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Bat
January 14th, 2021, 03:42 AM
Seems I'm mid neck length again! Still can't tie my hair up but I call this half way to shoulder stage here's to reaching bottom of neck by the end of feb

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/799240512158695434/IMG_14012021_205353_500_x_500_pixel.jpg

The second photo was from October and I had a couple trims to rid me of some layers (, basically still the same layers lol)

xanthochromia
January 14th, 2021, 05:30 AM
https://i.imgur.com/hOGw7zWm.jpg https://i.imgur.com/0HhbGozm.jpg

I sort of Frankensteined some of my hair into a top knot! It looks ok from the front, but ridiculous from the back where a gazillion little clips were required, so I don't think I'll be wearing this in public (maybe on zoom??!). It made me happy, though, cos I used to love wearing my hair up an high on my head back when it was longer... looking forward to being able to do this for real!

That looks so cute from the front! I'm envious of how big your top knot is. I can't see the back well enough (and it doesn't look too crazy from what I can see?), but did you try French braiding it? I'm not talented enough to do that but I feel like it should work....

xanthochromia
January 14th, 2021, 05:36 AM
Seems I'm mid neck length again! Still can't tie my hair up but I call this half way to shoulder stage here's to reaching bottom of neck by the end of feb

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/799240512158695434/IMG_14012021_205353_500_x_500_pixel.jpg

The second photo was from October and I had a couple trims to rid me of some layers (, basically still the same layers lol)

The layer trimming stage seems to take *forever*. I'm finally past it now but saw a picture of me from back in the summer where my hair looks just as long as it does now! So frustrating. You're doing the no-trim if I recall correctly, so are you going to embrace the layers from here? Looks like you have plenty of thickness to do so! I felt like I had to wait for everything to catch up so I didn't have scraggly ends from the beginning....

Bat
January 14th, 2021, 06:11 AM
The layer trimming stage seems to take *forever*. I'm finally past it now but saw a picture of me from back in the summer where my hair looks just as long as it does now! So frustrating. You're doing the no-trim if I recall correctly, so are you going to embrace the layers from here? Looks like you have plenty of thickness to do so! I felt like I had to wait for everything to catch up so I didn't have scraggly ends from the beginning....

I have a surprising amount of hair, my last hair cut the hairdresser took a fair bit of the bulk out of it. I'm thinking I might have low end iii thickness, won't know for a while now since I have to let the bulk full out so I can do an ponytail circumference test.

I'm doing no Trims this year if I can stick it out, I'm possibly going to let it grow to APL with no trims then I might maintain until my side shave catches up I'll see how it looks when it's that long, if I let it grow and stop doing stupid things to it. XD

xanthochromia
January 14th, 2021, 06:53 AM
I have a surprising amount of hair, my last hair cut the hairdresser took a fair bit of the bulk out of it. I'm thinking I might have low end iii thickness, won't know for a while now since I have to let the bulk full out so I can do an ponytail circumference test.

I'm doing no Trims this year if I can stick it out, I'm possibly going to let it grow to APL with no trims then I might maintain until my side shave catches up I'll see how it looks when it's that long, if I let it grow and stop doing stupid things to it. XD

If ever the 'benign neglect' thread needed a new member! :P But yes, that sounds like a good plan, and you know that my multiple-ponytails math offer is open to you whenever you get to that point!

SelenVinland
January 14th, 2021, 08:50 AM
That looks so cute from the front! I'm envious of how big your top knot is. I can't see the back well enough (and it doesn't look too crazy from what I can see?), but did you try French braiding it? I'm not talented enough to do that but I feel like it should work....

Can confirm that French braiding up the back works, I do that sometimes for topknots and high ponytails :) itís tricky to get right though.

xanthochromia
January 14th, 2021, 09:04 AM
Can confirm that French braiding up the back works, I do that sometimes for topknots and high ponytails :) it’s tricky to get right though.

I saw your adorable Dutch braids in the other thread. You're clearly a much more talented braider than I am so if you say it's tricky then it must be almost impossible!

SelenVinland
January 14th, 2021, 11:28 AM
No no, not almost impossible! It definitely helps to be confident in your braiding skills (and at this point I am, I am very stubborn and have been practicing basically since the day I decided to grow my hair). Hair tends to resist being braided in that direction so you have to take your time with it.

An alternate trick I learned from a tiktok is to make a series of little ponytails up the back of your head if that makes sense. This would probably work with those teeny tiny claw clips if you want to avoid using those mini hair ties.

Bat
January 14th, 2021, 03:11 PM
If ever the 'benign neglect' thread needed a new member! :P But yes, that sounds like a good plan, and you know that my multiple-ponytails math offer is open to you whenever you get to that point!

Haha a topic like that I'd fail within 5 minutes!, and I remember!

oldrocker
January 14th, 2021, 06:46 PM
Congrats DropStitches on your FrankenBun....hope you can use it to intimidate those in front of you....:)

Bat....keep going....a little more patience and you will be heading down the length highway....with a nice thickness throughout....keep the faith!!!!

O.R.

Bat
January 14th, 2021, 09:45 PM
Congrats DropStitches on your FrankenBun....hope you can use it to intimidate those in front of you....:)

Bat....keep going....a little more patience and you will be heading down the length highway....with a nice thickness throughout....keep the faith!!!!

O.R.

I can do it! I have to come to terms that my hair can't be perfect during the growing out stage and to just push through it

WavyWannabe
January 15th, 2021, 12:29 AM
Keep up the good work Bat and DropStitches!
I've been lurking on your growth pics for a few weeks (me? creepy? of course not), it's so cool to see you reach new milestones and mini-milestones :)

Bat
January 15th, 2021, 01:33 AM
Keep up the good work Bat and DropStitches!
I've been lurking on your growth pics for a few weeks (me? creepy? of course not), it's so cool to see you reach new milestones and mini-milestones :)

Thank you! I'll try my best for sure

DropStitches
January 15th, 2021, 01:56 AM
Congrats DropStitches on your FrankenBun....hope you can use it to intimidate those in front of you....:)

Bat....keep going....a little more patience and you will be heading down the length highway....with a nice thickness throughout....keep the faith!!!!

O.R.

Thanks very much, O.R.! If the mullet was work at the front, party at the back, maybe the FrankenBun would be intimidating at the front, and just a bit weird at the back?! Maybe by the time Halloween rolls around, I'll have a real bun, not a mutant creation....


Keep up the good work Bat and DropStitches!
I've been lurking on your growth pics for a few weeks (me? creepy? of course not), it's so cool to see you reach new milestones and mini-milestones :)

Aww, that's so nice, WavyWannabe! I also lurk on longer threads - I find them very inspirational!

Bat
January 15th, 2021, 05:01 AM
I managed to tie up some of my hair can't do anything with my side shave and a small section at the backs too short same with one face framing layers but I still tried a thickness test, 2.5 inches but I'm thinking I might be in the 4 range with all of it

xanthochromia
January 15th, 2021, 08:06 AM
I managed to tie up some of my hair can't do anything with my side shave and a small section at the backs too short same with one face framing layers but I still tried a thickness test, 2.5 inches but I'm thinking I might be in the 4 range with all of it

I bet you'll be like me and miraculously find more small hairs even after thinking it's all in the ponytail. Sounds like you'll be a solid iii!

xanthochromia
January 15th, 2021, 08:06 AM
Aww, that's so nice, WavyWannabe! I also lurk on longer threads - I find them very inspirational!

I do that too! :)

ReadingRenee
January 15th, 2021, 11:48 AM
https://i.imgur.com/hOGw7zWm.jpg https://i.imgur.com/0HhbGozm.jpg

I sort of Frankensteined some of my hair into a top knot! It looks ok from the front, but ridiculous from the back where a gazillion little clips were required, so I don't think I'll be wearing this in public (maybe on zoom??!). It made me happy, though, cos I used to love wearing my hair up an high on my head back when it was longer... looking forward to being able to do this for real!

