Hair Length Goals

Lenght Goals

I was watching Act like a lady, Think like a man in the cinema with a bunch of my friends and the following questions came up in the movie: what are your short term goals? what are your long term goals?
I smiled to myself because it reminded me of advice I received at the beginning of my hair journey.  Advice about the importance of short term and long term goals when you start a hair journey.


The first and most essential goal on a hair journey must be to improve the health of your hair.  Having long hair which is unhealthy looking, badly damaged and very thin is not a good idea.
A popular saying on hair care forums is “health before length”.   When you start your hair journey, you should focus on preventing further damage, restoring the moisture levels of your hair and preventing excessive breakage.
Having a hair regimen will help you achieve such goals.
Most ladies on a hair journey notice an improvement in the health, look, feel and thickness of their hair before they begin to see an increase in length.


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When your regimen is in full swing and you are beginning to notice an improvement in its health, you can move on to setting your length goals.
If you’re going to start a journey you might as well have some sort of length destination, however short or long.
Also having a length goal will help to keep you motivated on your hair journey.

The picture above shows the hair length chart and acronyms used on many hair care forums.
If you are currently neck length for example and have a mid back length goal, it may seem a bit daunting and unattainable.
Well to make the journey feel less like mission impossible, it is advisable that you set short term length goals whilst keeping your long term goal at the back of your mind.  It simply makes the journey feel more achievable.

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My goal at the start of my journey was to have healthy APL (armpit length) hair.  When I got close to reaching that length I thought, “hhmm actually BSB (below shoulder blade) would be nice”.
When I got to BSB the greed monster took over and I set a long term goal of waist length.
In the short term  however, I focused on first getting to BSL ( bra strap length) and then to MBL (mid back length).  Having short term goals made the journey to waist length that much easier.

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Have you started or thinking of starting a hair journey?  If yes, tell me, what are your short term goals? What are your long term goals?


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  1. blisca
    October 30, 2013 / 7:03 am

    My short term goal is. Airmpit length,my hair is shoulder length long term goal is waist length

  2. Sunny
    November 3, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    My short term goal is to have full waist length hair. Currently, my hair is somewhat of a U-shape, but I would love it if the shape could be more pronounced or better yet if all ends could reach the goal length to look like a blunt cut.

    My long term goal is to be somewhere between tail-bone length and hip length.

    p.s. Thank you for creating this blog!

  3. Neisha
    September 25, 2014 / 3:03 pm

    My short term goal is to have full shoulder length hair, the front and sides of my hair are neckline length and the back is shoulder length. My long term goal is to have armpit length hair, i won’t let it get longer than that because it will be too difficult for me to manage.

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  5. elmas
    January 10, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    My short term goal is armpit length while my long term goal is waist length

  6. nonye wilson
    October 5, 2015 / 11:55 am

    my short term goal is to have my full and healthy hair back

  7. Whitney
    February 1, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    My short term goal is to get my hair to my shoulder also to be healthy,and my long term goal is to get my hair after my bra line cause am tall lol.i just started my hair journey last year and this year am trying to get a really healthy hair

  8. Jhonda
    February 20, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    I have fine, wavy APL hair–grazing BSB (never saw that term till I read this site lol). Short term goals: BSL, WL. Long term: the impressive, yet daunting TBL! And I cannot wait to reach my ultimate goal! So excited to be seeing swift progress of my hair. Luckily health was quick to achieve since I’ve been kinda particular about my tresses anyways. Now I surpassed my former shoulder length in October (hair just was growing slowly a year or so ago) and will be hitting BSB before the month is over. To be honest I do use growth aids, and will restart the inversion method after my trim today. I am impatient lol, but very hopeful God will bless me with the Repunzel like hair I always wanted.

    Lade, lovely hair you got there and congrats on your success! You also have a very helpful site and I appreciate us sisters looking out for each other. Let’s kill those stereotypes lol! I have a feeling I will be catching up to you by September. :) Will let you know when I do!

    Good luck all!

    • Lade
      June 13, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      thank you sooooooo much Jhonda
      I am definitely up for looking out for my sisters because fellow sisters on blogs and youtube saved me from permanent hair loss when the professionals I had seen were unable to offer ANY help

      TBL wow…..I am sure it will look amazing when you get there. Good luck with all the methods and the regimen that will get you to your goal lengths


  9. Jemie
    April 5, 2016 / 9:51 am

    My short term goal is to have a bra strap length and for long term waist kength, but am currently almost at my neck length as I am 5months post my big chop.

    • Lade
      June 13, 2016 / 9:57 pm


      Congrats on your big chop, enjoy your hair as much as possible on the journey to waist length.

  10. Njanjo
    May 19, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    My short term goal is to have HEALTHY armpit length hair. Long term goal is bra strap length. Dunno if I’ll be able to manage it any longer…but I guess we’ll see how it goes.
    I just want my hair healthy for now

    • Lade
      June 13, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      I know what you mean, when I reached my goal of waist length I decided I wouldn’t cut my hair and just let it get longer but I soon realised that I really wasn’t willing to manage hair longer than waist length.

      Hope your hair journey goes well

  11. Lilo
    June 6, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Im late lol but my short term goal is bra strap length (im below shoulder blade/approaching bsl now so im almost there)! And my long term goal is mid back length. Ive had this goal since I was neck length so Im really excited because Im sooo close to reaching it!

    Idk if I’ll try to reach waist length but we’ll see. :)

    • Lade
      June 13, 2016 / 9:47 pm


      I remember how excited I used to get at the though of reaching my length goals.
      I hope you get to your long term goal soon.

  12. precious
    June 30, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Hi Lade.
    Wow! I saw your 2012 hair length, that was three yrs in your healthy hair journey. Amazing.
    Well i dont know about mine. I started my healthy hair journey in September 2015 ( SL), and i dont seems to get enough good products though, location and maybe funds to order. But i guess whatever I’m doing and product I get is working cos my hair is better than before (APL). Athough still breaks a lot. I know I will get there cos my goal is WL. Many thanks to you.

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