I am currently brushing hip with a U hemline. When the top of the U reaches hip, I plan to about 2 inches to thicken my hemline and hopefully get rid of a lot of the taper. Then I'll be on my way to TB!!
My current rountine is WO. I've been doing that now for 5 months and really like it. I'm only shedding about 10-20 hairs a day since I started it. I also henna every 2 months.
The last time I cut my hair was January 2006. But before the cut I was at BSL with long layers and I wanted it all one length to grow out. So I had it cut to shoulder length. So from shoulder to hip in 2.5 years isn't bad.