DropStiches This looks awesome! I did some similar deceptive hairstyles for zoom last fall. It worked surprisingly well.


xanthochromia, I love your twist with the pen! Can't wait until I can do that and it holds.

Congrats on being mid neck length again Bat! It seems like your hair grows so quickly!


I managed to wrestle my hair into a sad little french braid on Jan 5, which feels like a month ago now! I was surprised to see on the date that it was that recent. I feel like my hair has gained another length milestone in that it was feeling longer for a while and now it seems so short. Does that happen to anyone else? I have noticed when growing out my hair that I don't see it as really short until its longer and then I realize how short it really is. I don't know.. kind of weird.

My hair now is just about shoulder length in front as well, and the bangs I cut are laying so much better now. I have been really happy with my hair lately. I remember reading that you should wait at least 2 weeks to see if you like a hair cut and I think that is really true. I am going to remember that from now on.

https://i.imgur.com/KY10U5a.jpg?1

xanthochromia
January 15th, 2021, 01:04 PM
I managed to wrestle my hair into a sad little french braid on Jan 5, which feels like a month ago now!

https://i.imgur.com/KY10U5a.jpg?1

I don't think that's a "sad little braid" at all! But in my braid practicing I've noticed that Dutch braids look fuller on me than French. You could tuck the ends under, too, for mystery-length hair!

I'm sure you could hold your hair with a pen for the 30 seconds or so to take a picture, which is all mine managed, especially because yours is longer than mine and more textured. Congrats on being almost shoulder!

DropStitches
January 15th, 2021, 03:30 PM
DropStiches This looks awesome! I did some similar deceptive hairstyles for zoom last fall. It worked surprisingly well.


xanthochromia, I love your twist with the pen! Can't wait until I can do that and it holds.

Congrats on being mid neck length again Bat! It seems like your hair grows so quickly!


I managed to wrestle my hair into a sad little french braid on Jan 5, which feels like a month ago now! I was surprised to see on the date that it was that recent. I feel like my hair has gained another length milestone in that it was feeling longer for a while and now it seems so short. Does that happen to anyone else? I have noticed when growing out my hair that I don't see it as really short until its longer and then I realize how short it really is. I don't know.. kind of weird.

My hair now is just about shoulder length in front as well, and the bangs I cut are laying so much better now. I have been really happy with my hair lately. I remember reading that you should wait at least 2 weeks to see if you like a hair cut and I think that is really true. I am going to remember that from now on.

https://i.imgur.com/KY10U5a.jpg?1

Ummmm there is nothing Ďsadí about this French braid, Reading Renee - I think the word you were looking for is Ďmajesticí!

oldrocker
January 15th, 2021, 03:41 PM
I can do it! I have to come to terms that my hair can't be perfect during the growing out stage and to just push through it

As Rob Schneider(from SNL and movies) always said ' You can dooo eeeeeeeeeet!!!"

oldrocker
January 15th, 2021, 03:43 PM
Thanks very much, O.R.! If the mullet was work at the front, party at the back, maybe the FrankenBun would be intimidating at the front, and just a bit weird at the back?! Maybe by the time Halloween rolls around, I'll have a real bun, not a mutant creation....
!

ha.... to think that the terms, 'mullet', 'FrankenBun', and 'mutant creation' are all in the same post..... The Russian judge gives a rare 10 for creative hair talk!!!!!!!

O.R.

Bat
January 15th, 2021, 04:38 PM
I bet you'll be like me and miraculously find more small hairs even after thinking it's all in the ponytail. Sounds like you'll be a solid iii!

I'm thinking I might be just in there, I'll try again at the end of the year, I should have my shortest layers about chin+ then

Bat
January 15th, 2021, 04:39 PM
As Rob Schneider(from SNL and movies) always said ' You can dooo eeeeeeeeeet!!!"
Tyty! I'll do my best

ReadingRenee
January 15th, 2021, 05:14 PM
I don't think that's a "sad little braid" at all! But in my braid practicing I've noticed that Dutch braids look fuller on me than French. You could tuck the ends under, too, for mystery-length hair!

I'm sure you could hold your hair with a pen for the 30 seconds or so to take a picture, which is all mine managed, especially because yours is longer than mine and more textured. Congrats on being almost shoulder!

Aww thanks! I call it sad because the ends of my braid has barely any hair. I am not used to that. I have done dutch braids as well but they look kind of weird and don't stay in as well for me with this length hair.


Ummmm there is nothing Ďsadí about this French braid, Reading Renee - I think the word you were looking for is Ďmajesticí!

Thank you DropStitches, you are making me blush. :) I am excited to have braid comparison photos in a few months.


As Rob Schneider(from SNL and movies) always said ' You can dooo eeeeeeeeeet!!!"

Is this where that came from? We use that all the time, but I didn't realize it was Rob Schneider who coined it.

xanthochromia
January 16th, 2021, 05:13 AM
Aww thanks! I call it sad because the ends of my braid has barely any hair. I am not used to that. I have done dutch braids as well but they look kind of weird and don't stay in as well for me with this length hair.

How much was removed in your recent haircut? Were more layers cut in to help the curls?

In your honor, I did and then actually slept in a braid last night (for the first time in my life!). I had been doing braid practice instead where I just do a braid and immediately take it out again because it's so messy. So this morning, ta da! Braid waves! They seem much more dramatic in real life than they look in this picture, perhaps because I'm used to having no texture at all....

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44099&d=1610798788

Bat
January 16th, 2021, 06:04 AM
In a rage of I hate my hair I almost hacked my hair off with a pair of scissors, luckily I'm actually too lazy to get up and grab the scissors so my shitty hair can grow another day

Attempting to grow my dye out but I got lots of black dye calling my name z

Time to go to sleep before I actually do something stupid

xanthochromia
January 16th, 2021, 06:16 AM
In a rage of I hate my hair I almost hacked my hair off with a pair of scissors, luckily I'm actually too lazy to get up and grab the scissors so my shitty hair can grow another day

Attempting to grow my dye out but I got lots of black dye calling my name z

Time to go to sleep before I actually do something stupid

Yes, go sleep! Glad you didn't do anything drastic today, hopefully things are better tomorrow...

Ylva
January 16th, 2021, 07:40 AM
I tried a scalp scrub on the recommendation of a friend (and ordered in sort of an impulse buy) and nooooo thank you. My shed that wash looked like it was 3 times more than usual. I don't have nearly enough hair to spare for that kind of loss.

What was in it? I'm not a scalp scrubber (I have a bad habit of scratching my scalp so it doesn't need exfoliating), but I've heard that a scalp scrub can encourage hairs to shed that were already on their way out. Don't quote me on that. I tend to lose hairs whenever I mess with my scalp, but it's very dense. I've had this habit my whole life, and I sorta suspect that regular exfoliation may be good for follicles.

Seconding LadyStardust. I'm not saying that there isn't a person whose scalp wouldn't actually dislike having stuff put on it, but I'll pretty confidently claim that in most cases, the greater shedding is purely a case of ready-to-shed hairs coming out a couple of days early. When I do a scalp scrub or otherwise massage my scalp, I lose much more hair that time, but less than average the next couple of washes. Such is normal and nothing to be worried about. If your scalp feels good about the scrub otherwise, I don't see a reason to quit doing them. For me personally, it feels like my scalp can take a deep breath of fresh air, so scrubs will probably be a staple in my routine.


Time to go to sleep before I actually do something stupid

Sleep is a remarkably efficient cure for many things indeed!

ReadingRenee
January 16th, 2021, 10:02 AM
How much was removed in your recent haircut? Were more layers cut in to help the curls?

In your honor, I did and then actually slept in a braid last night (for the first time in my life!). I had been doing braid practice instead where I just do a braid and immediately take it out again because it's so messy. So this morning, ta da! Braid waves! They seem much more dramatic in real life than they look in this picture, perhaps because I'm used to having no texture at all....

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44099&d=1610798788

Yes I think I do have some very light layering, mostly near the ends I actually forgot about that!

