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WaitingSoLong
September 29th, 2011, 01:28 PM
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/DSC00787b.jpghttp://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/sig.jpg

Ok, first, skip what the change in lighting did to the color of my hair! LOL
The pic on the left is my hair today. The pic on the right is my hair 6 months ago. I had a 1" trim in there right after the older pic was taken. Besides the fact I have gained 10 lbs since then my hair actually looked longer 6 months ago!
Now, I measure and I know I have gained about 4" since then. So...what the heck?
At any rate, I appear at almost classic in both pics. I SWEAR I was barely TBL 6 months ago.
THIS is why I measure. If I did not measure, I would be despondant thinking I have had no growth since April.
Perhaps I should take a pic in the same pants/shirt I was wearing then. Ah well. Getting pics onto LHC is very time consuming because I have to upload them from a host website and resize and blah blah and nevermidn getting them from my camera to my PC or how many failed pics I take to get one good one. I don't really feel like starting over.

Avital88
September 29th, 2011, 01:35 PM
Yay, my longest strands are at classic. Classic is 41" inches on. When it gets to 42" a more definite classic I'll start maintaining.
Sorry for the poor quality picture, best I could get with fading light and a mobile phone camera.
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/8395/hairmo.jpg

oh i think your hair is so so pretty!

Teufelchen
September 29th, 2011, 01:37 PM
@WSL
First thing that pops in my eye is you lean back in the older pic. Maybe you shoul a more lean back one for yourself. Just the position you got in the old pic. I t might well be it looks longer than classic then, but that is just from perspective.

Your hemline is less thick in the newer one, which is what can be expected, but I think it look sworse than in RL, because of the weird lighting.

Apart from that I see beautiful gorgeous hair. :D

spidermom
September 29th, 2011, 01:42 PM
You're right, it did look longer 6 months ago. The hem looked fuller, too. Hmmmmmm; I wonder if you're getting some breakage. A cut-back might not be a bad idea.

I thought I was over extra-long hair when I got it cut back 7 inches in March, but I discovered that I really did miss the length. It's stupid, I know, but somehow I felt more "special" with below-butt length hair.

BelleBot
September 29th, 2011, 01:48 PM
oh i think your hair is so so pretty!

Thank you :)

WaitingSoLong
September 29th, 2011, 01:52 PM
The hem was definitely fuller. I took a good look today and I think I need about 4-6" off. I am not sure I can handle a whole year's growth down the drain. It definitely measures longer, though, part of it must be the way I am standing or holding my head. I am sure I cannot do it exactly the same 6 months later.

spidermom
September 29th, 2011, 07:38 PM
For a long time, I would look at the prior picture and put on the same clothes and do my best to stand in the same position. I'm over it now.

WaitingSoLong
September 30th, 2011, 05:17 AM
LOL Spidey, that is exactly what I did last night. I haven't uploaded the pics yet but it does look a lot better tit for tat.

I wish I could be over it. Usually I just need a few days. I was telling DH about it yesterday (in case I need to warm him up for a haircut) and he, of course, doesn't notice anything as little as splits or lack of growth but he pointed out several things that would cause end-damage and said I may not be able to grow past butt length (and have decent ends). So I know he is OK if I trim.

I wore my hair down yesterday after these pics were taken and got several compliments. I re-looked at my pics today and decided I am being too criitcal and microspective. I am more worried about the thinning ends than the lack of growth. I do believe, however, some of my hairs may have reached terminal length on the sides. I can look back at many older pics and the hair there is always the same length. My roots range anywhere from 4-6", which I think is quite a range (I last sun-inned in October last year). I know I am healthy and eat well, etc. so it is what it is.

All in all, it has been fun to grow my hair to new lengths but I think I the whole long hair thing now has a lackluster and instead of admiring thigh and knee length, I now view it as TOO long (for me). Hmm. Actually, my personal opinion of the most visually appealing length is just above hip.

At any rate, my stubborn brain won't let me regress and methinks my ends may have to be quite ruined before I will justify a cut (though if I did not employ the 2 week rule I would have grabbed scissors yesterday). My ends really are not that bad! There are very few splits, but the ends are jagged from breakage and S&D's I guess. I will try to get the pics on here in a bit, I want to change my avatar, too (yes, I am one to change for the sake of change, you should see me rearrange my furniture every 6 months or so). I look quite Classic in the new ones. Stupid flat rear makes that hallmark a bit tricky.

ETA: Strangely I think I look better from behind with the extra 10 lbs! LOL

kittensoupnrice
September 30th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Now, I measure and I know I have gained about 4" since then. So...what the heck?
At any rate, I appear at almost classic in both pics. I SWEAR I was barely TBL 6 months ago.
THIS is why I measure. If I did not measure, I would be despondant thinking I have had no growth since April.
Perhaps I should take a pic in the same pants/shirt I was wearing then. Ah well. Getting pics onto LHC is very time consuming because I have to upload them from a host website and resize and blah blah and nevermidn getting them from my camera to my PC or how many failed pics I take to get one good one. I don't really feel like starting over.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/kittennoodlesoup/waitingsolong_comparison.jpg

I took the liberty to resize the photos and combine them to get a better comparison. I used the cameras as scale until they were both 18px wide, and then did my best to line up your head/shoulders/hips etc so they were lined up. I then put in faint marker lines to show the difference in hair length.

It's not perfect, you can tell from the door angles and such that they were not taken at exactly the same height/distance, and you had vastly different clothes on. How you hold your head and how puffy your clothes are make a difference in how long your hair appears in a photo, but I hope it helps to highlight that you indeed have had growth. :flower:

WaitingSoLong
September 30th, 2011, 09:41 PM
I took the liberty to resize the photos and combine them to get a better comparison.

That was nice of you! I kept resizing them for the same reason and when I would upload it would upload the original no matter what I did. It is the WEIRDEST thing. I tried so many times I almost got my gun and blew a hole in the PC. lol. I also tried resizing on photobucket with the same results??? I had the pics exactly the same but they would never load that way. I am not sure how to combine pictures so I still had them separate. Anyway, I was standing a bit closer to the mirror in the recent picture.

I cannot even load anything into my albums now, either. I have no clue what happened. I tried starting over, rebooting PC, deleting and reacreating...something is up with my PC! I know we need a new one but we can't afford it! I just tried again and I get the same error, that the path name is invalid. It is the same way I always loaded my photos and photobucket takes them but LHC won't. SIGH.

Sorry to get OT there. At any rate, I have no plans (as of now LOL) to cut my hair until April. It has behaved quite nicely the last couple days and I finally rounded out an even 41" (104cm). I think it looks good even with the ends uneven and thinning so if I am happy, who cares? right? lol Of course that (happiness) is subject to change. SIGH.

Rivanariko
September 30th, 2011, 10:30 PM
Spidermom, I just want to let you know that you make me feel better about my hair. I read all of these people who post things about how they "never have to S&D anymore!" or how they can never find any splits now that they've just stopped straightening it every day! or things of the like and it makes me feel like my hair is a stupid reject or something. I have never heat-styled or dyed and my only "sin" pre-LHC was rough handling. And I get splits like no other. I completely empathize with the idea that by the time you've finished trimming all of the splits, more will have appeared. I'm trying to teach myself to just not care about them anymore, to varying degrees of success...

spidermom
October 1st, 2011, 09:41 AM
Rivanariko, I'm so glad you said that because I also get down seeing other people say how they never get splits anymore, even people who bleach. I've decided to do regular very small self-trims about every month or two until my ends stop acting like Velcro and between times pretend that I don't get split ends. haha I tucked my scissors away so that they are very inconvenient to retrieve.

SpinDance
October 4th, 2011, 12:46 PM
I'm still maintaining at about TB. It's rather nice to hear that I'm not the only one to get splits, broken hairs and such. I get all that, although not as badly as I used to, and my ends are thin. I've been doing S&D whenever I feel like it and micro trimming every few weeks. For most of the last year I was trimming about every 1.5 to 2 weeks, but sometimes as long as 4 weeks between. It is definitely helping, although slowly. I know part of the thin ends is due to the S&D, but I'd rather have the damage cut off than let it cause more trouble. I think that the oiling, routine changes and wearing buns instead of braids, with the ties at the ends, has helped a lot.

I only dyed my hair for 3.5 years, stopping a few months after I joined LHC. I stopped following a reaction to the dye. I was just as happy to stop, since I'd had my fun with the change and realized that my original very dark color just wasn't as good with my older skin as my silvers. The dye line gives me a very clear indicator showing what hair is virgin, and knowing that a couple inches before that was LHC techniques is good, too.

I estimate it will be another 2.5 or 3 years before all the pre-LCH hair is trimmed off. That's fine, this is the longest it's ever been and since my ends are thickening up slowly but surely I'm getting happier and happier with it. I always used to chop back to about waist whenever it got to BCL due to thin ends.

If I decide that I don't like it this length I'll cut back. On the other hand, if it thickens up and continues to look OK I may even go longer. I never expected to be able to have it this long, so I'm just taking it a day at a time!

Cirafly24
October 5th, 2011, 12:21 AM
I'm right there with you on the splits...I could S&D every day and never stop finding them. I ignore them for the most part now. Once I get to classic I'll starting maintaining to thicken up my hemline, but until then I'm pretending splits don't exist :p

Speaking of classic, look how close I am!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/DragonflyWings/104112b.jpg

WaitingSoLong
October 5th, 2011, 05:29 AM
Opinions please:
I am leaning more and more towards a 4-6" trim (would take me back to about hip). Do you all think it will change the manageability of my hair a lot? I cannot remember ever having 6" off at one time before. I have considered doing about 1-2" at a time.

I would actually like MORE manageability, at this point, my hair is a pain. BUT I know that I have trouble getting my hair to stay in buns after a cut because the ends are all...not velcroe. Opinions?

boukje
October 5th, 2011, 05:56 AM
dear waitingsolong,

I should say just cut off 1-2 inch and see what you think of that (for a couple of weeks) you can always cut off more if you want too but you cannot get 2inch back in such a short period of time.

good luck with the decission. Your hair looks amazing btw.

Madora
October 5th, 2011, 07:03 AM
Hi, Waitingsolong!

Why don't you just cut an inch and see how you like it..i.e. do buns work for you with the new trim.

chihuahuaesque
October 5th, 2011, 07:04 AM
Yay! I reached tailbone length somewhat recently, and my goal now is classic :D

I'll definitely follow this thread!

spidermom
October 5th, 2011, 08:05 AM
This seems very weird to me. I haven't used conditioner the last 3 times I have washed my hair, and suddenly my ends are behaving and my hair is less tangly than it was before. All I can figure is that I must have had (and maybe still do) a powerful buildup from conditioner. I usually go through gallons of the stuff. I've been a CWCer with diluted shampoo, with occasional clarifying washes, for about 5 years. P.S: I'm not oiling either.

WaitingSoLong
October 5th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Spidey, my hair is definitely less tangly with no oils and after a clarify.

I cut an inch or so back in April and while it seemed to help then, I am back to square one now.

Teufelchen
October 5th, 2011, 02:34 PM
This seems very weird to me. I haven't used conditioner the last 3 times I have washed my hair, and suddenly my ends are behaving and my hair is less tangly than it was before. All I can figure is that I must have had (and maybe still do) a powerful buildup from conditioner. I usually go through gallons of the stuff. I've been a CWCer with diluted shampoo, with occasional clarifying washes, for about 5 years. P.S: I'm not oiling either.
It sounds very much like a build up. Maybe you need to clarify more often.

spidermom
October 5th, 2011, 02:34 PM
I think trimming is a maintenance thing. To keep the benefit, you have to keep up with the trims. The frequency, of course, will vary; I'm not trying say you should trim again. Only you can decide that.

WaitingSoLong
October 6th, 2011, 01:29 PM
Well I did a clarifying wash only (no conditioner) today and let it air dry before detangling. I have to say, the assessment remains the same. I have 4-6" that needs to be cut. My hair dried super fast (hmm) and seems thicker (volume). It defintiely lost its sleekness/silkiness but consequently stays in a bun better. I am already starting to visualize myself with hip length hair again. Maybe I will do it, 2" at a time. I shall invoke the 2 week rule.

All in all, it is not splits but unevenness and thinness at the ends that is beckoning me to trim. I don't think anyone IRL would even notice. Once hair is so long, it is just "long" and no one really pays attention to exactly how long. It WOULD be nice not to sit on it anymore. At any rate, I have given this almost too much time, thought, and attention and will try to forget about it for a couple weeks. I apologize for all the wishy-washy, back-and-forthedness I have imparted on you all! Don't worry, DH has been getting it, too.

Ava666
October 7th, 2011, 01:20 AM
I have just reached Classic length. :D yay. so I will soon be moving to the classic to knee length thread. :)

chihuahuaesque
October 7th, 2011, 07:17 AM
Congrats, Ava! :D

Teufelchen
October 7th, 2011, 09:13 AM
Congratulations, Ava. :cheer:

Hope to see you there soon. :D

Rhodugune
October 12th, 2011, 04:13 PM
I have just reached Classic length. :D yay. so I will soon be moving to the classic to knee length thread. :)

Congratulations! :flowers:
It must feel really great!:cheese:


I have 1.2 inhes to go, so I will see you there soon, I hope. :)

Cirafly24
October 12th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Congratulations, Ava! I'm only 1" behind you :D

WaitingSoLong
October 15th, 2011, 07:45 PM
Ok, I don't think I quite made the 2 weeks worth waiting but I finally trimmed my hair today! About 3.25", so I am back where I started the year, a solid 38" and just barely TBL.

I managed to get all the damaged ends off! YAY! I am happy! I don't even miss the length yet (ok, it has only been a couple hours LOL) and I was ready to take off more so I am pleased.

I DID take pictures but don't have the cord to get them onto my computer at the moment.

I still cannot believe how much better the ends look. SO worth it and I am still able to stay in this thread! Seriously, I was prepared to cut back to hip if necessary. DH said he did not think it looks like I cut a whole 3".

Well I still have my goal as knee but I have decided not to get in a hurry about getting there. I had Classic as a goal for 2011 and I was pretty much there before I trimmed. Perhaps I will be at Classic but the end of 2012.

TheBluffs
October 15th, 2011, 08:36 PM
Ok, I don't think I quite made the 2 weeks worth waiting but I finally trimmed my hair today! About 3.25", so I am back where I started the year, a solid 38" and just barely TBL.

I managed to get all the damaged ends off! YAY! I am happy! I don't even miss the length yet (ok, it has only been a couple hours LOL) and I was ready to take off more so I am pleased.

I DID take pictures but don't have the cord to get them onto my computer at the moment.

I still cannot believe how much better the ends look. SO worth it and I am still able to stay in this thread! Seriously, I was prepared to cut back to hip if necessary. DH said he did not think it looks like I cut a whole 3".

Well I still have my goal as knee but I have decided not to get in a hurry about getting there. I had Classic as a goal for 2011 and I was pretty much there before I trimmed. Perhaps I will be at Classic but the end of 2012.

Have you noticed a difference in the updoo's? Is it harder or easier now that the fairytale ends are gone?
I'm awaiting pictures. :cool:

pittsburgpam
October 15th, 2011, 08:56 PM
Today I cut a few inches off mine. It seems like I've been at the same place for a very long time and I'm noticing more damage in the last 4 inches or so and it was kind of thin. It looks and feels so much better so maybe now I can make another push to Classic and actually get there!

Sorry for the bad quality of pics. I will get a better one after I wash it.

http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww54/sensuouscancer/IMG_0404-1.jpg

Vintagecoilylocks
October 16th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Congrats Ava666,

Happy growing to longer lengths!;)

spidermom
October 16th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Yay on cutting the bad ends, WSL. I kind of hoped you would.

Miasen
October 17th, 2011, 02:41 PM
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4369&pictureid=116430

So, I'm officially at classic now. I think I'll just stick around here though. I don't think I want it that much longer, it is starting to be a real hassle as it is. I'm probably going to get a trim soon, get a couple of inches off and after that try to get thicker and more even ends so I can end up at a better lookinh classic.

haibane
October 17th, 2011, 04:57 PM
Congrats Miasen! Your hair looks great! :cheese:

Teufelchen
October 18th, 2011, 01:10 AM
Congrats on reaching classic. :flower:

WaitingSoLong
October 18th, 2011, 06:39 AM
Ok, here are pre- and Post-trim pictures. Again, I trimmed about 3.25" back to TBL. Sorry about the crumpled shirt in the before-pic.

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/DSC00813b.jpghttp://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/DSC00864b.jpg


Someone asked me how the ends were since the trim. Well, they seem to be in shock at the moment. I have not washed my hair since the trim and they feel a bit odd. They do slip out of buns but not really anymore than they did before. I guess I have had FTE's of sort for awhile because the blunt cut looks very choppy to me. I will get used to it. I disliked the split ends, however I am thinking the FTE's weren't so bad afterall. 4" to get back to Classic. No rush. I am sort of over the long hair thing and I really don't feel like I lost any length. I am more annoyed with my sun-in demarcation line than the length or ends.

spidermom
October 18th, 2011, 10:32 AM
Pretty hem-line, WSL.

SpinDance
October 18th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Miasen, congratulations on reaching Classic!

WaitingSoLong, very beautiful! I expect almost no one IRL would notice the length difference.

Madora
October 18th, 2011, 12:55 PM
@WaitingSoLong...your hair looks picture perfect and your hemline is great! I bet you turn heads when you wear your beautiful hair down!

Miasen
October 18th, 2011, 01:01 PM
Thank you so much you guys.

And wow WSL, your hair looks great, love that hemline!

Rivanariko
October 18th, 2011, 01:09 PM
WSL your hair looks great, and I'm happy to hear that you're so happy with the results of the trim. It's amazing how you recognize the FTE after the trim when they seemed fairly thick before!

WaitingSoLong
October 18th, 2011, 05:17 PM
Thanks everyone! I am really insecure about the trim and I have not worn it down since I trimmed though I thought I might tomorrow. I have to rake the bottom of my hair to get my hemline to look right for pics, so don't be too impressed. lol

WaitingSoLong
October 19th, 2011, 01:08 PM
I wore it down today. I don't know why but my hair seems much thicker and I swear I cannot tell it is shorter really. It had a lovely texture today, must be the avacado oil? I dunno! It was some odd combo of oil and washing or something that will probably never happen again. It was heavier, stick straight but not oily.

At any rate, I am still happy with the trim!

mimi1153
October 19th, 2011, 03:02 PM
Still on the voyage to classic which has been my goal for about 9 years now; there have been many, many trims and micro trims because of the effort to get a good hemline and starting with 2" hair on the top and about 1/2" on the sides and lower back. I am now firmly at 40" with a straight hem line that is relatively consistent in thickness with the rest of my head (mind you I said, relatively.. still some work to do there.). I need to be at about 43" for classic, so with that said - I need 'patience'. :(

It's really funny, the longer my hair gets, the shorter it seems - I guess it's because I WANT it REALLY LONG!! :D

Just checking in, haven't posted in a long while (time constraints), but have been faithfully lurking.

Long and gray for me.....:D

WaitingSoLong
October 19th, 2011, 03:27 PM
Wow mimi, that is a long time to stay dedicated to a goal! You are so close, you should be proud of yourself!

Idun
October 19th, 2011, 03:48 PM
Lately Iīm starting to get some discomfort and sometimes pain, on my scalp from the weight of my hair. Any hairdo suggestions?

I think I might be stalling at the moment. I had a 2" trim in july, but the hair doesnīt seem to have grown a lot since then. Havenīt actually measured it though.

WaitingSoLong, your hair looks so healthy and polished after your trim! Beautiful!

SpinDance
October 20th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Idun, I find any sort of vertical use of a fork or stick to cause pain pulling. Instead I try to insert them either horizontally or at an angle so that the weight is spread out over a larger amount of the scalp hair. Horizontal is best, but I do get bored with the same way all the time. If you think of the bun as a clock face, with 12 o'clock being towards the top of your head and 6 o'clock being towards your nape, try updo's inserting the stick/fork starting at about the 10- or 11-o'clock or 1- or 2-o'clock positions, going under the center of the bun and out the opposite side, so 6 'hours' later. So if you put it into the bun at the 1 o'clock position the end would come out about the 7 o'clock position, or even the 8 o'clock position, more horizontal.

The wider the bun the less any one area can pull. Always using the same location to place your updo can be hard on the same hairs every day, so move it around some. Doesn't seem to need to be very much, just a little bit each time you redo it.

Hope that helps!

Madora
October 20th, 2011, 11:02 AM
Idun, I section my hair a lot when creating updos so that the weight is distributed comfortably. You might like to visit my hair album and see if there is anything you might adapt to your situation.

ritza
October 20th, 2011, 02:33 PM
Congrats Miasen...Looks nice & healthy....:cheese:





Happy Hair Growing!

ritza
October 20th, 2011, 02:37 PM
WaitingSoLong...Your hemline looks PERFECT..Love it...:cheer:




Happy Hair Growing!

Miasen
October 20th, 2011, 04:10 PM
Congrats Miasen...Looks nice & healthy....:cheese:





Happy Hair Growing!

Thank you! :D
:cheese:

Idun
October 21st, 2011, 02:11 AM
Idun, I find any sort of vertical use of a fork or stick to cause pain pulling. Instead I try to insert them either horizontally or at an angle so that the weight is spread out over a larger amount of the scalp hair. Horizontal is best, but I do get bored with the same way all the time. If you think of the bun as a clock face, with 12 o'clock being towards the top of your head and 6 o'clock being towards your nape, try updo's inserting the stick/fork starting at about the 10- or 11-o'clock or 1- or 2-o'clock positions, going under the center of the bun and out the opposite side, so 6 'hours' later. So if you put it into the bun at the 1 o'clock position the end would come out about the 7 o'clock position, or even the 8 o'clock position, more horizontal.

The wider the bun the less any one area can pull. Always using the same location to place your updo can be hard on the same hairs every day, so move it around some. Doesn't seem to need to be very much, just a little bit each time you redo it.

Hope that helps!

Thank you very much for your suggestions SpinDance! I try to place the bun in a different spot every day and to vary the placement of sticks, forks and pins aswell. Still, some of the problem is my slippery hair, so for example a high bun will almost always start travelling bakcwards at some point and cause discomfort. Now my hair is heavier it is getting worse. I also have to make rather tight buns or they disintegrate. Which buns do you prefer to do "wide buns"?


