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RSunny
June 4th, 2018, 11:47 AM
Hey All! I'm growing out my hair (currently between chin and shoulder length). I've always been discouraged from growing out my hair because my hair circumferance is generally 2-2.5 inches (maybe 3" on my very best day). I see a lot of photos of people with gorgeous hair but they always have 3-5 inch ponytail circumferences. I would love to see photos of people's hair with smaller circumferences as inspiration for what my hair could look like as it grows out. Thanks in advance!

Edit: Also, I have curly hair and because my hair is fine, it loves being dried with a diffuser (otherwise it looks limp) and using the devacurl products (low-poo 1-2x per week, no poo 1x per week, condition frequently, and devacurl styling cream and gel). If you have curly hair, would love to know your haircare and styling routine.

MoonRabbit
June 4th, 2018, 04:42 PM
https://s25.postimg.cc/5c2zhghrj/PSX_20180321_165740.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

I am lower than average at 2.5 inches. You should never feel discouraged about your hair because it isn't really thick. There are many people here that have around 2.5 and below with Amazing hair.

One good thing about less thickness is you can do many different buns without the extra length!

lithostoic
June 4th, 2018, 05:21 PM
Love this post, mine is 2.5 and I often feel insecure.

Aredhel
June 4th, 2018, 06:07 PM
This doesn't apply to me, but my fiance has a 2.25" circ - which he is also very insecure about, despite me always reassuring him - but look how beautiful his hair is... :)

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=27292&d=1494777736

My circumference is 3.35" and my braid looks nowhere near as lovely as his, because of my dramatic taper... thin is not a bad thing! :)

Aredhel
June 4th, 2018, 06:10 PM
https://s25.postimg.cc/5c2zhghrj/PSX_20180321_165740.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

I am lower than average at 2.5 inches. You should never feel discouraged about your hair because it isn't really thick. There are many people here that have around 2.5 and below with Amazing hair.

One good thing about less thickness is you can do many different buns without the extra length!

Seriously epic mane, MoonRabbit. :crush:

Rebeccalaurenxx
June 4th, 2018, 06:31 PM
This would be about my circumference!
I too also feel insecure about my thickness.
I know it could be less and my hair looks ok - just can’t wait until the last 4 inches thicken up.
Because my hair is 2.5 at the nape but much much smaller at the end. Maybe .25” at best :(

RSunny
June 4th, 2018, 07:38 PM
https://s25.postimg.cc/5c2zhghrj/PSX_20180321_165740.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

I am lower than average at 2.5 inches. You should never feel discouraged about your hair because it isn't really thick. There are many people here that have around 2.5 and below with Amazing hair.

One good thing about less thickness is you can do many different buns without the extra length!


This doesn't apply to me, but my fiance has a 2.25" circ - which he is also very insecure about, despite me always reassuring him - but look how beautiful his hair is... :)

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=27292&d=1494777736

My circumference is 3.35" and my braid looks nowhere near as lovely as his, because of my dramatic taper... thin is not a bad thing! :)


Thank you! Such lovely hair :)

AshtangiPNW
June 4th, 2018, 08:12 PM
https://s25.postimg.cc/5c2zhghrj/PSX_20180321_165740.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

I am lower than average at 2.5 inches. You should never feel discouraged about your hair because it isn't really thick. There are many people here that have around 2.5 and below with Amazing hair.

One good thing about less thickness is you can do many different buns without the extra length!

Super gorgeous! And very encouraging. :) I think that your hair type is very similar to my own. I only hope that mine will look this great at TBL....

lithostoic
June 4th, 2018, 08:31 PM
Here's my hair freshly washed and air dried. Flat but wavy.

https://scontent-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/33204808_2107370769279664_3034703237132320768_o.jp g?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=557e6084cf787f3f3e29576d72724f40&oe=5B7E008A

This is from today. Day after a wash. Brushed, bunned, brushed again. It gets fluffy when I brush it.

https://scontent-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/34482009_2121540061196068_1673915086449672192_o.jp g?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=f0fb4bd8b5e509279d84331236a6b6b7&oe=5B810227

This is tonight's sleep braid c: I purposely make it off-center so that it's more comfortable.

https://scontent-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/34461541_2121639507852790_5126489963986157568_o.jp g?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=81886bdb8eb7bb412e2b916d08b1e64e&oe=5BBB62E2

I measured before I posted this and got 2.5".

Katsura
June 5th, 2018, 01:29 AM
Beautiful hairs, folks!

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1726/41659256224_31efceb312.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/26thzum)

My circumference is pretty exactly 2,5". Naturally my hair is stick straight, but there's always some wawes from keeping it tied up almost all the time.

samanthaa
June 5th, 2018, 08:56 AM
MoonRabbit, wow, beautiful hair! I love the waves.

Lithostoic, I don't think I've seen a picture recently of your hair. It's gotten so long and looks quite healthy.

Katsura, you have a beautiful color! Your hair is so glossy.

I love the idea of this thread. It can sometimes be discouraging to see all of the praise thick-haired folks on this forum get, and I hope we see lots of representation here. I don't have any recent hair pictures, but I'll be sure to contribute something soon. I'm 2.5" on a good day.

Katsura
June 5th, 2018, 09:27 AM
Thank you samanthaa. :)

I think this is a great idea of a thread too. :blossom:

lithostoic
June 5th, 2018, 03:21 PM
Thanks samanthaa!

toastmouse
June 5th, 2018, 03:59 PM
Wow I love this thread, you guys all have such awesome hair! I'm around 2.5" and it's super inspiring and encouraging to see long hair of around this circumference, thank you!:blossom:

AshtangiPNW
June 5th, 2018, 04:33 PM
Wow I love this thread, you guys all have such awesome hair! I'm around 2.5" and it's super inspiring and encouraging to see long hair of around this circumference, thank you!:blossom:

Totally agree! Very inspirational!

