View Full Version : 4 years of growing my hair!!! [Pic heavy]

Shadow Walker
July 14th, 2009, 03:48 PM
So yeah, it's been roughly 4 years since I started growing my hair from being pretty much bald! I never thought I would have come this far, and by the end of fall I should be at hip length. :D

Here's a history of my growth (I'm sure plenty of people have seen these already):

This is the earliest picture I have of me with extremely short hair, this is maybe a month after I had to all shaved off for the last time.

This is at the 1 year mark, and I absolutely hated it! I constantly thought about cutting during the awkward emo stage, but I stuck it out.

This was taken the day I joined LHC, 2 years ago month! This is the only length shot I have after growing for 2 years.

This is at the 3 year mark, it grew quite a bit in one year!

A shot from the front at the 3 year mark.

And here we are, this is my hair after 4 years of growth! These were taken on my new laptop and the brightness was just right, but on my desktop they look really dark. My apologies if you can't see them clearly.


My hands are right at my hips, for reference.

Thanks LHC for helping me get to where I am! :joy:

July 14th, 2009, 03:52 PM
WOW this is amazing! I'm compelled to show my DBF these pics because he constantly thinks about cutting it.

But wow, congratulations, Shadow Walker, and good luck reaching terminal!

Your hair looks amazingly healthy and has such a nice hemline!

July 14th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Your hair looks so amazing at this length. I'm glad you are growing it and keeping it long. Congratulations! :)

July 14th, 2009, 03:58 PM
I'm always in awe when I see pictures of your hair. Absolutely amazing....everything about it! :thud:

Happy Anniversary!

July 14th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Your hair is utterly amazing!

July 14th, 2009, 04:10 PM
*jaw drops* I am so, insanely, jealous of your hair.

July 14th, 2009, 04:23 PM
Wow your hair is looking great! The hemline is really thick, terminal is a long way off I should think:cheese:

Shadow Walker
July 14th, 2009, 04:32 PM
Thanks everyone! I really mean it when I say that without this community, I would probably still have very short hair and not be nearly as happy as I am now.

And magpielaura, I hope so too! I'm quite curious to see how long it will go.

July 14th, 2009, 04:34 PM
Oh, those were interesting! I've never seen your earlier pictures before. Your hair does indeed look fab!

July 14th, 2009, 04:34 PM
No end in sight! You've got great hair!

July 14th, 2009, 04:39 PM
Your hair looks so great! I envy how tame it is in your pictures. Taming mine even for a photo can be a pain. :)

July 14th, 2009, 04:40 PM
ooh :cheer:..so healthy and shiny..heres to many more years of happy growing!!

July 14th, 2009, 04:42 PM
Love your hair Shadow Walker, just amazing!

July 14th, 2009, 04:45 PM
Wow!!! Your hair seems to grow so fast! Sigh... Wonderfully thick and healthy looking hair - congratulations. Your hair looks as though it would make it down to your feet if you wanted it to be that long!

July 14th, 2009, 04:47 PM
Gorgeous-front and back! Hate to introduce a downer, but have you improved the work situation?

July 14th, 2009, 04:53 PM
from scalp to almost hip in 4 years .. amazing you do have nice hair but you didnt look bad without hair either

Shadow Walker
July 14th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Thanks Elphie, sweet*things, aahavaa, and katiana! :)

LittleOrca: That's how mine looks pretty much all the time, no taming required. One of the advantages of having stick straight hair I guess!

Charlotte: I certainly wouldn't mind having it that long to see what it's like. If it's not too much of a burden to take care of it at that length, I don't see any reason not to let it stay that long! :D

LisaButz2001: Thanks! And yes, the work situation has improved quite a bit. I haven't had my hair yanked for awhile, and my scalp is feeling much better.

redneckprincess, I'm glad you think so! I don't think I'm ever going back though. :p

July 14th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Your hair looks amazing. Fantastic growth rate. So thick and healthy looking. I suspect that you've got a long way to go before terminal.:D

July 14th, 2009, 04:58 PM
Your hair is gorgeous! I'm glad you stuck it out through the emo phase lol :) Seriously, look at all that shine and smoothness! Major case of jealousy over here.

