View Full Version : My 1st year on LHC is up! (extremely pic heavy)

February 18th, 2013, 01:13 PM
Hi there fellow LHCers! I've been inspired by so many anniversary threads during my time here and now is the time for my very own one. According to my profile it's been exactly 1 year since I joined this lovely community and I do not regret it one bit!

When I joined my hair was chemically dyed almost black and heavily layered. My hair was about BSL and very dry. I had had huge problems with static for years and you can see that from my hair ends. My hair had been long but I had cut it to between shoulder length and APL in 2009 and kept it there, just kept cutting more layers in there. After a while I realised I don't like layers and decided to grow my length back. That's how I found the community!

Here is my hair still slightly wet on February 21st 2012:

And these pictures were taken a day later:

I started learning a little bit about haircare, had stopped using hair elastics (and it will take a long time to grow out that damage) and experimented with hairsticks and forks. I am addicted to hair forks now btw!

I reached waist in May 2012:

And I reached hip in November 2012. Since December I've been cutting off my growth and maintaining at hip to get rid of my layers. There's still a long way to go but I'll keep doing this a little bit until I start growing to my possibly ultimate goal of TBL. And happy news, my hair mostly isn't dry anymore and I have had zero problems with static anymore! This picture was taken today:

And here's something a bit more posey. Surely it's ok to pose with one's hair once a year!

To be continued...

February 18th, 2013, 01:15 PM
Ö continues!

Another change I did was stopping dyeing my hair and growing natural. I last dyed my hair in the end of year 2011 so I've been dye free now for almost 14 months. Here's my progress (sorry some of the pics are a bit big):

February 24th 2012:

April 23rd:

June 14th:

August 9th:

October 25th:

December 30th (exactly 1 year after dyeing last):

I havenít taken newer pictures of my demarcation like but you can try and spy it from my new hair pictures above. I'm so much happier with my hair color now that it's virgin. I think it suits me much better and the keep up is free!

In the end here are some old pictures which will work as my hair inspiration. This is me in 2008-2009 before I cut my hair to shoulder-APL and dyed it. Also I had benign neglected my hairdye aka hadn't dyed in atleast 2 years before that. You can see my demarcation line at about collarbone.

Me playing pirate (late 2008/early2009):

Me playing boardgames with my friends (I'm the one with my back against the camera, February 13th 2009):

I hope I gave hope to someone who thinks their hair doesn't growfast. My hair has been growing only 0,5 - 1 cm a month and I've still gotten somewhere. :)

February 18th, 2013, 01:31 PM
Ocelan what an incredible journey you have shared so far! :blossom: Your hair is gorgeous and what a huge difference it looks, and how much more shiny it looks. Keep up the good work! Cheers! :beerchug:

February 18th, 2013, 01:43 PM
Wow your hair looks so much better! Keep it up!:D

February 18th, 2013, 01:56 PM
Ahhh great! Your hair story definitely gives me hope! It barely grew for a long time (now it does, it even has a growth spurt). I'm impatient...
Your hair looks lovely!!

February 18th, 2013, 02:06 PM
Thanks for sharing! Your hair looks so healthy now :)

I've noticed your black dye has faded a lot, did you do anything to speed that up?

February 18th, 2013, 02:32 PM
Ocelan, your hair looks super after a year of LHC care (thanks for all the pics; these posts are my favorite) -- I have the same question as sihaya. As another former colorer, I'm wondering how the dye seems to blend so well with your natural color?

February 18th, 2013, 02:40 PM
So, I am in the dillema of growing out my natural or not, and my hair is black. I am thinking you have sort of inspired me!!! I might just give it a go, however I will be touching up my roots with a lighter shade gradually so it blends smoothly.
Thanks for the nonchalant inspiration, Especially since our skin tones seem similar, and same with eye color/natural color. :D :D Your hair looks great btw.

February 18th, 2013, 02:44 PM
Correction: You have REALLY inspired me!!

February 18th, 2013, 02:55 PM
your natural colour is beautiful!

February 18th, 2013, 03:05 PM
this is really inspirational, I'm currently growing out black hair and I'm almost 5months dye free :D looks good! and well done :D all the best wishes!

February 18th, 2013, 04:22 PM
Your hair is lovely.

February 18th, 2013, 06:50 PM
Your hair is so shiny and looks so much healthier, it's amazing what some tips from TLHC can do :) Kudos for growing out the dye, I know it can be really tough. Keep up the good work!

February 18th, 2013, 07:04 PM
Your hair is an inspiration for me to look at, as I am also growing out my hair from a nearly black dye. I had dyed mine black in hopes it would fade close to my natural color (which is a dark ashy brown) as the time passed, and would make growing out my virgin color a little easier. Yours has faded beautifully, and it just looks as though you have partaken in the ombre fad.

Beautiful hair!

February 18th, 2013, 08:06 PM
Wow, your natural haircolor is gorgeous! Good decision to grow out natural. And you've made lots of progress in growing your hair as well. Congratulations! :D :thumbsup:

February 18th, 2013, 08:40 PM
Gorgeous hair! And I looooove your natural hair color :)

February 18th, 2013, 09:47 PM
The length you've gained is really inspiring!! And your hair is gorgeous--you're right, you do look better with your natural color. You make a great pirate, too... With your long, straight hair, you remind me of Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Carribbean!

February 18th, 2013, 09:54 PM
You're an inspiration triple-threat! :lol:

-Tons of length gained
-Big improvement in quality and condition of your hair
-Gracefully growing out dye

Your natural color really is coming in beautifully! Congrats on all your progress! :)

February 19th, 2013, 01:46 AM
You have definitely given me hope as I think my hairs grows at a glacial pace. Your hair is lovely- congrats! :-)

February 19th, 2013, 02:58 AM
Congrats on one year! Your natural colour is so beautiful.