Stray_mind
June 6th, 2018, 01:36 AM
You guys have stunning hair! :crush: :thudpile:

Lady Stardust
June 6th, 2018, 02:49 AM
I love this thread! My circumference is 2.5” and I’m quite self conscious about it sometimes, but looking at these photos I can see how beautiful everyone’s hair is so it makes me worry less about mine.

Lithostoic you said recently that my hair texture looks similar to yours, and your photos are really inspirational for me.

I especially love the photos of plaits (braids) because that’s something a lot of us worry about. Again, this thread shows that we should give ourselves a break!

zanelle
June 6th, 2018, 08:37 AM
My taper is killing me.
Once my layers grown, I am sure I will feel much better about my hair.
I recently went on a hike somewhere by a very nice lake. There was a woman with HL hair.
Her hair looked so gorgeous!
It was very thick, straight and healthy and you could not pass by without noticing it. She was taking a few selfies.
My hair was bunned. I put it down right away, but it felt almost weightless as if it was not there.
This was the exact sensation: do I still have some hair left? Can someone notice I have WL hair?
I know it sounds funny, I know I have hair, but it's just not like "for real" , similar to what that woman had.
Mine feels more like a joke compared to hers.
Here's a few pics of mine:

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/WhatsApp%20Image%202018-04-04%20at%2019.36.04.jpeg


https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/WhatsApp%20Image%202018-04-22%20at%2019.12.02.jpeg

and plopped:

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/IMG_20180328_105316.jpg

nycelle
June 6th, 2018, 09:26 AM
You all have gorgeous hair. If I saw any of you in person, I would never even notice your circumference, would just notice how nice and healthy it looks. I don't think circumference makes a difference when you have good hair.

cailinbee
June 6th, 2018, 09:40 AM
You all have gorgeous hair. If I saw any of you in person, I would never even notice your circumference, would just notice how nice and healthy it looks. I don't think circumference makes a difference when you have good hair.

Definitely! I tend to observe overall condition more than length at all, although I will say, being around 2.5 circumference myself, I notice when I see people with similar hair thickness out in the world who are obviously taking care of it and enjoying it for its own great qualities! I think partly this comes from having been told the usual message of "you have thin hair so you should keep it short". Short, long, in between, it can work at any length just as well as really thick hair!

FineMiracle
June 6th, 2018, 10:37 AM
I'd die for 2.5 inches. You all have amazing hair!

lucid
June 6th, 2018, 11:21 AM
Hair: 1a, F, 2.4''.

Natural texture:
https://s26.postimg.cc/bh8j380dl/30768464_10160170641410109_1372261_o.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/su9wnsp0p/sun1.jpg


Waves and curls:
https://s26.postimg.cc/kci3bdu6h/20622638_10159013430470109_1584228710_o2.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/6wqphvmrt/image.jpg


Braids:
https://s26.postimg.cc/w4dej8wsp/17505615_10158317001805109_1151957210_n.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/6lgyc6kp5/okt4.jpg

leayellena
June 6th, 2018, 12:23 PM
your braids are beautiful. my mom sees my braid on 3.34" and she says my hair is thin. to much pancake but she doesn't know anything about hair anyway. washing curly hair with shampoo for daily wash. lol

RSunny
June 6th, 2018, 01:13 PM
lucid, your hair is amazing! It looks so thick, I never would've guessed your thinkness was 2.4" gives me so much hope and inspiration for my own hair! Love your braids :)

AutobotsAttack
June 6th, 2018, 02:03 PM
https://i.imgflip.com/2bqpkq.jpg (https://imgflip.com/i/2bqpkq)

My hair is extremely versatile. On one had, in this picture my hair is blow dried. It can mimic a circumference of up to 6 inches when fully brushed out and allowed to fluff up.

On the other hand, if my hair is weighed down a lot, or even 50% damp it can compress all the way down to 2 inches.

So I have no idea where I can classify my hair in circumference thickness, but I enjoy how it can be on both sides of the spectrum.

SallySue
June 6th, 2018, 08:13 PM
Don't get discouraged! If I had one piece of advice for myself when I first started here, it would be to stop comparing your hair to other people's hair. Your hair is yours. It's not other people's, so don't expect it to act like other people's. I became pretty discouraged when I first measured my ponytail circumference to find it was a mere 2". I always knew my hair was fine but wasn't too focused on its thickness until I started paying attention to this metric. I'd personally be happy if we did away with measuring ponytail circumference altogether. I will point out that I was trying to wear my hair straight a lot when I first got depressed about this whole thing. AutobotsAttack brings up a pretty good point. I've read a lot of places that hair with curly texture has a tendency to be fine and therefore look tiny and shrunken down when straight, wet, or compressed for any reason.

My hair is wavy. Here it is a month after starting the CG method and feeling incredibly smug about the volume:
https://i.imgur.com/T0QIkt5m.jpg
My hair was your length 3 years ago and has had several trims since.

Astrid Carlisle
June 7th, 2018, 04:01 AM
Lucid, how do you make those super pretty curls on the end of the length?

copperlites
June 7th, 2018, 05:36 AM
This thread is definitely inspirational. My hair varies from 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 depending on the weather and where in the wash cycle I am. I also have considerable taper with my super fine hair suffering from natural layers from breakage, particularly the canopy. Iím beginning to think itís never going to get to waistlength and often get disheartened when I see gorgeous long thick hair. Itís so uplifting to see such gorgeous hair on this thread that is on the thinner side of normal thickness.
Hereís my messy windswept waves at the persimmon festival a few weeks ago. https://s5.postimg.cc/on9st1svr/9812_B050-2_CC1-4495-_B107-_EB7_AE1421_CE5.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/mipfryr8z/)

eresh
June 7th, 2018, 09:37 AM
Lucid, beautiful hair, I love the braidwaves on you.

