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cat11
January 19th, 2015, 10:23 AM
Hello everybody :) I just wanted to share because I realized that this January marks my first entire year growing hair at LHC!! I have learned so much from this website that has made my hair better and my life dealing with such hair so much easier. A day when I don't use a hair toy is super rare now. I just wanted to say a collective thank you for giving me inspiration and tips and support and so many wonderfully inspiring photos of beautiful hair that have influenced me to grow mine!!

http://i59.tinypic.com/b9yqd.jpg
This is what I started with here, last January on the 19th. Not the best photo because Im leaning back a little (lol... cheating) but it's what I have. I started the year not even at APL with the goal to get to BSL. I wore my hair down most of the time because it had been too short to do anything with for awhile, mixed in with peacock twists. (i feel sad, but now that my hair is longer I have no idea how to use my african butterfly combs)... The whole reason I originally wanted to grow it was so I could do better updos and more updos, since I knew I liked having my hair up and out of my face.

http://i57.tinypic.com/1z53i8p.jpg
And this is where I am now!! (well, I took this picture about 4 days ago) I think I have about 3-4 inches to go til waist, so I definately made my goal!!

Ive also aquired 21 hairsticks, 14 hair forks, 5 flexis, a silk sleep bonnet & pillowcase, seamless wide tooth combs, a tt, wooden hair brush, various hair oils and a new wash and condition routine in addition to just generally being more careful about my hair. I hadn't realized until I counted just how much I had done and attained for my hair in the last year due to LHC. I definately don't regret any of it! In the process I grew to past BSL, and almost completely got rid of my layers.

edit: I think i shoud also mention that the most valuable thing I think I learned was how to handle my hair better, and how to style it. I was so , so much more clumsy and ignorant with my hair before I joined here, and I was always frustrated when I couldnt force it to do what I wanted. but I have learned so many invaluable hair styling tips and do's from here that I always just kind of was baffled by "how people did that" before.

My new goal for the next year is to get to waist and work on slowly changing my hem to be straighter instead of U like. I plan on getting a 1 inch trim in the spring versus my usual 1/4 of an inch or 1/2 of an inch trim. I still have about 5 inches of hair that had been bleached and dyed on the bottom so the bigger trims will help me make lot of progress getting rid of that too, next year, and I still definately think I will make waist even with bigger trims. (since those trims are only two in a year)

Anyway, thanks LHC for helping with my hair and pretty much giving me new hobby!!

lapushka
January 19th, 2015, 10:26 AM
That's a good chunk of hair for 1 year! Congratulations. :D Gorgeous. :)

cat11
January 19th, 2015, 10:31 AM
Thank you, Lapushka!!

Yozhik
January 19th, 2015, 10:56 AM
Gorgeous hair; great progress!

Your hair looks quite similar to mine in color and wurl pattern, but that thickness will do it good stead in your goal to growing it to long lengths. :flowers:

Happy hair anniversary! :blossom:

Rushli
January 19th, 2015, 11:18 AM
Your hair looks lovely! You will be at waist before you know it!

Begemot
January 19th, 2015, 12:05 PM
Awesome progress! Like Rushli said, you are close to waist and you will reach your goal soon :) Congrats!

cat11
January 19th, 2015, 12:59 PM
Thank you, Yozhic, Rushli & Begemot :)

I hope I do reach it soon. It's only a goal along the way to a longer goal but i cant wait to get to waist already

FallingDarkness
January 19th, 2015, 03:02 PM
Your hair is so gorgeous. :o It's grown so much, and I'm amazingly jealous.
Congrats on one healthy, happy year of hair growth, and here's to another one!

Flowerness
January 19th, 2015, 04:25 PM
Awesome progress. You have lovely hair with a great "wurl" pattern. Enjoy the progress you've made and the rest of your journey forward!

swearnsue
January 19th, 2015, 05:36 PM
Your hair has really grown! And its so thick and soft looking!

Savvyhorsez
January 19th, 2015, 08:06 PM
Congratulations! Your hair looks great! :)

cat11
January 23rd, 2015, 07:01 PM
Thanks everybody :)

I'm really sorry I made this thread and then dissapeared for a couple days without thanking those who gave me kind compliments. Its been a crazy couple of days between work and my boyfreind and orientations for a new college. The comments are really nice to hear. Im glad I stuck with it long enough to make my own anniversary thread... honestly is wasn't hard at all though because I have started to enjoy it