter hairs, measure each ponytail separately, add the two numbers, and voila you have your real thickness!

After doing that, I got a 2" circumference for one ponytail and just over 1.5" on the second...which means I have a 3.5" circumference! Oh, I was so excited and in hair heaven!!

WRONG. :(

After my initial euphoria wore off, I started thinking about how that's even impossible. I can't put my finger on it exactly but I remember something about being able to increase surface area but still have the same volume. I repeated the tests by continuing to divide my hair into more sections, and sure enough, the overall circumference kept increasing.

Sadly enough, that means I still have a 2.5" ponytail. And unfortunately according to my theory, some of you who might have been measuring your hair and bangs separately, actually have a false number.

So am I right? And is there a way or formula to be able to measure my hair in two ponytails but still get an accurate overall circumference?

Someone recommended a really great idea in another thread. Divide your hair into two ponytails so that it gets all your shorter hairs, measure each ponytail separately, add the two numbers, and voila you have your real thickness!

After doing that, I got a 2" circumference for one ponytail and just over 1.5" on the second...which means I have a 3.5" circumference! Oh, I was so excited and in hair heaven!!

WRONG. :(

After my initial euphoria wore off, I started thinking about how that's even impossible. I can't put my finger on it exactly but I remember something about being able to increase surface area but still have the same volume. I repeated the tests by continuing to divide my hair into more sections, and sure enough, the overall circumference kept increasing.

Sadly enough, that means I still have a 2.5" ponytail. And unfortunately according to my theory, some of you who might have been measuring your hair and bangs separately, actually have a false number.

So am I right? And is there a way or formula to be able to measure my hair in two ponytails but still get an accurate overall circumference?