Idun, I section my hair a lot when creating updos so that the weight is distributed comfortably. You might like to visit my hair album and see if there is anything you might adapt to your situation.

Madora, I think you are right. Learning to better section the hair is key to more comfort. I have often visited your album and I am amazed with what you create. My braiding skills is nowhere near your level though. And I often loose my patience with intricate updos because they are so time consuming. Guess I will have to try harder! :)

Teufelchen
October 21st, 2011, 03:12 AM
Idun, I am trying to distribute the weight by adding additional pins (bunhead pins) or wear at least 2 sticks. :)

kittensoupnrice
October 21st, 2011, 06:59 AM
Lately Iīm starting to get some discomfort and sometimes pain, on my scalp from the weight of my hair. Any hairdo suggestions?

I think I might be stalling at the moment. I had a 2" trim in july, but the hair doesnīt seem to have grown a lot since then. Havenīt actually measured it though.

WaitingSoLong, your hair looks so healthy and polished after your trim! Beautiful!

I generally can't get away with just one stick anymore.
I've started using forks (great for distributing the weight), two sticks, 2-3 u-shaped knitting needles, or any combo of spin pins and amish pins.

Lately, to my surprise, I really like doing toy-free styles. I finally learned how get a nautilus bun to stay put without sticks or forks, and it's been my go-to style for about a week. It stays put and if I do it right I don't have any pressure points or pulled hair so it's amazingly comfortable. I do, though, tend to have to redo it several times a day.

WaitingSoLong
October 21st, 2011, 07:23 AM
thanks, everyone, for their nice comments about my trim!

Re: buns
I find I am doing more and more buns that use spin pins for the same reason. My stick buns just don't stay put anymore. I can no longer do a lazy wrap bun, nor a nautilus that stays, plus they stick out too far. Those were my two go-to buns! I am now doing an infinity bun as my go-to but it takes several tries to get it just right so it will stay. I wore one all day yesterday. A lady at my Bible study asked me to take my hair down so she could see my trim and I told her no! lol. I did not want to have to redo the bun. I will make a mental note to wear my hair down next week but it was very rainy and cold and windy yesterday, not a loose hair day at all.

kahill
October 21st, 2011, 08:11 PM
I just now feel that I can legitimately feel that I can join this thread! I'm tailbone length now and am headed toward classic. If I can handle it, I'll try to get to knee length.

Are there any tips or warnings that you would share about having hair this long? I usually wear it up in various buns, or braids if I have time, and only RARELY use a ponytail holder of any kind, except at the end of braids.

I also only wash about 2 times a week.

TIA!

Madora
October 21st, 2011, 08:24 PM
I just now feel that I can legitimately feel that I can join this thread! I'm tailbone length now and am headed toward classic. If I can handle it, I'll try to get to knee length.

Are there any tips or warnings that you would share about having hair this long? I usually wear it up in various buns, or braids if I have time, and only RARELY use a ponytail holder of any kind, except at the end of braids.

I also only wash about 2 times a week.

TIA!

The best tip I can suggest is to section your hair when you do braids or buns. Sectioning distributes the weight of the hair more comfortably. Also, the placement of the style on your head has a lot to do with the comfort factor too.

Ishje
October 24th, 2011, 11:45 PM
I am so close to Classic now :)
the ends are thinning though, but I hope I can make it without too many trims ^^
after that project thick ends can begin.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=6907&pictureid=116939

longhairedlady
November 13th, 2011, 06:21 AM
You are very close Ishje!

I am bored right now with the length and am wanting it to hurry up and grow a few inches!! I am ready for classic. :cool:

kouran
November 13th, 2011, 06:37 AM
I am so close to Classic now :)
the ends are thinning though, but I hope I can make it without too many trims ^^
after that project thick ends can begin.

Me too!! It's only one more cm for me!! Hopefully I can reach classic lenght in December and still trim 1 cm.

I thought I would be able to make a fake crown braid (as seen in the Onegin 1999 film with lovely Liv Tyler) but apparently I still need to grow it a little longer, 5 cm or more :confused: .

WaitingSoLong
November 13th, 2011, 06:55 PM
I've hit a stall and I am REALLY over my hair right now. I don't know that I want it longer OR shorter, I am just over it! I cannot seem to keep it in a stick bun anymore so I am stuck with spin pins and they take too long.

Blah.

I am just trying not to pay much attention to it at all.

Madora
November 13th, 2011, 07:03 PM
@Kouran...

Your hair would look sensational in a lace crown braid! Have you tried those yet? Here's a tutorial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHEzUr5bWQ

kouran
November 14th, 2011, 10:32 AM
@Kouran...

Your hair would look sensational in a lace crown braid! Have you tried those yet? Here's a tutorial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHEzUr5bWQ


Thank you, Madora! :) No, I had never seen this particular crown braid...it seems to be easier than the dutch lace braid technique, but I do not have a lot of practice in braiding my hair...I will ask my sister to do it on my hair. Thank you again!

RedBlue
November 14th, 2011, 03:29 PM
I'm just dropping in to say hello and happy growing to all! I probably will never be in this thread, because my goal is waist, and I think tailbone to classic would be too much for me!:)

sibylla
November 14th, 2011, 03:41 PM
Iīve just started to NOT microtrim.Itīs hard because I love doing it.I have a injured neck,which makes it a bit harder for me for every inch but Iīm going to see how long I feel comfortable with.I have a pact with some of my friends not to cut and that makes it a bit easier.:p

RedBlue
November 14th, 2011, 03:57 PM
You'll get through it!!!:)

longhairedlady
November 14th, 2011, 04:09 PM
@Kouran...

Your hair would look sensational in a lace crown braid! Have you tried those yet? Here's a tutorial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHEzUr5bWQ


Thank you for posting this! This might be comfy to sleep in! Have you slept in this style before?

longhairedlady
November 14th, 2011, 04:10 PM
I´ve just started to NOT microtrim.It´s hard because I love doing it.I have a injured neck,which makes it a bit harder for me for every inch but I´m going to see how long I feel comfortable with.I have a pact with some of my friends not to cut and that makes it a bit easier.:p

Your hair is so pretty! :D

Madora
November 14th, 2011, 04:41 PM
Thank you for posting this! This might be comfy to sleep in! Have you slept in this style before?

You're welcome, longhairedlady! Yes, I've slept in this style several times and it is very comfortable. What I love about it (at least for sleep purposes) is that you don't have to be all fired perfect about sectioning the strands. In fact, I usually take more strands to add in each section so the styling goes pretty rapidly. It's messy..but I'm not concerned with appearance at night! Happy styling!

TheBluffs
November 20th, 2011, 08:01 PM
Alright, I just took a picture of my length for November (Wow, it's almost been a year!).
Now, the question of the day is, can I call this Classic?
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=7416&pictureid=119441

C.H.
November 20th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Yes, TheBluffs, I'd call that classic.

Also, I reached tailbone recently, so I thought I'd check in with you all. My goal was tailbone by mid-January, which would be one year since my last trim, but I've got another 6-8 weeks to go. So I plan to see where I get by then and decide at that point if I want to trim, maintain, or just keep growing. I've always thought classic was the longest I would ever possibly want to go, because my hair is curly and with shrinkage it will seem much shorter and won't actually be in danger of being sat on. But this is LHC we're talking about, so who knows? In addition to taking into account shrinkage, I also really want a hip length braid. Not the very end of the braid grazing hip, but the braided part solidly reaching hip, with the tassel starting there.

spidermom
November 20th, 2011, 09:39 PM
The last time I asked him (did I already mention this?), my DH told me I have about 4 inches to go until classic length. Boo!!! I thought it was about 2 inches, but he's better at judging distance than I am.

PlainLight
November 20th, 2011, 11:20 PM
I'm somewhere between tailbone and classic. I haven't really noticed much of a difference since waist length since I keep it up usually. I do know that it's annoying to keep it down (if I'm on a lazy day at home) because it's so hot, gets tangled easily and I keep sitting on the ends if I'm not careful.

Avital88
November 21st, 2011, 02:41 AM
I dont have a new lengthshot yet,but i can join this thread officially now.Tailbone is 38 inches on me and i am at 39 inches atm!im going for classic before summer and do microtrims on the way. classic is 45 inches on me

WaitingSoLong
November 21st, 2011, 05:07 AM
TheBluffs: you are definitely at Classic, are you moving to the Classic to Knee thread now? I am hoping to be able to do just that come spring.

Welcome everyone who is new!

Spidermom: did you trim again?

Madora
November 21st, 2011, 08:46 AM
Your hair looks terrific, TheBluffs! Most definitely Classic! Congrats!

spidermom
November 21st, 2011, 09:01 AM
No, I haven't trimmed yet, although I'm due.

GuinevereMay
November 21st, 2011, 11:14 AM
After reaching classic, I cut six inches off to fulfill a vow I made two years ago. So, I'm back to tailbone. It's been a little while, though and I think I only have a few inches back to classic.

I was so excited to reach classic, but a promise is a promise.

TheBluffs
November 21st, 2011, 06:53 PM
TheBluffs: you are definitely at Classic, are you moving to the Classic to Knee thread now? I am hoping to be able to do just that come spring.

Thank you everyone! :D
I'm going to stay until the end of December( Grow an inch past classic), which was my original plan, as I hope to trim back 0.5/ or 1 inch. My ends are too thin for my taste. I'll see you on there soon!

Cirafly24
November 21st, 2011, 07:43 PM
I'm excited to report that the very tips of my longest hairs have reached Classic :D

I'll be hanging out in here until my hair actually LOOKS classic, though. Couple more months :)

TheBluffs
November 21st, 2011, 08:15 PM
I'm excited to report that the very tips of my longest hairs have reached Classic :D

I'll be hanging out in here until my hair actually LOOKS classic, though. Couple more months :)
It's a really exiting moments :cheese:. Congratulations! That means your next milestone is sitting on the mane. ;)

princessp
November 21st, 2011, 09:35 PM
Hi! I've been at TB (wet) for a bit now, but with wurls it shrinks. I think I am solidly there now though when dry + even with wurl shrinkage. The color in the photo is a wee bright (not accurate), but I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to shoot another for a bit so here it is today:

http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad240/princesspandora1/19nov21-11hair.jpg

WaitingSoLong
November 22nd, 2011, 10:26 AM
princessp, are you going to keep growing? You have TBL as your goal length.

princessp
November 22nd, 2011, 10:43 AM
princessp, are you going to keep growing? You have TBL as your goal length.

Lol, I guess that was my original goal (totally forgot)! :D I don't think I'll maintain here though because I'm not happy with this length for my hair at all. It may actually be too long but I am currently assuming it is a case of it not being long enough. Plus look at my despicable hemline. I definitely want to grow out a better hemline. I'm not sure if my goal is classic now or just plain old terminal. I must say I am very curious about my terminal length and I'm not getting any younger (I'm almost 40)...so who knows. :p

Thanks for your comments WSL. :)

WaitingSoLong
November 22nd, 2011, 10:55 AM
I, too, dislike TBL, but I also dislike classic (manageability, not looks), which I just barely reached before trimming, so I moved my goal to knee. I did not like the fact I could sit on it. However, anything above TBL feels short to me, so I have no clue what I will end up with but it will not be terminal because I have to have a straight (slight U) hemline. I just cannot do FTE's.

