View Full Version : How long will it take you to achieve your hair goals?

June 30th, 2009, 05:36 PM
I realize for some of us, the growing will never end! But for me, my goal is butt-length hair when wavy. I'm hoping the length will take a lot of the curl out of my hair and I did some measuring to figure out my growth rate, added a little in for trims, curl/wave and layering, and I think I will be able to achieve my hair goal by 2015. (That's if it doesn't all end in 2012) ;)

I just realized I have to be in this for the long run and that cutting off all my old hair might not have been the best idea in the universe, at least not if I want quick results.

How long will it take your to achieve your hair goals with your current rate of growth?

And how do you find patience in waiting for your hair to grow?

June 30th, 2009, 05:50 PM
I should be at 37 inches, or Tailbone/Clerks length (shout out to Dante and Jay and Silent Bob) :lol: in exactly a year. That is my goal. After I get there I will decide if classic is for me. I dunno because I like to wear it down a lot. And no matter what I do, my hair grows approximately 1/2 inch a month. No vitamins or oils or MegaTek has changed that.:shrug: So one year and I will be there solidly. But that means it will have taken me 4 years (Jan 2006 start) to grow from chin to tailbone.

June 30th, 2009, 05:56 PM
My goal is to have TBL hair.
I am afraid I must admit that it will probably never happen, but on the outside chance that it could happen, I think it will take 5 more years. My hair is curly and slow growing.

June 30th, 2009, 06:00 PM
Eight months? But to restore it, I don't know.

June 30th, 2009, 06:03 PM
My goal is to have waist length hair and maintain there. I started growing in July 2007 after a chin lenght bob cut. I am now a few inches above BSL. So, I'm thinking sometime around September 2010. So, it'll take about 3 years of growth total.

June 30th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Well, I'm almost 9 inches from knee. My typical growth rate used to be .7"/month, which would mean I'd reach knee in approximately a year. However, that's barring a slower growth, stall, terminal, or trim... But I like thinking that I'll graduate high school with knee length hair. That's a cool thought.

I'm two feet from floor. That's 3 years at my fastest pace, probably more like 4 if it's possible. I'll be graduating college with terminal length, I imagine.

My fringe will take that time and more until it catches up to the rest of the length.

June 30th, 2009, 06:11 PM
hmmm. I'm guessing my goal could take up until 2011 to reach... but we'll see...

June 30th, 2009, 06:26 PM
Ok, I have a quick question... What is classic? I figured out what terminal is (as long as the hair will grow before stopping) but classic has me baffled.

June 30th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Ok, I have a quick question... What is classic? I figured out what terminal is (as long as the hair will grow before stopping) but classic has me baffled.

Hair doesn't actually stop growing at terminal; rather, the shed rate of the hair balances with the length, so everytime a hair is shed, another one reaches the length of the rest of the hair. So it sort of just maintains itself. I think. I'm not explaining it well enough. xD;

And classic is butt-length; specifically, the bottom of the bottom. :p

For me to reach classic...I was expecting it to take seven years from the start of my growing (i.e., when I joined LHC), but that doesn't include cutting of damage, etc. Now, I don't know... T_T I'll be happy once it's BSL and I can put it up at this point!

June 30th, 2009, 06:49 PM
I hoping to be at my goal length by 2016. I am still learning what my hair does and does not like so I don't know.

June 30th, 2009, 07:09 PM
Hopefully a little over a year. I really want waist length, but my hair growth isn't exactly steady. Some months I average a little more than others...I'll probably just maintain after I get to waist length :)

June 30th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Just reached 40" and I'm looking for my first goal to be 45". This will probably take about a year or more. I just take care of it and stay patient.

I hope to reach about 55" after that! :D

June 30th, 2009, 08:09 PM
an estimated 5 to 6 years.

June 30th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Well, my first goal is to get to classic, which is in about 6 or 7".

I grow at a rate of 1/4 to 1/2" a month, so it will take me about a year if I'm thinking optimistically.

After that, I want to maintain at classic and trim slowly to get rid of damage. I figure in three years I'll be good.

June 30th, 2009, 08:13 PM
I am just above BSL right now, and my goal is waist. I figure I will probably be there in 1-1.5 yrs? Depends on how many times I trim, and whether my hair will stop breaking! I haven't trimmed since I had a hairCUT in 4/08, so it has been over a year since my last "trim." I am trying not to trim, but I am starting to feel the need for one, since my ends are becoming uneven from breakage.:(

June 30th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Several years for me. I still need to even my hair up and havent hit shoulder length yet. I hope to be shoulder length by March 2010. After that, maybe waist length by Sept. 2011.:cheese:

June 30th, 2009, 08:39 PM
My longest strands just reach my knees. I'd really like to reach floor length, if possible. So I need 20 inches of growth. At 2.5 inches of growth per year (yes, year - slow grower here), I should reach it in 8 years, which is 2017.

Sounds about right. It took me from 1993 to 2009 (16 years) to get from above the shoulder to knee length (roughly 40 inches).

July 1st, 2009, 11:40 AM
Oops! I killed the thread! :o

July 1st, 2009, 11:46 AM
Wel, my next major goal is classic length, which is anywhere from 5-7" depending on humidity and how much better shape I am in by the time I get there, haha. That will take about 10 mo to a year to reach. Past that my goal is healthy ends at classic, with no more bleach damage. That will be a good few years, to be sure.

July 1st, 2009, 11:47 AM
My goal is classic with all of my layers grown out.. I figure 2012 I will have reached it in length.. we'll see what happens with the curl though, sometimes it curls a lot and some times a little so I might actually have to grow to thigh/knee to actually reach my curly goal.. but I figure at 2015 I'll have some decent length ;)

July 1st, 2009, 11:49 AM
I wish I knew. I am hip length (actually I have about 10 hairs that reach my tailbone but I doubt that is enough to count it as my hair length ) I want to reach knee length, but since I have never paid ant attention I have no idea how fast or slow my hair grows. I can say that after just 1 mo. using advice from here my hair has shown marked improvement in health so I am very optimistic. Best of luck.

