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DecafJane
October 14th, 2009, 09:32 PM
Two years ago this month I got my last big haircut to an ultra-short pixie.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=502&pictureid=5153
I hated it and wanted my long hair back. I decided to hop back on the LHC forums for encouragement soon afterwards and began the journey.

Here is one of the first length shots I took from the back in January of 2008:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=502&pictureid=5904

Here is my hair as of two weeks ago (October 2009) with hair straightened by the hairdresser after my first trim in two years:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=502&pictureid=51544

In that time I have had one trim (just before the last photo) and she took off about an inch at the most and evened it all out. I put the decent growth down to good genes, healthy eating, tying it up and forgetting about it, and investing in hairtoys so that I could focus on something else apart from getting it cut.

My goal is now about hip length, and I should be there in the next couple of years. It is very exciting, and I'm thankful for the LHC with all of your encouragement and tips (and enabling :p ).

Thanks, guys! :grouphug:

HeatherLarsen
October 14th, 2009, 09:36 PM
looks great! I started with hair your length and I am almost totally shoulder length after 9-10 months. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Cereus
October 14th, 2009, 09:37 PM
Very pretty hair! It's grown out quite well. I know how hard it is to grow from a pixie.

Vianka
October 14th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Wow! You're hair looks great and I can't believe how much it has grown in two years. This actually gives me a lot of encouragement. If I can just stop cutting my hair then maybe it can be as long as yours is in less than 2 years!

Alexannee10
October 14th, 2009, 09:38 PM
What a wonderful growth!

patience
October 14th, 2009, 09:42 PM
That's some nice growth.
Looking good! :thumbsup:

Heavenly Locks
October 14th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Wow, talk about INSPIRING! :D Great growing :disco:

Amara
October 14th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Wooooooow!!!! That is too nice!!!

clairenewcastle
October 14th, 2009, 10:21 PM
I'm very impressed! You've come a long, long way.

kam984420
October 14th, 2009, 10:31 PM
You've had some awesome growth! Congrats!

curls2grow
October 14th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Wow, such beautiful progress! Congrats!

Liluri
October 14th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Congratulations on your progress, gotta love photos for showing speedy differences in length :)

Love your gorgeous hair!

JamieRose
October 14th, 2009, 10:50 PM
That is a LOT of growth for two years- looks beautiful!!!

friskybiznus
October 14th, 2009, 10:59 PM
Beautiful growth! Your hair looks so healthy! Good for you!

hennaphile
October 14th, 2009, 11:03 PM
WHAA???? 2 YEARS!!! Holy moly that's growth :happydance:

DecafJane
October 14th, 2009, 11:40 PM
Thanks, everybody! :D

Pburgh56
October 14th, 2009, 11:42 PM
Wow amazing growth you really are an inspiration thanks soo much :)

LutraLutra
October 15th, 2009, 03:13 AM
Wow, that's so much growth for two years, congratulations :cheer:

maaria
October 15th, 2009, 03:32 AM
Congrats to the big growth :p

Toadstool
October 15th, 2009, 03:34 AM
Thank you for the encouragement - very impressive:)

Aditi
October 15th, 2009, 04:27 AM
Congrats on your wonderful growth :thumbsup: your hair are very beautiful and healthy.

Exodus
October 15th, 2009, 04:30 AM
Whoah! That a whole lot of growth for two years! Can I have your growth rate, pleeeaase?

Tangerine
October 15th, 2009, 04:51 AM
That is an inspirational amount of growth, and it looks very healthy too - well done :blossom:

DavidN
October 15th, 2009, 05:24 AM
Oh my goodness, DecafJane! What outstanding progress in only two years, and thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Pumpkin
October 15th, 2009, 06:01 AM
That is inspiration!! My hair was the same short pixie when I started growing late last year ....I hope this time next year it will be your length. Thanks for sharing!!! Good job! :)

janeytilllie
October 15th, 2009, 06:16 AM
Congratulations on the terrific growth :cheer: Your hemline is beautiful! :D

Isa-belle
October 15th, 2009, 06:34 AM
Wow! Your growth is amazing. Your hair looks great! This must be indeed very motivating for our "shorties" - but seeing your progress and patience is truly an inspiration for everyone, no matter how short or long our hair is :thumbsup:

babybabycat
October 15th, 2009, 07:49 AM
Beautiful, Inspiring! Congrats!
Yes, a hairtoy purchase is more fun than a haircut!

morguebabe
October 15th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Wow, you're hair grew fast!

Ryanne
October 15th, 2009, 08:08 AM
Congratulations on the wonderful growth!

angelthadiva
October 15th, 2009, 08:09 AM
Happy belated anniversary! Amazing growth :flowers:

Willheit
October 15th, 2009, 08:12 AM
Amazing growth. Congrats!

spidermom
October 15th, 2009, 08:14 AM
Way to grow; well done!

Chrissy
October 15th, 2009, 08:31 AM
I'm so glad you posted this. That is a lot of growth for two years!!! It does give me hope as I like you was dumb and cut my hair. (Oops not saying you were dumb but that's how I feel about what I did.) Seeing this helps. I know when I get back to my original 29" I will do a happy long hair dance!!! My goal is still waist but to get back to where I chopped I will finally get over the stupid decision I made.