I really enjoyed my hair about waist length but it is like now that I have gone past that I cannot go back. It just seems so short to me now. I am torn between how it looks and manageability.

I suspect I may trim back to waist in a couple years when my virgin hair reaches that length and begin my journey to knee over. But who knows. I am forever changing my mind. I have a feeling, though, that once I reach a new longest-ever-length, I cannot go back to anything shorter. As of now my plan is to grow a bit past classic before doing another trim and assess how my ends are faring by then. I know I have some terminal length hairs on the sides already, I may not be able to grow to knee without FTE's.

princessp
November 22nd, 2011, 11:10 AM
Yeah, I feel the exact same way about it. I really like my hair at waist too, but now I can't imagine going back there (even at TB updos are still limited because my hair is on the thicker side). If I had your hair I would likely grow as long as possible. My hair is just so unruly. It gets better with length (helps weigh it down), but even now at TB it has an "extroverted wild side". I seriously long for your type of hair, I know the grass is always greener but the antics of wurlies take some serious patience. Your hair seems so refined, healthy, and well kept. But I guess we are both in that zone of unsatisfied hair length so it just goes to show. :)

WaitingSoLong
November 22nd, 2011, 12:02 PM
My hair tangles like mad. It is very unruly, I cannot imagine curls. However, I don't want curls, either. I am happy with my hair type though I wish it were a bit thicker and less tangly. I can always fake myself into curls, well, at least waves if I want.

PlainLight
November 23rd, 2011, 10:25 AM
My very longest ends are just now close to reaching classic. I think my hair is starting to slow down on its growth and I'm wondering if I'll be able to grow it much longer. I really hope so though.

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn147/Phoenix51200/IMG_1425.jpg?t=1321394789

haibane
November 23rd, 2011, 10:57 AM
My very longest ends are just now close to reaching classic. I think my hair is starting to slow down on its growth and I'm wondering if I'll be able to grow it much longer. I really hope so though.

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn147/Phoenix51200/IMG_1425.jpg?t=1321394789

Your hair is looking lovely PlainLight. Maybe it's just a temporary stall? My growth slowed down a bit for a while, but the last couple months it's sped up again. I think I may have a few hairs at classic now.

PlainLight
November 23rd, 2011, 11:29 AM
Your hair is looking lovely PlainLight. Maybe it's just a temporary stall? My growth slowed down a bit for a while, but the last couple months it's sped up again. I think I may have a few hairs at classic now.
That's mainly the reason I joined here, I'm wondering if I'm doing something to damage my hair and stall its growth (wearing elastics in my bun, shampooing too often?) or what I can do to care for it better. I have some split ends and quite a few broken hairs.

PrincessBob
November 23rd, 2011, 12:30 PM
Well, i haven't posted here in quite a while. I was at tailbone for so long. I reached (or noticed I had reached) classic in September if I recall, and had my spouse trim it right before Hallowe'en. According to my spouse I was still at classic when he trimmed it, but when i take my braid down, it seems to be somewhere between TB and Classic, closer to classic than TB, I'll admit. Right now the goal is healthy hair, I'll probably hover between TB and Classic until I am content, the grow again.

haibane
November 23rd, 2011, 12:35 PM
That's mainly the reason I joined here, I'm wondering if I'm doing something to damage my hair and stall its growth (wearing elastics in my bun, shampooing too often?) or what I can do to care for it better. I have some split ends and quite a few broken hairs.

Yeah, when you reach these lengths mechanical damage really starts being an issue, and at least for me it gets harder to tell if it's a legit stall at the roots or if hair is breaking off at the ends.

I don't know if you've read them already, but here are some good articles with basic advice on hair care and handling:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=39
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=8
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=79

princessp
November 23rd, 2011, 12:45 PM
Yeah, when you reach these lengths mechanical damage really starts being an issue, and at least for me it gets harder to tell if it's a legit stall at the roots or if hair is breaking off at the ends.

I don't know if you've read them already, but here are some good articles with basic advice on hair care and handling:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=39
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=8
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=79

Yeah I think I am just starting to notice this too. Thanks for the links!

Lightningfury
November 23rd, 2011, 01:01 PM
I just reached tailbone length though I didn't know it was called that at the time when I joined here.

At 4'11" my TBL is 33" don't quite know what Classic is I'll have to measure when I get home. I do know that it's longer than my hand span to the next level.

Yeah I too am struggling to finding something to do with it besides braids. My hairsticks need to be adjusted constantly unless pulled painfully tight and it takes three large claw clips to hold it up otherwise. Fortunately I have all winter to figure out what to do for summer I guess.

After three months of it getting caught in my pants I've finally found that wrapping it around my neck and tucking it under my chin will get it out of harms way till I'm dressed.

At the rate my hair grows I figure I have another year to learn new and exciting things to do with it.

WaitingSoLong
November 23rd, 2011, 03:27 PM
Yeah, I too am struggling to find something to do with my hair. My hairsticks need to be adjusted constantly unless pulled painfully tight and it takes three large claw clips to hold it up otherwise. Fortunately I have all winter to figure out what to do for summer I guess.

After three months of it getting caught in my pants I've finally found that wrapping it around my neck and tucking it under my chin will get it out of harms way till I'm dressed.

THIS. I am so fed up with my hair right now and winter is hard because of all the extra clothing and ZIPPERS. I hate zippers. I tried to find a button coat I like but no luck.

I cannot keep my hair in sticks at all anymore. I just don't understand. I am forever redoing it and they don't look right when I do finally get them to hold (usually crooked). Braids end up in a halo after half an hour and are very dangerous around zippers. SO I try my spin pins and NOW, all of the sudden, I cannot seem to wear them without causing a headache. Up until now they were my saving grace.

The halo issue is definitely humidity related, our house is too large to humidify tho I may try to find something for my bedroom. My hair is just not happy and my hemline is straight thanks to my recent trim but there seems to be so much mechanical or something damage through the whole length. THAT and all my newer hair, the newest 6" or so, is growing out wavy??? so I get this huge volume poof at my nape that cannot be tamed.

I am just over it and really considering giving up the long hair goal and going back to waist and maintaining there forever.

I spent an hour trying to get my hair into a presentable updo today (we went out) and ended up with double braids after failing every other bun I tried, which I took down half way through the day because of halo and snag issues. I actually prefer it down of all ways right now but the frizz...oh the frizz...and plus it tangles like mad.

OK, rant over. I am just...I thought it was just a few bad hair days but we are going on a month now.

Theobroma
November 24th, 2011, 02:43 AM
I cannot keep my hair in sticks at all anymore. I just don't understand. I am forever redoing it and they don't look right when I do finally get them to hold (usually crooked).


Have you tried forks -- preferably ones with about four prongs? (Apologies if you have and I missed the relevant posting.) I've found multi-prong forks the easiest toys to use at all lengths, even and especially when sticks didn't work for me. Perhaps they'd get you through this current problem stage as well?

WaitingSoLong
November 24th, 2011, 07:47 AM
I have a couple two prongs metal sticks/forks but, no, I don't have anything else. I cannot afford one!

TheBluffs
November 24th, 2011, 08:59 AM
Have you looked into doing another type of hair stick bun? The ones you might have been accostumed to doing might require more length.
Also, are your hairsticks metal or wood?

Anywhere
November 24th, 2011, 11:44 AM
After almost 8" of trims this year, the longest strands of my hair, when pulled straight, are at BCL/TBL (35"). "True" TBL is a little less than 37.5" on me.
Classic is about 41.5".

I've decided it's close enough to me. I was at this same length this time last year, if not an inch or two longer. I need to join this thread for motivation.

I'm hoping for the rest of my hairs to get to BCL by Christmas this year, and hopefully CL by next Christmas.


If only my ends would thicken up. :(

WaitingSoLong
November 25th, 2011, 07:31 AM
Have you looked into doing another type of hair stick bun? The ones you might have been accostumed to doing might require more length.
Also, are your hairsticks metal or wood?

I have youtubed and have many styles I do, I have a list of them I keep where I do my hair. My hairsticks are wood. The metal ones won't hold my hair at all.

spidermom
November 25th, 2011, 09:22 AM
I find that my buns hold better if I don't comb my hair out first. It's just too smooth and slippery when it's all combed out.

embee
November 25th, 2011, 09:36 AM
Many people object to "the halo" look. Perhaps I'm not clear on what it *is*, as my hair doesn't seem to do what-I-think-this-is unless it's high summer and I've been working in my garden. ;)

Whenever I get this fluff of fuzzy hair all over my head, I smile, because it adds softness where none usually is. With stick straight hair pulled back into a bun, we're talking *severe*, and the halo reminds me of my cat's fur in the sunlight.

Remember that the smooth slick straightened look is only a recent trend and fashion, not "the last word". :)

Ice~Cold~Wind
November 25th, 2011, 11:15 AM
This seems very weird to me. I haven't used conditioner the last 3 times I have washed my hair, and suddenly my ends are behaving and my hair is less tangly than it was before. All I can figure is that I must have had (and maybe still do) a powerful buildup from conditioner. I usually go through gallons of the stuff. I've been a CWCer with diluted shampoo, with occasional clarifying washes, for about 5 years. P.S: I'm not oiling either.

You know, I've been having a problem with my ends having a gunky buildup and when I took a break from conditioner, my hair behaved as well. It didn't even tangle very much. I 've been cutting back on the amount I use and my hair seems to have benefited greatly. Strange.

spidermom
November 26th, 2011, 07:22 PM
Alas! I think I just got bumped out of this thread. Had a 2-3 inch trim and now length is above tailbone.

WaitingSoLong
November 27th, 2011, 11:11 AM
Spider, my length was slightly above TBL after I trimmed but I stuck around. I think I am past TBL according to some, but I am particular about where on my TBL the hair reaches before calling it TBL. Techincally I am only *just* bcl, not true TBL.

WaitingSoLong
November 27th, 2011, 11:16 AM
Oh, so I found a way to keep my hair up all day finally. I do a cinnabun with my spin pins and then secure the whole thing with one of these (http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/445503348/bead_hair_ornament.html).

I am not sure what they are called but I have NEVER been able to get one of those to work in my hair until now. They just slide right out no matter what I do. But securing a bun that is already secured seems to work and it looks really nice, too. AND it was comfortable so long as I placed the spin pins strategically for comfort.

HairStickler
November 27th, 2011, 11:35 AM
That sounds pretty, WaitingSoLong. You should post an action shot!

akshaywin
November 27th, 2011, 12:11 PM
that is great progress!!

akshaywin
November 27th, 2011, 12:15 PM
that is a great progress!!

akshaywin
November 27th, 2011, 12:16 PM
cool work!!

akshaywin
November 27th, 2011, 12:29 PM
that is great progress!!sca

WaitingSoLong
November 27th, 2011, 01:30 PM
That sounds pretty, WaitingSoLong. You should post an action shot!

I didn't take one but I can next time!

RapunzelKat
November 27th, 2011, 08:57 PM
I'm a newbie, and my hair is currently in this category (I'm about 4 inches short of classic). I'm so glad I finally found a place where I can learn new styles for hair this long! I had outgrown all my old styles :)
Keep growing, hair!

italianamama
November 27th, 2011, 09:40 PM
My hairs are usually natural like this

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll227/jdkeavney/photo3-2.jpg

So I never really noticed when I hit the past tailbone mark!! After a TON of benign neglect, I'm finally there!!! I only straighten my hair for VERY special occasions (like, once a year); so I took a length photo at the salon. Turns out I'm just a teeeeny bit past true tailbone and I can finally trim a bit ;D

I'M SO HAPPY TO BE ON MY WAY TO CLASSIC!!!!!

