Is Hair Length Your Biggest Goal And Should It Be?

African American Black Woman With Big Hair

The great thing about being a blogger is that I get to reach a lot of people with my opinions, as unguided as they sometimes are, and I also get to hear a lot of peoples opinions on the same subjects too.

As a result, even though my opinions remain firm in most cases, I have developed a more rounded view of hair care and even when someone disagrees with me, I am still able to see and understand their point of view.

A comment on a post in another black hair blogger’s website caught my attention recently. The commenter took offense to the fact that length was even being mentioned on the blog.

The commenter made the claim that there was a parallel between how long your hair was as a child and how long it could ultimately become as an adult. The thinking was that if your hair was long as a child then length is guaranteed as an adult and if your hair was never long then it never will be and you should just concentrate on health and ultimately that’s all we should talk about on hair blogs.

Really? Forgive me but it makes me so sad to hear such defeatist attitudes especially in the light of all the other black women with different textures, all over hair blogs and YouTube finally getting long hair that they’ve never achieved before.

Some people are just determined to explain away other people’s positive results when a technique does not work for them. For instance, I’ve heard the idea that hair type dictates your length potential.


While this may be the case to some degree for type 1, type 2 and some type 3 hair textures, one could certainly argue that these textures are perhaps easier to care for so they default to longer lengths. Yet there there are hair forums full of Caucasian women with type 1 hair who struggle to grow it past their shoulders.

Ladies with type 4 hair as rule tend to need a specific hair regimen in place in order to reach longer lengths and wonderful results are regularly achieved by women ranging from curly 4a to the kinkiest of 4c hair textures.

I will also admit I was defeatist myself in the past and I was always quick to dismiss something it didn’t work for me. I dismissed the value of hair growth aids and pills because they had never worked for me and actually gave me significant problems, but I’ve seen that these products actually do work for many people who have used them for years without problems.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Shamina Boseman

Not for me. Making sure my hair is thick and healthy is my main goal. Hair length will happen eventually. It’s not a rush for me.

Beverly TruelyBlessed Conover

Yes,plus the healthy status of it too!!!

Andrecia Lewis

Nice hair

Maybell Lena Killion

Healthy hair is my goal and has been accomplished, length is just an added blessing!

Minding Myownbizness

I’d like to achieve length but keeping it healthy is my main goal.

Cherisha Christman

why do black women obsess over hair legnth?

Uglyy Betty

Not black women. ALL WOMEN.

Cherisha Christman

I never meant all but I do see a lot of posts about hair length, and length check I unfollowed a page on here because thatz all they talked about. I know not all because I’m not concerned about it. It grows when It grows.

Vicki Steverson

Uglly Betty ALL women do not. There are many women happy with what the good Lord gave them 😉

Vicki Steverson

Cherisha Christmas, I understand what you mean, it’s like their life is not complete unless they get long hair.

Cherisha Christman

OH…and I don’t know anything about other women. I don’t hang around that many other women to know intimate details about their race.

Shaniqua

1. Long, flowing hair is deemed an attractive aesthetic in our culture, especially for women.
2. Most in the African American community, really the whole African diaspora, have learned hair care techniques that are based on either the study of Caucasian hair, which is literally the exact opposite to typical afro textured hair, or straight up incorrect information from myths and stereotypes.
3. Employing practices that garner long Caucasian type hair, tend do destroy or drastically stunt both the growth and health of black hair, without the users of these practices understanding why.

So, most black women are confronted with image after image of “attractive,” long and flowing hair, but are perpetually unable to get it for themselves. In my humble opinion, these constitute the reasons why many, not all, black women obsess over hair length.

Shay Hammonds

No. The healthiness of it is

Shay Hammonds

I’m thinking if chopping mine off

Janet Ferguson

Healthy length

Carrie Laura-Lee Howe

Love her hair, she’s beautiful! Black women in general are so damn pretty! Our features really stand out dont they?!!

Adenike Matthews

I want it ALLLL. ..thick healthy n long…

Mia Eubanks

Nothing wrong with wanting long hair.

Carmella McCoy

It used to be, but not at the moment. Moisture and Regular Trims are right now. Been rocking a pixie cut for a while and plan to keep rocking it. All I have to do in the mornings is fluff and go. My life is much easier now.

