Length Check Photos

Last updated: January, 2017.

Starting length: March 13, 2009 •••••••• Right: July 17, 2009
 November 7, 2009

In November, a stylist gave me a cut. Here, I was working back to where I was pre-cut.
January 17, 2010
March 13, 2010
Left: (after a cut) December 29, 2010 •••••••••• Center: March 12, 2011 •••••••• Right: May 8, 2011
Note: my hair on March 12, 2011 was oily and as my hair is fine, the strands stick together when oily, thus making my hair appear thinner than it really is.
Left: July 31, 2011•••••••• Right: September 21, 2011
Left: November 20, 2011••••••••March 4, 2012

May 14, 2012

August 4, 2012 — so close to waist length!

October 11, 2012 — grazing waist length!

December 21, 2012 — four more inches until hip length (top of my pants)

July 21, 2013

Line Guide
APL (arm pit length) at #2 ✓
BSB (below shoulder blade length) at #4 ✓
Top of bra strap at #5 ✓
Bottom of bra strap at #6 ✓
MBL (mid-back length) at #8 ✓

WL (waist length ) between #9/#10 ✓

Note: Hi there, all length checks above this line are when I was fully relaxed. I transitioned to natural from June 2013-April 2015. All photos below this line are of my hair fully natural.

I have switched to a new length check shirt with lines that start further up for my length checks going forward.

June 26, 2015

January 2017
Line Guide
APL (arm pit length) at #9 ✓
BSB (below shoulder blade length) at #10/#11 ✓
BSL (bra strap length) at #14
MBL (mid-back length) at #17
WL (waist length ) an inch after #20


  1. Hi Jen! I love your blog and I love how quickly your hair grew.
    I am currently on arm-pit length and my goal is waist length hehehe so I still have a year plus to go :O

    Please visit my blog and leave a comment with your opinion on it 🙂
    http://afrowaveshealth.blogspot.com 🙂

    Thank you!
    xoxo 🙂

  2. You're hair looks very health and pretty. What did you do to get your hair to grow so much in Mar 09 to Nov 09?

  3. Hello!!! I have been trying to grow my hair out for years without success, and stumbled upon your website. I have purchased some of the products that you are using, and have even began trying out the coffee/tea rinse which is amazing. Do you have any other pointer for a first timer? I think I am about 12 weeks post relaxer, I have VERY thick hair that breaks easily. I don't know whether or not if it's because I'm bi-racial or what. How often in between relaxers would you suggest washing, and what moisturizers would you recommend for thick hair and dry scalp. Plus is there a certain amount of coffee to tea ratio that you use? I have a tendency to overdo things sometimes, and do not want to use too much.

  4. AMAAAAZZZIIIINNNGGGG! 🙂 this gives me so much hope. So I startled texlaxing in June because I too have dense fine hair and my hair dresser always relaxed it bone straight. NO BUENO! So question do you smooth the relaxer at all when you do your touch up or do you just put it on without smoothing? Also is your hair flat ironed in those pics? It's seems like all texlaxed ladies iron their hair which is something I personal DON'T want to do. I kind of feel like the relaxer is enough manipulation. So is there a way to achieve your nice, full straight look like the pics without having to add excessive heat?

  5. Ok I absolutely love your hair! I've been natural for 6 months now, I like it and all but i will be honest. I miss relaxing, I just don't want to do it every 6 weeks no more. What can you recommend to me. My hair is now virgin it's super duper thick, and with my pain all this twisting and everything just to get a curl pattern is driving me nuts. I want healthy hair like yours using less relaxer. I have a tub of Affirm mild sensitive skin, and all the supplies needed for it. Please help me get started should I apply all over my hair? I know how to relax but I've never stated with virgin hair.

    1. Author

      Hi Camisha,

      There are a few ways to go about texlaxing your hair:

      • Use a mild relaxer that you will know will under process your hair.
      • Add oils or conditioner to the relaxer (applicable to both lye and no-lye relaxers) to weaken it.
      • For no-lye relaxers: reduce the amount of activator you add, thereby weakening the relaxer’s strength.
      • Apply conditioner of all of hair (including new growth)
      • Apply vaseline/petroleum jelly to hairh.
      • Limit the time relaxer is on your hair. For example, if the instructions indicate that the relaxer should be left on for 15 minutes, shorten that time.