RSunny
June 7th, 2018, 09:49 AM
Copperlites, your hair looks crazy thick! beautiful waves!

copperlites
June 7th, 2018, 04:23 PM
Copperlites, your hair looks crazy thick! beautiful waves!
Thank you RSunny. I think thatís the advantage of waves and curls. The body makes it look a lot thicker. You will find the same with your gorgeous curls. One drawback is that I think we are more prone to fairytale ends. Thick blunt ends are difficult to attain on fine, less thick waves or curls, partly due to the clumping effect I feel. This is something I am only just learning to accept, after more than three years here on LHC

RSunny
June 7th, 2018, 05:44 PM
Thank you RSunny. I think that’s the advantage of waves and curls. The body makes it look a lot thicker. You will find the same with your gorgeous curls. One drawback is that I think we are more prone to fairytale ends. Thick blunt ends are difficult to attain on fine, less thick waves or curls, partly due to the clumping effect I feel. This is something I am only just learning to accept, after more than three years here on LHC

What about doing more of a V shape hemline vs blunt ends? when mine grows out I think I'd want a V shape if it would thin out my hair too much.

copperlites
June 8th, 2018, 02:14 AM
What about doing more of a V shape hemline vs blunt ends? when mine grows out I think I'd want a V shape if it would thin out my hair too much.
Mine actually is a bit of a U shape RSunny. I find it makes the waves fall better. I think a V would leave the longest part too thin for my liking. The shape is probably a bit more noticeable in this picture.

https://s5.postimg.cc/c801w0ign/70_A48632-_C5_CD-4_F64-_B9_A8-41_CECE35_A0_E5.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/jnzbht65v/)

lucid
June 8th, 2018, 02:36 PM
Thanks guys :)


Lucid, how do you make those super pretty curls on the end of the length?

They are toilet paper curls. I divide my hair in two, and curl the hair up to my shoulder length, but only the ends stay curled. I think you would have to split your hair in four to get the same result with your thickness. When I curl the braid tassle I braid the hair halfway down, then curl the rest in one go, and then I redo the braid the morning after.

hennared
June 9th, 2018, 11:38 AM
let's see if this works...

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2674&attachmentid=32066

ok - lousy photo (bad contrast); but at least that disguises my straggly ends! They are super straggly. 2.5" circumference; thinned out dramatically from when I joined here in 2007 (I was pushing 4"!). Age and hormones/thyroid issues have hit me hard the last decade. But I'm trying to learn to at least like what I have left.

Thanks for this thread!

RSunny
June 9th, 2018, 12:23 PM
let's see if this works...

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=2674&attachmentid=32066

ok - lousy photo (bad contrast); but at least that disguises my straggly ends! They are super straggly. 2.5" circumference; thinned out dramatically from when I joined here in 2007 (I was pushing 4"!). Age and hormones/thyroid issues have hit me hard the last decade. But I'm trying to learn to at least like what I have left.

Thanks for this thread!

I think you have very pretty hair! I don’t think the ends look thin at all.

MusicalSpoons
June 10th, 2018, 03:57 PM
I keep checking in on this thread, and I have to say, you guys all have gorgeous hair! Thickness really does not matter when hair is healthy and taken care of. (Though I must say, MoonRabbit and copperlites you both look like you have more hair than my 3.5"-ish circumference :lol: )


This would be about my circumference!
I too also feel insecure about my thickness.
I know it could be less and my hair looks ok - just can’t wait until the last 4 inches thicken up.
Because my hair is 2.5 at the nape but much much smaller at the end. Maybe .25” at best :(

You're not alone. I've seen several other people post about how thin their ends are; some bemoan the fact theirs are no thicker than a pencil - personally I'd love for my ends even to be that thick! They're maybe half a pencil's worth? But with time and patience you'll get there, don't worry - and in the meantime, it is very clear that waves give the illusion of more hair anyway (((hugs)))

EDIT: Forgot to say, every time I read this thread title I think how apt it is for all the beautiful heads of hair posted here! :)

Aredhel
June 10th, 2018, 04:06 PM
I keep checking in on this thread, and I have to say, you guys all have gorgeous hair! Thickness really does not matter when hair is healthy and taken care of. (Though I must say, MoonRabbit and copperlites you both look like you have more hair than my 3.5"-ish circumference :lol: )




I was honestly thinking the same, lol! Their hair looks waaaaay thicker than mine too.:agree:

lithostoic
June 10th, 2018, 04:10 PM
Everyone's hair looks so much thicker than mine, what's the deal???

MoonRabbit
June 10th, 2018, 04:26 PM
MusicalSpoons It's definitely just my waves and fluffy volume. My hair never looks the same day to day, depending on products and the weather, it changes drastically.

Here is back when I called waist March 5 2017. I was sulfate and cone free, and shows my true circumference.

https://s25.postimg.cc/ut43kd0tr/20170305_175511.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

Here is 5 months later August 6 2017 changing my routine back to sulfates and cones.

https://s25.postimg.cc/l88mx8jvz/PSX_20170806_125257.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

And this is a relatively recent photo March 11 2018 on a day when my hair decided to double in volume for whatever reason..

https://s25.postimg.cc/tqw03hg1b/PSX_20180311_194243.jpg (https://postimages.org/)


It may appear thicker but it always compacts down in a braid and that's when it shows it's true size.

hennared
June 10th, 2018, 05:02 PM
Moonrabbit, your hair is FABULOUS! I totally agree that waves give an illusion of thickness, especially in a photo, but I can only hope my hair gets to look as full in the hemline to the ends as yours does.

Aredhel
June 10th, 2018, 05:13 PM
MusicalSpoons It's definitely just my waves and fluffy volume. My hair never looks the same day to day, depending on products and the weather, it changes drastically.

Here is back when I called waist March 5 2017. I was sulfate and cone free, and shows my true circumference.

https://s25.postimg.cc/ut43kd0tr/20170305_175511.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

Here is 5 months later August 6 2017 changing my routine back to sulfates and cones.

https://s25.postimg.cc/l88mx8jvz/PSX_20170806_125257.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

And this is a relatively recent photo March 11 2018 on a day when my hair decided to double in volume for whatever reason..

https://s25.postimg.cc/tqw03hg1b/PSX_20180311_194243.jpg (https://postimages.org/)


It may appear thicker but it always compacts down in a braid and that's when it shows it's true size.