Oh those braid waves are so pretty! If my hair would look like that after sleeping in a braid I would do that a lot more. Braids actually usually straighten out my waves so I don't have braid waves very often.

ioanaxena
January 16th, 2021, 10:29 AM
Your braid waves turned out so nice, xanthochromia!

Bat
January 16th, 2021, 03:47 PM
Yes, go sleep! Glad you didn't do anything drastic today, hopefully things are better tomorrow...




Sleep is a remarkably efficient cure for many things indeed!

Still feeling meh but my competitive streak is kicking in, I want to catch up with everyone who was at a similar stage as me before my back to chin cut

Let's see if it's enough to motivate me to leave it alone

xanthochromia
January 16th, 2021, 06:49 PM
Yes I think I do have some very light layering, mostly near the ends I actually forgot about that!

Oh those braid waves are so pretty! If my hair would look like that after sleeping in a braid I would do that a lot more. Braids actually usually straighten out my waves so I don't have braid waves very often.

So there's your explanation! It'll grow in, and you said yourself that you like the haircut now, right? And in the meantime, I still think your braid looks great!:)


Your braid waves turned out so nice, xanthochromia!

Thank you!


Still feeling meh but my competitive streak is kicking in, I want to catch up with everyone who was at a similar stage as me before my back to chin cut

Let's see if it's enough to motivate me to leave it alone

I hope that will be enough motivation! I'm sure you've thought about this plenty, but is there something else in your appearance that you can change more often without damage, to satisfy the itch?

Bat
January 16th, 2021, 08:02 PM
So there's your explanation! It'll grow in, and you said yourself that you like the haircut now, right? And in the meantime, I still think your braid looks great!:)



Thank you!



I hope that will be enough motivation! I'm sure you've thought about this plenty, but is there something else in your appearance that you can change more often without damage, to satisfy the itch?


Not really, but I'm hoping my study will distract me, Im doing a small course in hairdressing, I want to Color hair for a living,

SelenVinland
January 16th, 2021, 08:11 PM
Still feeling meh but my competitive streak is kicking in, I want to catch up with everyone who was at a similar stage as me before my back to chin cut

Let's see if it's enough to motivate me to leave it alone

Bat if it will help you I would be happy to step up to be your goofy anime nemesis in hair growth

Bat
January 16th, 2021, 08:14 PM
Bat if it will help you I would be happy to step up to be your goofy anime nemesis in hair growth

I shall accept! I'm watching you nemesis *face randomly becomes shadowed as eyes narrow nefariously*

SelenVinland
January 16th, 2021, 09:11 PM
I shall accept! I'm watching you nemesis *face randomly becomes shadowed as eyes narrow nefariously*

*ominous music playing in the distance*

Iyashikei
January 16th, 2021, 10:21 PM
Still feeling meh but my competitive streak is kicking in, I want to catch up with everyone who was at a similar stage as me before my back to chin cut

Let's see if it's enough to motivate me to leave it alone
Bat, one thing I did to avoid cutting in the awkward stage is looking at long hair videos on YouTube or TikTok. It made me realize why I'm growing my hair out again. Youtubers also gave some good tips about the awkward stage.

Bat
January 16th, 2021, 11:01 PM
Bat, one thing I did to avoid cutting in the awkward stage is looking at long hair videos on YouTube or TikTok. It made me realize why I'm growing my hair out again. Youtubers also gave some good tips about the awkward stage.
I've been paying attention to people around me and saw this girl she was maybe 13 and had classic+ Length black hair that had no taper, and it sorta inspired me to keep going. I'm curious to see how long my hair can get before taper becomes obvious.

Bat
January 16th, 2021, 11:02 PM
*ominous music playing in the distance*

Dramatic music intensifies

xanthochromia
January 17th, 2021, 07:53 AM
I've been paying attention to people around me and saw this girl she was maybe 13 and had classic+ Length black hair that had no taper, and it sorta inspired me to keep going. I'm curious to see how long my hair can get before taper becomes obvious.

You have such thick hair to start with that it seems like you should be able to have a huge and low-taper braid! How long is your hairdressing course?

Bat
January 17th, 2021, 09:59 AM
You have such thick hair to start with that it seems like you should be able to have a huge and low-taper braid! How long is your hairdressing course?

My course is 6 months with one day a week, it's a salon assistant certificate. So I basically take appointments, do basin services and some coloring. If I like it I'll do the full certificate III

I just got a ankle length black wig, I was going to give up growing it but now since I have that wig it's inspiring me to keep going with my floor goal yay

MamaLou
January 19th, 2021, 01:59 AM
I have not posted on here for a long time, but I saw a video of a girl doing heatless hairstyles on her short bob (that looks very wild when air dried) and I think this can be helpful for the people that are trying to grow their hair out, this is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1d_I5w0hQ. She uses a hairstick for one hairstyle so that can be fun for people that already want to try hair accessories.

I'm personally very happy with my short hair these days, but I'm wishing you guys all a lot of fun with growing out your hair :D

DropStitches
January 19th, 2021, 02:45 AM
I have not posted on here for a long time, but I saw a video of a girl doing heatless hairstyles on her short bob (that looks very wild when air dried) and I think this can be helpful for the people that are trying to grow their hair out, this is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1d_I5w0hQ. She uses a hairstick for one hairstyle so that can be fun for people that already want to try hair accessories.

I'm personally very happy with my short hair these days, but I'm wishing you guys all a lot of fun with growing out your hair :D

Thanks for the vid! Her hair is a very similar length to mine, so lots of inspiration.

xanthochromia
January 19th, 2021, 06:25 AM
I have not posted on here for a long time, but I saw a video of a girl doing heatless hairstyles on her short bob (that looks very wild when air dried) and I think this can be helpful for the people that are trying to grow their hair out, this is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1d_I5w0hQ. She uses a hairstick for one hairstyle so that can be fun for people that already want to try hair accessories.

I'm personally very happy with my short hair these days, but I'm wishing you guys all a lot of fun with growing out your hair :D

Thank you! My hair is also a similar length and I like the idea of a half-up hairstick bun. I'll give it a go!

ReadingRenee
January 19th, 2021, 10:07 AM
So there's your explanation! It'll grow in, and you said yourself that you like the haircut now, right? And in the meantime, I still think your braid looks great!:)



xanthochromia , thanks! I forgot I had cut some layers in it last month to try to reduce triangle head.



I have not posted on here for a long time, but I saw a video of a girl doing heatless hairstyles on her short bob (that looks very wild when air dried) and I think this can be helpful for the people that are trying to grow their hair out, this is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1d_I5w0hQ. She uses a hairstick for one hairstyle so that can be fun for people that already want to try hair accessories.

I'm personally very happy with my short hair these days, but I'm wishing you guys all a lot of fun with growing out your hair :D

I have seen this girls videos! I like them, she is always doing SOMETHING to her hair. I haven't seen this one though so thanks. :)

Also, I discovered this amazing mousse that works so well for my hair. I used to kind of think all hair products were kind of the same but this mousse is amazing! I just scrunch it in and it defines my waves like a gel but without the crunchy greasiness of gel. I really like it and I feel like my hair is finally a good length to wear wavy again. It's creamy mousse locking coconut curls by OGX if anyone is curious. :) Im sure its not curly girl friendly but I don't do curly girl religiously.

stardust lady
January 19th, 2021, 10:53 PM
My course is 6 months with one day a week, it's a salon assistant certificate. So I basically take appointments, do basin services and some coloring. If I like it I'll do the full certificate III

I just got a ankle length black wig, I was going to give up growing it but now since I have that wig it's inspiring me to keep going with my floor goal yay

My original desire to grow my hair long started after I did a Halloween costume which included a hip length black wig.

Sadly it also inspired me to want silky straight hair, but I've resolved to live with my thick mess after my Japanese straightening disaster.

JasminxCat
January 19th, 2021, 11:08 PM
Accidentally quoted a really old post um..... :lol:

Bat
January 19th, 2021, 11:43 PM
My original desire to grow my hair long started after I did a Halloween costume which included a hip length black wig.

