View Full Version : 8 years on LHC (pics galore)

July 30th, 2013, 05:11 AM
Time sure flies when you're having fun! :cool:

After clicking on a link out of curiosity, I found LHC and within half an hour went from "huh, internet weirdos" to "I want long hair!":D. I joined immediately and set myself a speculative goal or tailbone length. I had no idea if my hair would grow that long - the longest I'd had it was about BSL/midback in my teens. Well, I got to work by hennaing regularly and avoiding trims, as I didn't want to lose any length whatsoever. As I started from a layered haircut, and with occasional S&D sessions, my ends grew into a fairytale, v-shaped hemline. At the same time I fell in love with deep reds, then brighter ones, and started adding temporary/vegetable dyes to my henna (or in between applications).

After reaching my goal length, TB (or BCL, actually), I was lost for a while. It felt like an anticlimax, the length was too awkward to wear down, and some of my trusted updos stopped working. It didn't help that I'd gone through a hairloss period, losing almost an inch of my pony circumference! After getting diagnosed with low ferritin, some iron supplements arrested the loss and my hair started thickening up again. At the same time, I finally made a decision to stop hennaing my hair and let my virgin colour show (I hadn't seen it in decades, having bleached and coloured it blonde in my twenties before taking up red dye and henna). I also realised I was getting close to classic length, so made that a goal, and after reaching it, contemplated FTL. However, seeing that the ends were looking decidedly skinny, especially compared to the new growth which has by now come down to around APL, I recently decided to trim them off and get back to my "ultimate" goal of BCL.

All this thanks to the knowledge, advice and support of the wonderful members of this board, some of whom I have had the fortune to meet in real life! You're all great! :flowers:

Sorry about the pic spam, but as the old albums are kaput, here is a very brief history of Jel's hair to date (Photobucket has been playing up, I hope the sizes are OK!).

How I started, after more than a decade of "professional", sharp styles and blonde dye/bleach highlights:

Bright henna after only 2-3 applications:

I felt that waist would never come! After reaching it, I started adding temp dye highlights - this was Adore:

This was the richest colour I achieved, with Elumen RR@all over the henna, and the last time I coloured my hair in any way (31 Dec 2010):

I have some pics from the growing out period in my blog, and this is a more recent one, very near FTL:

And the freshly trimmed hair (more in the London meet thread):

July 30th, 2013, 05:24 AM
Great photos and beautiful hair! Wow, 8 years is a long time... I'm currently growing out my natural colour too, hope I have as much patience as you! :)

July 30th, 2013, 05:24 AM
Wow, eight years! Congrats! Your hair looks beautiful at every stage, but I must say that in the last one it looks like gorgeous silk!

July 30th, 2013, 05:57 AM
Beautiful progress! Happy hairyversary!

July 30th, 2013, 06:03 AM
I love your hair in every stage, but especially the most recent!

July 30th, 2013, 06:08 AM
Wow, such amazing hair! It looks beautiful in every pic! :)

July 30th, 2013, 06:08 AM
:thudpile: Amazing hair, so shiny and beautiful waves! You are really an inspiration to me, since I'm currently at your starting length.:)

July 30th, 2013, 06:09 AM
I love how soft your hair looks in the last picture. Beautiful!

July 30th, 2013, 06:14 AM
Amazing hair, so shiny and healthy, beautiful natural colour :)

July 30th, 2013, 06:22 AM
:thudpile: Amazing hair, so shiny and beautiful waves!
You beat me to it! Was gonna use the same smiley as well. :D

July 30th, 2013, 06:37 AM
Gosh what wonderfull natural haircolor you got there! I like the red too but your natural color shines so bright and beautiful, glad you will let it grow out

July 30th, 2013, 06:40 AM
Lovely! How soft and shiny. :)

July 30th, 2013, 07:14 AM
Your hair is gorgeous! It looks like silk! Happy 8 year anniversary.

July 30th, 2013, 07:17 AM
Beautiful! I don't think I'd ever seen that first picture before, long hair suits you so much better! :flowers:

July 30th, 2013, 07:23 AM
You are such an inspiration! ^-^ Thanks so much for sharing pics of your beautiful hair with us. :crush:

July 30th, 2013, 07:23 AM
Beautiful hair!! Stunning colour :). Congrats!

July 30th, 2013, 07:55 AM
Your hair is beautiful!

July 30th, 2013, 07:58 AM
Wow I agree, your hair looks so silky in that last picture. I absolutely love the red too! Your hair in any stage is inspiring and beautiful. :)

July 30th, 2013, 12:02 PM
Jel, your hair is absolutely phenomenal! And your natural colour is amazing!
Can you share your current routine please?

July 30th, 2013, 12:20 PM
Your hair looks so healthy! And it has such a pretty colour, too. Really fantastic. :o

July 30th, 2013, 12:40 PM
Wow! Happy anniversary! Thank you for all the pictures-- so neat to see the transition. Your natural color is very beautiful!