July 14th, 2009, 05:02 PM
Nice progress!

July 14th, 2009, 05:02 PM
Oh wow. Now that's my goal. Beautifull hair Shadow walker.

Madame J
July 14th, 2009, 05:08 PM
Soooooo gorgeous! And I'm especially glad that the work situation has improved.

July 14th, 2009, 05:12 PM
:thud: to you, oh Shadow Walker! a great 4 year progress it is.

July 14th, 2009, 05:12 PM
Wow that is some massively healthy, thick hair with a perfect hemline! Keep on growing!!:joy:

July 14th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Congratulations! You have really had a lot of growth and your hair is so shining, thick and healthy!! It is inspiring!! (o:

July 14th, 2009, 07:14 PM
Wow! you're hair looks fantastic!

Paper Moon
July 14th, 2009, 07:16 PM
Yup!!! The best looking guy on LHC with the awesomest hair!! (hope that's not too weird lol!)

The most :thud: worthy head of hair on a male I've ever seen!

July 14th, 2009, 08:47 PM
:thud: WOW! Your hair is stunning. Glad you have kept growing it, you sure have amazing hair. It's been a good 4 years for you looks like it! :)

July 14th, 2009, 08:55 PM
woohoo! congrats that is awesome.

July 14th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Oh....my....gosh!!!!!!!!!! :thud: Your hair is fabulous!!!!

July 14th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Add me to the ever increasing :thudpile:

I :love: your new length shots - SO incredible!!! I bet it feels a soft and silky as it looks. I'm eternally grateful that you decided not to cut a few months ago, I think it would have been such a tragedy. I think its funny that my two greatest friends on here joined approximately the same time I did...our yearly updates come one right after the other, lol.

LHC just wouldn't the same without your gorgeous head of hair and awesome personality :)

July 14th, 2009, 09:16 PM
I have always enjoyed your update photos... you have gorgeous hair, and it's grown so fast!
Happy anniversary! :)

July 14th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Ah Shadow Walker, you and your hair are completely drool worthy. Keep growing. It looks great.

July 14th, 2009, 09:30 PM
***Picking up face of the floor!!*** Beautiful hair, and what a fast growth rate. It's obvious that you get more than the avg 1/2 in. per month. Congrats!

July 14th, 2009, 09:37 PM
Your hair is just beautiful!!!

July 14th, 2009, 09:55 PM
Stunning hair. Fantastic growth.

July 14th, 2009, 10:41 PM
Your ends are so thick, I think terminal is quite far away. Awesome hair. :)

Shadow Walker
July 14th, 2009, 10:48 PM
Oh wow, so many nice comments while I was away! Thanks everyone for all the support and kind words, it really means a lot! :D

I'll try to respond to everyone as soon as I can, but now I must be off for awhile.

July 14th, 2009, 10:51 PM
fantastic hair :)

July 14th, 2009, 11:17 PM
I hope I have as much growth success as you when I get to my 4 year mark!:) I'm envious. You have beautiful hair.:)

July 14th, 2009, 11:24 PM
makes me feel slow man come on lol. im at 40 months and like 3 days and im around what your 3 yr mark seems. il get there eventually.

July 14th, 2009, 11:24 PM
Congrats! You have made great progress and you have a great looking hemline!

July 14th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Congratulations - great growth and hair of great quality. Next stop hip!

July 15th, 2009, 12:02 AM
Holy moly that's fantastic growth :happydance:

July 15th, 2009, 12:14 AM
WOOOOW! What awesome looking hair!!

July 15th, 2009, 01:03 AM
That is insane! :D

It looks fabulous ShadowWalker! I wish my hair was that thick and even. You appear to have absolutely no taper, so I expect terminal on you is going to be really, really long. Do you think you will contain it once it hits knee length or just let it fly?!

