How to Make a Length-Check T-Shirt

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Many women are eager to see their hair grow to amazing lengths, but measuring that progress can be difficult, especially without the right tools. A length-check T-shirt is a plain T-shirt that you make into a measuring tool for hair length. With just a few materials, anyone can make a T-shirt that will not only help estimate hair measurement, but will provide a simple way to record those measurements.

Things You'll Need

  • T-shirt
  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Choose a plain, light-color T-shirt without words or designs on the back.

  • Slip a piece of cardboard into your shirt so that it fills out the shirt without stretching it or leaving too much room on the inside. Smooth your shirt over the cardboard and lay it out on a flat area with the back of the shirt facing you.

  • Lay your ruler down the middle of the shirt so that the ruler is vertical. Trace the ruler, making a line 12 inches long down the center of the shirt with your permanent marker. Make sure the line is dark enough so that it can be easily seen.

  • Leave the ruler where it is. Make small notches with your marker along the 1-inch or 1/2-inch marks on the ruler so that the notches are visible on the shirt when you remove the ruler. Make notches all the way down the vertical line.

  • Turn the ruler so that it is horizontal and line it up to the first notch along the vertical line that you drew. Draw a horizontal line by tracing the ruler, meeting and passing the notch that you drew.

  • Continue to draw horizontal lines, matching them up with the notches that you made on your vertical line. Number the horizontal lines, one number for each inch or half-inch that they represent.

  • Put the shirt on and let your hair fall. Have someone write the date on the line that your hair falls to. Record the date whenever you try on your shirt and your hair touches a new line on the shirt.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your hair is curly, you may want to straighten or wet it before measuring it. If you do, make sure that you straighten or wet it every time you measure.
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