I was up late last night stalking Shanti on facebook and realized while looking through her profile pictures, that her hair has gotten dumb long and seemingly overnight. I couldn’t believe some of the pictures. I was constantly asking myself, “Was her hair really that short?” I was in awe of the amount of length she retained in a mere 6 months. I know I’m biased, but the pictures above don’t lie. Shanti really knows what she is doing.
|When she first began experimenting with her curls.|
|When she started the blog. Approximately 6 months ago.|
|Bantu Knot Out Approximately 3 months ago|
|Wash n’ Go Approximately 3 Months Ago|
I knew someone who criticized me for posting a length check because in his mind, it proved that I was not only length obsessed but trying to be white. As if to say, my measuring stick for healthy hair natural hair (the length check) was still a white/European standard. Now, I get it. For some folks that may be true but come on! Really? That was not where I was going with that AT ALL.
The fact that her hair is retaining length proves that it is heathy because it’s not breaking off and therefore no longer weak. As many of you know, the more curls and whirls in you have the more susceptible it’s is to breakage. Each bend and twist can be, if not properly card for a point of weakness.
You see, it’s not about having long hair. It was NEVER about having long hair. So, pretty please with a cherry on top don’t take this as us becoming length obsessed or as us proclaiming that only long hair is healthy because that’s not the case.
Everyone’s hair grows but not everyone’s hair is healthy enough to retain its growth. Hair that is absent of breakage, and as a result increasing in length, is a sign of it being healthy hair. Think about it. If months pass and you do a length check and your hair hasn’t grown and you didn’t cut it…uhhhhh it may mean those ends are snap, crackle and poppin all over the place and that you may want to re-adjust something in your regimen. Peep Shanti’s regimen here.
What do you think? Are length checks helpful or overrated?