July 1st, 2009, 11:58 AM
It should take about 18 months to get to my goal of hip allowing for trims but probably another year on top of that to grow out all my layers. This is of course if my hair continues to grow at 1" per month, I'm terrified it's going to slow!

July 1st, 2009, 12:04 PM
Lengthwise, I will be at my goal in a year or 2.THICKNESS wise? I have no idea, I'll have to maintain at that length for a while until the ends thicken up :p

July 1st, 2009, 12:32 PM
My first goal is classic. I just passed tailbone, so I'm guessing 2 years. I have no idea how fast my hair grows, because I don't measure it. I'm assuming 6 inches a year, but I trim an inch every 6 months, so that's a net growth of 4 inches a year. I probably started around armpit length 3-4 years ago.

Looking back, it seems like I had a period of incredibly fast growth followed by a period of extreme thinning. I attribute the crazy growth to prenatal vitamins, pregnancies, and hair vitamins. I also had great luck thickening my hair by braiding it and not using elastics more than a few inches above the ends (no ponytails). I assumed the thinning was due to a massive change to my diet and exercise about 2 years ago. I actually think I eat a healthy variety of food, it's just that I took a pretty big calorie cut. Thinking about it now, my body was going through pretty big hormonal changes too. Not to mention, I kept experimenting with my hair care routine, and trying everything new under the sun.

July 1st, 2009, 03:10 PM
hmm.. Difficult one.
My goal lenght should be in 2012, but the layers have to grow out, and i have no idea how long that will take...:confused:

July 1st, 2009, 03:39 PM
I'm about 30" now, and want to get about 44". If I keep up all my pills etc I should be there in 14 months, but I think it will be about three years to get all the layers and dye out.

2012. It will coincide with the olympics.

July 1st, 2009, 03:45 PM
I don't want to think about it, it is depressing...but let see at .5 inches a month....2 years.....

July 1st, 2009, 03:58 PM
As my hair is thick and a bit slipery, I don't think I want my hair down to my knee. Also, my hair grows 12" per year (without additional vitamins) so it won't take long for me to get there:eyebrows:.

July 1st, 2009, 05:57 PM
I only need about another 3 inches for my first goal (shoulder length) which was what it was before I cut it. That will take me mmm? 3-4months (I grow 1 inch a month usually). So I should be there by end of October-November depending on trims. My next goal is BSL after shoulder length that should take me, its 8inches untill BSL from shoulders so thats 8months roughly depending on trims so I say I should be there around June 2010 :)I haven't decided if I want waiste length or classic length or terminal yet. But I think I will go for waiste which will take me 11inches so about 11 months (from BSL length). This is all being calculated on my current growth rate but I'm sure it will change once I hit University next year :D but to get me to waiste length; overall its going to take me 22 months so just over 2 years (that is not including trimming which I might stop once all the damaged hair dye length is gone.) I do mini goals to keep me sane :cheese:

July 1st, 2009, 06:02 PM
I'll probably reach my goal before the world ends in 2012. Comforting. ;) It'll probably take another year or two to get all my bits and pieces where I want them though. This stuff just takes time!

I have classic paintings as my computer desktops, each featuring women with long, gorgeous hair. I keep pictures of long hair in my journal. I also keep out pictures of family members with beautiful hair. :D Um, and I also keep handy a few unflattering short-hair photos of myself... ;)

July 1st, 2009, 06:04 PM
Currently at waist, and I'd like to see if it's possible to achieve terminal length, so I have no idea. Next stop is classic, which given my rate of growth should take another 3 years. Just in time for the world to end:cheese:

July 1st, 2009, 10:23 PM
Roughly three years to floor for me, which is sort of a weird thought.

July 1st, 2009, 11:36 PM
I have 11 inches to go, so it's probably going to take two and a half years. I hope I'll have 40 inches of hair by the end of year 2011 :cool:

July 2nd, 2009, 01:17 AM
My 'short term' goal is apl. This may take about 3-6 inches so roughly a year maybe less. I've never grown out my hair and I would really love to have it long. So longer than apl. But for now apl is that first goal. I'm just letting it happen with time i guess, though. It is very discouraging to me that it takes so long. Anyone have any advice or good words to keep me into growing it? haha

July 2nd, 2009, 01:33 AM
I'm thinking somewhere between 1,5 and 2 years. Depending on damage and growth of course. It seems my hair grows a bit slower now than a couple of years ago, but then again I am more impatient now.

July 2nd, 2009, 02:53 AM
I'm relatively new to this hair growing thing. I'm at present enjoying the journey to gradually longer hair and whatever destination I arrived at length-wise is in the hands of providence. I am naturally curious to discover what my terminal length is so don't know how many years that would take. I'm hoping to ultimately achieve waist length at my current growth would be in about 3 years but would be more then happy to settle on a final 18-24 inches of hair if my terminal length is shorter. Whatever grows after that will be a bonus. I doubt that I would want hair any longer then waist. Butt length hair for me would be too long.

July 2nd, 2009, 03:03 AM
I'm already hovering around knee and I haven't decided whether I want to let my hair grow longer than that. I am curious about how long it could get, though. My hair is extremely slow-growing. It took from 1993-2002 to get from just above bsl to TB. TB to classic took just another year or so and classic to knee has taken about 3-4 years (with 2 2" trims.) The only way I will try for ankle or floor is if I can keep most of my thickness at that length.

July 2nd, 2009, 04:32 AM
Good question. I'm cutting of a little at a time, so I dont know when I'll reach waist. I'm BSL soon, going to maintain it at that lenght, so Maybe in a coulpe years :) I dont have the guts to cut it all of at once :D

July 2nd, 2009, 09:01 AM
I expect I'll reach my main goal of tailbone sometime next year; sometime between the summer and the end of the year, I expect, as I've only about 5 or 6 inches left to go.

After that, I figure it'll take me another 2 to 3 years to grow out my natural hair colour, so I'll most likely be maintaining the length at tailbone for that period.

