My hair was 5 inches long Oct 26,2011. It is now 8.5 inches long 7 mo later. Not long, but getting there! (I also had 2 trims to get it one length during that time). i have fine hair, so my hair gets straw-like at the ends after a few months, and then it tangles and knots, even using detangler and heat protector. I just keep a picture, like you have, of someone with my hair type with BSL, and I look at it ehen i feel it will never get long. It helps.