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll227/jdkeavney/IMG_3995.jpg

:happydance::happydance::happydance:

WaitingSoLong
November 28th, 2011, 05:15 AM
Welcome RapunzelKat!

Beautiful hair Italiana!

piffyanne
November 30th, 2011, 09:50 AM
As I was reading through this forum the last few days waiting for my account to be activated, I'd been looking forward to having this as a home. And then, as I clicked page 11, I felt a weird jerking tug on the back of my head I'd never felt before. I'd sat on the ends of my hair for the first time ever!!:D

Do you guys think I just found a new reason this is called the Tailbone to Classic Thread? Hee hee hee!

Do you all mind if I I hang out here while I get my hair down to a solid Classic length and get used to the idea that it's there? I've been waiting so long, but it doesn't feel like it can be over so soon!

Veviticus
November 30th, 2011, 09:57 AM
As I was reading through this forum the last few days waiting for my account to be activated, I'd been looking forward to having this as a home. And then, as I clicked page 11, I felt a weird jerking tug on the back of my head I'd never felt before. I'd sat on the ends of my hair for the first time ever!!:D

Do you guys think I just found a new reason this is called the Tailbone to Classic Thread? Hee hee hee!

Do you all mind if I I hang out here while I get my hair down to a solid Classic length and get used to the idea that it's there? I've been waiting so long, but it doesn't feel like it can be over so soon!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!!:cheese:

SpinDance
November 30th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Welcome to all our new and new-ish members!

princessp
November 30th, 2011, 01:47 PM
As I was reading through this forum the last few days waiting for my account to be activated, I'd been looking forward to having this as a home. And then, as I clicked page 11, I felt a weird jerking tug on the back of my head I'd never felt before. I'd sat on the ends of my hair for the first time ever!!:D

Do you guys think I just found a new reason this is called the Tailbone to Classic Thread? Hee hee hee!

Do you all mind if I I hang out here while I get my hair down to a solid Classic length and get used to the idea that it's there? I've been waiting so long, but it doesn't feel like it can be over so soon!

Oh how cool I want to feel that! Welcome! :cheese:

SheaLynne
November 30th, 2011, 04:19 PM
I am sooooo close. Monthly trim today left me at 43 inches, and I've figured for a while that 44 would be solid classic for me...and it looks like it will be. I can almost claim it if I pull my tips straight...I'm trying to get a new pic!

Alvrodul
December 4th, 2011, 12:27 PM
I just realized today that I have reached tailbone length - which means that I have finlly graduated to this thread! :happydance::joy::wethree::disco::cheer:

Anywhere
December 4th, 2011, 01:20 PM
Blah. Even at TBL/BCL my hair thickness is still at BSL (darn you, anemia!) and my ends always curl up from my buns to WL. My hair has felt like it's been in the waistlands for the past 3 or so years, even though it's TBL now.

How do you benign neglectors manage to stop paying attention to length? I feel like I'm constantly checking every time I take my hair down. :(

Madora
December 4th, 2011, 01:24 PM
Blah. Even at TBL/BCL my hair thickness is still at BSL (darn you, anemia!) and my ends always curl up from my buns to WL. My hair has felt like it's been in the waistlands for the past 3 or so years, even though it's TBL now.

How do you benign neglectors manage to stop paying attention to length? I feel like I'm constantly checking every time I take my hair down. :(

The constant checking will drive you batty, so it's best to just put it up and forget about it. You can check once a week..but it really takes several months to see actual growth (at least for me).

Biedronka
December 4th, 2011, 01:48 PM
It feels like i am stuck in the no-man's-land between tailbone and classic...F-O-R-E-V-E-RRRRRR......i need about 2 more inches...but i keep trimming to thicken up the ends.grrrrr thin ends!!!

HairStickler
December 4th, 2011, 03:04 PM
I just realized today that I have reached tailbone length - which means that I have finlly graduated to this thread! :happydance::joy::wethree::disco::cheer:
Hooray!!! I think you need to celebrate with a new hairtoy or two. :eyebrows:

SheaLynne
December 4th, 2011, 09:55 PM
Congrats, Alvrodul!

Well, I need some encouragement. I will be hitting solid classic by the end of the year. I have been trimming 1/4 inch monthly for nearly 2 years now, and I had made alot of progress in gaining thickness in my length, but now as I edge closer to classic AND after experimenting with WO for nearly 5 months, I have experienced terrible split ends and have lost alot of thickness in my bottom 6 inches. This is the old, damaged length I've been steadily trimming off, so I knew it wasn't going to last forever, but I'm really disappointed to look at reaching classic in such bad shape.

Here's the best photo I can come up with, by pulling all my taper together so it doesn't look so see-through...

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4602&pictureid=120489


Sigh. Ah, well, I have gone back and forth as whether to spend a year maintaining at classic or go forth, and I think I'm either going to maintain a while or up the monthly trims to 1/2 inch (which would leave me 1/4-inch of growth each month). We'll see...I just hope the splits will stop when I get the old length off!

Alvrodul
December 5th, 2011, 03:47 AM
Hooray!!! I think you need to celebrate with a new hairtoy or two. :eyebrows:
I'm keeping my eyes peeled! ;)

Armelle
December 5th, 2011, 05:11 AM
I've moved in! My hair had plateaued for years at just above hip level. Recently, it zoomed a bit. It's cool... but I'm finding it gets into awkward places I didn't expect. Like rolling up into the top AND bottom of the car's seat belt. :doh: It is officially now the longest I've ever had it.

CastaDiva
December 5th, 2011, 10:00 AM
I've moved in! My hair had plateaued for years at just above hip level. Recently, it zoomed a bit. It's cool... but I'm finding it gets into awkward places I didn't expect. Like rolling up into the top AND bottom of the car's seat belt. :doh: It is officially now the longest I've ever had it.

How wonderful news, Armelle, congratulations:) It's great when your hair gets into new awkward places, isn't it;)

Alvrodul
December 5th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Here is the picture!

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m529/Alvrodul/Length%20and%20color%20pics/Tailbonelength.jpg?t=1323110786

Ishje
December 8th, 2011, 01:53 PM
your hair looks great Alvrodul!

princessp
December 8th, 2011, 02:07 PM
Your color is to die for Alvrodul! Welcome Armelle:cheese: and SheaLynne sorry you are experiencing splits but, your hair still looks nice in that picture. Anyway your current trimming plan sounds good since you will still be getting some growth. I'll be watching your progress and wishing you luck. :)

kouran
December 23rd, 2011, 05:34 AM
:joy: I HAVE REACHED CLASSIC LENGTH!! :joy:

I joined LHC December last year, so it's also my first anniversary here!! :)

I'm unsure wether to trim or maintain now...The ends are not as thick as I would like them to be and I would like to trim another inch, so that I could achieve a thicker classic length hair in the future. Since joining LHC, I have trimmed 4 inches of my hair, but each fall I loose much thickness and the nice hemline I had disappears :( ! My hair isn't looking very beautiful lately as well, since I have been using up my old sls shampoos, I don't have money to buy other products right now...

On a good side I haven't had any split ends since last spring, and I haven't been using conditioner even! :D I think that washing my lengths once a week as contributed a lot to this.

:cheese:

C.H.
December 23rd, 2011, 05:43 AM
Congrats kouran. Big fan of your hair, even if it's not everything you want it to be at the moment.

Madora
December 23rd, 2011, 07:41 AM
Happy anniversary, Kouran, and congratulations on reaching classic. Your hair looks so healthy and vibrant! Happy growing!

Ravenwaves 88
December 23rd, 2011, 10:20 AM
I'm at tailbone in shower but I loose an inch or so when dry. I will wait till I hit Tailbone solidly and dry before I join but I'm close :)

long&blonde
December 23rd, 2011, 10:44 AM
Me! TB to CL really seems like it will take forever! Lol

TheBluffs
December 23rd, 2011, 11:37 AM
:joy: I HAVE REACHED CLASSIC LENGTH!! :joy:

I joined LHC December last year, so it's also my first anniversary here!! :)

I'm unsure wether to trim or maintain now...The ends are not as thick as I would like them to be and I would like to trim another inch, so that I could achieve a thicker classic length hair in the future. Since joining LHC, I have trimmed 4 inches of my hair, but each fall I loose much thickness and the nice hemline I had disappears :( ! My hair isn't looking very beautiful lately as well, since I have been using up my old sls shampoos, I don't have money to buy other products right now...

On a good side I haven't had any split ends since last spring, and I haven't been using conditioner even! :D I think that washing my lengths once a week as contributed a lot to this.

:cheese:

When I reached classic two months ago, this is what I did:
I would recommend leaving it, waiting until you pass classic at 0.5/1 inch, cut that off.
I am past classic now, and I'm cutting off an inch in 2012. :)
Congratulations at reaching classic! :D

WaitingSoLong
December 23rd, 2011, 02:11 PM
kouran: if your ends are healthy, just thinner, I recommend the same thing TheBluffs said. I hit "just barely" classic back in October and trimmed 3+ inches back to TBL because my ends were REALLY bad (splits).

My ends are healthy now and I am growing back towards Classic. I have knee as my goal but Classic was really bothering me a bit and I am not sure I could stand my hair that long. Sometimes I still considering actually going shorter, like somewhere between waist and hip. Then sometimes I think I would really like to be knee so I can wrap my hair twice around my neck and still tuck the end in my shirt (I know that sounds stupid, but that is how I keep it out of my way when I wear it loose).

Actually, (thinking out loud here), if I went shorter, it would have to be short enough I would not need to braid it at night, which is about waist length on me. But I can't stand to think of my hair that short again, and my motto is "when in doubt, don't". So I just keep growing.

longhairedlady
December 27th, 2011, 07:15 AM
Congrats Kouran! I am also a fan of your hair!

I am contemplating a trim of an inch maybe. I have been mulling it over for a few months now! My current pic is in my sig and in my album also.

kouran
December 28th, 2011, 11:31 AM
Thank you so much C.H., Madora and longhairedlady!! :D I'm also a fan of your hair, love love dark hair!! :inlove:

I'll post length shots as soon as I get home. :)


When I reached classic two months ago, this is what I did:
I would recommend leaving it, waiting until you pass classic at 0.5/1 inch, cut that off.
I am past classic now, and I'm cutting off an inch in 2012. :)
Congratulations at reaching classic! :D


kouran: if your ends are healthy, just thinner, I recommend the same thing TheBluffs said. I hit "just barely" classic back in October and trimmed 3+ inches back to TBL because my ends were REALLY bad (splits).

Thank you, TheBluffs and WaitingSoLong :flower: , I have no splits since April so I guess I will follow TheBluffs recommendation. I know I don't want knee length hair, my hair already takes me 2 hours to comb, now imagine knee length hair! :thud:

How long do you girls take to comb your tailbone - classic hair?

WaitingSoLong
December 29th, 2011, 09:38 AM
After washing or in general? Doesn't take more than a minute but I don't let it get tangled usually. After washing, I guess just a couple minutes. Maybe 4 or 5? It is braiding and up-dos that take awhile for me.