After that...if I decide to try for classic (I probably will, just to see what that's like) I imagine that will take another 1.5 to 2 years, perhaps. So I'll be at classic with all-virgin hair somewhere between 2014 and 2015 at best. :p

July 2nd, 2009, 11:35 AM
I just started measuring my hair, so I don't really know what my growth rate is yet.
But assuming about 1/2" a month (that seems to be fairly average around here?) I should be at waist in about a year, I think. I'm not sure though. I've never been able to get it past my midback, where it is right now, but I'm hoping that's just a "false terminal" due to poor management and care. Now that I'm a little more knowledgeable, I'm hoping I can coax it into growing again!

July 2nd, 2009, 12:21 PM
Well, my current hair project/challenge gives me a 14-month window. That's the timeline and what length I am at the end of that it is what I've got! I'm hoping that I will end up somewhere between BSL and waist.

My ultimate hair goal is to like my hair, which could take ages. 14 months sounds much more pleasant! :)

July 2nd, 2009, 12:27 PM
I think/hope I`ll reach my first goal in a year. I initially wanted BSL hair, but now I`m thinking about waist...Hmm, I guess thats normal when hanging out here:)
So, BSL in a year, then I am going for waist!

July 2nd, 2009, 12:39 PM
2-4 weeks and I will be at my length goal. Then the goal is to maintain the ends at my goal of 56.
It will be weird to reach my goal! I have never had one before.

July 2nd, 2009, 12:47 PM
hip to start with , which will be 2/3 years

July 2nd, 2009, 04:32 PM
It will take another year for me to get to waiste length. From there I will decide if I want to tailbone.

July 2nd, 2009, 04:36 PM
Well, it's almost APL right now. Maybe a month or two away. I might trim, but I'm undecided. My goal is knee.

I'm 5'3''. So, 42'' to go which would be 7-9 more years. I'll have a family by then, one would think. I'm 17 now. So, 25 years old.


July 2nd, 2009, 07:44 PM
My ultimate goal is terminal...but it will take me lots more time to get there than most people, since I like the look of blunt ends. There will eventually come a time, though, if I'm looking for terminal, that I'll have to quit trimming and just let it grow. I'm pretty sure I'm nowhere near it right now (I'm just at classic), so I've got quite a bit of trimming I can still do. ;)

July 2nd, 2009, 08:53 PM
Hip! Approximately 3 years.

July 2nd, 2009, 08:55 PM
Though I'll really just be happy when I reach shoulder, seeing as I haven't been there for about 6 years!

July 2nd, 2009, 09:07 PM
Probaly another 3 to 4 years to reach knees, I'm already at BSL. But thankfully I have fast growing hair.

July 2nd, 2009, 10:41 PM
My goal is to just gain like 3 or 4 more inches to where i'm RIGHT in the middle of waist and hiplength......so i'm guessing about 6 months. :)...But i would like to grow all my layers out to that length too so i'll say about a year to have my COMPLETE goal.

Blue Willow
July 2nd, 2009, 11:04 PM
My present goal is 45 inches which would be about the top of my thigh. My hair is growing about 1/4" to 1/2" depending on the time of year so if my growth rate stays at this rate I should reach goal in about 18 mos even if I have micro trims from time to time. We'll see..

July 3rd, 2009, 06:23 AM
This thread is so inspiring!

I started from totally shaved in 1-06. Three and a half years, and a heck of a lot of trims, later I am almost at BSL. My goal is tailbone, which should take 20-24 months.

Stick with it everyone! Your goals are possible!!

July 3rd, 2009, 06:31 AM
I think I'll reach my goal, dry, within a year (I don't measure). My journey started in February of 2007 and it was only 7 months ago that I stopped going to the hairdresser and became more knowledgeable about growing long hair.

July 3rd, 2009, 07:20 AM
Im aiming at waist which is now about 6" away so I think a year is pretty realistic as im not sure of my growth rate.

July 3rd, 2009, 07:32 AM
My goal is hip with no layers... I guess I'll have to wait another 2.5 years. :)

July 24th, 2009, 09:06 PM
Right now is hip length on my hip bones, so I wanted to grow my hair back to classic length! Since I'm 5'0, my hair would be by classic about between November-December 2009! I had classic length hair since 2007 of July so I'm growing back again to classic! Maybe 1 inch longer than classic and that's it, I'll keep it that length!

July 24th, 2009, 09:26 PM
I'm sitting pretty where I am right now. :D

I am now at butt length and I am really in no rush to grow my hair out anymore. I surpassed my original goal of waist length in June of 2008, so now everything else is just some extra whipped cream on top. :disco:

I'm simply letting my hair decide how long terminal will fall for me and patiently without being in any hurry to get there.

July 24th, 2009, 09:35 PM

July 24th, 2009, 09:36 PM
I would say at least another year. I only have about 5 inches to it, but my hair grows naturally in a V shaped hemline, and I want it all to be the same length, so I imagine it will take a bit longer to get there!

July 24th, 2009, 10:06 PM
Looks like about two years from here. I'm already starting to feel pretty happy with my length since I hit APL; it's not back to 'long' yet, but it's getting there. The next few years will just get better!

July 24th, 2009, 10:38 PM
My first goal is waist. So, if my hair grows 1/2 an inch a month and I don't trim
I should reach my goal by Nov. of next year.
Fingers crossed!

- Marissa

July 24th, 2009, 11:01 PM
I don't do math on Saturdays, sorry

July 24th, 2009, 11:02 PM
My hair grows quickly, so I'm hoping to go from can-I-call-this-APL to somewhere between waist and BSL in a year. I will have long beautiful hair for my senior year! I'm going to try and maintain waist while I trim out the red dye and continue to henna!

July 24th, 2009, 11:06 PM
I'm currently at goal, but I do wonder if it would be possible to get to waist curly. I mean, get there and not lose curl, as I don't want to lose curl.

I'm waist or a smidge past with wet hair at this point.

July 24th, 2009, 11:09 PM
maybe.... maybe two years? three? four? I don't know. I still don't have a good handle on how quickly my hair's growing! And I think as I reach goals, I might want longer... ;)

right now my goal is APL, then BSL. I try to make small ones for myself so I will be happier about it, haha.

July 24th, 2009, 11:21 PM
well I refuese to measure my hair monthly, it was causing me to freak out about it to much, but i have about 8 more inches to get to my goal length of 46 inches or classic length so I figure about a year and half give or take a few months.