Sadly it also inspired me to want silky straight hair, but I've resolved to live with my thick mess after my Japanese straightening disaster.

I've always liked pin straight hair too xD but alas I think I'm probably going to be a 2a, I'm pretty sad about that lol, I used to be 1b before my transition + greys, oh well!

Bad photo lol but this was my hair, it's also the longest I ever had it I believe

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/801343980189122601/Screenshot_2021-01-20-16-54-21-52.jpg

WavyWannabe
January 19th, 2021, 11:56 PM
I've always liked pin straight hair too xD but alas I think I'm probably going to be a 2a, I'm pretty sad about that lol, I used to be 1b before my transition + greys, oh well!

If your hair turns out 2a, it could actually be very easy to straighten without heat.
If I comb mine while it is still damp, it looks 1b when dry. I don't even have to put a lot of effort, a wide-toothed comb does the job :)

Also there are some "hair wrapping" techniques that work a bit like heatless curls to give you straight hair overnight.

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 12:08 AM
If your hair turns out 2a, it could actually be very easy to straighten without heat.
If I comb mine while it is still damp, it looks 1b when dry. I don't even have to put a lot of effort, a wide-toothed comb does the job :)

Also there are some "hair wrapping" techniques that work a bit like heatless curls to give you straight hair overnight.

I'll have to try those if it turns out I'm 2a.

Iike to type my hair every milestone just to see if it changes over time. Chin I was 2a but almost shoulder I was 1c, my hair changes its mind as much as I do!

MissMuse
January 20th, 2021, 12:55 AM
I'm dipping my toes in here (again!) Hi all 🙂 I am mid neck length at the moment after getting to almost waist last year. The frizz and damage was too much for me to cope with, alongside it being summer and just far too hot for me to deal with (Aussie here!) I did the cut and don't regret it at all. I've been going shorter and shorter since my big cut but think I will let it be for a while now. I got a keratin treatment 2 weeks ago which has helped with the humidity frizz immensely, so happy to grow again and see what happens.

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 01:27 AM
I'm dipping my toes in here (again!) Hi all 🙂 I am mid neck length at the moment after getting to almost waist last year. The frizz and damage was too much for me to cope with, alongside it being summer and just far too hot for me to deal with (Aussie here!) I did the cut and don't regret it at all. I've been going shorter and shorter since my big cut but think I will let it be for a while now. I got a keratin treatment 2 weeks ago which has helped with the humidity frizz immensely, so happy to grow again and see what happens.
Welcome! The water is fine. I too did something similar, was almost Shoulder but bleached ends, hated it chopped to mid neck and kept trimming til it was above chin, took several months but am back to almost bottom of neck now, happy growing,!

MissMuse
January 20th, 2021, 01:31 AM
Welcome! The water is fine. I too did something similar, was almost Shoulder but bleached ends, hated it chopped to mid neck and kept trimming til it was above chin, took several months but am back to almost bottom of neck now, happy growing,!
Why thank you :) I chopped off bleach too....never again!!! Looking forward to growing some healthy hair this time. Frizz is a given for me given the humidity I have to live with but I am committed to keep up the keratin treatments if it buys me some sanity haha

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 01:35 AM
Why thank you :) I chopped off bleach too....never again!!! Looking forward to growing some healthy hair this time. Frizz is a given for me given the humidity I have to live with but I am committed to keep up the keratin treatments if it buys me some sanity haha

Atleast you learned your lesson I haven't LOL
Fizz is Killing me too I also live in oz

MissMuse
January 20th, 2021, 01:36 AM
Summer is rough hey. Where are you?

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 01:37 AM
Sure is I'm an autumn/winter guy I'm in QLD and you?

MissMuse
January 20th, 2021, 01:40 AM
Sure is I'm an autumn/winter guy I'm in QLD and you?
Ah twins. I am up North Qld 🙂 I live for winter, still hot but less humid.

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 01:53 AM
Ah twins. I am up North Qld 🙂 I live for winter, still hot but less humid.

Sweet! Hair growing twins I'm not a big fan of heat, but don't like it icy cold either I'm hard to please lol. Humidity can go though I hate sweating

stardust lady
January 20th, 2021, 02:50 AM
I'll have to try those if it turns out I'm 2a.

Iike to type my hair every milestone just to see if it changes over time. Chin I was 2a but almost shoulder I was 1c, my hair changes its mind as much as I do!

If you ever decide you want black hair forever, henna+indigo might straighten a bit? I don't actually know if that's true but henna definitely straightens. I'm hoping mine gets even straighter after my next henna. It'll be my strongest henna to date, so it should have an effect I think.

Yeah straight hair is pretty awesome, but after having mine straightened I realized I look a little better with wavy hair, since it gives it more volume and I think it just looks better with my features.

stardust lady
January 20th, 2021, 02:53 AM
Sweet! Hair growing twins I'm not a big fan of heat, but don't like it icy cold either I'm hard to please lol. Humidity can go though I hate sweating

I feel you! I don't do well when it gets to be over 95 degrees, but also don't like it under 60. Humidity, on the other hand, is just about my favorite thing ever. Just moved to the south and it's been 90%+ humidity and I'm in love.

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 03:01 AM
If you ever decide you want black hair forever, henna+indigo might straighten a bit? I don't actually know if that's true but henna definitely straightens. I'm hoping mine gets even straighter after my next henna. It'll be my strongest henna to date, so it should have an effect I think.

Yeah straight hair is pretty awesome, but after having mine straightened I realized I look a little better with wavy hair, since it gives it more volume and I think it just looks better with my features.


I feel you! I don't do well when it gets to be over 95 degrees, but also don't like it under 60. Humidity, on the other hand, is just about my favorite thing ever. Just moved to the south and it's been 90%+ humidity and I'm in love.

While I do like black and always seem to go back to it Hendigo would be the worst thing I could get, I'd ruin my hair trying to get it out if I changed my mind, plus I'm not a big fan of trying to get the stuff to go as black as I want it.

Oml I'd die if I was around that much humidity,78% and I'm wanting to call a doctor. Lol

MissMuse
January 20th, 2021, 03:10 AM
Oml I'd die if I was around that much humidity,78% and I'm wanting to call a doctor. Lol
Yeah we've had a cyclone floating around all week so about 95% + for a few weeks. Plus around 30c. Thank God for aircon

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 03:56 AM
Yeah we've had a cyclone floating around all week so about 95% + for a few weeks. Plus around 30c. Thank God for aircon

Yikes! I'd be dead haha

ReadingRenee
January 20th, 2021, 12:04 PM
I'm dipping my toes in here (again!) Hi all 🙂 I am mid neck length at the moment after getting to almost waist last year. The frizz and damage was too much for me to cope with, alongside it being summer and just far too hot for me to deal with (Aussie here!) I did the cut and don't regret it at all. I've been going shorter and shorter since my big cut but think I will let it be for a while now. I got a keratin treatment 2 weeks ago which has helped with the humidity frizz immensely, so happy to grow again and see what happens.

Welcome MissMuse! We both were in the BSL to waist thread and decided to chop at about the same time! ( I think that is the thread we were in) Nice to see you here!

stardust lady
January 20th, 2021, 01:22 PM
While I do like black and always seem to go back to it Hendigo would be the worst thing I could get, I'd ruin my hair trying to get it out if I changed my mind, plus I'm not a big fan of trying to get the stuff to go as black as I want it.

Oml I'd die if I was around that much humidity,78% and I'm wanting to call a doctor. Lol

Oh yikes! Yes hendigo does sound like the worst idea for you!

Hahaha it's funny how different people experience the same weather so differently. I have very thin, dry and sensitive skin, so whenever it's humid, it's like my skin finally plumps up and stops hurting.

DropStitches
January 20th, 2021, 02:18 PM
I'm dipping my toes in here (again!) Hi all 🙂 I am mid neck length at the moment after getting to almost waist last year. The frizz and damage was too much for me to cope with, alongside it being summer and just far too hot for me to deal with (Aussie here!) I did the cut and don't regret it at all. I've been going shorter and shorter since my big cut but think I will let it be for a while now. I got a keratin treatment 2 weeks ago which has helped with the humidity frizz immensely, so happy to grow again and see what happens.