HairStickler
December 29th, 2011, 10:16 AM
kouran, my hair is a little past classic, and it only takes me a minute or so to brush it with a Tangle Teezer, but I keep it up in updos at all times. If I leave it down, then it gets tangled and takes a long time to detangle.

kouran
December 29th, 2011, 11:02 AM
After washing or in general? Doesn't take more than a minute but I don't let it get tangled usually. After washing, I guess just a couple minutes. Maybe 4 or 5? It is braiding and up-dos that take awhile for me.


kouran, my hair is a little past classic, and it only takes me a minute or so to brush it with a Tangle Teezer, but I keep it up in updos at all times. If I leave it down, then it gets tangled and takes a long time to detangle.

In general, after washing takes more time, but I wait for my hair to dry to do it. It only takes minutes to you both!? I wear my hair up everytime as well, but I pass my fingers through my hair to detangle, then I finger-comb so that when I start combing, there aren't any big tangles, just a few hairs caught in each other and all of that takes me about 2 hours...am I being overly thorough or something?

WaitingSoLong
December 29th, 2011, 11:14 AM
kouran, maybe you have super tangly hair...tho I do, too. Like I said, I just usually never let it get tangled.

I also finger comb sometimes if I know there are tangles.

2 hours? Hmm...I think I would cut my hair off! LOL I have long hair because it takes LESS time than short.

Rivanariko
December 29th, 2011, 12:44 PM
It used to take me about a half hour to finger-comb through my hair when I did it every night, and that was keeping it up or braided all of the time. Not sure how it gets tangled when it's up, but it's talented...

I gave in a few months ago and started brushing again though. I'm still much more careful than I used to be, but I was miserable with my hair and starting to resent how much work I had to put into getting it to look nice. I'm getting more breakage than I was when I was carefully untying each tangle, but I'm overall happier. Growth will be slowly and I'll probably have to trim more often, but I care a lot less than I used to!

HairStickler
December 29th, 2011, 01:48 PM
kouran, I have not tried finger combing so I can't compare directly, but have you tried a Tangle Teezer? It detangles hair very quickly. I forgot to mention that I also detangle my hair in the shower when I have conditioner in it. Some people say not to brush when wet, but I have been doing it for decades and it works for me. :) It takes about 5 minutes to do that. Maybe that makes it easier to keep tangle-free when it is dry?

spidermom
December 29th, 2011, 02:05 PM
I think it takes 15-20 minutes to comb out my hair after it has been washed and left down to air dry. That seems almost unbearably a long time to me, but 2 hours!? I'd cut shorter for sure!

kouran
December 29th, 2011, 04:00 PM
kouran, I have not tried finger combing so I can't compare directly, but have you tried a Tangle Teezer? It detangles hair very quickly. I forgot to mention that I also detangle my hair in the shower when I have conditioner in it. Some people say not to brush when wet, but I have been doing it for decades and it works for me. :) It takes about 5 minutes to do that. Maybe that makes it easier to keep tangle-free when it is dry?

Yes, I gave a Tangle Teezer to my sister in her birthday and I got a chance to try it, it felt that it was breaking my hairs but it seemed not to break, it's weird...

I do think that using conditioner, detangling in the shower and brush it wet keeps it tangle free. I do nothing of those things, I do not even use conditioner, but that's the routine that works with my hair, the only downside is really the combing time, but I'm used to that...


I think it takes 15-20 minutes to comb out my hair after it has been washed and left down to air dry. That seems almost unbearably a long time to me, but 2 hours!? I'd cut shorter for sure!

I'm so used to it I don't even complain...in fact, detangling my hair is the only free time I have during school months so it's like a relaxing activity...Is there anyone here whose hair detangling takes more than one hour? Empress Sissi's hair took more than 3 hours to detangle, so at least I know I'm not the only one...:)

Lostsoule77
January 3rd, 2012, 09:36 PM
Hi! My longest hairs are hitting at TBL so I think I'll join you guys for now. :) I'm due for a trim so I might not be here all that long. I hope to spend most of 2012 here though. :D

Teufelchen
January 9th, 2012, 11:34 AM
I am leaving you. :p

My very ends have reached Classic now and I am now graduating to the Classic to Knee thread. :)

Happy growing everyone and congrats kouran. :D

WaitingSoLong
January 9th, 2012, 11:40 AM
I am leaving you. :p

My very ends have reached Classic now and I am now graduating to the Classic to Knee thread. :)

Happy growing everyone and congrats kouran. :D

Pictures or it didn't happen! ;)

Veviticus
January 9th, 2012, 12:03 PM
I am leaving you. :p

My very ends have reached Classic now and I am now graduating to the Classic to Knee thread. :)

Happy growing everyone and congrats kouran. :D


BOO HOO HOOOO FOR US:wail: But I am so HAPPY for you:cheese:

TheBluffs
January 13th, 2012, 07:02 PM
I am leaving you. :p

My very ends have reached Classic now and I am now graduating to the Classic to Knee thread. :)

Happy growing everyone and congrats kouran. :D
I'l join you in February. :) For now, I'm maintianing.
Congradulations!

Rhodugune
January 14th, 2012, 09:58 AM
Congratulations Teufelchen! :flower:

I've also joined the classic in 2012 thread, it's hard for me to believe I'm that close!
Maybe I reached that goal soem time this summer, it all depends on how much my fairytale endings need to be trimmed, I hope they don't need to much as I've been so much better at taking care of my hair since I joined The LHC, thank you all of you lovely people! :cheese:

Here is my most recent pic.

http://archive.pixbox.se/arkivet/synligt_38/32850000-32859999/640x480/32852406.jpg (http://www.pixbox.se/pic32852406)

Lostsoule77
January 14th, 2012, 02:25 PM
Lovely hair Rhodugune!

MissHair
January 14th, 2012, 06:05 PM
Beautiful pics!

Rhodugune
January 15th, 2012, 06:16 AM
Lovely hair Rhodugune!


Beautiful pics!

Thank you, your nice comments mean alot to me. :flowers:

TheBluffs
January 15th, 2012, 11:31 AM
Very preaty! I happen to like your hair fairytaled, but that just my opinon. :)

princessp
January 15th, 2012, 11:47 AM
Rhodugune, you have very pretty hair you are so close to classic! Congratulations kouran and Teufelchen for reaching classic! Welcome to the thread Lostsoule77. :)

Lostsoule77
January 17th, 2012, 05:49 PM
Thanks! I just realized that I forgot to post my length shot photo here! It'll be nice for me to have as a comparison later on. :) This is from NYE.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b255/lostsoule/IMG_3934.jpg

I've always been kinda against FTE, at least for me. I think I love the way they look now that I'm getting more of a curl in my hair. :) Gotta love LHC's hair health benefits. :cheese:

C.H.
January 17th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Hey, ladies. I thought I'd post my most recent length shot. I pulled the bottom of my sweater down so that it hits tailbone and you can see my hair is right there.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=8012&pictureid=123632

WaitingSoLong
January 18th, 2012, 05:40 AM
C.H. Your hair is just stunning!

Veviticus
January 25th, 2012, 12:49 PM
I have just re-tightened my dreads over the weekend.

I had ALOT of new growth. When I finished...lo and behold some of my locks are at the bottom of my tush:cheese:...so classic to knee forum...here I come!:D

spidermom
January 25th, 2012, 01:24 PM
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/Decemberlength.jpg
So this is my most recent length shot. It looks like I have at least 4 more inches to classic length. (P.S. your eyes are not deceiving you; I still have traces of Manic Panic turquoise.)

What do people think of the straight-across (pretty much) hem? I like that my ends look nice and thick, but I liked the U-hem better.

Veviticus
January 25th, 2012, 02:11 PM
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/Decemberlength.jpg
So this is my most recent length shot. It looks like I have at least 4 more inches to classic length. (P.S. your eyes are not deceiving you; I still have traces of Manic Panic turquoise.)

What do people think of the straight-across (pretty much) hem? I like that my ends look nice and thick, but I liked the U-hem better.

Your hair is so beautiful!! The ends looks so thick and healthy, no matter how you decide to cut them, it would still look awesome. Also since your ends look as good as they do, why not just leave them as they are. Whatever your personal preference may be, I say just go for it.

skyblue
January 25th, 2012, 03:27 PM
Oh my GOSH!! All of you have the most gorgeous hair!

C.H.
January 25th, 2012, 04:29 PM
C.H. Your hair is just stunning!

Why thank you!

nobeltonya
January 25th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Just touching BCL/TBone :D I was 37.5" wet, stretched straight [not pulling hard..], measured like 2 weeks ago.. I also haven't noticed much difference in routines or maintenance.. although I'm a lot more aware of when I need to put it up now than I was say a year ago at around waist. I still hate to put it up, but like if it's windy, REALLY cold [especially if it's wet or I'm wearing my heavy jacket, as it creates a lot of static], getting in and out of the car a lot, working and bending a lot where it falls into everything, etc then I have to put it up.. otherwise, I like to enjoy it down a bit during the day. I will have a current, clear length picture up hopefully soon. :P

spidermom
January 25th, 2012, 05:05 PM
Your hair is so beautiful!! The ends looks so thick and healthy, no matter how you decide to cut them, it would still look awesome. Also since your ends look as good as they do, why not just leave them as they are. Whatever your personal preference may be, I say just go for it.

Thank you. I'm going to just let my hair grow for awhile, other than S&D the obvious splits. I'm determined to get back to classic length and beyond. I'm nearing 60; who knows how many good hair-growing years I have left. Might as well grow it while I still can.

princessp
January 25th, 2012, 05:13 PM
C.H. + Spidermom :thudpile:

Sushi144
January 25th, 2012, 07:27 PM
Joining you ! :)

I'm in the Classic in 2012 topic too, but as I already said, I don't know if I can do it considering my hair is at tailbone for years (and I'm not maintaining, it just doesn't grow). But I hope I can change that with shea butter, updos and S&D ! :rockerdud

Congratulations to the few ladies who reached the length recently, that's inspiring ! I can do it ! :cheese:

spidermom
January 25th, 2012, 07:34 PM
CH and lostsoule -- wow! So pretty.

C.H.
January 25th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Spidermom, I think this is the first time I've seen a proper photo of your length. What a treat.

SheaLynne
January 25th, 2012, 09:17 PM
Beautiful length and hemlines in the recent photos...you all are inspiring me to maintain at classic for 2012 and try to thicken that hemline. I've been wavering on whether to do that or keep growing with 1/4-inch trims, but I'm leaning strongly now! That means I would maintain at 44 inches, which I should be at when I measure at the end of this month, and so I'll cut my growth off each month for this year.......

hanne jensen
January 26th, 2012, 12:39 AM
Spidermom, your hair is gorgeous!

Off topic, you appear more slender than last year. (Lady, you've shrunk!)

isbmlamloi
January 29th, 2012, 12:38 PM
Well gals, I just took my yearly length pic, and I've graduated. Onto classic-to-knee for me! Hope to see you there soon!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7144/6783958645_4f48d30895.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/isbmlamloi/6783958645/)

Johanna
January 29th, 2012, 09:01 PM
It's been a while since I've checked in. I'm still just past tbl, I've been maintaining this length for a while to 1. Grow out my old dye and 2. Grow out my bangs.
I can officially say I have no bangs anymore! I'm really happy that they're finally gone! In 2008 I started out with them at eyebrow length.