Oh my goodness, your most recent photo though... the wave/volume envy is real. :shocked:

Ligeia Noire
June 10th, 2018, 08:29 PM
You guys, look at all these beautiful heads of hair, I am telling you it is all about perception and volume and not ponytail circumference like I said at the circumference thread, sorry for hijacking your thread.

Stray_mind
June 11th, 2018, 01:29 AM
Everyone's hair looks so much thicker than mine, what's the deal???

It's because of the waves, litho.

Waves give the perception of thicker hair.

Your hair is still amazingly beautiful :crush:
You've come so far in growing it out.

samanthaa
June 11th, 2018, 09:26 AM
Beautiful hair, MoonRabbit!


It's because of the waves, litho.

Waves give the perception of thicker hair.

Your hair is still amazingly beautiful :crush:
You've come so far in growing it out.

Yes, agreed about waves/wurls/curls. I almost always wear my hair, when I'm wearing it down, wavy. It appears at least double as voluminous. Also for some reason my naturally straight hair drives me crazy when it's down...it's like, because it's so straight, it falls more in my face? IDK.

Today I'm wearing my hair down (it will probably go up soon) with some glorious cinnabun waves.

Katsura
June 11th, 2018, 10:36 AM
My hair looks and feels very different on different days, sometimes it seems so stringy that I start to doubt there's any point of trying to grow longer. I try to stay away from scissors those days...

Stray_mind
June 11th, 2018, 11:35 AM
My hair looks and feels very different on different days, sometimes it seems so stringy that I start to doubt there's any point of trying to grow longer. I try to stay away from scissors those days...

Think of it this way.. If it looks different on different days then there will come a day when it will look beautiful to you. Don't turn for the scissors just because of one bad hair day.. :)

MusicalSpoons
June 11th, 2018, 01:02 PM
MusicalSpoons It's definitely just my waves and fluffy volume. My hair never looks the same day to day, depending on products and the weather, it changes drastically.

Here is back when I called waist March 5 2017. I was sulfate and cone free, and shows my true circumference.
[Image]
Here is 5 months later August 6 2017 changing my routine back to sulfates and cones.
[Image]
And this is a relatively recent photo March 11 2018 on a day when my hair decided to double in volume for whatever reason..
[Image]
It may appear thicker but it always compacts down in a braid and that's when it shows it's true size.

Wowzer, that last photo is an insane amount of volume! :thud:
Regarding the first one, my hair did the exact opposite to yours when I went sulphate- and cone-free - it gained life and body. Funny how differently each head of hair reacts.


My hair looks and feels very different on different days, sometimes it seems so stringy that I start to doubt there's any point of trying to grow longer. I try to stay away from scissors those days...

Ah, those are the perfect days for forgetting about it and putting it up :flower: have to say though, true 1a hair is relatively rare and really very beautiful; perhaps on the days you feel better about your hair that's one of the things you can enjoy about it :)

AshtangiPNW
June 11th, 2018, 01:50 PM
[QUOTE=MusicalSpoons;3560060]Wowzer, that last photo is an insane amount of volume! :thud:
Regarding the first one, my hair did the exact opposite to yours when I went sulphate- and cone-free - it gained life and body. Funny how differently each head of hair reacts.

Mine, too! When I went cone-free, all of a sudden I had waves. :) Aside from that, my scalp really dislikes sulphates and seems to get really dry when I use them.

ravenskey
June 11th, 2018, 02:16 PM
Sorry for being another hijacker but I just had to say that all of your hair is lovely.

Thickness really doesn't matter.

MoonRabbit
June 11th, 2018, 04:40 PM
You guys, look at all these beautiful heads of hair, I am telling you it is all about perception and volume and not ponytail circumference like I said at the circumference thread, sorry for hijacking your thread.


So true. Honestly I never thought twice about my thickness before joining here and learning about hair stats. I always thought my hair was normal, I mean I knew I didn't have extremely thick hair but never thought I was lacking until I read 2.5 is considered less than average and thin. I was upset at first but luckily I went back to my old train of thought. If it didn't bother me then, why the heck should it bother me now.

lithostoic
June 11th, 2018, 05:35 PM
I've always been insecure about my thickness. I remember hating how my braids never "looked right" as early as age 7.

zanelle
June 12th, 2018, 04:20 AM
I took some new pics right after washing my hair.
It's weird how I have a mix of fine and medium hair.

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/WhatsApp%20Image%202018-06-12%20at%2012.52.00.jpeg

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/WhatsApp%20Image%202018-06-12%20at%2012.52.00%201.jpeg

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/WhatsApp%20Image%202018-06-12%20at%2012.51.59.jpeg

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/WhatsApp%20Image%202018-06-12%20at%2012.52.00%202.jpeg

Lady Stardust
June 12th, 2018, 04:36 AM
I've always been insecure about my thickness. I remember hating how my braids never "looked right" as early as age 7.

I can’t remember what age I was but I was certainly conscious of it when I was at school. I’d try hairstyles that I saw on other people and they just didn’t work with my hair.

Lithostoic I think your hair has more wave than mine but otherwise our texture is very similar. Your hair looks much thicker than I expected my hair to look if it ever gets that long. It’s really helped me to see your hair so I can imagine what I might achieve.

Aredhel
June 12th, 2018, 04:47 AM
It's because of the waves, litho.

Waves give the perception of thicker hair.

Your hair is still amazingly beautiful :crush:
You've come so far in growing it out.

This is totally true! My hair looks much thicker when in braid or bun waves, but super thin in its natural 1a state.

lithostoic
June 12th, 2018, 05:51 AM
I can’t remember what age I was but I was certainly conscious of it when I was at school. I’d try hairstyles that I saw on other people and they just didn’t work with my hair.

Lithostoic I think your hair has more wave than mine but otherwise our texture is very similar. Your hair looks much thicker than I expected my hair to look if it ever gets that long. It’s really helped me to see your hair so I can imagine what I might achieve.