Welcome, MissMuse! Iím so happy that this thread is so active - weíve got a nice little group here!

xanthochromia
January 20th, 2021, 02:49 PM
Welcome, MissMuse! I’m so happy that this thread is so active - we’ve got a nice little group here!

I always like reading what everyone is up to here! Hopefully we all 'graduate' at similar times :)

DropStitches
January 20th, 2021, 03:29 PM
I always like reading what everyone is up to here! Hopefully we all 'graduate' at similar times :)

Same! And who knows, if some of us stick around here to grow to longer lengths, we could be Ďthreadmatesí for quite some time!

A lot else about life (on both a global and a personal level) feels so uncertain at the moment, Iíve come to be really thankful for the simple and inevitable biological process of my hair growing out of my head - and for the nice little community of people on here who I can talk about it with!

DropStitches
January 20th, 2021, 03:42 PM
By the way, xanthochromia, there is some curiosity about your username over here:

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=137308&page=33&p=3851703#post3851703

Bat
January 20th, 2021, 04:20 PM
Oh yikes! Yes hendigo does sound like the worst idea for you!

Hahaha it's funny how different people experience the same weather so differently. I have very thin, dry and sensitive skin, so whenever it's humid, it's like my skin finally plumps up and stops hurting.

Ouch! Sounds painful

MissMuse
January 20th, 2021, 05:06 PM
Welcome MissMuse! We both were in the BSL to waist thread and decided to chop at about the same time! ( I think that is the thread we were in) Nice to see you here!
Thanks! Yep I remember. How are you going post chop?

MissMuse
January 20th, 2021, 05:08 PM
Welcome, MissMuse! Iím so happy that this thread is so active - weíve got a nice little group here!
Thanks for the welcome, I'm m glad to be back in a group I was feeling a little lost for a bit there after my big chop 🙂

ReadingRenee
January 21st, 2021, 12:20 PM
Thanks! Yep I remember. How are you going post chop?

Pretty good, ready to have more length though. I miss being able to put my hair up. Not sure I will grow super long(to waist) my goal this time is quality not quantity. I am doing no trim for this year to get to APL and then I will assess and probably start microtrimming on a regular basis to keep my hair in good condition. It seems good up to APL and then it needs help. How about you?

MissMuse
January 21st, 2021, 05:14 PM
I have loved every second of my short healthy hair but like you I need to be able to put it all up, it's too hot to have down. I dont think I want super long hair but happy to maintain for a while once I can put it up without bobby pins

xanthochromia
January 21st, 2021, 05:21 PM
I have loved every second of my short healthy hair but like you I need to be able to put it all up, it's too hot to have down. I dont think I want super long hair but happy to maintain for a while once I can put it up without bobby pins

Yes, being able to put it up in a ponytail for the first time in ages was such a relief! I don't plan to go shorter than mid-neck-length again, even if I decide not to grow or keep actually long hair.

Bat
January 21st, 2021, 05:22 PM
I've had short hair basically all my life, it will be nice to have Long as hell hair a while, even if I'll die in summer time

MissMuse
January 21st, 2021, 06:26 PM
Yes, being able to put it up in a ponytail for the first time in ages was such a relief! I don't plan to go shorter than mid-neck-length again, even if I decide not to grow or keep actually long hair.

Yeah I agree and I've decided that too, I've grown out from a pixie before (loved my pixie) but that was so brutal trying to grow out. Mid neck is a great starting point and not far to be able to put into a ponytail :)

MissMuse
January 21st, 2021, 06:27 PM
I've had short hair basically all my life, it will be nice to have Long as hell hair a while, even if I'll die in summer time

We will just have to move to Tasmania I guess haha

Bat
January 21st, 2021, 07:04 PM
We will just have to move to Tasmania I guess haha

I have considered that before!

ReadingRenee
January 22nd, 2021, 08:58 AM
I have loved every second of my short healthy hair but like you I need to be able to put it all up, it's too hot to have down. I dont think I want super long hair but happy to maintain for a while once I can put it up without bobby pins

Yes I can't wait to be able to put it up without bobby pins!


Yes, being able to put it up in a ponytail for the first time in ages was such a relief! I don't plan to go shorter than mid-neck-length again, even if I decide not to grow or keep actually long hair.

I came to a similar conclusion myself


I've had short hair basically all my life, it will be nice to have Long as hell hair a while, even if I'll die in summer time

Yes! I think its great to at least see what long hair is like. I had short hair most of my life too before I grew it out in my mid-thirties for the first time since I was 14. And it was the first time I had been able to do it. Since then I have bounced back and forth but I'm glad I was able to check it out, and I think you will be glad you checked it out too. :)

MissMuse
January 22nd, 2021, 10:03 PM
It's been years since I was last in this thread, can someone remind me of where we call shoulder?

Bat
January 22nd, 2021, 10:26 PM
It's been years since I was last in this thread, can someone remind me of where we call shoulder?

Before collarbone and where it sits on top of your shoulders

DropStitches
January 23rd, 2021, 05:34 AM
It's been years since I was last in this thread, can someone remind me of where we call shoulder?


Before collarbone and where it sits on top of your shoulders

Maybe there's a level of personal preference here, of what 'feels' like shoulder to you? My shoulders are quite slopey, so a lot of shoulderiness is actually below my collarbones... I'm inclined to wait and call it a bit later, as it seems like such a long expanse from shoulder to APL, I'm not in a rush to embark on that.

MamaLou
January 23rd, 2021, 05:58 AM
You guys are making me want to grow out my hair again! My goal is shoulder length :) I haven't worn any ponytails and buns in almost a year and I want to do that again! My hair is a little bit past chin length. I also want to grow out my straight bangs into curtain bangs. I'll probably cut it short again at some point to be honest, short hair suits me.

Did anyone ever grow out an undercut before? I have a (grown out 3/4 cm long) triangle undercut to take out some thickness. It is easy to cover up when my hair is down but my goal is to wear my hair in ponytails/buns again.

My current plan: Stop heat styling almost every day (those videos I shared should help me with that :)) and heat style only when I want to put a little more time and effort in my appearance. Continue washing every other day and using the same cheap products because so far they work well. Get a hair cut at some point to get my grown out undercut at approximately the same length as my hair. When I had long hair I used rinse out oil and LOC, I also stopped using silicones. If my hair gets dry I will try those methods again but I don't think I'll need that with this length.

shutterpillar
January 23rd, 2021, 09:22 AM
Just checking in and trying to get some inspiration and motivation since I have been lacking lately. My goal just seems so far away and it is disheartening. :( Especially since I am growing out a side shave. that means my goal is even further away as I wait for that hair to catch up.

Anyway, I am hovering just above shoulder. My side shaved bit is about 2.5 inches long. It's gonna be a while and I am just feeling so angry at myself for cutting it in the first place. I was almost to BSL before I decided to cut the side shave, and then eventually cut the rest into a bob. I don't know what I was thinking.

DropStitches
January 23rd, 2021, 11:12 AM
Just checking in and trying to get some inspiration and motivation since I have been lacking lately. My goal just seems so far away and it is disheartening. :( Especially since I am growing out a side shave. that means my goal is even further away as I wait for that hair to catch up.

Anyway, I am hovering just above shoulder. My side shaved bit is about 2.5 inches long. It's gonna be a while and I am just feeling so angry at myself for cutting it in the first place. I was almost to BSL before I decided to cut the side shave, and then eventually cut the rest into a bob. I don't know what I was thinking.

Donít be so hard on yourself, shutterpillar! I mean, Iíve definitely had those same feelings myself - but I think we could all do with being kinder to ourselves - after all, we canít bully our hair into growing any faster! It sounds like it wonít be too much longer before you can clip your side shaved bit back and blend it in with the rest of your hair as it grows. Plus if you hadnít done it, you might always have been curious! Wishing you luck on your journey - if it makes you feel any better, I feel jealous of your ĎNear Shoulderí status - that sounds very long to me (just past chin) right now!