Do tell us how you get your hair to grow so darn fast! :cool:

July 15th, 2009, 01:33 AM
wow!!! Your hair is amazing. The growth rate is so fast and yet it appears to show no damage at all.

I am sure there are plenty of people envious of your hair.

I wonder where it will be in another 4 years.

July 15th, 2009, 01:40 AM
As always totally thud worthy :thud::)

July 15th, 2009, 02:07 AM
Add me to the thudpile. :thud: Your hair looks like pure silk.

July 15th, 2009, 02:33 AM
Such a great achievement is 4 years Congratulations :cheese:, your hair looks gorgeous.

July 15th, 2009, 03:52 AM
Your hair is wonderfully thick and healthy. This must be so motivating for anyone growing out hair from zero. Kudos for your perseverance and all the tender loving care you've obviously been giving your hair. :applause:

July 15th, 2009, 03:56 AM
ow my god, I think you have the most wonderfull hair i've ever seen on a man:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

July 15th, 2009, 03:59 AM
Congratualtions on all that growth. :cheer: It looks really amazing.

July 15th, 2009, 04:22 AM
Great hair -- looks super healthy and thick!

July 15th, 2009, 04:49 AM
such a beautiful hair!!! Congratulations :)

July 15th, 2009, 04:53 AM
Congratulations! Your hair is amazing!!

But I must say you look good bald as well :)

July 15th, 2009, 04:59 AM
Oh my, that looks fantastic !!!!
I'm not generally a fan of a blunt hemline, but on your hair it looks really impressive!

Congratulations !

July 15th, 2009, 08:14 AM
Great, healthy hair man. Keep growing strong.

July 15th, 2009, 09:01 AM
Wow, your hair is so amazing. Do you have a hair routine or are you a wash and go kind of guy? Whatever you're doing it's definately working for you.

July 15th, 2009, 09:48 AM
Wow, I didn't realize how much your hair had grown. Congrats!

July 15th, 2009, 10:22 AM

Your hair is just full of awesome, Shadow! Congrats on sticking with it. Yay for you!!!

July 15th, 2009, 10:42 AM
I was envious of your hemline, thickness, and color before . . . but you have a widow's peak, too???

Not fair. Not fair at all. :mad::mad::mad: (:D)

Congrats on the four years. May you grow on forever.

July 15th, 2009, 10:43 AM
holy moly - your hair is SPLENDID!!!

July 15th, 2009, 11:05 AM
Wow! Your growth has been amazing and your hair looks great!

July 15th, 2009, 11:07 AM
I cannot get over your hair's amazing growth rate, Shadow Walker, or how thick your ends are! You should be able to accomplish a lot more growth with no problem.

July 15th, 2009, 11:30 AM
I think you've just proved you're some kind of gorgeous hair-growing machine and not human after all.

Usually I love men with buzzed hair but it was wasted on you!

July 15th, 2009, 11:39 AM
Wowee! That's some amazing length. Your hair has zazz. I like it.

Shadow Walker
July 15th, 2009, 01:02 PM
:thud: I don't even know where to start, I can't thank everyone enough! I'll be sure to leave you all comments. :)

GoldenBreeze: It all depends, some months I seem to only get 1/2 inch of growth. Other months (especially during the summer) I can get 3/4's or very close to an inch of growth.

MermaidGirl: I'm probably going to keep growing past knee, I wouldn't mind having ankle or even floor length just to see what it's like. :D

Rentlle: Thank you, that's one of the nicest things anyone has said to me!

Idun: Glad you think so, it's good to know that I can pull off any look. :)

Garnet66: No routine really. I shampoo and condition every night before bed, and I try to be gentle when combing, that's really about it.

July 15th, 2009, 01:03 PM
It looks fantastic! And you're super close to your hips now. It won't be much longer!

July 15th, 2009, 01:51 PM
Wow! Everytime I see pictures of your magnificent head of hair I am lost of words!
I'm glad you didn't cut your hair. Keep growing!

