View Full Version : Do you measure your hair dry or wet?

April 4th, 2008, 08:50 PM
Do you measure your hair when it is dry or wet?

I've never really thought about it until last night. I always measure my hair dry though.

Riot Crrl
April 4th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Lol I only measured it once so far. I just did it dry but I pulled it straight, so it should be about the same as wet.

April 4th, 2008, 08:53 PM
I never thought to measure it when wet! I think that would give me a false sense of hope though, since my hair is longer when wet :)

My only problem is that I measure it myself, so unless it grows a full inch, I can't tell when there is a miminum amount of growth.

April 4th, 2008, 09:02 PM
Dry and pulled straight. Measuring it wet would give me a false reading.

April 4th, 2008, 09:13 PM
I measure mine dry but I don't pull it straight. It's a little hard to do it myself--weird ways I have to twist my arms, tape measure is too short. I guess I measure it dry and don't pull it down because that is it's natural state. Hmm, I could probably get another inch or two if I could pull it straight :grin:

April 4th, 2008, 09:26 PM
Both. Wet/damp/dry doesn't seem to impact the measurement; I guess from the 1a-ness. :shrug:

April 4th, 2008, 09:55 PM
Dry...that's the measurement that really counts for me.

Cinnamon Hair
April 4th, 2008, 10:13 PM
I measure dry. I think measuring wet is a better idea for curlies than those with straight hair since it gives them a more accurate reading of their true length.

Darian Moone
April 4th, 2008, 11:37 PM
Another "dry" measurer here.

April 5th, 2008, 12:16 AM
i measure dry, and always on a day after i have worn it in a bun, this way it kinda calms down the curls, but it is still shorter than when it is wet

April 5th, 2008, 03:50 AM
I measure my hair wet.
It's much easier for me to get consistent measurements that way because of my waves.

Alley Cat
April 5th, 2008, 03:50 AM
I used to measure it wet but now I measure it dry . :)

April 5th, 2008, 03:56 AM
When wet my hair stretches about 1 cm -- so I always measure when it's dry.. After all, my hair's dry most of the time^^

April 5th, 2008, 07:18 AM
I measure wet/damp hair. I always wear my hair up, so my hair, when dry, has always a lot of braid/bunwaves. And obviously I'm incapable to get consistent measurements with different braidwaves... :silly:

April 5th, 2008, 09:47 PM
I had only measured it once when I joined this community, and honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by the results! I measured it dried and pulled it straight slightly. My waves have a tendency to bounce.

April 5th, 2008, 10:04 PM
Wet, that is the only way to stretch it out, dry it is too fluffy. But I never get proper measurements anyway.

April 6th, 2008, 03:33 AM
dry for me and i dont pull straight

April 6th, 2008, 04:21 AM
dry measure for me too

April 8th, 2008, 06:13 AM
I also measure dry.

harley mama
April 8th, 2008, 06:55 AM
I measure mine when it is wet. I get a lot of shrinkage as it dries.

April 8th, 2008, 08:15 AM
I always measure when dry.
I think it's a more accurate measurement since I don't normally walk around with wet hair.:D


April 8th, 2008, 01:16 PM
I measure when it is wet, since I lose inches once it has dried. That is how I started measuring it, but I have started measuring both, when it is wet and dry.

April 9th, 2008, 04:23 PM
I measure when my hair is dry.

April 9th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Wet. It's easier to get a consistent measurement that way.

April 10th, 2008, 03:25 AM
i can only repeat what chelles2kids wrote.

April 10th, 2008, 12:20 PM
I measure my hair when it is dry. It always makes me overly hopeful for growth when it is wet. We can all hope though :)

OR Cowgirl
April 11th, 2008, 01:21 AM
Because my waves and curls are so inconsistent I always measure wet.


Florida Mom
April 11th, 2008, 08:24 AM
Dry. Maybe I should try wet LOL!

April 11th, 2008, 12:23 PM
Dry for me.


April 11th, 2008, 01:01 PM
I use a string and measure when it's dry.

April 11th, 2008, 03:05 PM
I measure my hair dry.

April 12th, 2008, 12:56 AM
Since my hair can be somewhat wavy, to get an exact measurement I have to measure it wet. Other wise my wave would vary the measurement a great deal I think.

I still need to find that cloth measuring tape though! This plastic doodad just isn't working for me.

April 12th, 2008, 02:16 AM
Dry, but pulled straight for repeatability. My waves generates 2"-5" shrinkage so it's not useful to measure without pulling it straight.