MamaLou
January 23rd, 2021, 12:35 PM
Just checking in and trying to get some inspiration and motivation since I have been lacking lately. My goal just seems so far away and it is disheartening. :( Especially since I am growing out a side shave. that means my goal is even further away as I wait for that hair to catch up.

Anyway, I am hovering just above shoulder. My side shaved bit is about 2.5 inches long. It's gonna be a while and I am just feeling so angry at myself for cutting it in the first place. I was almost to BSL before I decided to cut the side shave, and then eventually cut the rest into a bob. I don't know what I was thinking.

I think a side shave is very cool and edgy. You tried a different style, don't be angry about that! Set mini goals, for example you can probably already put it behind your ear! Maybe there is a hairstyle that you want to do when your side shave is a few inches longer and you can work towards that.

Bat
January 23rd, 2021, 01:49 PM
Maybe there's a level of personal preference here, of what 'feels' like shoulder to you? My shoulders are quite slopey, so a lot of shoulderiness is actually below my collarbones... I'm inclined to wait and call it a bit later, as it seems like such a long expanse from shoulder to APL, I'm not in a rush to embark on that.

That does make it difficult, some people also call Shoulder when no part of their neck is visible, I'm thinking of not even using shoulder as a milestone there's maybe 1.5 ish inches between shoulder and cbl on me

Bat
January 23rd, 2021, 01:55 PM
Just checking in and trying to get some inspiration and motivation since I have been lacking lately. My goal just seems so far away and it is disheartening. :( Especially since I am growing out a side shave. that means my goal is even further away as I wait for that hair to catch up.

Anyway, I am hovering just above shoulder. My side shaved bit is about 2.5 inches long. It's gonna be a while and I am just feeling so angry at myself for cutting it in the first place. I was almost to BSL before I decided to cut the side shave, and then eventually cut the rest into a bob. I don't know what I was thinking.

You can do it! I'm also growing out a side shave I went from skin shaved to mid ear in 6 months. I regret mine too I woke up one-day and was like I'm bleaching my hair and going red and getting a side shave and just got it, no thinking on my part.
If it makes you feel better my ultimate goal is 15-20 years Away if my hair will even grow that long

shutterpillar
January 23rd, 2021, 03:25 PM
Thank you, everyone, for the kind replies. I'm having a bit of a down day in general and chose my hair to take it out on. It certainly isn't deserving of that talk as it is healthy and shiny in it's short state. It'll get there eventually, it just seems so far off.

I missed the question about calling shoulder and when to do that. On my frame, shoulder and collarbone are essentially the same place. There is very little difference between them, which is why I will probably just call shoulder when it hits the top of my shoulders and forget CBL altogether lol. Shoulder to APL will be my next large gap.

Bat
January 23rd, 2021, 04:32 PM
Thank you, everyone, for the kind replies. I'm having a bit of a down day in general and chose my hair to take it out on. It certainly isn't deserving of that talk as it is healthy and shiny in it's short state. It'll get there eventually, it just seems so far off.

I missed the question about calling shoulder and when to do that. On my frame, shoulder and collarbone are essentially the same place. There is very little difference between them, which is why I will probably just call shoulder when it hits the top of my shoulders and forget CBL altogether lol. Shoulder to APL will be my next large gap.

That is what I'm thinking too or skip shoulder altogether and wait til cbl so it's less to wait for apl

MissMuse
January 24th, 2021, 03:25 AM
That is what I'm thinking too or skip shoulder altogether and wait til cbl so it's less to wait for apl
This sounds like a good idea. Shoulder sounds so different on everyone I think ill just sail on ahead to cbl. Which means I'm here for agesss

stardust lady
January 24th, 2021, 04:03 AM
Just checking in and trying to get some inspiration and motivation since I have been lacking lately. My goal just seems so far away and it is disheartening. :( Especially since I am growing out a side shave. that means my goal is even further away as I wait for that hair to catch up.

Anyway, I am hovering just above shoulder. My side shaved bit is about 2.5 inches long. It's gonna be a while and I am just feeling so angry at myself for cutting it in the first place. I was almost to BSL before I decided to cut the side shave, and then eventually cut the rest into a bob. I don't know what I was thinking.

You are in good company here. I think most of us at one point had a side shave or undercut. I've just gotten to a bob after my undercut, and at one point had like 4/5ths of my head shaved. It took a while to get here but I don't regret it, because it was something I just HAD to get out of my system. I still think undercuts and side shaves look awesome, but at this point I'd rather just have a full head of hair.

Please don't regret it and beat yourself up about doing it - if you never shaved it in the first place, maybe you would still be thinking about shaving it! I remember looking at so many pictures all the time, thinking "man I really want to try this". If anything, just doing it and experiencing it saved me all the time I spent on Google Images looking at other people's haircuts. Your hair will be long before you know it, and it's awesome that you tried something daring like that!

Bat
January 24th, 2021, 05:40 AM
This sounds like a good idea. Shoulder sounds so different on everyone I think ill just sail on ahead to cbl. Which means I'm here for agesss

I'll keep you company! Though technically you could lurk in both topics when you get close

xanthochromia
January 24th, 2021, 08:00 AM
I'm planning on staying in this thread until CBL too! That feels more like shoulder on my body than just grazing the tops of my trapezius muscles. I also had a side shave once-upon-a-time, but this time was growing out from a standard pixie. I have done many of the pixie-to-bob-and-back transitions, but this is my first time since childhood growing out past my chin. I expect to hit CBL sometime this spring, but we'll see if my hair agrees!

Regardless, shutterpillar, I agree with LadyStardust that now you have it out of your system and that's worth a lot. This whole hair growth process is an exercise in patience and acceptance, and it isn't easy! Mine was much less drastic, but I cut off 2 inches the week before I first used a BBB and then saw a video on long, fine/thin hair that made me decide to grow mine out. I was pretty frustrated with the timing, but it is what it is and maybe it's good that I got that last short haircut out of the way. I hope you feel better about it as it continues to grow!

shutterpillar
January 24th, 2021, 10:40 AM
Thank you everyone. It's awesome to have such a positive and supportive little community here. :grouphug: I did really love my side shave and I am super glad I did it! This past time will make the second time have shaved the side of my head. I think I did it out of boredom though, and was desperate for change since i'm stuck at home from the pandemic. Ultimately I'm a long haired gal. :) I like having options for hairstyles and stuff. I'm excited to get back there!

ReadingRenee
January 24th, 2021, 01:01 PM
Hi Shutterpillar! I know it's easy to regret hair decisions, but like others are saying I think it can be good to check it out and see if its something you like and get it out of your system. Now you know what its like to have one and can make better more informed hair decisions in the future whatever they may be. And growing out can be fun! Its like a whole new journey you go on and if you come on this board and these threads you get new companions along the way. :)

I think I am just at shoulder. I haven't decided if I will move to the shoulder to APL thread in February or not. Wet my hair definitely comes to CBL and stretched but not dry and wavy. That would probably be in another two months. Im going to see where I am at after my length pic for February.

Mermaeden
January 28th, 2021, 12:54 PM
Hi! Growing past chin but feel I will be here for a while as I've been getting regular trims on my length to avoid the mullet/layered effect. My goal currently is to get my bangs and upper layers the same length as the rest of me hair. :D

stardust lady
January 28th, 2021, 04:26 PM
Hi! Growing past chin but feel I will be here for a while as I've been getting regular trims on my length to avoid the mullet/layered effect. My goal currently is to get my bangs and upper layers the same length as the rest of me hair. :D

Welcome :) I've also had a lot of trims since I've started growing out my hair in fall 2019. Maybe almost 10. It's nice to not go through a mullet stage! It does slow down the progress but I'd rather enjoy the ride. What haircut are you starting from?