Lamb
October 15th, 2009, 08:43 AM
:thud: That's growth! Beautiful hair, too, quality and quantity seem to go hand in hand. ;)

Robinlyn
October 15th, 2009, 01:58 PM
Great growth! Your hair look amazing! Thanks for sharing! :)

going gray
October 15th, 2009, 02:34 PM
You have amazing growth after 2 years. Your hair looks terrific, thanks for the inspiration & photos.

funnybunny668
October 15th, 2009, 02:46 PM
That's some impressive growth! Congratulations.

Dachsdragon
October 15th, 2009, 02:47 PM
The inspiration is just what I needed. Congratulations on the fantastic growth.

little_acorn
October 15th, 2009, 03:01 PM
WOW you are a real inspiration Decafjane - your hair is fantastic :flower:

pepperminttea
October 15th, 2009, 03:20 PM
In only two years, that's amazing - congratulations! :D

jojo
October 15th, 2009, 03:32 PM
You know what I think of your hair but I will repeat it, the growth is amazing just like the person it belongs to. Its been lovely getting to know you and share our growing takes together xxx

Demetrue
October 15th, 2009, 04:00 PM
WOW!! You give me hope for my almost shoulder length hair. It has been almost shoulder length for a very long time, but I think now that I finally leaving it alone, it is making some progress in length.

flyfaraway
October 15th, 2009, 05:39 PM
Beautiful hair!

That is encouraging...considering I want mine a bit shorter than yours is...perhaps it won't take forever. :)

DecafJane
October 15th, 2009, 06:08 PM
Thank-you for all of the lovely compliments, everybody! I appreciate all of them. :)

All of your support has meant a lot. Between all of you and my husband (who the other day pointed at my jeans hemline and said sheepishly that he would like to see it get to at least that length) it has been nice having a group of people who understand the desire to have long and healthy hair rather than the latest salon chop-fried look.


Beautiful, Inspiring! Congrats!
Yes, a hairtoy purchase is more fun than a haircut!
Looking at the collection, it seems that I have been having a lot of fun over the past two years. ;) Actually, the amount I have spent on hairtoys is extra motivation to grow, because my husband would kill me if I then went and chopped it all off anyway. :p


I'm so glad you posted this. That is a lot of growth for two years!!! It does give me hope as I like you was dumb and cut my hair. (Oops not saying you were dumb but that's how I feel about what I did.) Seeing this helps. I know when I get back to my original 29" I will do a happy long hair dance!!! My goal is still waist but to get back to where I chopped I will finally get over the stupid decision I made.

I know what you mean about being dumb, don't worry. ;) I'm past the point I was at when I chopped it short, so I know how happy you will be when you get there, too.
At the time it seemed like a good idea but it took so long to get back there that in the end I'm sorry I just didn't baby it, tie it up and leave it alone for 6 months. Live and learn, I guess.
I have found a hairdresser who said (when I went for my first trim in two years) that if I came to her with hair like mine and told her I wanted it all cut off, she would encourage me to do other things first to make it more manageable. I wish I had gone there two years ago! :p


WOW!! You give me hope for my almost shoulder length hair. It has been almost shoulder length for a very long time, but I think now that I finally leaving it alone, it is making some progress in length.

Yes, leaving it alone was the best decision that I made. I had tried growing it out twice before and going to the salon regularly, but it fed my addiction to straightening irons and slowed the growth down so much that I got bored. Join the "wear it up for a year" group/thread and you won't be sorry. :D

JamieLeigh
October 16th, 2009, 11:36 AM
Gorgeous hair, and excellent growth progress! Happy 2 years!! :flower:

DecafJane
October 16th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Thanks. :)

Garnet66
October 16th, 2009, 08:16 PM
Congrats on getting such great growth. Great job growing!

Talma
October 18th, 2009, 12:17 PM
That's awesome! I wish my hair grew that fast. My hair is also incredibly curly so I can never tell the difference when it grows.

Unofficial_Rose
October 18th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Looks stunning, it really does.

YoginiCelestial
October 18th, 2009, 12:53 PM
DecafJane, you have done great job! You are right, it's very healthy looking and full! Onward to goal of hip length. You are well on your way!

Sissy
October 18th, 2009, 12:59 PM
fantastic growth rate... and I love the color of your hair!

Vianka
October 18th, 2009, 01:53 PM
Ooh, I have a question for you ... during the time you were growing your hair did you use the blowdryer to get it to behave or did you just suffer through it? I'm wondering because it looks like you might have a similar hairtype to my own. My hair is kind of strong willed. I'm thinking of just growing my hair out as is and delaying getting a trim for at least 6 months or more if I can stand it. How did you deal with your hair when it wasn't long enough to put up?

Rivanariko
October 18th, 2009, 02:01 PM
WOW! So much lovely growth! Absolutely stunning!

DecafJane
October 18th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Ooh, I have a question for you ... during the time you were growing your hair did you use the blowdryer to get it to behave or did you just suffer through it? I'm wondering because it looks like you might have a similar hairtype to my own. My hair is kind of strong willed. I'm thinking of just growing my hair out as is and delaying getting a trim for at least 6 months or more if I can stand it. How did you deal with your hair when it wasn't long enough to put up?

I have only straightened it three times or so in the past two years, and have never blow-dried it, as this would have dried it out and caused a lot of damage.

If you have a look in my albums you can see my natural hair texture. I would definitely recommend not getting a trim for as long as possible. I tied it up from the second I could, even with loads of clips and things. Before that I used headbands to keep it back and a little bit of product to get it to behave. Headband + product can be helpful! I also wore hats on some days when I wasn't at work/in clinical situations. That said, if blowdrying it a little helps you avoid trimming, then so be it. I'm sure there are members on here who blowdry, too. Good luck!