View Full Version : 3 years of growth! above shoulder to waist+

October 8th, 2013, 07:21 AM
Just wanted to share some pics to help inspire my fellow longhairs... found this one of me taken in August 2010, was using hair straighteners then and stopped right about that time:

Just above shoulder length hair
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/donnalouise99/august2010.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/donnalouise99/media/august2010.jpg.html)

Since that photo was taken, i stopped straightening my hair and just grew it all natural, no dye or anything, until it got to mid-back level. Then, 12 months ago i had Yuko straightening to make it permanent straight. I also had it dyed black, you can just about make out my dye line around the level of my cheeks. I don't want to chemical dye again and am going to have a go at henna/indigo.

October2013 picture (these pics taken after stretching my washes, i'm currently on day 5 no wash), 32 inches long

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/donnalouise99/20131008_140147.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/donnalouise99/media/20131008_140147.jpg.html)

from the back:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/donnalouise99/20131008_141424.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/donnalouise99/media/20131008_141424.jpg.html)

I am overweight so don't have much of a waist, but looking at these pics it looks like i could be a little past waist now?

I sooo much wish i wasn't so camera shy when my hair was shorter, i'd have loved more pics to compare with.

Anyway, hope this was an inspiration to others reading this who are aiming for waist lengths. It's certainly renewed my dedication, my goal is to reach classic length.

If anyone else has any 3 year piccies it'd be interesting to compare?!

October 8th, 2013, 07:33 AM
You're hair is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. If I chopped my layers off now I'd have hair the length of yours in the first pic, so you've given me something to look forward to!

October 8th, 2013, 07:36 AM
Oh wowie. I started growing my hair at about the same time. Back in June of 2011 is when I started making a more conscious effort to grow it. That is where I was in my growth; that exact cut. If I hadn't done all the trims (some way unnecessary ones) that's about where I'd be in my growth journey. Your hair really is an inspiration of how you can get somewhere if you just let your hair grow. I threw my scissors away in an attempt to discourage me from cutting my hair for a while (I've had them since the beginning of my growth journey they needed to be replaced I think anyway :p) Maybe get myself some new ones for Christmas and give myself a New Years trim. How often did you have your hair trimmed between those pictures if I may ask? It looks very minimal. Simply lovely. Thank you very much for sharing. Eventually I plan on doing an anniversary thread. Eventually. Hehe. :o

Mustang Suzy
October 8th, 2013, 07:48 AM
Absolutely fabulous Donnalouise! I am trying to get to APL. My goal is waist and I have many inches to go. You are beautiful and your hair is lovely! I tell folks "we all have six pack abs - mine are just insulated really well!"

October 8th, 2013, 07:49 AM
I had to trim off around 0.5 to 1 inch from the bottom, a couple of months after i had the straightening treatment my ends looked fried, that would have been about 10 months ago now. Zero other trims apart from S&D, no microtrimming, no normal trimming, no trips to the hairdressers other than for the straightening, just laziness and neglect... that is over 2 years with no scissors anywhere near me. I only started doing S&D trims in the past 12 months when i noticed a few hairs looking bad but didn't want to have a trim, that's when i researched and found about S&D online and now i do it every so often. The splits do crop up more often nowadays and i have to be more proactive in S&D-ing.

October 8th, 2013, 07:52 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments :).

"insulated six-packs" -hahaha!

Acorn - your hair in your avatar looks beautiful, i love that colour!

October 8th, 2013, 08:04 AM
You made a really good job, this is a great growth :)
And I think your hair could be at hip lenght now, not just waist!

October 8th, 2013, 09:10 AM
That is fantastic! You must be thrilled. My hair is just on my shoulders now - growing out a pixie - and I cannot wait to get to bra-strap length. Gives me some kind of idea how long it might take.

Well done!

October 8th, 2013, 10:11 AM
Yowza! Amazing growth and gorgeous hair. I am biased, but I think that the length really suits you!

Also -- super-healthy looking. You must have taken great care of it. It looks fab and you have a great hemline!

October 8th, 2013, 10:17 AM
Wow great growth!

October 8th, 2013, 10:29 AM
wow, that's awesome! I'm alternately scared that it took so long (OK, 3 years sounds like a long time, and makes me wonder if I can stick it out that long myself!!), and amazed that it grew so much in that time (because that's an amazing amount of growth no matter how you slice it!)

October 8th, 2013, 10:32 AM
Your hair is beautiful!! Your growth is so inspiring, my hair is shoulder length and I am growing to waist length. You give me hope:) Thanks for sharing!!

October 8th, 2013, 10:41 AM
Wow what an inspiration! Your hair looks amazing! I'm growing out a pixie and it's almost to the length your hair was in the first picture, it's nice to see what kind of growth can happen in a couple of years!

October 8th, 2013, 10:54 AM
your hair is beautiful and you are beautiful!

