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SweetPea88
September 27th, 2008, 11:29 PM
I can't believe I've been here at this community for one year already (give or take a few weeks)! I've really enjoyed myself and have learned so much. I'm so grateful for all of the advice I've received and the friendships I've found here.

When I joined last year, my hair wasn't in the greatest condition since I blowdried and heat styled somewhat frequently. I've since switched to air drying, using coconut oil, washing less frequently, using only a wooden comb, and other good stuff!

And now, what most of you are waiting for...PICTURES! The dates aren't very consistent and I should mention that I've been trimming my growth each month since May to get rid of my layers (about 3-4" trimmed total).

My goal right now is to completely get rid of my layers (I hate that it makes my hair look like it tapers a lot) and then continue growing until hip...maybe tailbone...;)


September 23, 2007
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/friends002.jpg

November, 2007
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/S7304429.jpghttp://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/braid003.jpg

January 26, 2008
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/1-26-08001.jpg

May 29, 2008
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/5-29-08.jpg

July, 2008
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/july.jpg

TODAY
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/length9-27-08002.jpghttp://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/oct1.jpghttp://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff265/raventresses88/September14001.jpg
(I should note that the camera is probably tilted in the braid picture, I don't think my tassel hits waist quite yet! I wish I didn't have crappy dorm lighting for the new pics, I'll need to get DBF to take some soon!)

ladyshannonanne
September 27th, 2008, 11:51 PM
Congratulations! Your hair is growing so quickly!

Nat242
September 27th, 2008, 11:54 PM
Wow! That's some amazing growth! Your hair looks beautiful.

Vitalai
September 27th, 2008, 11:54 PM
Congratulations on your wonderful growth! Your hair looks lovely. :flower:

sexyjacksparrow
September 28th, 2008, 02:02 AM
Wow you have some great growth there!

Kerry xx

Lamb
September 28th, 2008, 02:19 AM
I'm in serious thickness-envy now... Your hair is lovely, happy anniversary!

jessie58
September 28th, 2008, 03:47 AM
Your hair is looking incredible SweetPea.

AprilElf
September 28th, 2008, 04:37 AM
Congratulations on your anniversary SweetPea!
You've made really great progress. :)

DavidN
September 28th, 2008, 04:44 AM
Congratulations on your one year anniversary at the LHC, SweetPea88!:cheer: Thank you for sharing your inspirational photos, and your hair has made some wonderful progress in the past year.

winter_star
September 28th, 2008, 05:45 AM
Happy Anniversary SweetPea88. You've made great progress and your hair has grown so fast!

Tressie
September 28th, 2008, 05:55 AM
Mama Mia! I wish I could get such growth in a year..........with trimming!!??? Wow! It's looking great! I know what you mean about the taper, too, I have at least one last layer left on top, but I don't think I'll even it up until I get below classic (o: Lord willing!

cindy58
September 28th, 2008, 06:33 AM
Your growth looks incredible, especially considering that you trimmed! Lovely!

Addy
September 28th, 2008, 07:16 AM
Sweet Pea~

Your hair is GORGEOUS!

Congratulations on 1 year!

Indigo Girl
September 28th, 2008, 07:26 AM
Happy Anniversary, SweetPea! :flower:

You already know that I think your hair and your updos are beautiful; how nice to see your progress! :bluesmile

mellie
September 28th, 2008, 07:35 AM
Wow, gorgeous and thick!! Beautiful!

paper
September 28th, 2008, 07:47 AM
Happy Anniversary :flowers:

Wow, you had some amazing growth SweetPea! Gorgeous color and waves. I like your plan too, I think it's a good one. Good Luck!

SweetPea88
September 28th, 2008, 07:50 AM
Wow, how nice to wake up to such lovely comments! I really do owe it to all the wonderful people here! :)

I honestly can't believe my hair has grown and changed so much since joining! I have to admit, I was a little taken back when I started adding the pictures!

Honey39
September 28th, 2008, 11:43 AM
Ooh, loads of growth! Your hair is absolutely lovely, congrats!

lapushka
September 28th, 2008, 12:59 PM
Inspiring, such growth! Here's to another great year at LHC!

SchnauzerMom
September 28th, 2008, 01:04 PM
Congratulations on 1 year! Your hair has made a lot of progress and it looks beautiful! :D

nisolu
September 28th, 2008, 01:09 PM
Beautiful Hair! You've given me inspiration!

laurachiplock
September 28th, 2008, 01:14 PM
ONLY ONE YEAR????:agape:
holy moley!! Looks awesome!

Little_Bird
September 28th, 2008, 01:30 PM
My God, it grew so fast! Congratulations!! :flower:

Golden21
September 28th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Wow! Your hair has grown quickly! This gives me motivation! Congrats!!

1nuitblanche
September 28th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Wow! Your hair grew fast! And it looks amazing!

utdesertrunner
September 28th, 2008, 03:18 PM
Wow! Your hair is growing SO fast! It keeps me inspired to keep growing when I see great progress like that! Good job!

