ponytail test - what is your circumference?

Mine is 8 cm (3.1 inches)
highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

Pre-poo: coconut oil
wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
RO + LI: different every time
Styler: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB

dislikes: glycerin in low dews, scissor happy stylists, magnesium sulfate

(modified) CG since june 25, 2012
Hiarfinity + extra MSM since March 5., 2014

SL - APL - BSBL- BSL - MBL - WL (stretched)


  • GotitorDontGotitorDont Posts: 26Registered Users
    I just recently heard about ponytail circumference, are you supposed to measure it when your hair is freshly washed or (for us tighter curl patterns) after stretching it? Such as with a twist-out. Or am I supposed to measure my hair when it's straight (like it is now)?
    Hair type: 4b with 3c on top
    High density, medium porosity, thick with medium width strands, back grows faster than front

    Length: APL | BSL | MBL | WL
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Most of my strands are moderately coarse with some medium mixed in and I measure a 4 inch ponytail circumference.
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    I really think the ponytail test as a measure of density is somewhat misleading. A person with coarse hair is going to measure higher than someone with the same "density" (that is, hairs per square inch) but finer hairs. I think it can be useful to measure against hair loss in any given individual, but as a matter of comparison it's not very accurate. It's also very difficult to measure in exactly the same way every single time, so measurements can vary. That said, mine is 5", give or take a bit.
    3a/b, F, normal porosity

    Suave conditioner, LAL gel