View Full Version : 1.5 year anniversary! (pic heavy)

September 25th, 2010, 12:16 PM
Just wanted to post some progress pictures!

I've been a member here for over two years, but it wasn't until March 2009 that I decided to really commit to growing my hair. It was a mess. I had dyed it and flat ironed it to within an inch of its life:

Trust me, that hair is straw. I had white dots on almost every strand, and my hair was breaking off faster than I could grow it.

So I put down the flat iron, the box dye, and the blowdryer and started to integrate some LHC knowledge into my haircare routine. My "holy grails" are cassia, jojoba oil, and my Body Shop wooden quill brush. I don't use cones, but I do use sulfates.

By July 2009, my hair was already looking and feeling better. Here's my first official length shot:

By December 2009, I had reached APL:
I decided to maintain at APL and slowly trim away the worst of the damage. It turned out to be a good decision, even though it was frustrating to be stuck at such a short length for nearly a year.

My one-year anniversary in March 2010 (the red is some fading Manic Panic):

And my last salon cut, in July 2010. I'm not sure about the bangs; right now I'm letting them grow, but I may cut them in again.

And here is my hair today:

In the last 18 months, I have trimmed about 6 inches. I plan on self-trimming a half-inch every 3 months from now on. I'm still a little bit two-toned and I have some funky layers going on, but I'm ready to start gaining some length.

My goal is to reach waist-length with, or about 31 inches, with 100% virgin hair. I hope to get there in summer 2012.

My hair is in the best shape it's ever been in! Thank you, LHC, for all the wonderful advice and inspiration. :D

September 25th, 2010, 12:22 PM
Great progress, mellie! And some very fast growth there. Growing out hair dye is quite the commitment, but your hair already shows the great results. :)

September 25th, 2010, 12:26 PM
What a difference! Beautiful hair!

September 25th, 2010, 12:26 PM
You have really beautiful hair and very nice eyes.Great progress!

September 25th, 2010, 12:34 PM
WOW thats some fast growth! Your hair looks amazingly healthy now, I'm sure you're going to reach your goal before you know it :D

September 25th, 2010, 12:36 PM
Congratulations on making such awesome progress.

September 25th, 2010, 12:37 PM
Oh, my goodness, Mellie89, what outstanding growth, and I love the shine and colour!:flower:

September 25th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Great progress, growth- and healthwise!! Your hair is looking great!

September 25th, 2010, 01:06 PM
looks absoutly amazing!!!

September 25th, 2010, 01:22 PM
Looks great!! Keep up the good work!!

September 25th, 2010, 01:27 PM
That's some fast growth right there :) Happy anniversary!

September 25th, 2010, 01:37 PM
Great progress! Thanks for sharing your photos.

September 25th, 2010, 01:52 PM
Btw,great color!

September 25th, 2010, 02:19 PM
Your hair looks so pretty and healthy! Happy anniversary :) :flower:

September 25th, 2010, 03:59 PM
you are so pretty and your hair is 110% better, you will reach waist before you know it

September 25th, 2010, 04:10 PM
Great progress. Looks great:)

September 25th, 2010, 05:30 PM
Love the pictures! Your hair looks GREAT!

September 25th, 2010, 06:16 PM
My goodness, that's quite some progress! Your hair looks great!

Adora Belle
September 25th, 2010, 06:32 PM
Happy anniversary! Your hair looks lovely. I love the bangs with your face structure, I always wish I could pull bangs off.

September 25th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Pretty! I love your color, it's so natural :)

September 25th, 2010, 09:06 PM
Thank you for the kind words, everyone! :) I really appreciate the support.

September 25th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Amazing progress! Love your color :flower:

September 25th, 2010, 10:49 PM
Wow! I actually let out an audible "ooohhh" when I saw how shiny and full your hair is in the recent photos. This is great inspiration....

Lately I've been feeling discouraged about my hair and annoyed at the time I spent on it.

September 26th, 2010, 01:51 AM
Well that is some great progress!

September 26th, 2010, 10:49 AM
Your hair looks so healthy! Happy Anniversary and congratulations x

September 26th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Wow you've done a great job :) Congrats! Your hair looks so healthy, I can't wait to see it at waist :D

September 26th, 2010, 02:30 PM
Wow, wonderful progress! Your hair so beautiful and thick now!

September 26th, 2010, 03:45 PM
Congrats on your progress! :)

September 26th, 2010, 04:01 PM
You have such pretty hair! Great progress! I'm in the process of chopping all my over bleached damaged hair. It's pretty much all out now but it's very short! I love your hair.

September 27th, 2010, 11:05 AM
Wow! Looking at those pics and keeping in mind that you've trimmed a lot I have to say that your hair grows incredibly fast! Lucky you! :) Stunning progress! :)

September 27th, 2010, 02:11 PM
This gives me hope for my locks :)
Not straight ironed in a couple of years but still growing out the damage!