It probably looks thick because I'm very thin with a small build. So it takes up more room on my body, visually.

Thank you!!

Katsura
June 12th, 2018, 06:01 AM
Thanks for the support, Stray_mind and MusicalSpoons!
I do wear my hair up a lot, and any wawe it helps to create brings some fullness. I was very sure I'm 1a, but now I've noticed some new growth or taper, I'm not sure what these shorter hairs are, that sort of curl up from the rest of my hair. Does that send me away from 1a? Maybe I should do a texture study...

RSunny
June 12th, 2018, 09:16 AM
I had always thought I had somewhat thick hair. When I was a child my staylists would always thin my hair when I cut it shorter. When I got older it seemed more difficult to make my hair look full while growing out, so maybe my hair thinned with age or as my head got bigger it appeared thinner. Then I moved to Miami and a stylist told me my hair was thin and fine. Of course in Miami, in particular most Latina women, have gotgeously thick hair. One of my best friends can barely fit her hair in a ponytail holder. After I saw that stylist, who sucked by the way, I was always so self conscious and every time I’d try growing my hair out, it just felt futile. It’s so lovely to see other’s hair that is similar in thickness to mine have success growing to BSL, waist and beyond. Thank you!

MoonRabbit
June 12th, 2018, 10:23 AM
zanelle Your hair is so lovely. The color in the sunlight is beautiful. And it certainly doesn't look 'thin', That also goes for you litho When I see your photos I see a beautiful and normal amount of hair!

zanelle
June 12th, 2018, 01:05 PM
MoonRabbit, thank you!
Well, it looks like this right after I wash but a few days after, it looks different. When it's too oily I can't wear it down (I oil my ends daily)
feels like my hair is not covering all my back and front if you know what I mean. If I want some pieces in front there's no much hair left to cover my back.
When you see thick hair you can surely say it covers all the back and front.
Here's a pic of my hair 3 or 4 days after washing:

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/c6c8e5a0-eaf2-4abf-8221-c9bd25f0f905.jpeg

RSunny
June 12th, 2018, 01:35 PM
MoonRabbit, thank you!
Well, it looks like this right after I wash but a few days after, it looks different. When it's too oily I can't wear it down (I oil my ends daily)
feels like my hair is not covering all my back and front if you know what I mean. If I want some pieces in front there's no much hair left to cover my back.
When you see thick hair you can surely say it covers all the back and front.
Here's a pic of my hair 3 or 4 days after washing:

https://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab211/Snakecharmer7/c6c8e5a0-eaf2-4abf-8221-c9bd25f0f905.jpeg

I think it likely takes VERY thick hair to adequately have hair coverage in both in the front and in the back. When I see a lot of people with, what I consider, thick hair and they bring their hair to the front, they often split it down the middle in the back and bring each side forward. I think you're hair looks great and the thinner parts are the fairytale hemline. If appearance of thickness was more important than length you could trim the ends up a bit and make a more U shaped hemline which would help that appearance. But the length, right up to a bit below your bra strap, looks very well filled in and has excellent coverage. :)

MidnightMoon
June 12th, 2018, 02:20 PM
lithostoic A bit late, but yes, it's definitely the waves. They poof, create space between strands and make it look like people have a bunch of hair. It happens to me, then you see it in a braid or ponytail and realise it's the same thickness, it just poofs where it's not compressed while straight hair seems to compress always. Even when my hair is rather straight after bunning it is different than naturally straight hair. Don't think too much about it. You have pretty hair, and I like your colour very much. Also, I bet you don't have the frizz or knots many people with wavy or curly hair have :p

MoonRabbit
June 12th, 2018, 04:49 PM
MoonRabbit, thank you!
Well, it looks like this right after I wash but a few days after, it looks different. When it's too oily I can't wear it down (I oil my ends daily)
feels like my hair is not covering all my back and front if you know what I mean. If I want some pieces in front there's no much hair left to cover my back.
When you see thick hair you can surely say it covers all the back and front.
Here's a pic of my hair 3 or 4 days after washing:

I know exactly what you mean. My hair does the same, freshly washed and next day hair always has more volume, days 3 and 4 hair begins to lay and clump more and compresses down. It's really obvious with waves and curls. I don't have enough hair to keep some in the back and in the front. But honestly I don't even know if I would want That much hair lol I can barely handle what I have now. It seems like so much to me.

My partner has almost 4 inches and my hair looks to be around the same thickness. I only notice a difference when I pull his hair into a pony, only then do I actually feel his thickness. But even he can't have a curtain of hair covering both front and back.

I understand the desire for more, if someone could magically give me a teeny more thickness I would take it in a heart beat..but the reality is that will never happen. So I try not to miss something I never had in the first place, and for every thought you have for something different there is other people out there wishing they could have what you already possess.

ravenheather
June 12th, 2018, 05:15 PM
So true. Honestly I never thought twice about my thickness before joining here and learning about hair stats. I always thought my hair was normal, I mean I knew I didn't have extremely thick hair but never thought I was lacking until I read 2.5 is considered less than average and thin. I was upset at first but luckily I went back to my old train of thought. If it didn't bother me then, why the heck should it bother me now.

See more didn't look at it that way. I think 2 to 4 inch circumference is in the average range.

zanelle
June 13th, 2018, 02:02 AM
I think it likely takes VERY thick hair to adequately have hair coverage in both in the front and in the back. When I see a lot of people with, what I consider, thick hair and they bring their hair to the front, they often split it down the middle in the back and bring each side forward. I think you're hair looks great and the thinner parts are the fairytale hemline. If appearance of thickness was more important than length you could trim the ends up a bit and make a more U shaped hemline which would help that appearance. But the length, right up to a bit below your bra strap, looks very well filled in and has excellent coverage. :)
Thank you for making me see my own hair through your eyes, it helped a lot!
Here's my plan:
I won't trim, will leave my fairytale ends the way they are till 2021 and maybe then will trim a tiny bit :-D

Dendra
June 13th, 2018, 11:03 AM
If I haven't already said then the photos on this thread are beautiful and inspiring.