July 24th, 2009, 11:25 PM
I've just arrived at APL after a few years of asymmetrical bobs and my next goal is BSL. Ultimately, I'm not sure what length will give me the "yes, it is finally long enough" feeling. The longest it has ever been was between BSL and waist, and it didn't feel long enough then. I'll say classic to be dangerously optimistic. That would take a generous three years or so I estimate; so... 2012. Cool. I'll die hot.

sana junaid
August 9th, 2009, 09:36 PM
2 years to acheive my goal :)

Heavenly Locks
August 9th, 2009, 09:41 PM
My goal is a time goal :) I am planning to grow and grow and grow until I have to leave Japan in November 2011. That's about 2 years. I think I will be at least TB by then, hopefully closer to classic!

August 9th, 2009, 09:47 PM
Depends on how these vitamins will affect the speed of my growth, but I should be at my goal in one year. I'm not sure what kind of condition it'll be in though, so hopefully I can start growing 1 inch a month and start maintaining the length in half a years time!

Shadow Walker
August 9th, 2009, 09:49 PM
I'm going for terminal, so who knows how long that's going to take. I'm guessing it will be somewhere around 5 to 6 years before I hit ankle, so that's one of my mini goals.

August 10th, 2009, 04:25 AM
Hmm, I'm starting to enjoy my hair now that it is surely getting long from short. My mini goal is definitely APL, I think I will be there in october maybe. My main goal is waist, just because I have never had such long hair before. It may take many years.

August 10th, 2009, 04:34 AM
My first mini goal is to have a bluntier hemline at waist lenght, growing out my last layer. I think (and wish) that it will be until the year end. My shortest layer will be somewhere past shoulder, though.

I'm thinking in tailbone (with a straight or v-shaped hemline, but I'm not sure yet) as my final goal, so it will take me about four years, i hope.

August 10th, 2009, 04:47 AM
At my rate of growth I'd say about 6 gazillion years - and Im only aiming for BSL hehe :D

August 10th, 2009, 05:31 AM
at least a couple of years 2011 or 2012 for me. right now my goal is just to get my hair to bra strap length, it hasn't been that long since I was a little girl. But I always get the itch to cut my hair after I've been growing it for a couple of years so I'll probably be looking for support on staying away from the scissors is 2010! :p

August 10th, 2009, 05:43 AM
Having cut it all off to 2 inches at the back and having a barely jaw length bob now :o

I think APL = 2011
BSL = 2012
Waist = 2014
Final goal of no damage and blunt ends at Hip by 2015!

Have managed 42 inches from pixie in 5 1/2 years before so will resist the urge to trim till BSL.

August 10th, 2009, 06:10 AM
It'll probably take a year to get to waist. Then I will start trimming off damage. It'll probably take another year to get to my goal: healthy hair at waist.

August 10th, 2009, 06:27 AM
Just a couple of months to reach my goal length of above waist when wavy and then 3 or 4 months more to get rid of layers.

August 10th, 2009, 06:29 AM
It will be about two years before I reach tailbone with a blunt hemline and damage. I'll probably grow to classic after that

August 10th, 2009, 06:35 AM
I have so many mini goals along the way and I dont know how long I will go really so I will say it will be years before I reach my goals ♥

August 10th, 2009, 06:51 AM
My current mini goal is tailbone, but I'm going through a trimming phase from hip to there so its going to take a little longer then I thought! This year I have been trimming half an inch every 2 months which means I'll lose half my growth this year. I think I'll probably continue this into next year (tailbone by summer?), possibly maintain at tailbone for awhile to improve thickness at the ends and then make a dash for classic by not trimming. I might have classic hair by the end of 2011 then, at the earliest. Might take a bit longer though, and I might just stick at tailbone.

What all this about the end of the world? Have I missed something?

August 10th, 2009, 07:26 AM
Good question. I keep pushing my goal every time I realize that I am going to reach it within the next few months. I used to want waist badly. Then I wanted to grow my hair a little more, but I was convinced I would never want to go beyond hips.
I'm now reaching for classic and I can honestly no longer vouch anymore that I'll want to stop there once I have reached it. :lol: Although I daresay I shall be happy once I reach this milestone. I hope :whistle:

I should have reached classic by next spring, provided all goes well and that I don't need too many trims. :)

August 10th, 2009, 08:42 AM
I haven't 100% decided on a goal. Originally, I decided that waist or hip would be good, then I decided I wanted more length and made classic my goal. I'm definitely still shooting for classic, but I once I reach that, I may try to go longer... maybe see how long I can get it and then trim it back to classic. However, I am worried that I won't like classic because it will be difficult to style and will probably get tangled if I wear it down, which is usually how I wear it now. Of course, I am looking forward to all the awesome styling possibilities of classic.

Let's see, my hair is 30 inches right now. Classic is somewhere around 46. That's 16 inches to grow. My hair right now is growing at about an inch per month, thanks to vitamins (hopefully it's not just a growth spurt). I don't know if it will continue at that rate, but if it does, that means 16 months. So we're looking at sometime in December of 2010 if I maintain my rate and my ends stay good. If my ends start to look gross, I'll trim them, but I haven't trimmed in over a year, and they still look good.

August 10th, 2009, 09:00 AM
From prior experience, I estimate that I will reach my first goal of waist length in about a year and a half to two years. I'm going to maintain at that length for a few months to trim off the very last inch or two of bleach damage and layers I had from so long ago, and then decide whether or not I want to go longer again. Chances are that I'll probably go for hip... I remember that I loved that length even though I only had it for a short time before destroying it with bleach and then doing a huge chop. :eek:

Because I dye my hair, I'm not sure if I could grow it longer than hip without it starting to look bad.. we'll see.

August 10th, 2009, 09:07 AM
I want waistlentgh, currently my layered and v-shaped hair is BSL at its longest so i dare say that will take a while. Have no idea about how quickly my hair grows...

Ehm... i just have to ask... Why would the word end in 2012? I have heard nothing of the sorts and will thus assume that it will in fact only affect the American continent. Anyone care to elaborate and perhaps restore my opinion of the place?