February 19th, 2013, 03:15 AM
Very pretty hair, congrats on one year here. :)

February 19th, 2013, 04:36 AM
Congrats! It's looking so healthy and beautiful now, and you've gained so much length!

February 19th, 2013, 05:57 AM
Very good work! Your hair looks fabulous and your natural color is so pretty! :)

February 19th, 2013, 06:13 AM
Wow, you're a very beautiful lady and with gorgeous hair to boot! I only hope that you continue with long hair till your 6ft deep! ;)

The Pirate Photo was Shmexy! lol

February 19th, 2013, 09:28 AM
Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments! It really warmed my heart to read them after a long day at work :) Here's some cake and cookies to everyone! :cake::cookie::cookie::cookie:

To those who asked about my hairdye fading: I didn't do anything special to speed up the hairdye fading. Only thing resembling something to do to fade the dye that I think I've read about and that I kinda have done is CO washing and the occasional SMTs, but I have always heated up the honey in my SMT so no honey lightening there. I didn't even spend much time outside with my hair not covered last summer to get any sun lightening. Red pigments like to stick to my hair like glue so that's mainly what's left from my dark dye. The actual dark color has really lightened well I must say myself. :blossom:

February 19th, 2013, 12:23 PM
congratulations for your first anniversary!
I like your natural color, and the reddish brown tint from the fade out black as well. This creates some interesting color combination...

February 19th, 2013, 03:55 PM
Is it just me, or...the first thought that came to my mind that how on earth did you grow from waist to hip in 6 months? I'm green with envy. It takes me an entire year, at the 1cm/month rate. Seriously...:D
Anyway, I love your outdoor color and your hair is beautiful all in all.

February 19th, 2013, 05:34 PM
Great progress, your hair looks a lot better in many ways!
I think your natural color suits you much better than the black. You must be very patient to just leave the dye to grow out and not try to lighten it. :D
Just a thought that came to mind, have you noticed more hairs growing in after you quit the dye so that the virgin part is thicker than the dyed length? Or is it just me :o

February 20th, 2013, 01:04 AM
A m a z i n g Ocelan, you have gotten so far! And your natural color is so pretty, it looks super soft and so shiny too.

Love love love the pirate pic, I think your hair will be there again before you know it!:cheer:

February 20th, 2013, 07:50 AM
Thank you again girls! :)

AngryVikingGirl, my thinnest part of waist and hip are very close together, it was only about 7 cm and at that point I grew at 1 cm or in the beginning a bit more than that in a month. The way from hip to TBL will take so much longer now that my growth has slowed down and there's 14 cm to go, yikes! (Not to mention me clipping away all the growth to get rid of layers...)

Nebulae, my new growth isn't long enough to fully reach a ponytail yet, but I think I see less broken hairs and the virgin hair seems healthier. So I don't expect a huge difference in thickness, but I have noticed my layers and ponytail elastic damage moving down so there should atleast be less taper in the end, it remains to be seen years from now. I don't think I will gain more than 0,5-1 cm more thickness if I gain any due to quitting dyeing.

February 20th, 2013, 08:43 AM
Your hair is very pretty. And your natural hair colour too. I am also amazed by your beautiful braids and updo's when I see them.

February 20th, 2013, 08:48 AM
So inspiring! I joined LHC a month after you, and stopped bleaching a month before that, so our journey is quite similar. It is very inspiring to see the progress on someone else!

July 27th, 2013, 05:36 AM
Your hair is so beautiful! The condition of it is perfect and is so different from the early photos you posted at the beginning. I am also currently growing out my black (which seems to be taking forever!:rolleyes:) but I have gone dye free for about a year and a half now and am desperate for my hair to be completely au naturel:).....until I henna it an auburn red;)
Keep going, your hair is fab x

July 27th, 2013, 06:37 AM
Wow! Your hair looks great, and your natural color is fantastic. :flower:

July 27th, 2013, 10:00 AM
Oh, looks like someone dug this old thread up! Thankee for the comments and here I am still growing! :)

Let's have a bonus picture of my crown braid waves from today. :)

July 27th, 2013, 10:02 AM
Very inspirational. I'm a slow grower as well, so it's good to see that progress can be made! It'd be great to see some new pics, if you have any! :)

July 27th, 2013, 12:48 PM
I will be taking a new monthly length shot in a few days (for the 2013 Monthly length shot thread), but for now I have a lenght shot with body markers and dates when they were achieved to show from nearly a month ago. Since starting this thread I've trimmed only once for about 2/3 inches (1.8 cm) and grown some.

July 27th, 2013, 02:38 PM
You have such incredibly beautiful hair. I love your natural color. You're so fortunate.

July 27th, 2013, 05:18 PM
Your hair looks amazing! Your natural color is gorgeous and it really suits you. Some amazing growth you've gotten there :D

July 27th, 2013, 06:00 PM
It's so inspiring to see this kind of progress, where it's an improvement in condition as well as an increase in length. Love seeing the shine and smoothness, and your natural color is very pretty. Congratulations!

July 27th, 2013, 06:01 PM
Woohoo! This is absolutely inspiring, Ocelan! your virgin colour is beautiful, too :) Congrats to you!

July 28th, 2013, 02:27 AM
Thanks again for your lovely comments, everyone. I was having a bad weekend, but your comments made me feel a lot better. :)

Rose Angel
July 28th, 2013, 02:55 AM
Your hair is incredible. You have seriously shiny hair with a wonderful color/tone. Very beautiful! Suits your skin and your face :)