I understand the desire for more, if someone could magically give me a teeny more thickness I would take it in a heart beat..but the reality is that will never happen. So I try not to miss something I never had in the first place, and for every thought you have for something different there is other people out there wishing they could have what you already possess.

Wise words! I enjoyed reading this.


I've always been insecure about my thickness. I remember hating how my braids never "looked right" as early as age 7.

I actually remember putting my hair in a bun when I was about 8 and thinking 'what? How come my bun is tiiny compared to my friends'. And they all couldn't see why I was bothered and said my bun was cute!

Alissalocks
June 14th, 2018, 12:47 PM
Here's mine, just after a recent cut...

https://s15.postimg.cc/r4ftpagh3/IMG_0026.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/r4ftpagh3/)

My circumference was 2.25" last time I checked. I also don't like tiny buns, but I'm more annoyed with my eeny weeny braid waves that turn to kink. I've been rag tieing my hair in rope braids most of this year to create a more attractive (thicker) wave patterns.

SallySue
June 14th, 2018, 12:59 PM
Alissalocks, your hair is pretty! This might debunk what a lot of us on the thread have been saying about thin hair needing wave. Even straight hair, when washed and styled correctly, can look gorgeously voluminous at lower densities.

AshtangiPNW
June 14th, 2018, 01:44 PM
Totally agree! I adore the lightweight airy wispiness of fine hair. Your hair looks very shiny and soft Alissalocks!

Aredhel
June 14th, 2018, 07:04 PM
Here's mine, just after a recent cut...

https://s15.postimg.cc/r4ftpagh3/IMG_0026.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/r4ftpagh3/)

My circumference was 2.25" last time I checked. I also don't like tiny buns, but I'm more annoyed with my eeny weeny braid waves that turn to kink. I've been rag tieing my hair in rope braids most of this year to create a more attractive (thicker) wave patterns.

I love your hair. :) It reminds me a lot of my own.

MoonRabbit
June 14th, 2018, 09:28 PM
Here's mine, just after a recent cut...

https://s15.postimg.cc/r4ftpagh3/IMG_0026.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/r4ftpagh3/)

My circumference was 2.25" last time I checked. I also don't like tiny buns, but I'm more annoyed with my eeny weeny braid waves that turn to kink. I've been rag tieing my hair in rope braids most of this year to create a more attractive (thicker) wave patterns.

So beautiful! This was what I always wanted my hair to look like, so I would spend 45 mins every day with a flat iron to achieve it.. Until I came to terms being a wavy, I would have paid big money to have your hair naturally.

Alissalocks
June 15th, 2018, 10:45 AM
Gosh, thanks SallySue, AshtangiPNW, Aredhel and MoonRabbit :grouphug:

Aredhel I love your hair and you're pretty much at my original goal length! Can't wait til I reach ~41" we are very similar.

MoonRabbit it's taken me until my 40s to accept my flat hair. I am grateful the trend to flat hair came back around, after Perming my hair repeatedly and terribly in the 80s and early 90s trying to get "volume" which is exactly what you've got! Why do we humans do this?

zanelle
June 15th, 2018, 01:23 PM
Alissalocks, I agree your hair looks great!

samanthaa
June 16th, 2018, 02:40 PM
Finally got some recent photos of my 2.5" circumference head of hair. My hair definitely *looks* thin when it's worn in it's naturally straight state. I think it's because I started my journey with a lot of breakage on my canopy, which is at about BSL now while the rest of my hair is TBL. And my hair is very cobwebby and fine...and I just don't personally like the way it looks straight. One day I'll even it all out, when I finally chop off the henna:

https://i.imgur.com/74HwYKo.jpg

Which is why, as I've mentioned, I always wear it wavy or curly. These were (slightly unsuccessful) sock bun curls from last weekend:

https://i.imgur.com/TPtyHEZ.jpg

Makes my hair looks WL if I'm lucky, but at least not so stringy and thin.

Aredhel
June 20th, 2018, 11:44 AM
Aredhel I love your hair and you're pretty much at my original goal length! Can't wait til I reach ~41" we are very similar.

Thank you so much, Alissa!:flower: I can't wait to see you at your next milestone!:)

Suortuva
December 8th, 2018, 06:13 AM
I'm 2,5" or a bit less.
I have posted this pictures before, but I was actually surprised to see there was a visible braid in my head. My hair compacts a lot when braided/bunned.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=33820&d=1540482405

lapushka
December 8th, 2018, 06:36 AM
Very pretty, Suortuva! It's lovely to see your hair!

Sarahlabyrinth
December 8th, 2018, 08:32 AM
Wow, all the hair on this thread is so lovely! I'm so glad this thread is here.

MarPreciosa
December 8th, 2018, 08:43 AM
Apologies to all here, but I'm a bit confused by this thread - isn't 2-2.5" in the normal range... i.e. not thin, but lower end of average? The hair pics shared are very pretty, btw!

MusicalSpoons
December 8th, 2018, 08:52 AM
Apologies to all here, but I'm a bit confused by this thread - isn't 2-2.5" in the normal range... i.e. not thin, but lower end of average? The hair pics shared are very pretty, btw!

Yes, that's it exactly :)

Lady Stardust
December 8th, 2018, 03:16 PM
I’m glad this thread has been resurrected, so many lovely heads of hair :)

Ju
December 8th, 2018, 08:02 PM
How do you measure circumference?

Suortuva
December 9th, 2018, 01:24 AM
Very pretty, Suortuva! It's lovely to see your hair!

Thanks lapushka! :o:blossom:

MusicalSpoons
December 9th, 2018, 07:53 AM
How do you measure circumference?