Iyashikei
January 28th, 2021, 08:25 PM
Hi! Growing past chin but feel I will be here for a while as I've been getting regular trims on my length to avoid the mullet/layered effect. My goal currently is to get my bangs and upper layers the same length as the rest of me hair. :D
Welcome. Good idea to trim regularly and avoiding the mullet. They're kinda trendy right now but yeah, I never liked them. Do you trim it yourself? I can imagine going to a hairdresser can be a pain in these cruel times.

xanthochromia
January 29th, 2021, 09:19 AM
Hi! Growing past chin but feel I will be here for a while as I've been getting regular trims on my length to avoid the mullet/layered effect. My goal currently is to get my bangs and upper layers the same length as the rest of me hair. :D

Welcome! It seems like the shag/mullet look suits certain people and hair types a lot more than others. I also kept trimming the bottom to let my short pixie pieces catch up with the rest and now my hair is basically all one length except for blunt bangs that I'm keeping. I think my very straight hair looks pretty good in a bob and I knew I wanted to end up with blunt ends rather than layers. The only problem is feeling like you haven't made a lot of progress, but that was worth it for me! Good luck with your growing-but-also-maintaining phase! :)

DropStitches
January 29th, 2021, 03:40 PM
Hi! Growing past chin but feel I will be here for a while as I've been getting regular trims on my length to avoid the mullet/layered effect. My goal currently is to get my bangs and upper layers the same length as the rest of me hair. :D

Welcome, Mermaeden! This was also my approach to growing out from short - some people can really rock a mullet, but on me it just looked frumpy and unfortunate. Iíd rather take a little bit longer to get where Iím going, but be happier along the way! Do you have an eventual length goal?

Death-Within-Me
January 30th, 2021, 10:11 AM
Hi everyone. Old lurker but new poster here. My story: When I was in my Tolkien phase, my hair was able to grow to around classic length with zero trims but I did protective styles and head massages.
I had random cuts, dyes and bleaches years after and wasn't able to grow it to classic length again. It was in a pony tail all the time so no protective styles either. I have extremely fine hair but quite a bit of it. I think I'm a 1b/F/ii.

Last summer in June, I did a big fat chop because I gave up on my hair and decided to try something new. Lo and behold, I want long hair again only a few months after.
Ever since then, I've been consistent with scalp massages everyday, EO, eating healthy, taking my biotin and trying to put it in protective buns as much as my very short hair can do.

My progress so far. (https://scontent-bos3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/141333824_1711873328987426_7512082636378523673_n.j pg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=azecA2V01osAX8TH427&_nc_ht=scontent-bos3-1.xx&oh=3d1d6d557b3e2e0eaab27017e0e5e3ce&oe=6037773F)

What updos can you manage, if any?


My hair is on the fine side so putting it up in a high ponytail with almost all of my hair is relatively easy. But I'm staying away from ponytails like the plague now. I use those soft scrunchies you can get at CVS to do a single loop bun. I'll get more creative once my slow growing hair reaches at least APL.

And how do you do them? What is your final goal length?

One loop ponytail second loop knot/bun via scrunchie. Final goal is just as long as I can grow really so terminal length. Ideally, knee length would be hella cool but I don't know if I'm that lucky. Currently manifesting it.

How do you style hair that is not that short, yet still definitely not long?

Because I'm 1b/F/ii, I can't really afford to style it anymore if I want to grow my hair long. I literally have to baby it so as of a few months ago, always protective styles (see above.) Always.

That being said, I'm extremely jealous of anyone who's bless with hair that grows like weed. The injustice of this world. :mad:

oldrocker
January 30th, 2021, 04:36 PM
Good start there D-W-M Continued success and keep the faith. I just graduated from this thread recently....hi all!!!!

O.R.

Death-Within-Me
January 30th, 2021, 04:50 PM
Good start there D-W-M Continued success and keep the faith. I just graduated from this thread recently....hi all!!!!

O.R.

Wow congrats. How long did it take you to graduate from top of shoulder to wherever your current length is?

In my pic, that was approximately 7 months from chin to shoulders.

Bat
January 30th, 2021, 04:52 PM
Technically in still here but I'm going to focus on my side shave growth, so I'm ghosting here and will be in buzz to chin thread since my side shave is in pixie mode ( almost bottom of ear length)

MissMuse
January 30th, 2021, 10:54 PM
Hi Death Within Me , looks like you're at a good length now (as in past the awkward stage) Sounds like you're doing all the right things so hopefully you will grow out healthy long hair. Good luck :)
Ps im also very jealous of those with fast growth lol

MissMuse
January 30th, 2021, 10:56 PM
Technically in still here but I'm going to focus on my side shave growth, so I'm ghosting here and will be in buzz to chin thread since my side shave is in pixie mode ( almost bottom of ear length)

Bye Bat! Come back for inspiration if you get the urge to chop or shave. Feel free to drop by for a cup of tea and a chat in the Chin to Shoulder thread anytime, I'll keep the kettle ready for ya. Happy growing!!!

Iyashikei
January 31st, 2021, 03:13 AM
Hi everyone. Old lurker but new poster here. My story: When I was in my Tolkien phase, my hair was able to grow to around classic length with zero trims but I did protective styles and head massages.
I had random cuts, dyes and bleaches years after and wasn't able to grow it to classic length again. It was in a pony tail all the time so no protective styles either. I have extremely fine hair but quite a bit of it. I think I'm a 1b/F/ii.

Last summer in June, I did a big fat chop because I gave up on my hair and decided to try something new. Lo and behold, I want long hair again only a few months after.
Ever since then, I've been consistent with scalp massages everyday, EO, eating healthy, taking my biotin and trying to put it in protective buns as much as my very short hair can do.

My progress so far. (https://scontent-bos3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/141333824_1711873328987426_7512082636378523673_n.j pg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=azecA2V01osAX8TH427&_nc_ht=scontent-bos3-1.xx&oh=3d1d6d557b3e2e0eaab27017e0e5e3ce&oe=6037773F)

What updos can you manage, if any?


My hair is on the fine side so putting it up in a high ponytail with almost all of my hair is relatively easy. But I'm staying away from ponytails like the plague now. I use those soft scrunchies you can get at CVS to do a single loop bun. I'll get more creative once my slow growing hair reaches at least APL.

And how do you do them? What is your final goal length?

One loop ponytail second loop knot/bun via scrunchie. Final goal is just as long as I can grow really so terminal length. Ideally, knee length would be hella cool but I don't know if I'm that lucky. Currently manifesting it.

How do you style hair that is not that short, yet still definitely not long?

Because I'm 1b/F/ii, I can't really afford to style it anymore if I want to grow my hair long. I literally have to baby it so as of a few months ago, always protective styles (see above.) Always.

That being said, I'm extremely jealous of anyone who's bless with hair that grows like weed. The injustice of this world. :mad:
Welcome Death-Within-Me! From those pictures I can tell your hair is beautiful already. Can't wait to see how it develops on this journey.

Technically in still here but I'm going to focus on my side shave growth, so I'm ghosting here and will be in buzz to chin thread since my side shave is in pixie mode ( almost bottom of ear length)

Good luck there Bat. You'll be back here in no time.

Bat
January 31st, 2021, 03:37 AM
Bye Bat! Come back for inspiration if you get the urge to chop or shave. Feel free to drop by for a cup of tea and a chat in the Chin to Shoulder thread anytime, I'll keep the kettle ready for ya. Happy growing!!!

There better be scones to make it with my while!

MissMuse
January 31st, 2021, 04:58 AM
There better be scones to make it with my while!

Lemonade scones with cream and jam coming right up!

oldrocker
January 31st, 2021, 10:13 AM
Wow congrats. How long did it take you to graduate from top of shoulder to wherever your current length is?

In my pic, that was approximately 7 months from chin to shoulders.

hard to answer that question, as I grew out from a 'typical' men's cut. I also am not trimming at all until I can get the front parts back into a pony. Then, the idea is to micro-trim the back until it gradually gets to one length. Never done it this way before and it can be quite annoying.