As for my first goal, my canopy has grown enough that the regrowth now reaches apl. I have enough virgin hair for a dye free average length cut (but I'm not gonna cut :P ).
Yaaaay! Milestones are fun to accomplish.

SheaLynne
January 29th, 2012, 10:01 PM
It's been a while since I've checked in. I'm still just past tbl, I've been maintaining this length for a while to 1. Grow out my old dye and 2. Grow out my bangs.
I can officially say I have no bangs anymore! I'm really happy that they're finally gone! In 2008 I started out with them at eyebrow length.

Big congrats!!!! That is a big milestone to reach at the length you have. I started growing my bangs from eyebrow in Oct 2009, and they are getting there, but still a ways to go. I'm at 44 inches total length, and the old bangs are over halfway there now....I'll make it someday!

Good luck on your other goal. You know it will get there eventually, and I'm with you on not cutting!

Miasen
January 30th, 2012, 09:45 AM
Just got my hair trimmed, so am back here. Adding before and after, I love how much neater the hemline is! :D And it's still close to classic, so shouldn't take too long to get back there. :)

Now:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4369&pictureid=125297

Before:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=4369&pictureid=125298

Also cut some long sideswept bangs, fun! :D

C.H.
January 30th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Miasen, good call with the trim. You didn't take much off, and it looks great.

Sushi144
January 30th, 2012, 11:27 AM
Miasen, I love your post trim hemline ! :)

Miasen
January 30th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Thanks, I'm really liking it too. :D

After reading so many horror stories around here about hairdressers chopping off alot more than told I'm always pleasantly surprised at the hairdressers around here. She made sure several times that she could cut as much as she did (which wasn't much at all), even when I said she could just cut off all she though needed cut off to get a good hemline.

Freki
February 1st, 2012, 02:34 AM
I took my yearly progress picture yesterday... it didn't feel like my hair was growing much, but I do see some progress! Yay! You can see last years progress picture in my signature.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v242/LupineLullaby/hairjan12.jpg

Veviticus
February 1st, 2012, 08:42 AM
I took my yearly progress picture yesterday... it didn't feel like my hair was growing much, but I do see some progress! Yay! You can see last years progress picture in my signature.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v242/LupineLullaby/hairjan12.jpg


OMG!!! The color just takes my breath away:bowtome:!!! BEAUTEEEEFUL!

spidermom
February 1st, 2012, 08:45 AM
Pretty trim, Miasen.

Quahatundightu
February 1st, 2012, 10:38 AM
Hello.. Finally made it to TB!!!! :D :D :D I'm not sure I can believe it, I've been in the waist-TB thread for years.


http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2713&pictureid=125336 http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2713&pictureid=125335

Sushi144
February 1st, 2012, 02:33 PM
Hello everyone, I just wanted to share with you my first real length update :

http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n594/Sushi144/Longueur_fvrier_petite.jpg

I'm glad because I wasn't sure I was still at TBL after my december trim, but I'm actually a bit past it. So I hope to reach classic this year or next. :)

Sushi144
February 1st, 2012, 02:38 PM
Quahatundightu, what a nice hair colour ! I was going to ask if it was natural but you wrote it on your profile. :o It's lovely.
And congrats for your goal.

gothic_lady
February 1st, 2012, 02:39 PM
Less than 1 inch till classic. :) But half of my hair is light brown and the other half almost black, it will take years to grow back my natural color. I also want to thicken my ends, so I decided to grow a little longer than classic and then make a 2 inch cut, perhaps... Don't know if I'll grow till knee, I'll see... classic I like the most. :) Have to say that before I saw the pics here, never thought about growing more than waist. It's great what I found here! :)

SwordWomanRiona
February 2nd, 2012, 01:36 PM
I've neglected this thread a bit, but I'll probably trim back to classic on the 6th, so I won't be gone yet!

I love all the new pics :)

longhairedlady
February 5th, 2012, 04:52 PM
My latest progress pic. I have cut about an inch since my last progress pic to give me more of a blunt hemline instead of the slight U I had. I ended up with the slight U after I did not do the self trimming ponytail method correctly. I also have being doing alot more EVOO treatments on my hair to help with how dry my hair has been this winter. My last progress pic was dry and frizzy! My hair is much happier now. :D How is everyone?

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/tgearjammer/100_0666-1-1.jpg

Madora
February 5th, 2012, 05:16 PM
What a lovely photo, longhairedlady! Your hair looks marvelous..so shiny and healthy!

Sushi144
February 5th, 2012, 05:23 PM
Longhairedlady, your hair looks so smooth ! :)

longhairedlady
February 5th, 2012, 07:43 PM
Thank you Madora and Sushi! It has been looking alot better since I have done some heavy oilings here lately. In fact I was just about to go oil my hair again! :D

SwordWomanRiona
February 6th, 2012, 03:16 AM
Beautiful, shiny hair, longhairedlady! Love the hemline too!

longhairedlady
February 6th, 2012, 12:57 PM
Thank you SWR! Have you cut to classic or are you still pondering it? I just love you smooth silky hair! If you trim you have to grace us with a pic, pwetty pwease! :D

SwordWomanRiona
February 6th, 2012, 01:47 PM
Thank you SWR! Have you cut to classic or are you still pondering it? I just love you smooth silky hair! If you trim you have to grace us with a pic, pwetty pwease! :D

You're welcome! :)

Yes, I trimmed back to classic+ today, from fingertip length. Today because the Moon was in Leo :D, and I really want to see if those thickening benefits are true or not :D.

I'll take a pic tomorrow :)

PinkyCat
February 6th, 2012, 02:05 PM
Hey, ladies. I thought I'd post my most recent length shot. I pulled the bottom of my sweater down so that it hits tailbone and you can see my hair is right there.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=8012&pictureid=123632

:thudpile:You. Have. My. Dream. Hair. :thudpile:

Lightningfury
February 6th, 2012, 02:56 PM
I took my hair down this weekend and noticed it had grown from tail bone to mid butt. Almost there!

C.H.
February 6th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Thank you, PinkyCat!

SwordWomanRiona
February 7th, 2012, 10:28 AM
You're welcome! :)

Yes, I trimmed back to classic+ today, from fingertip length. Today because the Moon was in Leo :D, and I really want to see if those thickening benefits are true or not :D.

I'll take a pic tomorrow :)

As promised to longhairedlady, here's a length shot after my lastest trim. I trimmed 0.8" off (2 cm) and am now back at a bit past classic. The hemline's looks better on wash-day, after drying, but anyway:
Bad lighting too, but it was so bleak outside...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6836547233_2923118cd1.jpg

longhairedlady
February 7th, 2012, 11:13 AM
Your hemline looks very nice and healthy SWR! And the shine and color coming from your hair is amazing! I think your hair is very happy right now!

SwordWomanRiona
February 7th, 2012, 12:35 PM
Your hemline looks very nice and healthy SWR! And the shine and color coming from your hair is amazing! I think your hair is very happy right now!

Thank you, longhairedlady! :) I really want to see if maintaining will thicken up my hemline, though. It still looks thinnish to me!

Lostsoule77
February 9th, 2012, 11:19 AM
SwordWomanRiona your hair is gorgeous! I love the color!

I think your hemline is great, but if you want to improve it (not that it seems to need it) then good luck. :)

SwordWomanRiona
February 9th, 2012, 04:34 PM
SwordWomanRiona your hair is gorgeous! I love the color!

I think your hemline is great, but if you want to improve it (not that it seems to need it) then good luck. :)

Thank you, Lostsoule77! :) How sweet of you to say that my hemline's "great"! (seeing as it's my main obsession, 'hair-could-be-better'-wise ;)

spidermom
February 9th, 2012, 06:28 PM
I'm pretty sure my length will creep past classic this year, but I'm not there yet.

kanaka
February 10th, 2012, 10:25 PM
SwordWomanRiona- Your hair is amazing and your hemline is perfect for me, its thick and healthy. your hair so shiny too :)

SwordWomanRiona
February 11th, 2012, 04:45 AM
SwordWomanRiona- Your hair is amazing and your hemline is perfect for me, its thick and healthy. your hair so shiny too :)

:o Thank you, kanaka!

Johanna
February 16th, 2012, 04:46 AM
My braid is thickening up so much!
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2669&pictureid=126494

I'm still at the same length as last year, but I have a much thicker hem, no see through ends. So it's looking good for classic 2012! Woo! From the pictures I took today, it looks as though I may need 4 inches to get there. Here's hoping!

haibane
February 16th, 2012, 05:06 AM
Lovely braid Johanna, it looks so shiny and healthy!

Sushi144
February 16th, 2012, 12:22 PM
Very lovely braid Johanna.

Johanna
February 16th, 2012, 09:47 PM
Thank you :D
My braid ends around hip length, I would love to have a tbl to classic length braid! I want to be able to wrap it around my neck like a scarf and drape it over it my shoulder.
I cant wait till it gets longer so it looks like the bottom of my braid has been dipped in colour.

Lightningfury
February 16th, 2012, 10:20 PM
Mid Butt Length!!
*happy dance*

WaitingSoLong
February 21st, 2012, 10:09 AM
I am about half way between TBL and Classic and once again having trouble with buns. There seem to be very few buns that will look right AND hold all day. Holding without having to re-do is very important to me. I use a Ficcare, sticks, and spin pins, depending on the bun. I decided to rate my buns with 5 stars being the best, 1 star being the worst.

Right now the equilibrium bun holds the best, bar none, however I don't find it aesthetically pleasing for my taste. I will wear it around the house but not out. It is comfortable and rock solid. 5 stars for hold, 2 stars for looks.

The hypno-bun is my compromise between looks and hold, however, it always takes me several attempts to get it to look just right. 4 stars for hold, 5 stars for looks.

The Gibralter does well, being my third choice for hold. It also looks good in a stick or ficcare. 3 stars for hold, 4 stars for looks.

Cinnabuns and braided buns held with spin pins are OK, they do tend to loosen and look like crap after a few hours. Plus I dislike how long it takes me to put them up. 3 stars for hold, 4 stars for looks.

I can no longer sport a lazy wrap. My hair just seems to be too long for that bun. It used to be my favorite as far as looks and hold goes. Not only does it look ridiculous now but it will not hold more than an hour. Not sure why? 1 star each!

Same with infinity bun...it looks great but no longer holds with Ficcare nor sticks. 2 stars for hold, 5 stars for looks.

So what are your problem buns and your go-to buns for this length? How do you rate the different buns?

I know part of my problem is the sleekness of my hair and the day of or after a wash is the worst, it is so slick it will just slip out of any style. I LIKE the sleekness, but it can be tricky. My ends almost always slip out and I sport a rooster tail! lol.

spidermom
February 21st, 2012, 10:25 AM
I've been supplementing my sticks or fork with a few long bobby pins (also known as roller pins). I need the extra support for the bun to stay comfortable.

Mai Gloeckchen
February 21st, 2012, 10:47 AM
My everyday-bun is a centerheld braided bun with a size M Ficcare. If nothing works, this bun will. Hold the whole day, looks neat und pretty.
Hypno-bun with a two-prong-fork is also quite secure and I like the look, because it is one of the bigger buns.
LWB with ficcare works well for me, but not with a stick.
French pinless is large und very secure.

