Thursday, December 2, 2010


Hello fabulous naturals!

Previously I shared tips on documenting your hair using photographs.  Since then I've come to realize how very helpful this can be.  Here is a bit more on using photographs to document your hair journey from the lovely Chicoro.  Here is what she says:

Photographs serve as a visual record of your hair.  Candid photographs, meaning those you take while doing something like partying or at the amusement park are great.  But, they are not the best photos when you are trying to document your hair growth.  Why? your goal is to take and have consistent , "noiseless" photos.  Free of distractions, These types of photos allow you to focus solely on your hair.  There are 6 (six) keys to help to get these types of photos:

KEY 1 :  Try to take the pictures in the same place , every time.  That place should not have wallpaper or pictures that can get in the way.  Try to find a wall with a light paint color or hang a curtain.  Stay away from very dark backgrounds.  They can obscure your hair because your hair will disappear in the background.

KEY 2 :  Try to use the same shirt or same type of shirt.  Avoid shirts with dark lettering.  Your hair may be the same length or level of the writing and disappear into the printed lettering obscuring your hair.  Ideally, a white T-shirt is great. If you loose it , it is very easy to find or buy something similar.  Once to start gaining length choose your bottoms or pants just as carefully.

KEY 3:  Try to take photos in a well lit room.  This will help with the clarity of the photo.  If you can't see it , its not worth it.  

KEY 4:  Try to stand in the same position and hold your head in the same position, especially for back shots.  Stand up as straight as you can , drop relax and  your shoulders and don't lean your head to the side back or front.

KEY 5:  Try to take a picture of the left side, the right side and the back of your head.  The front, and top of your head and ends each and every time you photograph your hair.  If your trouble shots are your hairline or napeline , take close ups of those areas as well.

KEY 6:  Retain these pictures digitally in one place so that you can retrieve them easily.

Why do this? If you do follow these keys, you will be able to create comparison pictures to see your progress.  It may stop you from cutting your hair during a moment of disappointment. Photos serve as a record to show you how far you've come.  If you are going to take photos of your hair make them useful , and praticial to help support you on your hair journey.

Many thanks to the fabulous Chicoro, for sharing this with the natural hair community.

When I read this I thought this may be  helpful to those fabulous naturals looking to gain serious length. 
Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember to stay naturally fabulous!

                                                                 TAKE CARE :) 


Coilybella said...

great great tips. I like the one with wearing the same clothing. I have to remember that one.
Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

@Tinuke...Sure thing! I'm glad you found them helpful. Take care.

ChocolateOrchid said...

Oh, these are awesome photography tips. I always feel like my hair photos are lacking. I will use these tips next time.

Unknown said...

@ChocolateOrchid..Arent they !...So glad you found them to be of benefit.

And as always CO thanks a bunch for stopping by, take care.

nappy headed black girl said...

I never thought about taking my pictures in the same place every time but it makes perfect sense.

When you keep the background consistent it's easier to focus on the hair growth.

Thanks for posting.

Unknown said...

@Nappyheadedblackgirl...doesn't it!
I hope you recieved my email thanking you for my lovely winnings, can't wait to get started reading it :)

Thanks for stopping by kay, take care.

nappy headed black girl said...

Yep, I got it...and it was my pleasure! ;-)