      Determining how texlaxed you want to go: Take a few shed strands of hair, because I don’t want you pulling out strands that are perfect content to stay connected to your scalp lol, and using any of the methods above, apply relaxer to the new growth on the strands. Play around with how long you leave the relaxer on the hair, smoothing, technique, etc. until you achieve your desired results.


  6. I was going to chop my hair bc I wanted to try for a job promotion & all the execs have shorter hair. Thank you for this blog. I need to be true to myself & keep my long locks.

    1. Author

      Always be true to yourself! And you can always fake a shorter look with buns or faux bobs 🙂

  7. Your hair progress chart is great! My husband took a look at it and scoffed "my hair grows that long in 2 years!". I almost punched him.

    1. Author

      Thanks Anon! My cousin says the same thing haha.

  8. omgosh!! i love ur hair! there is hope!! i was thinking of transitioning but after going through ur pages i think i'll opt for sticking to terlaxing and following a strict hair regimen. uhm, quick question, would you recommend Wild Growth Hair Oil?

    1. Author

      Thank you! I've never tried WGO and don't really know much about it :/

  9. Hi!

    Just wanted to say that i think your hair is beautiful. im trying to grow mine out as well but i just had about 3 inches chopped off because of split ends. How do I deal with those? please help!

  10. Hey, I really admire your dedicated spirit to growing your and sticking to your goals. I was wondering do you cowash your hair at all, or just washes every 5-7days

    1. Author

      Thank you! I deep condition twice a week, washing every weekend.

  11. Your hair is lovely! I stumbled across your blog the other day and looked around, and had more time to check it out today. I am on a mission to grow my hair longer! I was inspired by a video blogger named found via YouTube at SimplYounique and after viewing some of her videos and hair care tips, I decided to cut off my damaged hair and start fresh with an even length all around.

    I'm a blogger, too, and I wrote a bit about my hair here: The New Haircut

    I'll be checking back with your site :] Very cute blog name, by the way!

    Amber classyeverafter.com

  12. your such an inspiration and i love your blog

  13. Everyone is ignoring the fact that in your last relaxer update you are mid back and not waistlength.

    1. You're wrong, waist length is the smallest part of your torso and that's where Jeni's hair rests at her last update, so there's nothing to ignore. You might be confusing her waist for her hip which is where her bottom finger rests.

    2. I'm glad you replied because that honestly annoyed me. Why even bring that type of energy to Jen's page? If you can't say anything nice or you think you're being misled in some way, just leave the site and never return. Simple.

    3. That was just MY observation and I am entitled to my opinion as are you. I am sure you voice your disagreement or YOUR opinions at times whether it be online or in real life. There is certainly no bad energy from my end as I think she has a great blog. Your annoyance is not a great energy to have so just relax and have a great day 🙂

    4. You know, you learn something new everyday. Sometimes, when I don't know things I tend to ask questions first but never try to come at someone in an accusatory tone.

  14. I just stumbled on your blog and I'm soaking in all the great information. My relaxed hair is currently at bra level but aiming for longer. I'm 10 wks post relaxer and I just received my hair journal so I can't wait to begin recording my progress. Wish me luck! Thank you for sharing. I appreciate!

  15. So 4 years down the road…..your progress is amazing!! I just hope I can get something close to yours in the same time……!!

  16. I think I have horrible hair and scalp I have looked on the internet at the different journeys and stories but they all start with healthy hair and at least shoulder length hair. I don't even have finger length hair in some spots it's bald some short I have not had a relaxer in five months and NO CHANGE don't know my hair type it won't grow enough to find out. If you know of any success stories that truly came from damage and broken instead of healthy and long to healthier and longer that would be great. Can't cut it all off and start over because of the bald spots…HELP

    1. You can still follow the regimens/journeys you have read about. Apply a protective product of your choice to your thinning spots when doing your relaxer and keep your ends trims regularly. Try KitiKiti in beauty supply stores for you bald area..it works for me and my sister

    2. Reta, I started my journey with very short damaged hair and right now I'm full shoulder length, aiming towards armpit length by the end of the year. If you start your journey and do your research and you are constantly vigilant regarding how you trat and care for your hair, then you too can reach hairgoals previously you wouldn't have dreamed off. Just have some faith and put in the work. You can check out my blog (therandomphoenix.blogspot.com) as well if you really want to see someone who didn't start her journey with SL hair.