I always have difficulties with a normal cinnamon bun. And some others, but I do not know the englisch names of them... Celtish bun? Is that correct?
No chance for me, too much length left, looks bad, undone within a few minutes.

The ellingbun is pretty and secure, but it needs a bit time, to make it.

C.H.
February 21st, 2012, 11:12 AM
I pretty much live in a lazy wrap bun held with a 3-prong fork. It's a five on all counts--quick and easy to do, looks very elegant, and holds extremely well. I discovered that a LWB with a fork will hold up to the most vigorous of martial arts and fitness training sessions for me, which I am thrilled about. I also like that the look can vary depending on how loose or tight I make it and how high or low I place it on my head. I would really recommend that anyone who usually does a LWB with sticks or a Ficcare try it with a sturdy 3 or 4 prong fork. It makes all the difference for me.

Johanna
February 21st, 2012, 10:32 PM
I live in a braid, but if I want my hair up I usually go for a figure 8 bun. At the moment though I'm in an in-between length where it isn't quite long enough to fit properly in my bun and sticks out a bit. Arrrgh! Just a few more inches and I'll be neat again.

It's funny how you have to evolve in hairstyles at certain lengths. Sometimes with my Chinese buns I don't need pins to hold my ends in place and a few inches later I've got to keep repinning them throughout the day.

I love that now that my fringe is the same length as my hem, I don't have bits poking out of my braid anymore. I have a nice smooth braid all day. Yaaay!

Lipbalmbabe
February 24th, 2012, 05:36 PM
This thread is truly inspiring. I hope one day I can join it! :)

annamoonfairy
February 24th, 2012, 05:47 PM
I have about two inches to classic : ) I have started a photo log to be updated on the 14th of each month.

http://i1075.photobucket.com/albums/w428/annamoonfairy/Hair021420121.jpg

Lipbalmbabe
February 24th, 2012, 05:51 PM
I have about two inches to classic : ) I have started a photo log to be updated on the 14th of each month.

http://i1075.photobucket.com/albums/w428/annamoonfairy/Hair021420121.jpg

Oh my god! I want your hair so badly!! :)

Rivanariko
March 2nd, 2012, 01:42 PM
While washing my hair earlier this week I thought I felt the tiniest tickle at the top of my thighs... With the inexact measuring of trying to feel where the ends are in the shower, I think my longest tips are just starting to brush classic while wet! Hopefully by this summer I'll be solid classic!! I feel like I've been waiting forever for this.

C.H.
March 5th, 2012, 10:46 PM
Yeah, in the shower a couple of days ago for the first time I felt hair from my head touching my hoo ha. That's new!

Cupofmilk
March 27th, 2012, 11:05 AM
Hello all. My first time here as an official poster. I have hit TB and onto classic I go. I think it is about 4 inches so maybe a year.

spidermom
March 27th, 2012, 11:26 AM
I felt my ends tickling at my upper thighs with water streaming through my hair in the shower recently. Dry, my hair is 2-3 inches shorter than that.

Cupofmilk
March 27th, 2012, 11:34 AM
That is so exciting. My hair is shorter dry too.

Slug Yoga
March 27th, 2012, 03:04 PM
My braid is thickening up so much!
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2669&pictureid=126494

I'm still at the same length as last year, but I have a much thicker hem, no see through ends. So it's looking good for classic 2012! Woo! From the pictures I took today, it looks as though I may need 4 inches to get there. Here's hoping!

Awesome! That's inspirational to me, because my hair is similar to yours in color/type/thickness (at the nape at least).

I grew my hair pretty much straight from a pixie to TB with occasional trims, so my hair tapers a lot. My plan is to maintain it at TB unti the thickness moves down the length a ways. It's slow, of course, but I do feel like progress is taking place, and that my hair is thicker further down than before. Next, classic, and then, ???

Annamoonfairie, your hair is :O

princessp
March 29th, 2012, 10:24 AM
Awesome! That's inspirational to me, because my hair is similar to yours in color/type/thickness (at the nape at least).

Yeah same here! Johanna, your braid looks a lot like mine. :)

I posted this on my blog so I thought I'd post it here too. My hair is classic if i pull it straight like this :p

http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad240/princesspandora1/lengthmarch2012.jpg

Of course I plopped my hair the other day and it curled all the way up to TB. Anyway, if I don't count when it is wet or pulled straight, I am still somewhere in between TB and Classic. How is everyone else doing?

spidermom
March 29th, 2012, 10:27 AM
Sadly in need of several inches cut-back. So far I keep S&Ding splits away, but I never seem to make a dent in the problem.

C.H.
March 29th, 2012, 10:55 AM
I have been benignly neglecting and have not done a length check in a while, being thoroughly occupied with other things. I think this is a good thing! I figure the next time I do a length check I will be pleasantly surprised.

SheaLynne
April 6th, 2012, 10:29 PM
Well, I have no pic, but I think I can fairly claim classic at 44 inches. However, now is the dilemma of what to do next! Classic was my first-level goal and after that I was never sure if I would want to keep going longer or stay here to thicken and improve quality.

So...thinking about how much of my length is still "pre-LHC" with heat and semi-perm dye damage, I think I'm going to maintain here. I was gaining a solid 3/4 inch a month growth for 2 years of monthly trimming, so that means I grow 9 inches a year. It has been about 3 years since I started treating my hair better, so that means only about 27 inches of my length is "virgin"...so that means another 1-1/2 to 2 years of maintaining to really be rid of the damage.

I'll reserve the right to change at anytime, but for now maintaining it is! I'll get a pic up as soon as I can.

Melanie Marie
April 7th, 2012, 11:26 AM
I'm finally at tailbone!!! :cheese: It feels like it took forever to get here, and I can hardly believe that I am. Now on to classic!

spidermom
April 7th, 2012, 11:33 AM
My hair has switched over to turbo-grow for spring, summer, and early fall.
The ends look to be about 1.5-2 inches above classic length (but that's estimated).

SheaLynne
April 7th, 2012, 04:31 PM
Congrats, Melanie Marie!! Enjoy this stage... :)

Spidermom, you have great ends to me (and some great growth, it seems!).

Ok, I actually got a picture today. I think that's proof of classic? (And of how badly my damaged ends have suffered as they got to longer lengths...18 inches of damage to go...)

I'm going to stick with this thread while I maintain classic for a good while.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=130372&albumid=4602&dl=1333837416&thumb=2

spidermom
April 10th, 2012, 02:57 PM
I'm so amazed that I'm posting this all over the place! Please excuse my self-indulgence, but I think I just got to classic length and in only 10 days. Look at this:
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/splatterviolet.jpghttp://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/newsig.jpg
April 10 .................................................. ........April 1

Quahatundightu
April 11th, 2012, 01:07 AM
SheaLynne looks like classic to me! :D I don't think you'll have to maintain for very long before it thickens up :)

Spidermom.. please admit now what form of magic you have been using! Amazing!

spidermom
April 11th, 2012, 09:30 AM
My hair has done this growth spurt thing after a trim before. Between March 31 and April 1, I cut off 2 inches, and with that along with the arrival of spring - my hair just took off. I'm still amazed.

princessp
April 11th, 2012, 09:34 AM
Spidermom your hair is amazingly gorgeous and Wow on your new growth!!!! :cheese:

WaitingSoLong
April 11th, 2012, 10:43 AM
These two pics were taken April 1, 2012. You can see how it looks like I am almost Classic from behind but not from the side. Of course my hair is a bit longer loose.

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/DSC01317b.jpg

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/DSC01318aJPG.jpg

Fairlight63
April 11th, 2012, 10:50 AM
WOW, Your hair is so beautiful WaitingSoLong!

spidermom
April 11th, 2012, 11:16 AM
I agree with Fairlight. I wish I could have straight hair.

WaitingSoLong
April 11th, 2012, 11:23 AM
I agree with Fairlight. I wish I could have straight hair.

Done. Let's trade.

;) Thanks ladies!

Mai Gloeckchen
April 12th, 2012, 12:51 AM
WaitingSoLong: Can you tell me what exactly your ponytailcircumference is? Your hair looks so pretts and is SO long and I am always on the lookout for rather thinner ponytails, with a lot of length for inspiration. I guess about 7cm? 3" or a bit under?
If your hair is thicker, I do not want to be mistaken, I do not want to say, your hair looks thin, no. I mean, it looks perfectly nice and even. Even though it is not in the iii-Range, you know?
:)

Cupofmilk
April 12th, 2012, 02:25 AM
These two pics were taken April 1, 2012. You can see how it looks like I am almost Classic from behind but not from the side. Of course my hair is a bit longer loose.

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/DSC01317b.jpg

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp17/Poetry4me75/DSC01318aJPG.jpg

Wow your hair is very pretty and very long. Interestingly I have this issue. I look fair closer to classic from the back compared with from the side.

Looking at this - I think maybe 3 inches to go. It's got to be at least 5 if not more for me:

http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/zz53/rachelba99/ed.jpg

WaitingSoLong
April 12th, 2012, 05:43 AM
WaitingSoLong: Can you tell me what exactly your ponytailcircumference is?

Gosh, I never write it down. I re-measured after my new growth made it to my ponytail and I think it is 2.75". I have a real hard time measuring it, but that was up from like 2.25" before all the new growth I got after I stopped using the sun-in in October 2010. It tapers significantly after waist length where I have a lot of terminal length hairs from the side of my head. My terminal taper appears to be a V but I have never reached term yet to be sure.


Wow your hair is very pretty and very long. Interestingly I have this issue. I look fair closer to classic from the back compared with from the side.

Thanks :) and I have 2" to go, at most. Some of the length is sucked up in the ponytail. If you look at my sig, which was taken last October, I have gained about 2.5" since then. From the back I look almost Classic, or even Classic if I just tilt my head a bit but not from the side. It helps I have a small rear LOL.

I have marks on my wall. I measured out my height (64.25") one day and wanted to know where half my body height (in hair) would fall on my body. Turns out to be right at the top of TBL. I marked that, and then while I was at it, I marked all the goal increments on the wall where they would be on me. So all I have to do is back up to the wall without shoes/socks and reach down and find where my hair ends, put my finger on the wall and walk away and look...yup...2" to Classic. I really don't like measuring tapes which is why I stopped measuring my hair in inches and started using goal increments instead. I did the "retire your ruler for 90 days challenge" only I went more like 5 months. I just measured again april 1st (that was my goal date and also my TLHC anniversary) and I have planned to not measure again until October (with a tape).

Sorry for the ramble! lol

Lostsoule77
April 13th, 2012, 04:53 PM
WSL your hair is stunning! There is no way you are not going to reach CL this year. I'm just hoping I will too. Still debating what I'll do once I'm there.

Everyone's hair is looking good and well on the way to classic. :)

leilasahhar
April 13th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Wow there are some beautiful hair on here. I cant wait til I can post pics too :) My goal is to cover my butt, which is classic? I have layers :( but the longest lenghts are almost to hip.

"Lady Sahhar of the Night Jeweled Desert in the order of the Long Haired Knights"

mimi1153
April 13th, 2012, 06:04 PM
Still waiting..... New measure at 39 1/2. Was doing micro trims every 3-4 months, haven't trimmed since December...... Going to try not to trim. I still have a good 4" to go to get to classic! :(