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By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Some days I want to chop my hair down to a few inch­es.  Oth­er days I want my hair to mag­i­cal­ly grow down to my butt over night.  In short, I can get bored with my length from time to time, and I know some oth­er nat­u­rals can relate.  Some­times a tem­po­rary “length change” is all that is need­ed to get me out of this phase.  Here are some ideas to help you cope if you are in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion:

1. Rock a short or long wig

The beau­ty about wigs is that they can instant­ly change your look – and your length.  If you tem­porar­i­ly want short­er tress­es, try wear­ing a cute wig that is short­er than your hair.  If you tem­porar­i­ly want longer tress­es, rock a cute wig that is longer than your hair.  Wigs come in so many dif­fer­ent styles the­se days and even in tex­tures sim­i­lar to our nat­u­ral hair.  Go to the store or online and play with a cou­ple!

2. Get braid/twist exten­sions

One thing I like about braid (or twist) exten­sions is that you can essen­tial­ly hide your real hair for up to three months and for­get about your length.  Then at the point when you remove the exten­sions, you are prob­a­bly eager to get back to your cur­rent length … or may­be, bet­ter yet, pleas­ant­ly sur­prised at the amount of growth you have retained in those few months.  Do, how­ev­er, remem­ber to take care of your real hair (mois­tur­ize, deep con­di­tion, etc.) while in exten­sions.  

3. Embrace hair shrink­age

Now if you are going through a phase in which you want short­er hair, embrac­ing your shrink­age is prob­a­bly one of the sim­plest ways (oth­er than a short wig) to do it.  Some­times I desire the “short­er” look, so I wet my hair and pur­pose­ly rock super shrunk­en twists or (on rare occa­sions) a shrunk­en fro.  Oth­er times, I allow my stretched, unsep­a­rat­ed twist-out to shrink into tight coils over sev­er­al days.  Do any method that works for your tress­es, and if you need any ideas, check out this ear­lier post on embrac­ing shrink­age.

4. Add length with Mar­ley braid hair

Mar­ley braid hair is one of the cheap­est exten­sion hairs you can find that blends well with most nat­u­ral tex­tures.  Because of that char­ac­ter­is­tic, Mar­ley braid hair can be used to cre­ate the illu­sion of longer, big­ger hair.  With­in a few min­utes, you can have a longer pony­tail, a big­ger bun, or fuller updo … all tem­po­rary, of course.  Check out this post for style ideas involv­ing Mar­ley braid hair.

5. For­get about length and immerse your­self in oth­er pri­or­i­ties

This sug­ges­tion may sound a bit sil­ly con­sid­er­ing that this is a hair care site and many of us are here to read about or dis­cuss hair.  How­ev­er, if your desire for long hair has got­ten to the point where you are doing length checks every­day, might I sug­gest shift­ing your focus to oth­er things so as to ease your obses­sion?  Get to that spir­i­tu­al jour­ney you have been putting off.  Get to read­ing that nov­el you have been delay­ing.  Get to that clos­et cleanout, exam prepa­ra­tion, online dat­ing pro­file, book writ­ing, what­ev­er.  Have you heard the say­ing that “a watched pot nev­er boils”? Well, immers­ing your­self in oth­er pri­or­i­ties can help you refrain from star­ing at that pot every sec­ond.

Ladies, what do you do when you are bored with your length?


Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/

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12 Comments on "5 Things to Do When You’re Bored With Your Length"

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I just cut it real­ly short and then I don’t have to think about it again until it’s long again!


@Paula — I’ve done this on more than one occa­sion, and con­sid­er it at least once every cou­ple of weeks, lol.

Nappy4C Rocks

#3 all the way…YAY shrink­age! of course #5

Ugonna Wosu
“oth­er pri­or­i­ties” can also mean oth­er hair pri­or­i­ties. My hair is about APL right now, but when my jour­ney start­ed my goal wasn’t about length. It was about “health”. I enjoyed the heck out of main­tain­ing mois­ture, shine, keep­ing away split ends, how my hair would feel after mois­tur­iz­ing and seal­ing, deep con­di­tion­ing, etc. THOSE were my “hair pri­or­i­ties”, and I nev­er thought of length as any­thing but icing on the cake. Then sud­den­ly I got that icing and became part of my enjoy­ment. I think in life, when you’re not “obsess­ing” with your goal and you don’t “need” it… Read more »

If we all did #5, we would find the hap­pi­ness that hair just can’t give us! And we would save mon­ey!


I agree with every­thing here, but I espe­cial­ly agree with #5. Only because it was a lesson learned. Long hair isn’t every­thing, and when you put so much focus on that alone you for­get that nat­u­ral hair is essen­tial­ly a jour­ney, not a des­ti­na­tion to long hair. That would get incred­i­bly frus­trat­ing. It’s so impor­tant to keep that aspect in mind, enjoy it for what it is, and to just move right along. :-)


Whose pic­ture is that? Her hair is AMAZING!!


That’s xoD­VF on YouTube. Agreed, beau­ti­ful hair!


Thank you so much!!!

La Jaconde

Great exam­ple of long kinky hair with­out heat train­ing and her mes­sage about inner and out­er health and beau­ty is real­ly won­der­ful. Every­one should check her out if you haven’t already. Def­i­nite­ly one of my favorite youtu­bers.


#5 is cor­rect haha. Ofcourse noth­ing wrong with look­ing at hair arti­cles, i find it fun, and i always refer friends who are look­ing for hair advice + tips to this site and yt vids. This just puts things in per­spec­tive.


I like #5:

5. For­get about length and immerse your­self in oth­er pri­or­i­ties

For real ladies