Thursday, April 5, 2018

Post # 11

AN UPDATE. Better late than never.

So sorry I have not been able to keep up with this blog and updating it more often. Life has been very hectic and the best laid plans seem to be a dream sometimes!(all the time lately) I DID CUT 10" back in Sept of 2017 but didn't post about it here. It was the oldest hair that was dragging the floor and it had to go!
I also did a video of the trim but have not had time to edit the video. Maybe my next post will include the video.Does anyone really want to see it??? 10" with my extreme length is not really much! It was 86" and now 76". I continued to maintain at 76" by doing smaller trims several times in the last few months. For the first time I cut my hair while it was tied off with a small band. I always self trim and it is very easy to do if your hair is long enough. So combined I have cut about 14" since September 2017.Today it still hits the floor enough to step on it and be too long!

I can post an OLDER self trim direction picture here for you to see. This is how I do the smaller trims.
Im planning on cutting back to around knee very soon.Almost like in these photos of the self trim but a bit longer. I hope you can see the photo good enough to read...if not see the bigger photos HERE on my site!



The day I cut the 10" I actually made a video called the easy hand wrap poof bun. I refused to do a video until I did a major trim! I hated the way the ends looked that much! Also, My hair was sort of messy after about 6 takes of the bun so hair is a bit wrinkled! I have also been sleeping with a bun and its caused some breakage which can be seen in the video! Just being honest! I never used to sleep with it in a bun but got in the habit while caring for a sick family member and then just kept doing after the family member passed away.
I wear my hair in the easy hand wrap style often as it is so easy and fast with no twisting or braiding!
I have been dealing with numerous problems in life that has prevented me from focusing on hair projects! Its really sad that I have lost so much time!!
Anyway, here is the video I did on the day of the cut back in September 2017. I hope to get the trim video up at some point and will ONLY be posting it here and not public over on YouTube! Check back.
Please do not try to talk me out of trimming my hair. Im going forward and this is what the blog is all about! Finding MY best hair length.
 VIDEO
And the beautiful stick here was by Eaduards Hair sticks which sadly has gone out of business.

💖Thank you so much for visiting and for your patience!!!
Taking down the poof bun!

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Here are the poll results...( FROM PREVIOUS BLOG )
AS LONG AS IT WILL GROW WINS 174 votes
followed by PAST FLOOR 53 votes
then FLOOR LENGTH 48 votes
then ANKLE 41 votes
and then KNEE at 38 votes
💖Thank you for voting long hair lovers!!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Post # 10

 
Comparing Lengths VIDEO's: KNEE & PAST FLOOR
plus some personal info.
 
There is a 4 year span between these 2 measuring videos and shows 2 very different lengths, knee and past floor and a 18"length difference.
 
I trimmed a lot between knee and floor and struggled with thickness and a solid hemline. 
I experienced lots of frustration heading to ankles and the journey was slower with frequent trimming, shedding and an inverse V in the hem which I never talked about before, but the V is now pretty much gone. (I think)
 

I trimmed 1/4 the growth for almost 4 years and gained/kept 18". Again I was focusing somewhat on health over length by trimming but still gained length.
My hair grows about 6" per year.  
Approximate calculations: at 6" per year x 4 yr  would =24" then subtracting the 18" gain would = 6" trimmed during this period or 1/4 of the growth each year.
So in 4 years I trimmed off 1 years worth of growth.
 
When I reached ankles, my focus was not on hair for almost 3 years(due to a family illness) and instead of trimming it to maintain at ankle, I just let it go knowing I would trim it someday to whatever length I wanted.
I did not want to cut it for very personal reasons. I never intended on having floor length hair or past floor hair as I saw no point in it.. Now with all of this hair, I can cut a significant amount and STILL have very long hair! Another positive factor is that my BANGS which I started growing out in 2005 (advice of the late George Michael and those who he worked with) are now to my calves. I always wanted my hair to be ONE LENGTH.
 
Retro 2009 video of measuring my hair.(not HD) Knee length here (54") and my original goal as I grew from classic length in 2005. I STILL love this length! Still long but more manageable. Thicker straight hemline here (but far from perfect.) I continued to ankles after knee.Why? A personal test of my hair genes and I wanted the journey to continue. The journey between knee and ankles was not fun, but I kept trying because I really try to be patient and not give up.I had to do this once in my life. With help, encouragement and advice from a couple special friends, I made it.