August 10th, 2009, 09:44 AM
My primary goal is somewhere between classic and fingertip. I think I should be solidly at BSL by Christmas (not including my layers which will eventually be cut) and then 2 to 2 1/2 years after than. I don't know if I will go beyond that or not.

August 10th, 2009, 11:27 AM
It's so inspiring to read everyone's goals!

My long-term goal is waist, but short-term is BSL, which is about 3 inches more for me, so maybe 6 months?

August 10th, 2009, 11:30 AM
If my hair continues to grow at it's normal rate (1cm/month) it will take me around 2.5 years to reach my mid-thigh goal. I just hope terminal doesn't come before that.

August 10th, 2009, 11:37 AM
One year if I don't trim :)

August 10th, 2009, 11:37 AM
I have my goal as 45", so it should be next year. But when I reach that goal, it's subject to change to even longer. :)

August 10th, 2009, 12:24 PM
I have several goals, which ultimately culminates in my goal length and condition. My goal length is classic, and I figure 4 years to get there counting dustings and trims as needed. But my real goal is for all of my hair to be healthy and in good condition at that length with a thick hemline. I have no idea how long that will take to achieve.

My current mini goal is BSL, I figure perhaps 8 months or so depending on how my hair continues to grow. After that is waist, and I will likely take a bit of time at waist to give the hemline a chance to thicken and get to looking good. I try not to think too much on the big goal, but rather focus on the smaller goals, because I feel so good when I reach them!


August 10th, 2009, 12:42 PM
My goal is healthy thick waist- length hair. I have to trim back when I reach midback-length, so healthy waist may be 18 months or more away.

August 10th, 2009, 02:47 PM
My ultimate goal will take about 5 years.

August 10th, 2009, 11:59 PM
It has taken me 10 months to reach my mini goal of APL and I estimate that it will take about a year and a half (maybe even two) to reach my ultimate goal which is waist.

August 11th, 2009, 09:49 PM
Ehm... i just have to ask... Why would the word end in 2012? I have heard nothing of the sorts and will thus assume that it will in fact only affect the American continent. Anyone care to elaborate and perhaps restore my opinion of the place?

The Mayan calendar ends on the Winter Solstice of 2012, so some people predict that the world will end then. Other people predict that we will just be moving into a new age of enlightenment. Some interesting astronomical stuff also happens then, like the earth being in alignment with the sun in the center of the galaxy, which apparently only happens once every 26,000 years.

Here are some interesting websites with information:


August 11th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Hmm, if I decide to go for waist, that another 4 inches or so. ANother 4 inches of dry length would be at least another 8 inches of wet length to account for shrinkage.

Urg, that will take awhile.

August 12th, 2009, 07:20 AM
My first goal is waist. Allowing for trims to damaged ends, that should be Christmas 2010. That would be three years' growth from shoulder to waist (the mega-short cut was for Christmas 2007). If I then decide to go for tailbone, that should be another year from then.

August 13th, 2009, 08:46 AM
My goal is really gorgeous and healthy looking BSL(i hope i get the initials correct) I dont know how long it will take me, because i am not sure of how damaged my hair is - I am really bad at judging hair.
Right now my longest tress reaches my bra strap, so i guess it will be 6 months- 8 months for most of the hair to catch up with two small trims. As for the quality - i am not sure. Ill just try to maintain that length for some time and follow the guidelines in LHC.

August 17th, 2009, 06:36 AM
Oh...if my hair is waist at 32", and it is 13 inches now...that makes 19" of growth that I need. My hair used to grow a little over an inch a month and it was AWESOME but it seems to have slowed down over the last year so if I say half an inch of growth a month, which is what is normal it seems for most people...then I'm looking at about three and a half more years of growth (with a few trims thrown in) until I reach my goal....We'll see...

August 17th, 2009, 07:03 AM
I'm there already:D

My aims are just to keep it well conditioned and trimmed. Taking vitamins and being gentle with it. Adding Henna every now and then for shine strength and colour-it's given me a little thickness too.

I am now floating between tail and classic with healthy henna'd hair(over virgin) cutting back when I feel like it.

Maybe some day I would grow to knee. But I am more than happy where I am.

August 17th, 2009, 07:10 AM
I believe it'll take two years for me to get it to BSL (curls). However, I do have a lot of mini-goals along the way to keep me motivated. Next goal is collarbone which I should reach in about 3 to 4 months.

August 18th, 2009, 01:04 PM
My hair goal seems to be waist at 73 cm
(please forgive me that I donīt know in inches).
For this I need about 2 years sleek and 3 years wavy
(if my lovely waves stay :pray:)

August 18th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Forever it seems like :roll:

August 18th, 2009, 08:03 PM
Original goal of 26" should be December. I may trim 1" around that time but if I don't start seeing lots of splits (I haven't since last cut in January, yay!) I probably won't trim.

LHC-influenced goal of 28-30 will take another year, with at least one 1" trim somewhere along the way.

When I joined I thought BSL was where I wanted to be but I'll be there in a month or two (24.5" or so) and I just know I'll crave more.

What's been inspiring me is the perfect consistent 1/2" I've gotten every month since I started tracking. ::knocks on wood:: :D

August 19th, 2009, 12:12 AM
Eventually I might want to get to waist lenght but for now even APL would be heaven. It will take looong looong time. Too long.

August 19th, 2009, 12:51 AM
I love this thread - Because I love talking about goals!

I am anticipating the following milestones:
* Get rid of 1 1/2 inches of layers
* Obtain BSL (23 inches)
* Possibly tailbone

First milestone will be complete by Nov 2009
Second by Sept 2010

I find the following things to be motivational and help make the wait more bearable:
* Looking at progress pics from where I started until now - focusing on how long I've come already as opposed to how long to take where I'm going
* Look at other LHC member progress photos - reading their stories
* Focusing on hair health not just length
* Trying new updos to wear now
* Picking up a new hair toy
* Making mini goals between milestones - little successes remind me that I am progressing
* Having non hair goals to switch the focus to keeps me from being too obsessed with one particular goal and driving myself crazy!