July 15th, 2009, 02:26 PM
Wow! just... Wow!!! Congratulations on your AMAZING progress. Your hair looks so perfect!

July 15th, 2009, 02:57 PM
:agape:wow your hair is amazing!

July 15th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Your hemline is ridiculously awesome; the thickest most beautiful hair!

July 15th, 2009, 05:50 PM
Your hair journey is totally inspiring to me - thanks so much for sharing your progress. Your hair is just SPECTACULAR! Keep on growing and never give up!

July 15th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Wow what progress! You have very nice healthy, thick, shiny hair I hope you're proud of :)

July 15th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Oh my gosh your hair is just amazing! So thick looking and what an incredible hemline. Wow, you must be beyond proud.

July 15th, 2009, 08:21 PM
Wow Shadow Walker! Your hair is so shiny and thick, very healthy! Good luck getting to hip, it looks like that shouldn't take long:grin:

July 15th, 2009, 08:29 PM

July 15th, 2009, 09:24 PM
So glad you didn't cut it.

July 15th, 2009, 09:29 PM
gaaah! I am so extremely jealous! It's so nice and straight and perfectly even. Absolutely gorgeous.

Don't ever cut it. Or I might cry.

July 15th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Awesome hair! I have never seen a guy in real life who had that kind of length that was as healthy as yours. Especially the hemline! I'd say you are my hairtwin for blunt hemlines, but your hair is lookin much better than mine. ;)

July 15th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Wow, your hair looks amazing! so healthy! Congrats on 4 years :)

Samara Morgan
July 16th, 2009, 01:58 AM
Shadow Walker, your hair is beautiful! :thud: It looks so silky and smooth and it's grown really fast :agree: Congratulations! :D

July 16th, 2009, 02:47 AM
I am positively green with envy!!

July 16th, 2009, 03:50 AM
You do have really lovely hair. It suits you. Your 1 year picture is an inspiration to anyone at an awkward length!

Your hair looks so thick and in such lovely condition!

July 16th, 2009, 04:35 AM
Wow!!! That's amazing!! Your hair is so thick and healthy now, it's awesome!!! Congratulations!!

July 16th, 2009, 04:40 AM
I absolutely love your hair! Congratulations on some amazing growth!! :D

July 16th, 2009, 04:41 AM
WOW your hair is getting so long looking back I remember some of those photos just from the years Iv been here seeing them around the boards, its looking great!! congratulation on happy and healthy head banging moshing hair.

July 16th, 2009, 06:22 AM
Wow, Wow, Wow!!! You look A-MAZING in long hair, Shadow Walker -- don't ever cut it short again!!! Plus, it is SO healthy and thick and lush. And did I say, WOW?!!!!! :thud:

July 16th, 2009, 06:33 AM
ShadowWalker - You and Igor have had much the same journey I think. :) Your hair, as always, is magnificent!!! I am so very happy that you have kept it long. You have had so much crap to deal with at work because of it yet you keep it long. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

I haven't read all the posts yet but I was wondering how the work thing is going. I thought you had said at one point you may try and find another job.

Anyway keep on going and you and your hair look great!!!!

July 16th, 2009, 06:40 AM
OK I saw what you said about work and I'm glad it's better.

July 16th, 2009, 09:49 AM
Your hair come a long way and looks fantastic SW as usual, keep it growing!

Shadow Walker
July 16th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Thanks so much everyone! It's great when people who's hair I admire compliment me on my own. :D

Chrissy, I still haven't been able to find another job, but things are indeed going much better. I've laid down the law and made it known that while I'm always up for acting stupid and having a fun time, there are limits and when they are crossed then watch out. Things should be ok from now on. :)

July 16th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Wow, you have some amazing hair. Only four years and so much growth, congratulations. :D

July 16th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Shadow Walker - :thud:
truly, truly beautiful hair!