 
 
(Below)
My longer hair being measured and combed in 2014. Being married to someone who loves long hair is great, but there comes a time when it is even too long for him! (and me) He supports me with my decision to trim quite a bit. He filmed this video :) This is one of my favorite videos. Hair about 72". Shows how to get a accurate measure. This helps when you are charting your growth since you start at hairline and go over back of your head to the tips of your hair. I can even easily measure my own hair like this too. Just grab behind your back and grasp the hair and the tape, drop the tape at hair line, then bring hair to the front and glide your other hand down the tape measure. It's a lot like my self trim method.
 
 
 So here are the 2 similar videos and you can really see a big difference in length and maybe hair quality(ends mainly). I NEED a thicker hemline in the future. Hair that I do not step on, hair that is not dragging the floor and hair that I can wear down more.
I tested my hair to the maximum by just leaving it alone!  
Yes it is STILL growing, but not all of my hair will reach the 86" that it is today.
 
A journey takes many twists and turns. Sometimes you look back and appreciate what you passed and want to go back. I reached the top of the mountain but I can't live here!
 
When I have time, I want to get a few last photos and maybe a video.
This is taking longer than expected as I have been very busy.
 
 

 
Thank you for reading and following 😊
 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Post #9


As I get ready to trim my hair I wanted to make a poll to see what you think.
I have noticed many different opinions in the last few months from friends and fans and thought it would be fun to make a poll so all can see.
Some people could care less and some are very upset I am trimming my hair. Others understand the difficulties or challenges of extreme length. Some are with me no matter what. What do you think? Lets take a POLL!

Perhaps viewing my recent slideshow will give you an idea of the many lengths I have had.



To VOTE in the POLL please 
CLICK HERE
I tried to post the poll here on my blog but it didn't work right! 
Nothing to sign up for to vote and you can view the results right away!
The poll is on a safe page over on my long hair site. 

I will trim my hair after I make 1 or 2 more videos to record the final longest length. I am trying to do this as soon as possible and move on with the trim.
In the meantime, here is a poll to keep this blog active! 
Thanks for your participation! (and your patience) My hair is about 84" long and past the floor for anyone wondering. If you rather leave a comment, please feel free to do so below!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Post#8


After a long absence I am back. 5 months ago I lost someone I was very close too.
I am doing better and I thank everyone who was so kind to leave messages here.


This blog is about finding my best hair length. I have not cut/trimmed my hair yet but now I am ready.  I wanted to share some videos of the length so you can get an idea of how long it is and to leave some history behind. I never planned on my hair getting this long, my limit was ankles. It is now about 84" long, way past floor. To be perfectly honest, these videos are from last year and I never had the time or desire to edit and post them until now.

So as I get back into posting here, lets start by seeing the length so I can start my reverse journey. Although my hair is slightly longer than in these videos it will show you a good example. Honestly, its just too long. I never wear it down and I can't stand stepping on it.
It needs a good trim. Long hair is not all about "the longest"and I will be happier when it is at a more manageable and practical length. So a little at a time (possibly months between trims) I will be finding my best length and sharing thoughts about it through this blog including photo's and videos.
I will still have long hair and I never plan on cutting it short. It's been an amazing journey to this length. I have learned so much and had so much fun sharing and meeting others with long hair interest.

Health over length now! Are you with me?

Here is my hair curled. It just shows up better on video when it is curled!

And one making a ponytail with the curls when they loosened up later in the day.


Thank you for your patience! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Post# 7



It's been almost 6 months since I posted. 
All of my plans have been put on hold for now due to a family illness. I have been the main caretaker and have not had the right time to do my trim. I want to do it with a happy state of mind, clear thinking and not regret anything.
I also wanted to do some before videos and honestly, I just lost the drive to do hair related projects during such a difficult time in my life. I did get a few photos.