April 13th, 2008, 01:34 AM
I measure my hair when it's wet for consistency because its waves and curls can easily alter the length by half a foot or more.

Druid of Alba
April 13th, 2008, 06:44 AM
I do it dry, but I have straight hair...

April 13th, 2008, 11:32 PM
I have wavy hair, so I measure it while damp before it gets too springy. A bit of a compromise. ;)

April 17th, 2008, 08:18 AM
For official measuring I do it dry. When I need a bit of encouragment to keep on growing, I do it wet just! :D

April 18th, 2008, 12:39 PM
Both, out of curiosity - but take dry as official length

April 19th, 2008, 05:01 AM
I measure it dry and stetch it straight!

April 19th, 2008, 10:22 AM
If/when I measure my hair, I measure it wet for consistency sake. My hair curls and waves up when it is dry and no 2 days give me the same length.

April 20th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Mine is about 1/4 inch shorter when it's dry so it doesn't matter, honestly. Haha.

June 2nd, 2008, 04:17 AM
Dry measurer but I do like to note mentally the length when wet as that is the true length even if its not seen that way when dry

June 2nd, 2008, 10:38 PM
I measure my hair dry and pulled down. But I think that I shouldn't because my hair shrinks up and it doesn't look 26 inches :(

June 4th, 2008, 12:57 PM
I measure dry. It seems longer when wet, but dry is what matters, to me at least.

June 5th, 2008, 12:13 AM
Dry and pulled straight, generally. I usually stick my arm behind my back, fingercomb the longest part of my V and find the absolute longest part, while my tape measure is chilling from my hairline to my ends, then hold my hair against the tape measure and travel down until my hair ends, mark the measurement with a fingernail and look at it. I need to pull straight or I'd never get consistant measurements. I did measure dry and wurly though and discovered that it's about 2 inches shorter that way *shrugs* I'm more interested in true length than apparent length.

June 5th, 2008, 11:02 AM
I measure both wet and dry. It shrinks up, like, an inch and a half! But the wet measurement keeps me encouraged.

June 5th, 2008, 11:50 AM
I measure dry.

June 5th, 2008, 11:52 AM
I measure wet, easiest way for me to get consistency.

June 5th, 2008, 11:55 AM
When I do measure(its been more than quite awhile)its always dry.Maybe I should measure wet....

June 5th, 2008, 01:45 PM
I measure wet, easiest way for me to get consistency.

I've been meaning to measure (haven't before!!), keep forgetting to, but yes, this is how I'd measure it and why :)

June 5th, 2008, 02:54 PM
I measure dry. It never even occurred to me to measure it wet.

June 5th, 2008, 02:58 PM
I always measure my hair dry. I wish my hair could look as long when dry as it does when wet. Oh well, the joys of being a curly! Hehe!

June 7th, 2008, 03:24 PM
What the crap, my first post in here is not true, apparently. I've been measuring about ten minutes out of the shower and then later when it dries and I lose a full inch of length. I don't have any wave, though. It's been consistent for ten days, though, according to my little experiment. It is what it is, I guess, haha.

So I guess I'll measure dry from now on. Since, well, most people, including me, are only really going to see it dry.

June 7th, 2008, 03:33 PM
i think im going o start measuring wet because i get too many inconsistencys with dry hair.. my hair is definatly longer looking while wet but i want to go by the true length of the hair

June 8th, 2008, 02:05 AM
Dry and pulled straight. When wet the hair can stretch and that doesn't give me a correct value.

June 8th, 2008, 12:16 PM
I always measure my hair dry and laying naturally, not stretched. I guess I measure how long it "looks" since if I stretched it out, it would be an extra inch or so. (That's how long it would look to other people)

March 22nd, 2009, 03:57 PM
I am really curly so I measure wet. That way I know how long the hair actually is. After reading some of these posts, I think I'll measure dry too and see just how much difference there really is.

March 22nd, 2009, 04:11 PM
I measure it dry, and don't pull it straight. I figure that'd be cheating, since it doesn't lay straight naturally. LOL. ;)

March 22nd, 2009, 05:43 PM
I measure my hair wet. It likes to bounce up when dry so it's hard to take a good measurement. Unless I had someone to pull it straight for me.

March 22nd, 2009, 07:04 PM
I've only had my hair measured once with a tape measure. . .when it was towel-dried and damp but pulled straight. I've got lots of ever changing waves.

I don't think it matters how you measure your locks, as long as you do it the same way each time. . .supposing you're measuring to see how much growth per month or some such.

But what I really look to, are the benchmark lengths. . .waist, tail-bone, classic etc.