October 8th, 2013, 11:14 AM
Beautiful! :toast:

October 8th, 2013, 11:14 AM
Your hair looks just stunning and so healthy! I'd say you're at least hip length :)

October 8th, 2013, 11:43 AM
Your hair looks fabulous. In three years your hair has grown a lot and looks great.

October 8th, 2013, 11:46 AM
Your hair looks fabulous and it's come along ways. I hope you many more happy growing anniversaries.

October 8th, 2013, 11:59 AM
Hi donnalouise, very inspiring. I think the comparison between just these 2 photos is just amazing. Very nice hair growth;)

October 8th, 2013, 12:08 PM
Thanks for all the lovely messages :), it's so nice to hear from people who appreciate my hair rather than those who keep asking me when i'm going to go and get it cut!

October 8th, 2013, 12:12 PM
Beautiful hair donnalouise!!

October 8th, 2013, 12:13 PM
Beautiful hair on a beautiful woman. Inspiring. Thank you for sharing:)

October 8th, 2013, 12:15 PM
Thanks for all the lovely messages :), it's so nice to hear from people who appreciate my hair rather than those who keep asking me when i'm going to go and get it cut!

Yeah, that gets old fast. I appreciate it and I know others really get inspired seeing your growth. We are at the right place:applause:

October 8th, 2013, 12:17 PM
Wow, that's some gorgeous hair! Well done on the growth and health and thanks so much for the pics- I love seeing how good other people's hair grows, ot's such a motivation. :-)

October 8th, 2013, 12:29 PM
Your hair looks wonderful. And I'd say that it's definitely past waist. It may even be at hip or close to it anyway.

October 8th, 2013, 03:40 PM
Your hair looks gorgeous! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration.

October 8th, 2013, 04:25 PM
Your hair looks awesome!:bounce:And I can really see how nice the Yuko treatment looks here.

October 8th, 2013, 05:29 PM
You have beautiful hair!! Very pretty. Nice growth!!

Lady Mary
October 8th, 2013, 05:42 PM
Beautiful! Very inspiring, such growth! Congrats :)

October 8th, 2013, 06:28 PM
The difference is amazing! I love how pictures can show such drastic differences. You had a LOT of growth. I have a question though, did you notice any damage from the straightening treatment? It's out of the question for my pixie/bob cut, but much later when I have more length, I might think about it.

October 9th, 2013, 12:39 AM
I did get a little damage with the yuko, I had to cut off around 0.5 to 1 inch from the ends around two months after the treatment. Overall it gave the impression of my hair being MORE healthy though, smooth and silky. The yuko people always claim its not damaging, but don't believe them... All straightening is damaging and even my strong hair had fried ends that didn't show up for a couple of months. The main benefit is that you cut down on the amount of heat damage long term. .. One big straightening session vs hundreds of potential blowdry and straightener every time I wash.

October 9th, 2013, 01:25 AM
You and your hair are both beautiful! :-)

October 9th, 2013, 10:40 AM
Fabulous haiiir!:o So smooth and shiny!!

October 9th, 2013, 05:14 PM
Thanks for all the kind comments :).

"insulated six-packs" -hahaha!

Acorn - your hair in your avatar looks beautiful, i love that colour!

*blushes* Thank you. That was with chemical dye back in 2008. One of the best photo shoots of my life with my sis. The one in my sig was with Jamila. I am now using Dulhan Deluxe henna to recreate a bit more of what I had with chemical dye, more red than copper, while helping to make my hair stronger during its fight to grow and perhaps sooth my scalp some. Major life changes have caused me to shed tremendously and it seems to be working so far. Just need to update my sig with the new colour. It's has multiple shades of dark red and my dark brown with some flashy darkish red in the light, think fairly dramatic shades of rosewood since I have some naturally aburny hair with some lighter brown and dark brown hairs. *big grin* And that is crazy how much hair you can grow if you just don't cut it. I know it's simple, but I'm impressed. :cool:

October 9th, 2013, 08:28 PM
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm at 1 year and 1/2 of grouth from a very smillar haircut to yours in your first picture :) I cant wait to get to your length :D

October 9th, 2013, 08:32 PM

hippie girl
October 9th, 2013, 09:17 PM
Great pictures, donnalouise! Impressive growth!
You look so happy in the second picture, what a great shot.

I wish I had some of your thickness! Your hair is very pretty and I agree that it suits you well.
Good for you on the growth!

Just ignore those around you who ask when you are going to get a cut. It IS possible to ignore that question. My fairytale ends have past knee, and my mother still asks when I am going to get it cut! LOL! imagine how many times during that growth span I have been asked that question by her! Pft! Countless. Just a ridiculous number of times.

And every so often, when someone asks how long you are going to let it grow, just respond "I am going for floor.". ;)

October 19th, 2013, 07:44 AM
Gorgeous growth! :D