I hope anyone following this blog will understand the reasons for the pause. I fully intended on posting every month. My hair is probably about 84-85" right now.I honestly quit measuring it for now. It is longer than I ever imagined it would ever be. When I reached ankle length my family member began their downward journey. Other issues in my life also zapped my drive. Stress caused a major shedding phase too.My hair has been surviving things I have put it through. Having to jump up in the middle of the night to care for the ill several times, being away from home has made me start wearing my hair up in a bun to sleep, which I really hate to do. Combing, brushing and washing became a luxury. I never imagined my life could change so much so fast. Knots were the enemy from hardly combing it or having the patience to care for it. So I have left my hair alone and not been thinking about it much. That is how to get your hair long in the first place right?

I also was afraid to cut it fearing it would be unlucky during this hard time. I needed all the positive forces I could keep!

My hair journey has been long. When the time is right I plan to trim.
For now please enjoy what I have posted over the last 10 years online.

 My site, youtube, facebook,
hair care youtube
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Finding my best hair length will continue...just with a pause for a while.

Here is a special Hair History Video for you which includes hair progress and some of my first bun photos. It ends at 2010 at about lower calf length.

Thanks for listening. I will be back...
Comments here will be approved asap so please be patient. Also visit my guestbook. Thank you.




JJJLONGHAIR

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

# 6 Post- Length at 83 inches VIDEO

Photo of my longest length!
 
A quick (non HD) VIDEO of the last 18+inches of my hair.
 
So... I plan to start trimming my hair and I really am happy about this decision!I have wanted to do it for a long time!
I have been so busy in the last 2 years that my hair has grown much longer than I ever planned. Now it is so hard to walk with it down that I step on it constantly.  I can never wear it down at this length.
 
I hope people that have followed me during the last 10 years will understand and support me.I will still keep my hair LONG, just not THIS long! 
I want to be a good example of long healthy hair!
 
Please leave a comment below...Thank you!
 
 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

#5 POST-Youtube Hair Length/Progress VIDEOS starting in 2006. See it GROW year to year!!

Here are some videos showing various lengths going back to 2006 when I first joined youtube. Here are some, but not all. Visit my Youtube channel for every video.
This gives you an idea for those who have never followed my Journey, or for anyone wanting to review just to see where I started. I mainly focused on hair tutorials so there are fewer of these length videos. Here are some favorites:
2006 Classic One
I started my longer hair journey where many people STOP! Here is one of my first length videos. It was at classic length here or about 40" long.
 

Next is my combing 4 ft of hair video which has been very popular.Using a wide tooth comb, I simply comb my long hair. Find a knot? Watch how I handle it!
2007 Combing 4 ft of hair

Next is a short video of me with hair at about mid thigh. I comb and fan the hair. See the shorter pieces of hair on the sides? Those are bangs I grew out. My hair looks very light with the natural lighting coming through the window.
2008 JJJ Combs Knee Length Hair
 

This was my original goal, reaching knee length / 56". Here I comb and walk showing you the current length.  This is my MOST VIEWED VIDEO.
2009 Combing 56" straight Blonde Hair



Sitting in my computer chair I hang my hair over the chair and post text about it.
Maybe you will learn something new about my journey by watching.
2010 Knee length hair and a chair.

 

 Long hair out of my vehicle window blowing in the wind. Celebrating reaching 60"/5ft in April 2011/ calf length. I had decided to grow it longer instead of going back to knees!Now I was testing my hair genes to see how long I could grow! It was a slower process now with frequent trims to keep the hemline looking fair.
2011 Long Hair Wrangler




This video is of a single English Braid over a chair.  Braid video was made in fall of 2012 with hair almost at ankles/66"! Sorry its hard to tell how long it is here.
2012 One Long Braid

( Sorry,NO LENGTH VIDEO FOR 2013)
In 2014 I made a video showing HOW TO MEASURE long hair the correct way. People should do this to get an accurate measurement. Also includes some combing being done by RJ. My hair is 72" here and I am using a NEW HD CAMERA so it's better quality! I am not a big fan of fairytale ends but It kept growing!
 2014 JJJ Measuring & Combing Floor Length Hair.

 

 The Next video will be of my hair at its longest length at 80+ inches in 2015 
( before trimming ) 
 VIDEO COMING SOON to this spot! Check back soon!

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