This thread should help: https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=148419

Ju
December 11th, 2018, 04:08 PM
Thank you MuscialSpoons I shall check it out :cool:

copperlites
December 12th, 2018, 02:18 AM
https://i.postimg.cc/06d71SVz/8-F4-C5-B3-C-B50-C-45-D6-BA2-F-41-E105-F1-E1-D7.jpg (https://postimg.cc/06d71SVz)

https://i.postimg.cc/RqbKm4LL/C05506-A6-40-E7-47-BF-94-C4-62-E961-AB0928.jpg (https://postimg.cc/RqbKm4LL)
This is my 2 1/2 circumference, super fine hair, I doors and then in sunlight. Iíve been on the LHC website for nearly 4 years and although my hair is healthier, age has meant my thickness has not improved much. I have a lot of taper and am still eliminating damage from dye and keratin straightening in the ends of my hair. Constant trimming has made getting to waist a distant dream. It was almost there here but I found it too whispy and got hubby to chop back 4 inches last week.

Lady Stardust
December 12th, 2018, 02:22 AM
Beautiful Copperlites! It sounds like you’ll get to waist in the next year, it’ll be worth all the TLC and patience you’ve given your hair!

lapushka
December 12th, 2018, 03:12 AM
copperlites, I *love* it! Look at that shine! Amazing. :)

elfynity
December 12th, 2018, 04:07 AM
I totally belong here, I measured my circumference to be exactly 2.5 inches. This thread is very inspiring!

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34450&d=1544612980

Lady Stardust
December 12th, 2018, 04:20 AM
I totally belong here, I measured my circumference to be exactly 2.5 inches. This thread is very inspiring!

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34450&d=1544612980

Gorgeous :)

lithostoic
December 12th, 2018, 05:21 PM
Pretty hairs you guys!

elfynity
December 13th, 2018, 12:27 AM
Gorgeous :)

Thank you !!!

ReadingRenee
December 13th, 2018, 09:32 AM
Everyone has such beautiful hair! Great idea for a thread. I think waves definitely make a difference in appearance. My hair when wavy looks much fuller but it compacts down to small braids, buns and ponytails. I think its about a 2.5 in circumference. Here is a picture when my hair was longer. Its harder to really see what I am talking about with my current, shorter hair.

https://i.imgur.com/wUiBKLF.jpg?1

lapushka
December 13th, 2018, 05:10 PM
elfynity, that is so pretty!

ReadingRenee, gorgeous waves! And it's pretty as a short do as well, IMO!

ravenheather
December 13th, 2018, 05:28 PM
Everyone has such beautiful hair! Great idea for a thread. I think waves definitely make a difference in appearance. My hair when wavy looks much fuller but it compacts down to small braids, buns and ponytails. I think its about a 2.5 in circumference. Here is a picture when my hair was longer. Its harder to really see what I am talking about with my current, shorter hair.

https://i.imgur.com/wUiBKLF.jpg?1

Wow you have a beautiful curl pattern!

ReadingRenee
December 13th, 2018, 06:31 PM
elfynity, that is so pretty!

ReadingRenee, gorgeous waves! And it's pretty as a short do as well, IMO!

Thanks for the compliment on the short hair as well. I feel like my hair is much less pretty since I cut it, so I appreciate it. :)



Wow you have a beautiful curl pattern!

Awww, thanks so much you guys. You are making me blush. That was just a good hair day and a good picture day. They rarely come together at the same time. :)

elfynity
December 14th, 2018, 03:49 AM
Thanks Lapuscka! Reading Renee, gorgeous hair, is that your natural colour? Are you trying to grow back to that length?

ReadingRenee
December 14th, 2018, 02:56 PM
Thanks Lapuscka! Reading Renee, gorgeous hair, is that your natural colour? Are you trying to grow back to that length?

Thanks elfynity, that is my natural color, however it really is the lighting. My hair looks red in sunlight but indoors and without weird lighting it is mostly just brown. More like my sig pic. I think I am trying to grow back to that length. It was a good length for being able to do a lot with it but still not too long to wear down. I have to see how I feel as I get there.
I love your wave pattern. My hair looks like that when I do bun waves, and it's one of my favorite looks.

elfynity
December 15th, 2018, 11:23 AM
Thanks elfynity, that is my natural color, however it really is the lighting. My hair looks red in sunlight but indoors and without weird lighting it is mostly just brown. More like my sig pic. I think I am trying to grow back to that length. It was a good length for being able to do a lot with it but still not too long to wear down. I have to see how I feel as I get there.
I love your wave pattern. My hair looks like that when I do bun waves, and it's one of my favorite looks.

I think you may have what they call 'tawny' hair like me, it changes colour from brown to reds, to golden sometimes.
When are you hoping to hit BSL again?
And thanks so much! I actually comb my hair as straight as i can get it while it is drying after washing it and those waves are the outcome.

ReadingRenee
December 16th, 2018, 08:39 AM
I think you may have what they call 'tawny' hair like me, it changes colour from brown to reds, to golden sometimes.
When are you hoping to hit BSL again?
And thanks so much! I actually comb my hair as straight as i can get it while it is drying after washing it and those waves are the outcome.

Yes Tawny is a good description. I actually have some pictures where my hair color looks similar to yours. I will have to try your technique of combing my hair while it is drying and see what kind of results I get. :)

elfynity
August 14th, 2019, 02:01 PM
Yes Tawny is a good description. I actually have some pictures where my hair color looks similar to yours. I will have to try your technique of combing my hair while it is drying and see what kind of results I get. :)

Did you manage to do this?

I have gained in thickness because of my improved hair care over the last year and am now officially just a little bit thicker than 2.5 inches. But I will stay in this thread because my hair still tapers alot from pony to ends, so I really do feel that I belong here.

ReadingRenee
August 17th, 2019, 05:28 PM
Did you manage to do this?

I have gained in thickness because of my improved hair care over the last year and am now officially just a little bit thicker than 2.5 inches. But I will stay in this thread because my hair still tapers alot from pony to ends, so I really do feel that I belong here.

Hi elfynity! Happy to see you still growing! I did try this when my hair was shorter and the results were great. I will try this now that my hair is longer. A bit past APL at this point. I will come back to this thread and post the results in a few days. :) Just wanted to let you know that I saw your question.