August 19th, 2009, 12:58 AM
My goal is waist, and I should be there in about 6 months :)

August 19th, 2009, 01:12 AM
I'm aiming for term eventually. At the rate I was growing before biotin, I'll be at classic in four months, at knee in two years, and at ankle in four years, as long as I don't hit term... my pessimistic estimate for that is about two years out.

This is a hard question for me right now. I started taking biotin about a week and a half ago, and what measurements I have say my hair is growing crazy fast. Like, three inches a month. But I don't really have enough data to say for sure... and I think that sort of growth is really, really unlikely.

If this insanely fast rate is real and not some measuring screw up on my part (likely), I'll be at classic in 5 weeks, knee in six months, ankle in ten months, and on the floor in a year. Which sounds ridiculous to me. It'd be awesome, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up.

August 19th, 2009, 03:14 AM
The rest of my natural life I would guess :>

It's like a dream instead of a goal - but I have all you gals to motivate me!

August 19th, 2009, 03:21 AM
I think it's gonna take about a year for me to reach my goal.
Maybe a bit more because I'm not completely sure how long I want it yet.
A year is so looooooong! :p

August 19th, 2009, 03:35 AM
Way too long, but in the meantime I am trying to trim often to keep the ends healthy and hemline straight. I guess I'll be at waist in 2 years. "I Hope"

August 19th, 2009, 08:49 AM
I have several length goals before I reach my main goal of Classic (maybe term debating that one when the time comes).

APL: September 2009
BSL: December 2009
Waist: July 2010
Classic: December 2010

August 19th, 2009, 08:53 AM
it will probably take me a little over year to reach my goal of growing all my hair out again to about shoulder length. (im growing out henna/chemical dye)

August 19th, 2009, 09:01 AM
It will take forrrreeeevvverrrrrrrrrrr.

Two, maybe three years. Ugh!

August 19th, 2009, 05:30 PM
I'm hoping for bsl in a year and then another year for waist. I don't know my monthly growth rate, but I'll be keeping track of it from now on.

August 19th, 2009, 05:48 PM
My hair grows 1/2 inch a month. Right now I am at 22 inches. Waist will be 31 inches and classic 41 inches. So maybe a year and a half for waist.

I don't know if I will keep growing after waist. If I did it would be another year and a half.

So 3 more years total for classic.

August 19th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Judging by my most recent length picture (below), I'd say about a year. That's nothing; I've been growing for 10 years (with lots of trims) already.

August 19th, 2009, 06:14 PM
Well, my longest layer is about 3 inches from waist, with the shortest layers about 6 inches above, I think. My goal is hip/tailbone area, blunt, which is about 40 inches. I'm about 28 inches right now...so awhile. Probably 2 years to reach tailbone with my longest layer, and another year to even it all out.

August 19th, 2009, 06:34 PM
Forever! I must have the slowest growing hair on earth! All I'm asking for is bra strap length. That's not too much to ask, is it? It's currently "just" past my shoulders.

August 19th, 2009, 07:04 PM
At about 1/2inch a month, about another year to waist, IF it will grow that long. I've never had hair that long in my life. Better late than never, I guess. Hope it will stay healthy, too.

August 19th, 2009, 07:08 PM
longhairenvy, I think you have made amazing progress! :)

August 28th, 2009, 03:59 PM
My hair goal is 34..and with my hair being 27 right now..with (im hoping) 0.5 a month..within a year!..give or take an inch or two :P

August 28th, 2009, 04:17 PM
My hair is about APL now and my goal is waist. The condition of my hair isn't very good so I think i will need to trim a lot. I hope to reach BSL within a year.

August 28th, 2009, 04:23 PM
I feel like I have another good 2 years to reach butt length at the least. I'd say I have another 4 years to be rid of chemical dye on the ends making way for 100% virgin hair.

Hopefully it all works out that way! :D

August 28th, 2009, 04:28 PM
I'm thinking that it will take me about 2 years to get to classic. I've been hovering between midback and waist for about 5 years before deciding recently that I want it longer.

August 28th, 2009, 04:34 PM
Wow, there's a lot of people with very long term goals... When I started I estimated 7 years of growth from pixie to classic lenght. I've been growing for almost 5 years, but I think I might hit classic in one year and a half or so...

Let's hope for it!
Then I estimate like 2 more years to even everything out slowly... Let's see how my hair does. Good luck everybody!


August 28th, 2009, 06:07 PM
I trimmed off half inch on the longest tip to straighten it more..so now my hair is 26.5..so..a big over a year now. :)

August 28th, 2009, 06:26 PM
I'm thinking it will take until late October or early November for me to get my hair past shoulders. I don't know about my top layers though. I think I'll try for BSL, then see what I can do with it then. :confused:

August 28th, 2009, 10:06 PM
I wish you all to achieve your goal... and I hope that you up it!!!:D
I wish to see a lot of you with floor+ length!!!;)

A question: when you trim your hair, you consider the moon phase???

August 28th, 2009, 10:12 PM
My goal is classic, from which I will decide what to do with all my hennaed length (I'm at almost tailbone now but my natural color is only down to collarbone)

August 28th, 2009, 10:52 PM
I'm currently at shoulder length, but my hair grows FAST! Or at least it has always seemed that way in the past when I have grown it out long. I have never made it beyond BSL, but I would LOVE to get to upper waist before I die. LOL! My guess is that if I don't trim anything right now, I'll be there in 2 years. Seems like forever when I write that out, but the years FLY by anymore.

August 28th, 2009, 11:14 PM
Well, my goal was hip length. Which is now is after three years of growing it out from chin length.

And now my goal is classic...so not very long...if my hair keeps growing. My hair went through a huge stall. My hair has grown only 2.5 inches from February until now...and my hair used to grow 1 inch every month. :( But I think it's catching up again. :D

August 29th, 2009, 08:24 AM
I think I responded already, but as I am going for BSL, about 2 or 2.5 years.

August 29th, 2009, 08:47 AM
To reach my first goal of cutting off the damage in my hair when virgin hair reaches shoulder length... about 1 year or maybe a little longer.

Now to reach my big goal of hip length... it will be a while... probably 4-5 years.

September 1st, 2009, 06:39 AM
I'm a little over half way to my goal length. Currently my longest hair is 11 inches long (or 28 cm) and I'm hoping to achieve 18 inches (or 45 cm) in total length within 18 months with a 1inch trim allowed in between. I'm guessing that it would be about mid-back by then. Then afterwards gradually allow the layers to catch up by trimming. No great ambitions for super long hair yet! I'd see if I pass this goal post first before progressing any further. That way I won't feel too let down if my terminal length is actually shorter then waist! Which can happen.

I joined this board just over a year ago when my longest hair was around 12 cm so am very happy with the current progress so far on this interesting long hair journey.

And thanks for all the great company here too. All members hair is beautiful and unique in their own way and thanks for sharing your progress.

September 1st, 2009, 06:55 AM
I have actually surpassed my goal, I never even knew my hair would grow as long as it has, right now I am at 39" and right past tailbone, so I am happy and would be happy if it never grows anymore, it's all just gravy from here! :cheese: :cheese: :cheese:

But, I would *like* to get to classic if I can, and maybe to thigh or knee, I just keep truckin along seeing how things go, it's a whole new experience for me and I am just adoring it all.

September 1st, 2009, 10:54 AM
I originally thought 4 years, since I would like to see classic before I decide if tailbone is easier for me to manage. But I have a couple of years worth of length that was damaged byrepeated bleachings and chemical dye, not to mention poor treatment from flat itons and other abuses. So really to get all of my hair from root to tip being undamaged and gently treated hair, will take me at least 6 years.

Unless the hair goddess takes pity on me and makes my hair start growing faster. I have a lot of hair abuse penance to do though.

September 1st, 2009, 11:04 AM
I want to hit at least waist, because that's when hair starts to seem "long" to me. By my current estimates, I should reach that in about a year from now, barring any cutting or growth stalls. It's going to take 3-4 months just to hit BSL, which is my first goal.

Oh, come on hair, grow! Grow!

September 2nd, 2009, 05:25 AM
In 2008 I chopped my hair off to chin length, and a year and a bit on from that I have hit BSL (even after several haircuts). I am a short person and have fast growing hair, so my goal of waist length hair should be just achievable by my birthday in April 2010!

Only 8 months to go!!!

Ravenwaves 88
September 2nd, 2009, 05:31 AM
I think I'll be able to reach tail bone length in a year, but in order to have all my hair without dye, probably 2 years.

September 2nd, 2009, 10:59 AM
Since I have never kept track of my growth rate, this may or may not be accurate! I am not sure of my terminal length, so that may affect my goal as well.

I figure it should take about 2.5 years to get to waist. I am estimating it will be about 5 years to get to classic, and about 6 years if I decide to not keep layers. So, quite a bit of growing left to do!

September 2nd, 2009, 11:05 AM
Well, I think I should be APL in about a year. (Woot!) That's going to be the longest my hair has ever been since I was five.

Then, BSL should be another year; waist, a year after that, and hip maybe a year after that, if I don't trim too much. Being extremely realistic, though, and assuming I may want a fancy hair cut sometime in the next four years, it may take me almost five or six years to reach hip.

Wow. BSL in two years. EEK! :eek:

September 2nd, 2009, 11:33 AM
It should take me between one and two years to reach my goal, depending on whether I trim or not.

September 3rd, 2009, 12:57 AM
for me who wants hair to classic length, i think it will take about 3 or 4 more years, depending on damage and splits, trims and terminal length. so i should achieve classic length by 2013. and after i reach my goal? maybe go for knee length? not yet sure, want to see how it behaves and feels to have classic length hair, then after about 6 to 10 months of maintaining i might decide to go longer. who knows i might end up being one of the floor length ladies. for now i'll stick to classic and see what happens.

September 4th, 2009, 10:10 AM
My longest pieces are just brushing shoulder now after cutting it to about 1/2 inch in Oct. 08. I figure it will be fully waist length in Nov. 2011. I'll be happy when it just brushes waist.

September 4th, 2009, 11:54 AM
I thinnk it will probably take me about two years to reach hip length

September 6th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Right now i am just desperate for below shoulder length hair- so that will take 4 inches in around 8 months. As for waist long, probably 2-3 years. I'm being quite hopeful.

September 6th, 2009, 10:15 PM
I think to get to waist while curly is going to take me about 4 years from now. maybe 5 if i trim. im not quite sure though.

September 7th, 2009, 10:14 AM
hmm well seeing that i had just started at growing my hair i should be past my shoulders in 6 months. time can only tell

September 7th, 2009, 11:21 AM
I'm reaching hip-lenght in about one year I guess and then knee-lenght maybe two to three years from then.

September 7th, 2009, 11:55 AM
Well, I'm positive I'll be at waist by the end of this year..... My goal is classic (when pulled straight). I haven't calculated at all but I think it would take around 3 years w/o trims.

September 21st, 2009, 12:48 AM
Several years for me. I still need to even my hair up and havent hit shoulder length yet. I hope to be shoulder length by March 2010. After that, maybe waist length by Sept. 2011.:cheese:

How long did it take you to grow from ear length to chin length?

September 21st, 2009, 01:09 AM
Well at the moment, my main goal is to grow out my epic frizz halo, which should be mostly gone in 6-8 months. After that, I haven't exactly decided how long I want it to end up, but I think I'd like to get it to waist length dry, which will probably be in two years. Being 6'7" stinks sometimes :p

September 21st, 2009, 01:22 AM
Lets see my first goal is chin length so I need to grow about 4 inches. My hair seems to grow about 0.5 inches a month so I am looking at 8 months till chin length. Then I will keep it at chin length till I can grow out the rest of damage then I would like to grow to collar bone or longer I haven't really decided. I always had long hair but my chin length inverted bob complimented me better. I am at about ear length right now due to damage from bleach. I jus want my 4 inches back and I will be happy.

September 21st, 2009, 02:48 AM
With my naturally curly, frizzy fried mess, I think I am looking at about at least a year to see mild results and probably several years before I reach my goal, that is IF it ever gets to that point.

September 21st, 2009, 04:25 AM
I just measured in at 32 inches this week, so getting to my first goal of 36 inches should be met by January or so. I pretty much just do S&D, so I think that's reasonable.

September 21st, 2009, 06:24 AM
Woops! I meant June not January. I wish!

September 21st, 2009, 06:55 AM
I honestly don't know how long it will take since I maintained at TB with regular trim for 5 years thinking my hair wouldn't grown any more. With better care and vitamins I've gained 2" Woot woot :cheese: . So classic hear I come then terminal...

September 21st, 2009, 06:59 AM
My longest strands just reach my knees. I'd really like to reach floor length, if possible. So I need 20 inches of growth. At 2.5 inches of growth per year (yes, year - slow grower here), I should reach it in 8 years, which is 2017.

Sounds about right. It took me from 1993 to 2009 (16 years) to get from above the shoulder to knee length (roughly 40 inches). I wish you luck on your journey and wanted to say you are very encouraging! :)

September 21st, 2009, 10:30 AM
My goal is classic which is about 45 inches on me and me hair is almost chin. I figured out about 5 years until then if I don't stall...it seems so long to wait.....

September 21st, 2009, 12:36 PM
Well, my goal was classic... reached, maintained then passed that over a year ago and I am now half way to knee.

I started growing in the fall of 2003 from a shoulder bob while pregnant with DD (almost 6). I grow at a fairly average rate and have had a lot of trims over the years (especially when I first learned how to self trim and change my hem shape). SHoulder to mid thigh in 6 years. I have no real goal just growing healthy hair. I have been considering a trim back to classic or even waist... then I feel my length tickle my thighs and I put it off again... LOL It grows to grow.... If I continue at the same rate I could be knee by Spring 2010 and floor by 2012, but you know I may cut... or not...

Kris Dove
September 21st, 2009, 12:47 PM
My goal is classic, but I'm going to take my time getting there and trim as and when I feel I need it due to setbacks- I've stopped taking the pill and my hair seemed to be shedding a bit for a while there, so I'll maybe just maintain at BSL for a while as there's a bit of a taper(although after I trimmed just an inch off yesterday it looks a LOT better). It all depends how it looks really, but maybe I'll get back to being classic length in about 2-3 years?

September 21st, 2009, 12:57 PM
The time I grew from pixie to BSL it took about 2.5-3 years. My goal now is waist which should take me about 2.5 years from now or around April of 2012. Gah! That seems like a hopelessly long time! Ah well, at least I don't have a pixie anymore!

September 21st, 2009, 01:00 PM
My first/current goal is classic and I think it'll take me about 6 months to get there... I intend to keep my hair at classic for a while to thicken the ends, then I might consider letting it grow on down to knee! :-)

September 21st, 2009, 02:36 PM
It's taken about 2.5 years to go from pixie to waist. My goal is TBL. I'm hopiong it will be very close by this time next year!

September 21st, 2009, 03:07 PM
My first goal is my hair reaches just below my breast, I'm currently 10' away from that.
so, 10' / 0.5 ' a month (apprx), = 20 months.
So that's it! 1 year and 8 months without trimming.
and that's.... may of 2011 !!!

I'll rather not to think how long until I can reach waist <3

September 21st, 2009, 05:31 PM
How long did it take you to grow from ear length to chin length?

I think it was 6 months. As soon as i hit APL, im going to start trimming to even things up so it will look better.:)

September 21st, 2009, 05:34 PM
I think I've got about a year to get to waist length, then I'm not sure if I'll go longer.

September 21st, 2009, 06:03 PM
I'm trying to get rid of some dry icky splitty ends by trimming a little bit every few months, and then see if my hair will make it to classic. I'm hoping to have the ends I don't like gone, while keeping my hair at mid back in the next six months.

September 21st, 2009, 10:45 PM
I wish you luck on your journey and wanted to say you are very encouraging! :)

Thank you! :) Good luck on your journey, as well!

September 26th, 2009, 08:02 PM
I can't say I have a goal length. I think that might put to much pressure on me. I went from very short to this length (mid butt..what is that called? lol) without really having a goal other than I wanted to be longer than the length it was at any point. So, i'll just let it grow and see where it goes.

September 26th, 2009, 08:25 PM
I'm at classic and I'd love to get to knee length, but I'm starting to get really sick of sitting on my hair (and the hair eating seat belt monster) . So I may keep it a little shorter.(although I wear my hair up most of the time) But I also change my mind a lot. some days I want to go to terminal and some I'd like to cut it to tailbone. So I really have no idea.

September 26th, 2009, 09:03 PM
About 2 years.
My ultimate goal is Tailbone, but my short term goal is to get to Waist (about another 4 months) Then maintain there while I get rid of all my bleach damaged hair (about 4 inches worth :() So thats another 8 months, then to grow to Tailbone will take another 11 months.
I'm just trying to focus on enjoying the journey :p

September 26th, 2009, 09:13 PM
It will most likely take me 2-3 years to reach tailbone. My mini goal is BSL by next summer, and then I hope to reach waist by summer 2011.

September 27th, 2009, 10:45 AM
Figure, with my rate of growth (1.5"/mo) that I'll be at waist in 9 or 10 months. I'm lucky I'm so short, waist on me is about 28"! Hehe :D

September 27th, 2009, 11:19 AM
Another 4 years maybe to even my hemline a bit and get from mid-back to tailbone:)

September 27th, 2009, 05:07 PM
Being a 57 year old male with more snow melting off the roof every year, I'm kind of unsure how long anything will take. I'm at 31" now and hope to be at 36" before I turn 60. It grows pretty slowly now ... only time will tell.

September 28th, 2009, 01:51 AM
I just trimmed back to 36" to thicken up the hemline/get rid of some REALLY splitty ends... so to maintain a thick hemline for a while while the last of my layers grow out, then to classic (about 46")...about a year. Hopefully. If I was shorter this would be a lot easier! :D

September 28th, 2009, 02:15 AM
I have no idea. Mostly because I never had a set goal length. It was just a diffuse thought of "I want longer hair." when I had a really short pixie. :D Surprising how far one gets with such a lousy goal.
I guess thatīs partly the reason why I enjoyed every stage of growth and donīt feel impatient to reach a certain length.