Xi
September 28th, 2008, 03:39 PM
Happy anniversary! Your hair is thick and lovely and so very fast-growing! :blossom:

FrannyG
September 28th, 2008, 04:05 PM
What wonderful progress, you've made, SweetPea, and your hair is just gorgeous! :blossom:

JessTheMess
September 28th, 2008, 04:24 PM
Holy Moly!!! That is a lot of growth

xrosiex
September 28th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Congatulations on your 1-Year anniversary. Your hair is beautiful. Great growth too!:)

SweetPea88
September 28th, 2008, 04:42 PM
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all very much! :flowers:

It means a lot to me and I'm so happy that I could be an inspiration for others growing their hair as well! That's what this place is for anyway, right? :)

chloeishere
September 28th, 2008, 06:54 PM
I love your hair! You've had great growth and progress in a year, WOW! Congratulations, SweetPea!

AnneAdeline
September 28th, 2008, 06:56 PM
So much growth! I love your wavies, too.
Good luck with getting rid of the layers. I'm slowing getting rid of mine also. (It bugs me how little bits of the shorter layers stick out of any updos/braids.)

DarkChocolate
October 10th, 2008, 10:39 AM
Your hair looks very nice:)
Congratulations on a job well done:)
You have also gained alot of length and I love your member name.

Merkaba
October 10th, 2008, 10:42 AM
Wow, that's really pretty! Congrats, you've come a long way!

Akiko
October 10th, 2008, 10:44 AM
Wow, your hair has grown a lot! Looks fantastic. Did you do anything special to encourage growth?

SweetPea88
October 10th, 2008, 10:49 AM
Thanks Akiko! :) Nope, nothing special. I just tried to treat it very gently and avoid heat styling and such.

Honigwein
October 10th, 2008, 11:00 AM
Hi dear! Congratulations from me too! Good work with your hair there!!

Akiko
October 10th, 2008, 11:18 AM
Thanks Akiko! :) Nope, nothing special. I just tried to treat it very gently and avoid heat styling and such.

Oooo. I envy you! Your hair looks healthy, too.
I hope my hair grows fast!:)

SweetPea88
October 10th, 2008, 11:31 AM
Thank you Honigwein! :flower:

Thanks Akiko, I wish you all the best with your hair journey! :)

Angellen
October 10th, 2008, 11:38 AM
Happy anniversary! You've had great growth this past year, and I loooove your waves. :inlove: Congrats!

SweetPea88
October 10th, 2008, 11:42 AM
Thank you very much Angellen! I definitely couldn't have gotten to this point by myself!

Bunnygirl
October 10th, 2008, 06:42 PM
What beautiful hair! You are so lucky and keep up the good work!

mellie
October 10th, 2008, 06:52 PM
Wow!!!! So thick, beautiful, amazing!! Wonderful progress!

SweetPea88
October 10th, 2008, 10:24 PM
Thank you very much Bunnygirl and Mellie!! :flowers:

Seraphina
October 11th, 2008, 02:17 AM
Amazing ! You've got some gorgeous hair : )

goldenwaves
October 11th, 2008, 03:18 AM
Wow it's grown so quickly!! It looks great :)

SweetPea88
October 11th, 2008, 08:04 AM
Thanks Seraphina and goldenwaves! You are all so sweet! :o

tina1025
October 11th, 2008, 09:03 AM
Congratulations!!!your hair is gorgeous and very thick..has it always been this thick or since you joined LHC? can you please share some of the secrets?:)

SweetPea88
October 11th, 2008, 09:23 AM
Thank you Tina! My hair really appears a lot thicker than it actually is. I don't think of my hair as very thick, but it does have nice volume. I do remember my hair being thick when I was younger and I think it's slowly returning. Since joining, my pony circumference has increased about half an inch just from taking good care of it! Cutting out my layers has really helped my hair as well. When I have layers, the layers themselves don't show as much but my hair just appears tapered. HTH!

almudena
October 11th, 2008, 02:02 PM
How did I miss this thread??!
What an amazing progress! Your hair looking gorgeous :inlove:

Congrats!! :flowers:

ItalianFlower
October 11th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Wow...it grew so much and it looks so healthy and beautiful...<3

karenpetal
October 11th, 2008, 02:17 PM
Wow thats some awesome progress girl and love your braid

AnimaSola3o4
October 11th, 2008, 03:26 PM
Wow!! You have made excellent progress! :) Congrats on your 1-year anniversary!!!

Amoretti
October 11th, 2008, 03:30 PM
How did I miss this thread? Congratulations, dear SweetPea!!!! Your hair is looking awesome! :happydance:

Forever_Sophie
October 11th, 2008, 03:58 PM
Congrats, and omg, your hair is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

harley mama
October 11th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Wow, great progress and beautiful hair Sweetpea! Congratulations!