  17. Hi I love your blog! Im ready for my healthy hair journey. I wanted to ask, what would
    You recommend for weak hair edges ?

  18. beautiful hair maam, much growth success…how about a forward shampoo over the tub, would like to see how long it is when its wet.

  19. Hi Jen,I must say hair is my new obsession. Seriously it is, a few months ago i decided to actively grow my hair. But that was really just because i was so tired of putting my hair in a weave or braids and fine id see dat my hair had grown quite abit wen i take them off but they'd eat my hairline ryt up. Anyway i firstly jus started by not flat ironing my hair much, then i kinda got lazy wit all the combing coz i honestly used to basically b allergic to combing my hair n leaving it out so i bought a fake ponytail to jazz up my look. then one day i was on facebook which led me to the beautiful world of growing your own hair and a whole load of connections to websites and blogs n i decided instantly that i would start a hair journey for real… its bin exciting change tho i had to ditch d laziness and the bad practices to the curb: washin my hair once a month mayb evn once every month n a half (moisturising and protein treatments even less) (ewwww ryt) relaxing hair at d salon ryt down to the end of the shaft (no wonder my hair was thinning) this will be the 4th week of my journey and i relax my hair in 2weeks coz im already 12weeks post my last relaxer(which iv always done). since almost 4weeks ago iv been washing my hair twice a week day 1 is prepoo, shampoo, condition then deep moisturising conditioner, day 2 is deep protein conditioner then i co wash. the oils iv been using are castor and coconut. yesterday i added grapeseed oil to that ryt after bumping into ur site online through a link from another blog. i did the prepoo and made it a hot oil treatment with all three including ors vital repair oil mix. my hair feels quite soft tho its still airdrying here at work lol. i also dumped petrolatum and mineral oils and made my own leave in cond with the aloe vera rose water glycerin mix. i use ors carrot oil to moisturise. coconut and now grapeseed to seal castor to oil my scalp. thanx for all the great info, youve joined the list off my hair idols with dabs from naija hair can grow and dr fomsky from sizzling mom and it hasnt even been 24hrs since i discovered this site. thanx a billion….i have bags under my eyes from stalking your site last nyt and i clearly havnt stopped hahahaa.
    Ps, what do you think of my regimen? and im abit confused as what to do wen i finally relax, im not too sure of d texlax thing…it sounds like a good idea but i dunno if i wanna go ther yet. so think i shld jus start by relaxing new growth only and as the rest of my hair thickens il see if texlaxing is really a good idea for me (sorry bout d long long long mail) my excitement is bleeding through.

    1. That was really hard to read. It would have been easier if you had written the message in clear English.

    2. Stop being jerky to people.

  20. Definitely inspiration for me! Your hair is gorgeous. I have a little ways to go just to reach shoulder length, but I'm getting there =)

    anyways, thank you for this blogsite. Im sure it is helpful and inspiring to many


  21. Hi Jenny

    Your blog is excellent, I am a new reader and I have already learned alot from you. Thanks for sharing!! There are still quite alot of misconceptions about growing black hair and relaxing hair which is influenced greatly by the hair care companies we have in South Africa. It is really difficult to convince people not to use heat everyday, pre-poo, avoid products with mineral oil etc in South Africa. I recently had my hair relaxed at a salon and I had to tell my stylist what to do and what not to do…at the end of my appointment I directed him to your blog and other black hair care blogs.

    Thank-you for dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions about black hair and I am hoping the healthy hair movement grows in South Africa.

    Stay blessed, Nwabisa from Cape Town.

  22. What a beautiful blog! What a beautiful person! Thank you!

  23. Can you please tell me how I can make my own length check tee?? I know that may be taking away from your business, but I can't afford to purchase one and really would like to keep track of my progress. Thank you in advance–Tanya

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