View Full Version : Two year LHC Anniversary! Pics included

January 1st, 2019, 11:21 AM
I can't believe it's been two years since I joined this site! On the day I joined (which was probably more like mid January) I had extremely bleach damaged hair that was the longest I had ever had it - at BCL - but so damaged it couldn't be saved. I found this place when I was googling and signed up, however that same day went and got my hair cut back to MBL and bleached again. So, I was going to link to my first year anniversary thread but it looks like the pictures have all vanished. I'll repost some:

Jan 2017 Before and after cut and bleach:

https://i.ibb.co/8BJhXVm/Jan-2017-Damaged-and-cut.jpg (https://ibb.co/b3xf7n6)

I so regret that, I should have spent more time on here first. I mostly forgot about this place for a while after that, then came back and saw so many heads of amazingly healthy and beautiful long hair. I decided I wanted that - so I (again) went to the salon and got some low lights put in to break my hair up in April 2017 with the intent of growing out the dye. That was, you'll be pleased to know, my last visit to a salon. I didn't start taking any more pictures however until August 2017 - Since then, I've been taking pictures every three months;

https://i.ibb.co/J5vQkMq/48-Aug-17-Jan-2019-Notes.png (https://ibb.co/Rz3yHVN)

You can see my progress in growing out the dye there - I've struggled with it sometimes (and recently have found it a lot harder since the line is closing in on shoulder length which I'm not too fond of!) but I'm hanging in there any trying not to succumb to the impulse to dye the blonde.

To show the difference LHC practices make to the length and health of hair - here is a picture January 2017 before the cut and bleach to January 2018 at exactly the same length:

https://i.ibb.co/XXj6cSS/24-Jan-17-18-Same-length.png (https://ibb.co/y0dKHWW)

And January 2017 before the cut to January 2019:

https://i.ibb.co/YN0cmDw/51-Damaged-Jan-17-Jan-19.png (https://ibb.co/dfmPFbx)

My length progress from January 2017 after cut -January 2018:

https://i.ibb.co/C7schK0/25-Jan-17-18.png (https://ibb.co/qsFSkY1)


https://i.ibb.co/f9F2Hzt/53-Jan-2017-18-and-19.png (https://ibb.co/RNb9ckP)

I am not soo close to my goal of classic. I'm hoping to grow until August or September 2019 - then get a cut back to classic to get rid of any ratty ends and some dye with a view to growing to mid thigh length in 2020 :) I honestly never thought I'd get even close to classic so it's been a great surprise - my ends are starting to get a bit thinner and look fluffy but I'm hoping that's just the dye and I can grow that out.

I've kept pretty much the same routine for the whole of this year. I put it up in a bun for work, usually nautilus, and wash the hair twice per week with sulfates (only a small amount though and only on the scalp) and moisturising coney conditioner which my hair needs for protection because of the dye. I also put on coney moroccan oil after I wash my hair - it keeps it feeling really silky and smells divine!

I do take it down to practice hairstyles (and sometimes keep them in for the day if I really like them and they're comfy) - as you can see on my instagram. That way I feel like I'm doing something with my hair and it keeps me from obsessing too much about the length. I've got much better at braiding too!

I sleep on a silk pillowcase, my hair is loose but draped over the side of the bed and there is a satin fabric on the floor so that the ends of my hair don't just rub on the carpet when I toss and turn.

Uh, yeah. Feel free to ask any questions and happy new year everybody! I hope you all have an amazing 2019 filled with lots of hair growth ;D

Lady Stardust
January 1st, 2019, 11:27 AM
Wow your hair looks so much happier! Your natural colour is lovely and you’ve made lots of progress in growing it out, it looks great.

January 1st, 2019, 11:38 AM
Happy hair anniversary! :blossom: your hair looks lovely and you did amazing job documenting your progress, it's so fun to see these photos.

January 1st, 2019, 11:39 AM
Wow! Those comparison pics are amazing!
Happy hairiversary!

January 1st, 2019, 12:25 PM
Great progress, your hair looks very well cared for these days!

January 1st, 2019, 03:06 PM
Thank you guys :D I always enjoy reading the anniversary/year comparison threads. I wonder where I'll end up by 2020.. exciting =D

January 1st, 2019, 03:22 PM
That's such wonderful progress - happy hairiversary! :D

January 1st, 2019, 03:30 PM
Happy hairiversary! Your hair looks amazing, the condition has improved so much! Here's to another year of growth :blossom:

January 1st, 2019, 03:39 PM
Amazing growth progress! You’re natural hair is growing out so prettily!

January 1st, 2019, 03:46 PM
Thank you guys :D I always enjoy reading the anniversary/year comparison threads. I wonder where I'll end up by 2020.. exciting =D

Considering how fast this year went.. I'll check back in what will seem like tomorrow and see! ;)

January 1st, 2019, 04:03 PM
Your hair certainly appreciates your effort! Looks great. Congrats!

January 1st, 2019, 04:31 PM
Congratulations!! Your hair looks in great condition and you've gained so much length! I've been reading the growing out natural thread for months and your journey is really inspiring to me :thumbsup:

What's the name of the coney oil leave-in you mentioned?? Inquiring minds want to know! :D

January 1st, 2019, 05:51 PM
Your progress has been so great!!! Happy hairniversary!

Beatnik Guy
January 1st, 2019, 07:10 PM
Happy hairniversary, Jas! :disco:
Look forward to seeing it longer in 2019 (and 2020). :)

January 1st, 2019, 07:15 PM
Congrats on 2 years and on continuing to grow out your dye! I can't wait til all mine's gone. I miss my thicker virgin hair.

January 1st, 2019, 07:44 PM
That's such a interesting idea of sleeping with something on the floor next to the bed, I've never thought of something like that, (although my hair is quite a long way from needing something like that anyway.). it's interesting what you can learn from this forum is'nt it? and it's great to see your progress and all the photo's.

January 1st, 2019, 09:26 PM
Looks wonderful Jas! Here’s to two more years of happy hair :blossom:

January 1st, 2019, 09:28 PM
That is a ton of progress! congratulations. Good luck and thanks for sharing.

January 2nd, 2019, 06:49 AM
Happy Anniversary! Very pretty hair. :)

January 2nd, 2019, 07:43 AM
Love it and thanks for sharing all the photos - these are always inspiring to the rest of us. :D Congrats on the hairiversary!

Elizabeth E
January 2nd, 2019, 10:16 AM
Beautiful progress!!:happydance:
Even though I've never had any form of dye or bleach on my own hair, I still find your story inspiring. Happy growing!

January 2nd, 2019, 10:37 AM
WOW! You have made *such* great progress! :cheer:

Congratulations! :)

January 2nd, 2019, 01:51 PM
Thank you everybody! <3 I'm glad my progress is inspiring for some people, that makes me happy. I've got LHC to thank for even trying to grow it out, and everybody here is always so supportive.

Coney leave in is just that - moroccan oil, it's the first result that comes up on google. It's fairly expensive but for me has been worth it and lasts quite a while.

Yep something on the floor next to me! Just makes me feel like I'm doing everything I can to baby my bleached-a-million-times ends.

January 2nd, 2019, 01:54 PM
Congrats! What a great progress :crush: