2008 BSL Challenge
Ok… If y’all frequent nappturality then you know that back in December I started a Bra Strap Hair-Length Challenge. Basically, I invited anyone who was in striking distance of growing their hair (kitchen/nape area) to reach their bra strap within the next year to join me in charting their progress toward this goal. To my surprise there were a lot of women who joined the challenge, and I was delighted to have the company.
At first I thought I had six inches to go to reach this goal, but turns out I was only like two inches away. With 1/2-inch growth per month, I figured I my hair would reach bra strap length by April. I had intended to do updates every two months. But I’m antsy about this so I’ve been doing updates every month.
Well from month-to-month it doesn’t look like a lot of progress. But when I compared January’s length to a picture I took today, you can clearly see the how well I’m retaining length. I’m actually grazing BSL. That means that my lower layers should be comfortably at BSL by next month this time.
I’ll tell ya, I’m really excited about this. No time in my life has my hair ever been this long. I always knew I had the potential to grow my hair long, I just didn’t know how. But proof is in the naps baby. My hair has never been healthier or longer than it is right now. Wearing my protective styles for the past two years is really paying off. I’m starting to see the length and fullness with that length that I so desire to have. So here are the pics. I’ll keep y’all updated from here on out on my progress. Once I reach this goal, I intend to work on growing out my layers, so I’ll hold the line at BSL for one year to allow the rest of my hair to catch up. Right now, the hair in my crown is about shoulder length and from there I have some hair that’s about APL, that’s armpit length for those of y’all that don’t know hair board lingo. So I figure this time next year, all my hair will be BSL.
Well I’ve rambled enough. Here are the comparison pics. I hope they’re an inspiration to anyone who desires longer hair. You can get there too, if you’re willing to have the patience to learn to care for and nurture your precious naps. Be nice to them and they’ll definitely reward you as mine has done for me.