July 17th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Awesome hair! :heart:

July 17th, 2009, 08:22 PM
Like I tell you every time you post a photo, your hair looks absolutely fantastic!

July 17th, 2009, 08:27 PM
Keep growing Shadow Walker, your hair looks gorgeous. I'd kill to have a hemline that thick (not really, but you get the idea)::serious hair envy::

Wicked Princess
July 17th, 2009, 09:12 PM
*jaw drop* Oh my goodness...your hair is so gorgeous! And so thick! And such fast growth!

I'm sure someone better at compliment crafting will better express how much we all like your hair, hehe! Please keep posting such wonderful progress pictures! They're truly inspiring to newbies like me :)

July 18th, 2009, 05:03 AM
You have made remarkable progress Shadow Walker for four years. Your hair looks very healthy, shiny, and appears to have the inherent potential to grow even longer if you so desire it.

Thank you for inspiring other guys to grow their hair long too.

July 18th, 2009, 06:49 AM
I am SO jealous! :shocked:
When I started saving my hair, about 10 years ago, it was slightly longer than your second-year picture. Today it has just passed my shoulders. :rolleyes:

Very nice hair!

July 18th, 2009, 07:12 AM
Way to go, Shadow Walker! Your hair looks fantastic!

July 18th, 2009, 07:23 AM
wow thats gives us all hope for who are on the road of growing it longer. thanks for posting you've made fantastic progress and it shows dedication .

July 18th, 2009, 08:23 AM
Utterly beautiful hair. That's the kind of hair I would love to have. I must know your secrets! Did you simple leave it alone for the most part, doing the whole 'benign neglect', or did you do certain things/take vitamins etc to achieve this health and length?
I love the colour of it, from the pics it looks like you have different tones of brown in there.

July 18th, 2009, 12:02 PM
Shadow Walker, your growth is really amazing (and your hair is STUNNING!). Did you trim at all during those four years? What is your average growth rate per month?

July 18th, 2009, 12:06 PM
Beautiful hair! Congrats!!

July 18th, 2009, 12:15 PM
Wow, you have done a great job of taking care of your hair! Looks awesome!

Shadow Walker
July 18th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Thanks for all the kind words, each one brings a smile to my face! :D I'm glad I can be an inspiration.

MimiKeki: I really don't do anything to my hair, no oils, no vitamins, etc. I shampoo and condition every day, and I try to be as gentle as possible when combing. That's really about it, my hair is pretty much doing it's own thing!

Pixna: I did a 1 inch trim this last spring because I had waaay too many split ends, and the only other time I've trimmed was a few years ago to even out the length in the front and back when it passed my chin.

July 18th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Thanks, Shadow Walker. Does your hair grow unusually fast, or does it grow at the standard 1/2 inch per month? I'm trying to gauge your growth against mine to speculate where I might be in a year or two.

July 18th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Looks great man! Keep it growing for sure!

July 18th, 2009, 05:46 PM
I just have to say that you are gorgeous whether you have no hair or long hair! :eyebrows: :) :D

Congrats on 4 years! :cool:

July 18th, 2009, 05:54 PM
Haha I'm at the "awkward emo stage" now! Love your hair :)

July 18th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Hey there, I just wanted to congratulate you in your perseverence (sp?) You have had some negative peer pressure at work that you have hopefully learned to ignore. You have over 100 posts here that admire your long beautiful hair.

Keep on growing.:cheese:

Shadow Walker
July 19th, 2009, 01:12 AM
Pixna, it grows unusually fast. I've never gotten less than 1/2 inch per month, and the most I've seen it grow is 1 inch per month. It's pretty random though when it comes to how fast it will grow, though it seems to go faster during the summer.

Thanks Addy, I appreciate it! :)

LawyerGirl, your hair looks really nice! There's a lot more you can do with it at that length than I could.

renarok, yes, I've confronted the harassment and hopefully won't have to deal with it again. If it weren't for this community I probably would have given in, but everyone's encouragement really did help me out a lot!