Curly hair grows in different stages and lengths.
To accurately assess my hair length, I perform the length check on freshly washed hair that hasn’t been straightened, blow dried or flat combed. Sometimes, I use the banding method to stretch out my curls a little so more of its true length can be seen.
There are 2 different guides – 1 for loose curls, such as type 3 curls and one for tighter coils, such as type 4. The reason why I feel these 2 guides are necessary is because I feel these 2 types of hair grow in different ways. For example, type 3 curls tend to have more hang & grows downwards; whilst type 4 (my kind of hair), tends to have more height & grow outwards
For type 3 curls, this pictural guide will help you determine the length of your hair.
For type 4 or kinky & coily hair, I find the guide below to be much more helpful.
There are 5 different stages and lengths for type 4, kinky coils
- TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)
- TA (Teeny Afro)
- A (Afro)
- BA (Big Afro)
- BAA (Big A$$ Afro)
TWA – My TWA in early 2010
TA aka TEENY AFRO – My TA