Alley Cat
October 11th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Congratulations your hair is looking great. :cheese:

Indigosails
October 11th, 2008, 06:32 PM
Thanks for sharing the pictures. Not only has your hair grown over the past year, but the condition has greatly improved. So beautiful!

SweetPea88
October 11th, 2008, 07:27 PM
Thank you so much Almudena! :D

Thanks as well ItalianFlower, that's very sweet of you to say!

Thanks karenpetal, I absolutely love braids! So quick and easy but look like you've spent so much more effort! ;)

Forever_Sophie, your welcome and thank you!

Thanks Amoretti for joining the festivities! :p

Thank you AnimaSola3o4! And wow is your hair color amazing!

It's no problem at all Forever_Sophie! Thank you for your comment. :)

Thank you as well HarleyMama, you've got some killer curls over there! :D

Alley Cat and Indigosails a big thanks to you two as well! :flower:

I honestly did not expect all of these replies :o. It means so much and I honestly would not be at the point I'm at now without you lovely people at LHC! :flowers:

NightDaemon
October 12th, 2008, 01:46 AM
Now that looks incredible. I'm just starting out, but I hope my hair looks half as awesome a year from now!

SweetPea88
October 12th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Well thank you very much NightDaemon, I wish you all the best luck in growing! :)

Kittee
October 12th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Hey! We are pretty much hair twins! Very nice growth you!

SweetPea88
October 12th, 2008, 03:59 PM
Hey Kittee, we are! Thanks!

Nic's
October 13th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Your hair is looking so loooong

Isa-belle
October 13th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Stupendous change in just a year! Kudos to you! :cheer:

SweetPea88
October 13th, 2008, 06:39 PM
Thank you very much Nic's and Isa-belle! :flower:

Xandergrammy
October 13th, 2008, 06:59 PM
Congratulations! Your hair looks amazing!

birthmarkie
October 13th, 2008, 07:09 PM
Your hair is so full and long. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

skay
October 13th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Hi SweetPea88, you're hair looks great!! So nice and full with waves.

If you don't' mind, I have a question for you:

Your hair kind of reminds me of mine, so I was wondering: Do you ever wear it down much? I find that with fuller hair, it gets wind blown and loses shape, etc.

Speedbump
October 13th, 2008, 07:38 PM
Fantastic progress! :cheer: You're looking great and it's all up from here. Oh, wait. Actually, DOWN. Oh, you know what I mean! :lol:

SweetPea88
October 13th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Thank you Xandergrammy, I really appreciate it! :)

Birthmarkie, you are very sweet!

Thank you as well Skay! I actually wear my hair down quite often. I leave it down on wash day so that it fully dries and then I usually like to wear it down the next day as well. After that, it will usually start to get a bit greasy so I'll switch to braids or sometimes a bun.

When I wear my hair down I just make sure to always have a hair elastic or toy of some sort with me. If I walk outside and it's windy, I'll just bun it really quick and then let it down once I get inside. If it's not particularly bad outside, I might just let it hang loose or just twist it lightly and bring it in front so it doesn't tangle as much. HTH! :flower:

ETA: Hehe, Speedbump you snuck in there when I wasn't looking! Thank you, I know what you mean! ;)

Aicha
October 13th, 2008, 07:41 PM
Wow, your hair is so beautiful and has made such a dramatic change in just one year! You take such good care of your hair and it really shows. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

skay
October 13th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Thank you as well Skay! I actually wear my hair down quite often. I leave it down on wash day so that it fully dries and then I usually like to wear it down the next day as well. After that, it will usually start to get a bit greasy so I'll switch to braids or sometimes a bun.

When I wear my hair down I just make sure to always have a hair elastic or toy of some sort with me. If I walk outside and it's windy, I'll just bun it really quick and then let it down once I get inside. If it's not particularly bad outside, I might just let it hang loose or just twist it lightly and bring it in front so it doesn't tangle as much. HTH! :flower:



Thanks for the helpful tips, SweetPea88!

Emichiee
October 13th, 2008, 10:36 PM
Thats a lot of growth! Happy Anniversary! :)

Solange
October 14th, 2008, 03:32 AM
Congratulations on both your anniversary and reaching your first goal! :O) Beautiful curly hair!

tiny_teesha
October 14th, 2008, 06:12 AM
Wow, your hair has made great progress!!! You have amazing hair!

feralnature
October 14th, 2008, 12:07 PM
I'm always amazed by how much people's hair can change in a year. looks great!

dor3girl
October 14th, 2008, 01:31 PM
Congrats on the year & the growth!

savi
October 14th, 2008, 02:13 PM
That's some good looking progress there, your ends look much thicker. Congratulations for the year! :cheer:

Haith
October 14th, 2008, 02:14 PM
You've had some pretty substantial growth this past year! Lovely!

SweetPea88
October 14th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Thank you everyone sooo much! :flowers: You all are really too sweet!