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    Im curious about this. How long is your (English) braid compared to your hair and how long do you leave your tassel? My hair is a little past waist length and my braid is in the bsl range. I braid all the way to my ends, leaving as little tassel as possible. I like it better that way, and besides I figure it makes for less damage.
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    Default Re: How long is your braid?

    In LHC measurements, my hair is 63" (mid-calf) and 55" when braided (knee). So it's an 8" difference.

    Some math because I was curious... Subtracting the tassel (6") and scalp hair (12"), the actual amount of hair braided is 45". The braid itself is 37" long and therefore shortens my hair by about 18%.

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    Default Re: How long is your braid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Handel'sWig View Post
    Im curious about this. How long is your (English) braid compared to your hair and how long do you leave your tassel? My hair is a little past waist length and my braid is in the bsl range. I braid all the way to my ends, leaving as little tassel as possible. I like it better that way, and besides I figure it makes for less damage.
    Depends on hair thickness and how tightly you braid. Lesser of either won't shrink as much.

    I also braid as far as I can down to the tiniest of sections so my tassle is generally 2-3 inches.

    Measuring this morning from the nape where the braid starts all the way to the ends I measure 37" free vs 28" braided, so for me shortening looks to be about 25%.
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    Default Re: How long is your braid?

    My hair is past knee length but with fairytale ends I braid down to about hip where it starts to be thin enough that the braiding really slows down. That leaves me with a little over 1 ft of tassel which ends right at knee. I’d guess the braid eats up 4-5 inches of length. I braid snuggly.

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    Default Re: How long is your braid?

    Keeping in mind that I usually start my braid up high like a ponytail but without the elastic and that I braid tightly, my braid is about classic length and my tassel takes it to mid-thigh. Unbraided, it's hovering juuuuuust about knee, depending on how much shrinkage from waves I've got that day.
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    Default Re: How long is your braid?

    My hair is (was) 28.25" long the last time I measured a few weeks ago (trying not to measure until September) and my French braid is 2.25" shorter. I don't braid to the end, though, as it wont hold, and my braid is medium tight. I expect it will lose more like three inches when it's a little past waist.

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    My single English braid is about BCL, and unbraided, my hair is close to classic length.
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    My braid is 20 cm long, with a pretty long tassel of 7,5 cm!
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    Default Re: How long is your braid?

    My braid is ~44 cm/17,5 inches long. My tassel is a 4 inches long wurl. I had a sidecut several years ago and it hasn't reached all my lengths yet.
    For reference, I'm almost at tbl and with a braid my hair looks halg inch far from bcl.
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    Default Re: How long is your braid?

    Quote Originally Posted by AmaryllisRed View Post
    Keeping in mind that I usually start my braid up high like a ponytail but without the elastic and that I braid tightly, my braid is about classic length and my tassel takes it to mid-thigh. Unbraided, it's hovering juuuuuust about knee, depending on how much shrinkage from waves I've got that day.
    OT but how do you begin a tight braid higher than your nape? Ive been trying for a bit and its always a mess, would love some tips.

    ETA: To keep it on topic, my hair is BCL and my braid is usually to my hip-ish? Ill take some proper pics and measurements at some point because one of my goals is a braid that can drape in my lap.
    Last edited by knobbly; May 28th, 2021 at 05:08 PM. Reason: ETA
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