March 22nd, 2009, 11:39 PM
I mesure dry; wet seems almost cheaty. :p

March 23rd, 2009, 12:23 AM
I measure my hair when they are dry and i don't pull them keep them as it is.

March 23rd, 2009, 01:15 AM
dry and recently washed.

March 23rd, 2009, 04:01 AM
Yesterday glanced at myself in the mirror and I am at BSL when wet. A full inch shorter dry. So I measure wet, want every inch I can get! Smile...

March 23rd, 2009, 04:03 AM
I always measure mine dry, after washing.

March 23rd, 2009, 04:33 AM
I also measure mine when it just has dried after washing. Not every wash though :gabigrin: still washing more often than every other month.

March 23rd, 2009, 05:32 AM
I measure dry.I have wavy hair so by the time hair wash comes around my hair has become super straight with oil.This is the only time I will measure. :)

March 23rd, 2009, 07:25 AM
I measure my hair dry,I pull my curls straight :)

March 23rd, 2009, 08:31 AM
I measure mine when it is dry. I pull slightly. Now my significant other does it for me.I measure it about twice a month.

March 23rd, 2009, 08:45 AM
I measure dry, but with 1A hair I wouldn't think it would make too much of a difference!

March 23rd, 2009, 09:26 AM
I take my measurment with dry hair. But, I will pull out the tape measure,
and measure wet once in a while for fun!

March 23rd, 2009, 12:33 PM
Always dry. But usually when it's been a few days since washing or when I've "straightened" it in some way. I'm a 2b/2c, so there's a difference betwen "natural curls" and straight as far as length goes.

March 23rd, 2009, 12:36 PM
My hair wants to curl up when it's wet, so I blow-dry it straight.

March 23rd, 2009, 01:27 PM
If I measure then only when the hair is wet... The wave pattern is always different for me

March 25th, 2009, 06:37 AM
I only measured it dry - it's a few inches longer when it is wet, and it feels like cheating for me to measure it then!

March 25th, 2009, 07:00 AM
I measure mine when it's dry. If it's curly I just pull the hair straight.

March 26th, 2009, 02:15 PM
I've done it both ways, but I find damp or wet to be most consistent. My wavy layers just like to BAM! out when dry, and one side might curl up while the other side is laying down, making one side look longer.... Blah.

Although soaking wet it's longer; all over my bra strap. But it doesn't look like that dry because of all the flipping and waving, so I won't update my length as BSL yet.

steph in tx
March 26th, 2009, 02:40 PM
I'm measuring it wet for the same reasons. My hair is never the same when it's dry, especially since I'm usually putting it up in a french twist while it's damp so I get twist waves that aren't ever the same. So I comb it out wet and have my daughter measure it for me in the back. I am using a strip of 1/4" binding that she is marking on so that I can see the growth as it happens. ;)

Jules diamond
March 29th, 2009, 12:53 AM
Another dry once here. I never thought I should measure it wet, but it might be nice for a confidence boost.

March 29th, 2009, 07:55 AM
My hair is straight, so I just measure it when it's dry :)

steph in tx
March 29th, 2009, 08:50 AM
I measured mine dry last night to see if there was a difference, and there didn't appear to be. Since my hair is pretty straight, I suppose it doesn't make a difference for me.

March 29th, 2009, 09:56 PM
I measure dry, it's longer wet.

March 30th, 2009, 04:48 AM
Always when my hair is dry.

March 30th, 2009, 04:48 AM
I measure it towel dry. Then I can comb it pretty straight and get a correct reading

March 30th, 2009, 04:55 AM
I measure when its dry

March 30th, 2009, 09:21 AM
I have never measured my hair at all.But if I would measure it would be on dry hair.

March 30th, 2009, 07:18 PM
I measure it dry and natural rather than pulled straight. Wet throws me way off with my

March 30th, 2009, 09:26 PM
My hair is super curly so I do it when it's wet and even then I still have to stretch it. It does kinda feel like cheating but my hair loses around 5 inches of length when it dries

March 30th, 2009, 09:41 PM
Hum...I measure dry and pull it to take out the curls...now I am starting to think maybe I should not...but then my hair is shorter and that would make me sad...sigh!

March 31st, 2009, 01:33 AM
I measure both ways. once after washing, combed and damp. then i measure dry the next day after brushing with a BBB to detangle. I do both to see the length when damp and when dry. i rarely measure monthly, i can go for about 3 months or more without measuring. most of the time when i measure is right before a trim and then after a trim to make sure the hair was trimmed as i asked.
Last time i trimmed and measured was January 7, 2009. due for a trim to even out the hemline.