I haven't done it since my hair got longer and I have lazy summer hair. Now I just throw my hair in a turbie twist and then coil it in a scrunchie bun or leave it down to dry. Which it does very quickly due to the heat we are experiencing here.

Groovy Granny
August 17th, 2019, 06:49 PM
Here is mine @2.5"

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=36446&d=1554776118https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=36387&d=1554493104

So many pretty heads of hair with different textures :heart:

milosmomma
August 17th, 2019, 08:00 PM
I agree groovygranny and you're one of them :)

Groovy Granny
August 17th, 2019, 08:58 PM
I agree groovygranny and you're one of them :)

Awww thank you :flowers:

Katsura
August 17th, 2019, 11:52 PM
So lovely, Groovy Granny.:heart:

Groovy Granny
August 18th, 2019, 02:15 AM
So lovely, Groovy Granny.:heart:

Thanks (((Hugs))))

Sarahlabyrinth
August 18th, 2019, 02:46 AM
Absolutely stunning, GG! :)

Groovy Granny
August 18th, 2019, 05:36 PM
Absolutely stunning, GG! :)

Thank you :flower:

Garnetgem
August 19th, 2019, 07:30 AM
Beautiful hair GG :)

lapushka
August 19th, 2019, 09:52 AM
Lovely hair & gorgeous gray tones, GG!

Groovy Granny
August 19th, 2019, 10:03 AM
Beautiful hair GG :)


Lovely hair & gorgeous gray tones, GG!

Thank you both :flowers:

cestlavie
August 19th, 2019, 12:40 PM
Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous, GG! I hope that one day, my hair will be grey and healthy like yours! :flower:

Groovy Granny
August 19th, 2019, 09:33 PM
Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous, GG! I hope that one day, my hair will be grey and healthy like yours! :flower:

Thank you :flowers:

harpgal
August 20th, 2019, 10:41 AM
I am so glad I checked out this thread! Groovy Granny, you have everything going for you; color, texture, and length. Absolutely stunning! Have you given any thought as to continuing on to classic?

Groovy Granny
August 20th, 2019, 11:00 AM
I am so glad I checked out this thread! Groovy Granny, you have everything going for you; color, texture, and length. Absolutely stunning! Have you given any thought as to continuing on to classic?

Thank you...your comment is much appreciated considering your beautiful hair :flowers:

Funny you ask that :eyebrows:

Over the past few years I have cut back from TBL a few times because I found my hair was heavy, though each year I noticed that I cut back less each time.....first to MBL... then WL ...then Hip.

I think the difference in weight has been the increase of my fine/wispy silver :thumbsup:...my neck/hand arthritis hasn't been bothered by my hair at all....and I have had flares in other joints!

Just today I rearranged my trim schedule to cut less ...with the intent to try and grow longer .

I love to dust racers each month, then maintain my hemline with the Season changes.... my ends feel so nice....but now I will only do hemline maintenance every few months (if needed), and ignore racers period ...because you always snip more ;)

Well.....it is providential you say that because I was thinking it = it looks like I have been bit by the 'LHC-itis' bug...big surprise there :lol:

harpgal
August 20th, 2019, 11:26 AM
Haha! I knew it! Go for it, you will never know the pleasure of classic length hair unless you give it a try. I really think you can make it. BTW, back in my “maniac” days, I never knew I could reach classic either. But it happened.

I trim every 3 months to keep my hemline even. I really think that helps keep some thickness down there. Thinking back, I remember trimming about half an inch each time.

Groovy Granny
August 20th, 2019, 11:43 AM
Haha! I knew it! Go for it, you will never know the pleasure of classic length hair unless you give it a try. I really think you can make it. BTW, back in my “maniac” days, I never knew I could reach classic either. But it happened.

I trim every 3 months to keep my hemline even. I really think that helps keep some thickness down there. Thinking back, I remember trimming about half an inch each time.

LOL Yes...I AM :cheer:

What better way to celebrate my 68th birthday....than with a CLASSIC length.... right?! ;)

I agree with the quarterly trims and plan to continue doing that ...just 1/2 inch as well :thumbsup:

Well, little did you know you would be my confirmation on a decision today...and little did I know my hair length goal was about to change :lol:

Now to grow :eye:

ETA: a few weeks later I decided to cut back to Hip; it just behaves better at that length and is easier to care for :flower:

elfynity
August 20th, 2019, 12:46 PM
LOL Yes...I AM :cheer:

What better way to celebrate my 68th birthday....than with a CLASSIC length.... right?! ;)

I agree with the quarterly trims and plan to continue doing that ...just 1/2 inch as well :thumbsup:

Well, little did you know you would be my confirmation on a decision today...and little did I know my hair length goal was about to change :lol:

Now to grow :eye:

Whoohooo!!!!!

Groovy Granny
August 20th, 2019, 12:48 PM
Whoohooo!!!!!

LOL :agree: you said it ;)

macyann
August 20th, 2019, 09:35 PM
Finally got some recent photos of my 2.5" circumference head of hair. My hair definitely *looks* thin when it's worn in it's naturally straight state. I think it's because I started my journey with a lot of breakage on my canopy, which is at about BSL now while the rest of my hair is TBL. And my hair is very cobwebby and fine...and I just don't personally like the way it looks straight. One day I'll even it all out, when I finally chop off the henna:

https://i.imgur.com/74HwYKo.jpg

Which is why, as I've mentioned, I always wear it wavy or curly. These were (slightly unsuccessful) sock bun curls from last weekend:

https://i.imgur.com/TPtyHEZ.jpg

Makes my hair looks WL if I'm lucky, but at least not so stringy and thin.

I LOVE this. My hair is probably about as thin as yours, and pin straight. people always told me not to grow it out because it was too fine... I rarely ever see photos of people with long, thin hair and it's very discouraging for me. I like your hair a lot though, even straight, I think it looks very pretty and delicate. How do you take care of it?