Imani Malika

I want both healthy hair and length. I have the health and the length is coming (18 months post BC). I don’t think there’s a problem with wanting longer hair. Its not consuming my life but it is a goal for my hair. My hair has always grown beautifully and it continues to do so. I agree with this article when she says the naysayers are basically pessimistic in their views. I also don’t understand why one person’s goals bother some people so much. Its not your hair, move along.

Sherry
Sherry

I completely agree, Imani. Having hair goals is an individual choice and no one should be mocked for it. I think more people than those who mention it, have length desires too but prefer not mentioning it. There’s nothing wrong with having multiple goals.

Carolina De Jesus

Healthy hair

Roneisha Monae

Since my hair is already pretty healthy, yes length is my goal now.

Tiara Kibby

Yes it is. My 2nd biggest goal is health of my mane!

Joslyn Steelers

No I cut too much… I just want healthy hair

Chrischell Denim-ink Smith

I recently just had to let go the thought and effort of having long hair. All I want is thick and healthy hair, length is a reward for me lol

Deondra Davis

I don’t look at hair length as the biggest goal, but I do consider it into my goal as I’m accomplishing whatever goal I set that year!

Anita McGriff

Healthy, thick, then length

Kiki Rin

nope, the longer it gets the harder i find it to deal with. routine and everything else goes out window! i like the idea but in reality i find its more work then i want

Shamecki McCoy

It is for me. If my hair is healthy then I will accomplish my goal, if it’s not then I have to get it healthy.

Uglyy Betty

Yes it is so what

Lasonia E Johnson

Healthy hair and try different styles…I don’t care about hair length…to long will only cause me to cut it…

Andrea Angie Tater

YES!!! health and length

Nataucha Gray

No health hair is my goal.

Vicki Steverson

Nope length does not matter.

Blessedfrom Above

That’s my goal is thick, long & healthy…27 inches within 3 yrs

iammastar21
iammastar21

Sorry but that’s unrealistic . In your first three years natural the most you can get is 18 inches that is IF your hair grows an AVERAGE OF 6 inches per year AND you have a good hair routine that works . Hair Routine and trims play a big part as well . Also this is determined by your terminal length . If your terminal length lasts 3 years then you may get 18 inched .

Erica Ann Norman

My daughter is mixed so I liked this page in order to get pointers on how to care for her hair. In other words, I can’t speak for myself. However, as an outsider looking in I must say, I absolutely love the TWA look! I also love the natural hair. I think that more and more these days, short is in and HEALTHY is the goal 😉

Sondra Rudd

My goal is healthy & strong hair…Ive had breast cancer and lost ALL of my hair, so just having healthy & strong hair is a real blessing for me…

Starr Jay

At this point yes

MzLdy Sunshyne Bethea

My hair is healthy so yes length is my goal

Cleopatra Jones Best

hair length as well as the health and thickness is my goal. so far the longer it gets the thickness comes with it. im blessed.

Kelly Hall

Health is first. My hair grows so slowly, so I’m not stressing about length. My hair is attractive and flexible at it’s current length, so I’m happy!

LaRita Smith

It is annoying to read about so many wanting long hair. Reading about women taking a day to detangle or never trimming ends because they nervous about losing an inch or shedding. Please. All hair grows in phases at its own pace. Healthy hair that is well maintained will get longer but obsessing will get your nowhere.

Bernetta Nelson

No. Healthy hair is more important. Length should be secondary.

Sonya Rice

No long HEALTHY hair is my goal. 🙂

Sapphire T Mc Burnie

Nothing wrong with wanting long hair but I want health and body!

Pia Shantee

yes. yes it is.

Joyce Sims

Why is bothering people to know that others want length? So what?! Hell yea I want health and length, that should not bother anyone! Ur hair goals are all ur own. Dont judge others because we all think differently, my God made us that way! Natural is still natural!!

Timetre Pratcher

No I want healthy thick hair not too long but at least to my shoulders so I can have a little more options when it comes to styling If length is someone’s goal it’s their hair so good luck and post pics please 🙂

Amml Icandi

Healthy hair..with healthy hair…the length will come. 🙂

Teea Lynn

No my goal is thick and healthy I dont care about length.

Sharonda Gray-white

Yes. Health and length

Felicia McKenzie

Love her hair!

Audri Ruff

health and proper styling is my goal …length not my first thought

Olive Skovski

yes it is my biggest goal..length and health..

Nedgie Dorval

Health and length is my goal

Jazmine Ladybug Gomez

It’s my goal right now