March 31st, 2009, 07:00 AM
I measure with my hair dry and pulled straight :)

April 3rd, 2009, 03:03 AM
I measure when wet. When dry I almost always have had it in braid and sleep cap, and the created waves, especially at the ends, shorten the hair.
I guess I could measure right after it has dried, but I would surely forget or be too tired.

April 3rd, 2009, 01:35 PM
I always measure dry, but I stretch the hair that I'm measuring, because my hair springs up and out, so I pull it down to get a good measurement.

August 15th, 2010, 11:34 AM
I measure my hair dry. I have waves, so maybe there would be a difference. But I wouldn't believe it then:D And I am really trying not to pull the strands down. Really.

August 15th, 2010, 12:46 PM
Dry because my measurements are allways totally weird when I measure my hair wet.

December 18th, 2010, 02:36 PM
I measure wet since my hair is somewhat curly.

Becky Safari
December 18th, 2010, 02:40 PM
I have wavy hair, so it's easier to measure when wet because I don't have to stretch it out

December 19th, 2010, 08:53 AM
I measure when it's dry and I pull it straight.

December 19th, 2010, 09:07 AM
Dry, my hair doesn't have many waves or curls, so it's roughly the same either way.

December 19th, 2010, 09:59 AM
I measure it wet and pulled straight.

December 19th, 2010, 03:15 PM
I measure damp and pulled straight due to waves.

December 19th, 2010, 07:03 PM
I usually measure wet. My hair is naturally pretty strait, but when I haven't washed a few days, it picks up whorls and kinks from being bunned most of the time. I do trimming and measuring right after a washing.

December 19th, 2010, 07:26 PM
i had a question about the measuring thing, my hair is layered. so do i measure by layer or from the top to the bottom?

December 20th, 2010, 06:08 AM
I measure wet. Dry my hair curls differently every time. There would be no way to compare the measurements.

December 20th, 2010, 06:12 AM
I measure dry and pull my hair straight when I measure. Not that I measure that often...

December 20th, 2010, 06:20 AM
I measure dry and the way my hair falls naturally. For me it's about the lenght that people see.

December 20th, 2010, 03:24 PM
i had a question about the measuring thing, my hair is layered. so do i measure by layer or from the top to the bottom?

Personally, I would just measure from the top to the bottom. Worrying about all the different layers would just be confusing. lol

December 20th, 2010, 03:51 PM
My hair is wavy, but I measure dry anyway. The shrinkage isn't that bad, and I don't wash my hair that often. It's solid APL when dry, and maybe 1/2 - 1 inch longer when wet. That's OK though, I love my waves! :D

I also have annoying layers, but I measure from the top to the bottom. The shortest layer is just a little under my collar bone, the longest is APL, and the rest are somewhere in between. I'm sure you can tell I'm very precise! ;)

December 20th, 2010, 03:55 PM
I've tried both ways. My hair is so straight it doesn't really make a difference for me.

December 20th, 2010, 04:28 PM
I measure dry pulling any slight waves straight.

December 21st, 2010, 03:51 AM
I usually measure it dry, but that is a good point. If I style my hair when it's wet, why don't I measure it when it's wet? It would seem to be more accurate.

December 21st, 2010, 04:57 AM
I haven't actually measured it yet. I guess I go more for the way it looks rather than actual numeric value. However, I visually give it the mental measurement when I step out of the shower with it wet.

December 21st, 2010, 06:31 AM
I also measure my hair when it's dry.

December 21st, 2010, 12:07 PM
I always measure dry

December 24th, 2010, 08:08 AM
I measure my hair dry but I stretch it.

December 24th, 2010, 09:31 AM
I measure my hair dry but I stretch it.

Same here, well I've only measured it twice so far, lol, but because my waves vary day to day depending on how I've styled I figured pulling it straight is the best way to get a more accurate reading of growth.

December 24th, 2010, 09:36 AM
Dry. When my hair is dry and brushed out, it's clearly APL, but when it's wet it curls up to juuuuuuuust past shoulder :p

December 25th, 2010, 06:33 AM
i measure it only after a wash and dry

December 27th, 2010, 12:19 AM
I measure it wet and dry. I always get a slightly longer length when I measure it wet, because my hair holds some body from however I'm wearing it before I measure.

December 27th, 2010, 02:49 AM
I measure wet for inches (the strand is streched), but dry to body parts (sl, apl, etc). My inches vary a lot if I measure dry because my wurls are in a different place everyday.