July 30th, 2013, 01:28 PM
Happy anniversary! Congratulations on such gorgeous hair! I love your natural color.

July 30th, 2013, 01:48 PM
You've had good progress and nice growth. Your pics and progress in growth and condition of your hair are inspirational.

July 30th, 2013, 02:03 PM
congratulations. 8 years - that's a loooong time :) And your hair is gorgeous!

July 30th, 2013, 02:12 PM
Very inspirational! Your hair is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

July 30th, 2013, 02:13 PM
Congratulations on 8 years. Your hair looks amazing.


July 30th, 2013, 02:37 PM
Thank you so much for your nice comments, everyone! :flowers: I still have another 3-4 years to go until my hair is all virgin at BCL, but I'm enjoying the process!

meteor, my routine is relaxed nowadays. I wash about twice a week with a little shampoo (regular or sulphate free) and condition (cones or cone-free) for a few minutes. Sometimes I put a little oil or Panacea on the ends as a leave-in. Often, I oil heavily the night before the wash...

July 30th, 2013, 02:48 PM
Wow. What a gorgeous head of hair your have! It looks great with henna, I think your natural color is even better. Super inspirational, good luck on your future hair goals.

July 30th, 2013, 02:57 PM
Stunning! Worth of an elven princess :thud:

July 30th, 2013, 03:17 PM
Wow 8 years!!! congratulations , looks lovely as ever.
Never seen your before pictures.

July 30th, 2013, 03:38 PM
Your hair is beautiful.

July 30th, 2013, 05:19 PM
Wow. you've had some amazing colours along the way, but your natural colour is beautiful too. Happy 8th anniversary! :bottomsup:

July 30th, 2013, 05:21 PM
I love the way your hair looks in every pic! Absolutely adore that rich red color. Congratulations!

Beatnik Guy
July 30th, 2013, 05:59 PM
Happy 8th anniversary, Jel! :D


July 30th, 2013, 10:16 PM
I love the red swooshing one! Wow 8 years is a long time!

July 30th, 2013, 11:20 PM

A real success story and looking good!

July 30th, 2013, 11:32 PM
OMG! thank you for the awesome pictures!!! :agape:happy hairiversary :cheer:

July 31st, 2013, 02:24 AM
I want your hair!

July 31st, 2013, 06:56 AM
Truly lovely hair; I've enjoyed watching your progress.

July 31st, 2013, 07:59 AM
Omg I can only wish that when my hair is that long it looks that amazing! 😊

August 1st, 2013, 09:20 AM
your hair looks super healthy after that trim. Congratulations on reaching your goals!

August 1st, 2013, 09:51 AM
BEAUTIFUL! I love both the virgin and henna'd hair

August 1st, 2013, 10:23 AM
Your hair looks beautiful! I love the picture with you swishing your red hair :thud: Congratulations on 8 years your hair looks so soft in the recent picture :) :flower:

August 1st, 2013, 10:30 AM
It was fun reading your post and seeing all the pictures. You've come along way. It just proves what patience and time can do. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

August 1st, 2013, 03:23 PM
wow, your hair is stunning! amazing progress over the years, love your natural hair colour!

August 2nd, 2013, 07:15 AM
Thank you for sharing, very inspiring photos, I think your natural hair colour is so lovely.

August 2nd, 2013, 02:59 PM
Amazing pictures. I love that red color but the blonde is equally, if not more, stunning! :D

August 3rd, 2013, 07:09 PM
beautiful hair in every stage thanks for shareing your journey!:cheer:

August 3rd, 2013, 07:13 PM
Your hair looks so soft and shiny!!

August 4th, 2013, 08:53 AM
Wow, your hair is stunning! So shiny!

August 5th, 2013, 05:06 AM
wow!!!! you have aaaaaaaaaaamazing hair!!!!!!! I'm INLOVE with your natural colour and your length is to die for!!!!!!

August 5th, 2013, 05:11 AM
You joined here a month before I did! :) And your growth and colors are wonderful. Love the last photo of your natural color, it's beautiful.

August 7th, 2013, 02:39 AM
I love these pictures! Your hair is so healthy and it's grown fantastically - it's always so inspirational to see the progress of growth, it gives me hope that my hair will grow at some point :)

August 7th, 2013, 05:24 PM
Your hair is long & beautiful! I love the curls.

August 7th, 2013, 05:49 PM
wow awesome!

August 7th, 2013, 05:55 PM
Very inspirational!

August 7th, 2013, 06:04 PM
Your hair is absolutely beautiful. So shiny and healthy!

August 7th, 2013, 07:38 PM
Wow, so beautiful! :thudpile:

August 7th, 2013, 10:30 PM
This is such an inspiring set of pictures! I love all of looks, but especially the deep magenta and the freshly trimmed, natural colored hair. WOW.

August 7th, 2013, 10:39 PM
I love the "swish" picture. Beautiful hair!

Paranda Belle
August 8th, 2013, 02:23 AM
Wow that is impressive. Even though I've seen it close up at the London meets I'm still impressed by how far you have come.