December 27th, 2010, 02:54 AM
I measure when it's damp and brushed straight, because I feel it gives more consistent results, but at the same time it can hardly be called "cheating", since my hair is pretty straight anyway.

December 27th, 2010, 05:59 AM
Dry and with braidwaves .
I measured mine stretched today at 36. It's not 36 as its is just past waist - so the 33 is much more accurate.

December 27th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Definitely measure when it's dry. That's a more accurate measure of what you actually see.

December 28th, 2010, 11:48 AM
Dry. And definately without any waves, because I want to have measurement when my hair is in its "natural position". The result would be maybe 1cm longer if I measured it wet.

November 4th, 2011, 08:01 PM
I measure it dry, because I figure it's better to know where it falls when it's dry. When wet, it's way past waist. When dry it's a little tiny bit past waist.

July 25th, 2012, 01:00 PM
I measure my hair when it is dry on wash day. Wet hair can stretch and may give me a false reading. I also strive for consistency when measuring.

July 25th, 2012, 01:06 PM
Dry hair pulled out straight. :)

July 25th, 2012, 06:17 PM
I measure it dry and try to make it lay flat. Wet hair gives false measurements.

July 26th, 2012, 09:28 PM
I measure mine dry. My hair is wavy/curly, so I 'lose' length that way, but measuring it wet would feel like cheating.

July 26th, 2012, 09:30 PM
I measure mine dry and when it's pulled straight. I won't call a length though until it reaches it wavy.

July 26th, 2012, 10:01 PM
Dry, wet, damp, makes no difference to me. :shrug:

July 26th, 2012, 10:27 PM
I measure when it's dry but right before a wash when it's been oiled and at it's most lank.

December 27th, 2012, 12:27 PM
I measure it dry but I stretch it, when I'm measuring for my profile I wait for wash day and then dampen it with water so it lies straighter and measure it as it hangs.

December 27th, 2012, 12:30 PM
I measure it when it's dry. :)

December 27th, 2012, 09:11 PM
Dry and pulled straight. It's usually messy when it has just been washed.

December 28th, 2012, 06:08 AM
I measure my hair wet because even though my hair is only 1b the dry measurements vary too much and it does my head in randomly gaining or losing inches depending on texture variations. I prefer to have a consistent number that only changes with hair growth so I can monitor how lifestyle/diet changes are affecting my hair.

Dr. Girlfriend
December 28th, 2012, 07:09 AM
I measure when it's dry, and pulled straight.

December 29th, 2012, 03:44 AM
I measure my hair dry.

December 29th, 2012, 03:59 AM
I measure dry.

December 29th, 2012, 10:52 AM
Dry always :)

January 19th, 2016, 09:24 PM
Dry as your never going to get the true length when its wet as its weighed down.

January 19th, 2016, 09:26 PM
I always measure mine dry. Dry and stretched to get the actual length.

January 19th, 2016, 09:29 PM
Dry mostly but to keep my sanity I will measure when wet once in a while :p

January 20th, 2016, 10:35 PM
Usually dry for me, especially since it makes it easier to see the layers in my hair and how far those are as well

January 20th, 2016, 10:58 PM
Usually when dry, but I sometimes measure when wet, out of curiosity. And I actually get the same numbers when I measure wet and when I measure stretched.

January 21st, 2016, 06:12 AM
Dry. Wet is such a hassle! I don't even have it cut wet.

January 24th, 2016, 12:35 AM
Always dry, I never tried measuring it while its wet, hmm :shrug:

January 24th, 2016, 02:17 AM
I measure wet, as there's too much variation otherwise, due to my hair texture. I'm not very good at it anyway, so I don't expect accurate results.

Groovy Granny
January 24th, 2016, 12:05 PM
I just go by landmarks...not numbers....and usually wet to be accurate, because my hemline is usually wurly.

January 24th, 2016, 12:34 PM
Dry, because it is more accurate than when it is wet.

January 24th, 2016, 12:37 PM
Only dry and when brushed out and stretched straight. Otherwise it is not an accurate measurement due to the irregular curliness. ;) My curls when dry are very inconsistent lengths due to weather, hairstyle, if it was just in a bun, if it is damp etc. so I straighten out my curls for a more consistent length measurement.

January 28th, 2016, 08:07 AM
I also measure dry because when it's wet, it is longer due to the weight of the water. For me, only the length of my dry hair counts.

December 7th, 2016, 06:34 AM
I measure wet because I can't get a consistent measurement on dry hair.

December 7th, 2016, 09:32 AM
Dry, using body markers. On the rare occasion I actually think to look.