So the best answer is that I've been growing for about a year even. The front parts that started out(if you pulled down over the forehead) were only about 1/2" long, are almost bottom or chin length(almost long enough to get into a low pony), while the back, if wet or pulled straight are slightly below shoulder level. hope that isn't me cheating to get into the shoulder to apl group...:)

O.R.

Bat
January 31st, 2021, 12:10 PM
hard to answer that question, as I grew out from a 'typical' men's cut. I also am not trimming at all until I can get the front parts back into a pony. Then, the idea is to micro-trim the back until it gradually gets to one length. Never done it this way before and it can be quite annoying.

So the best answer is that I've been growing for about a year even. The front parts that started out(if you pulled down over the forehead) were only about 1/2" long, are almost bottom or chin length(almost long enough to get into a low pony), while the back, if wet or pulled straight are slightly below shoulder level. hope that isn't me cheating to get into the shoulder to apl group...:)

O.R.

You'll be fine lots of Curlies measure milestones stretched

Bat
January 31st, 2021, 12:11 PM
Lemonade scones with cream and jam coming right up!

Waddles back in hi!

stardust lady
February 2nd, 2021, 02:39 AM
Hi everyone. Old lurker but new poster here. My story: When I was in my Tolkien phase, my hair was able to grow to around classic length with zero trims but I did protective styles and head massages.
I had random cuts, dyes and bleaches years after and wasn't able to grow it to classic length again. It was in a pony tail all the time so no protective styles either. I have extremely fine hair but quite a bit of it. I think I'm a 1b/F/ii.

Last summer in June, I did a big fat chop because I gave up on my hair and decided to try something new. Lo and behold, I want long hair again only a few months after.
Ever since then, I've been consistent with scalp massages everyday, EO, eating healthy, taking my biotin and trying to put it in protective buns as much as my very short hair can do.

My progress so far. (https://scontent-bos3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/141333824_1711873328987426_7512082636378523673_n.j pg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=azecA2V01osAX8TH427&_nc_ht=scontent-bos3-1.xx&oh=3d1d6d557b3e2e0eaab27017e0e5e3ce&oe=6037773F)

What updos can you manage, if any?


My hair is on the fine side so putting it up in a high ponytail with almost all of my hair is relatively easy. But I'm staying away from ponytails like the plague now. I use those soft scrunchies you can get at CVS to do a single loop bun. I'll get more creative once my slow growing hair reaches at least APL.

And how do you do them? What is your final goal length?

One loop ponytail second loop knot/bun via scrunchie. Final goal is just as long as I can grow really so terminal length. Ideally, knee length would be hella cool but I don't know if I'm that lucky. Currently manifesting it.

How do you style hair that is not that short, yet still definitely not long?

Because I'm 1b/F/ii, I can't really afford to style it anymore if I want to grow my hair long. I literally have to baby it so as of a few months ago, always protective styles (see above.) Always.

That being said, I'm extremely jealous of anyone who's bless with hair that grows like weed. The injustice of this world. :mad:

Hi! Glad you are joining the party. Just wanted to say your hair is so pretty. And also that I didn't realize ponytails were bad, and I literally took one out of my hair as I read that. It just now dawned on me why everyone here uses forks. :doh: Thankfully I have only just now been able to make a ponytail, so minimal damage done.

stardust lady
February 2nd, 2021, 02:42 AM
Also, you guys might notice my name is different... There is another Lady Stardust on here, who I never saw while lurking and before joining, and I felt guilty for taking her name, so I asked if I could change it. So they inverted it for me LOL

MissMuse
February 2nd, 2021, 02:46 AM
So after a shower today my hair stretched to shoulder, well the bit that's directly above collarbone and below neck. Clearly I'm still confused where exactly shoulder is but anyway its nice to see some growth!!

Bat
February 2nd, 2021, 03:53 AM
Also, you guys might notice my name is different... There is another Lady Stardust on here, who I never saw while lurking and before joining, and I felt guilty for taking her name, so I asked if I could change it. So they inverted it for me LOL

There was this member Gus something or rather who wanted a more feminine name but they didn't let them so I'm quite shocked they changed it for you, also.... They should have called you Stardust unless that was taken z

stardust lady
February 2nd, 2021, 01:11 PM
There was this member Gus something or rather who wanted a more feminine name but they didn't let them so I'm quite shocked they changed it for you, also.... They should have called you Stardust unless that was taken z

Yeah I did want a completely different name after I realized that someone else had my name, but they said they would have to make it a variation of what it already was. And they said this situation is one of the few where they make an exception to the rule about not changing usernames, which is fair. I did ask to see if they could make it just Stardust and they said it was already taken lol. Ooh well

Bat
February 2nd, 2021, 01:24 PM
Yeah I did want a completely different name after I realized that someone else had my name, but they said they would have to make it a variation of what it already was. And they said this situation is one of the few where they make an exception to the rule about not changing usernames, which is fair. I did ask to see if they could make it just Stardust and they said it was already taken lol. Ooh well

Booo! Ah well atleast you don't have to feel bad now

ReadingRenee
February 2nd, 2021, 02:18 PM
I had a whole long post and lost it. argh! But, stardust lady, I wanted to say I had been in threads with Lady Stardust for quite a while and at first I was confused, but then I noticed that you and she had it differently. Like she had a space and you didn't maybe? Anyway, glad the mods fixed it for you! It is less confusing now.

Welcome Mermaeden and Death-Within-Me!

MissMuse, I reached that milestone recently too. It's kind of exciting.

Bat are you back?

I am pretty sure I have reached shoulder length but I don't know if I am in any hurry to go.

This is my picture I took for the monthly growth thread today. Its freshly washed but combed as it dries to loosen the wave.

https://i.imgur.com/W4sRU7c.jpg?2

That crooked hemline kind of drives me nuts. :)

xanthochromia
February 2nd, 2021, 02:31 PM
I am pretty sure I have reached shoulder length but I don't know if I am in any hurry to go.

This is my picture I took for the monthly growth thread today. Its freshly washed but combed as it dries to loosen the wave.

https://i.imgur.com/W4sRU7c.jpg?2

That crooked hemline kind of drives me nuts. :)

That looks solidly shoulder-length to me! Congratulations!

InTheCity
February 2nd, 2021, 05:22 PM
Seconding LadyStardust. I'm not saying that there isn't a person whose scalp wouldn't actually dislike having stuff put on it, but I'll pretty confidently claim that in most cases, the greater shedding is purely a case of ready-to-shed hairs coming out a couple of days early. When I do a scalp scrub or otherwise massage my scalp, I lose much more hair that time, but less than average the next couple of washes. Such is normal and nothing to be worried about. If your scalp feels good about the scrub otherwise, I don't see a reason to quit doing them. For me personally, it feels like my scalp can take a deep breath of fresh air, so scrubs will probably be a staple in my routine.


Thank you both! Maybe that's what it was. I was really freaked out but perhaps I should give it another chance. I only wash twice a week (a routine that probably needs work as it's some random biotin shampoo I impulse bought and a leave on conditioner spray I've always been fond of) but I do use a rubber massage thingie to really work the scalp. If I use the actual scalp massage exfoliant product, I'd probably limit it to once a month.

InTheCity
February 2nd, 2021, 05:24 PM
Wow I feel so cheated! Like I missed a month. I wasn't getting the subscription emails so I thought on one was talking.

Glad to ear about some new folks and loving all the progress pics.

I had a little disheartening measure last night. I feel like I can see noticeable growth and I just hit the 4 month mark of viviscal that claims to start working in 3-6 months so I was really hopeful. Then my DH measured me and got 17.5, which is the same as a month ago. Sigh... I know it's not an exact science so I'll try to keep upbeat.

InTheCity
February 2nd, 2021, 05:45 PM
I had a whole long post and lost it. argh! But, stardust lady, I wanted to say I had been in threads with Lady Stardust for quite a while and at first I was confused, but then I noticed that you and she had it differently. Like she had a space and you didn't maybe? Anyway, glad the mods fixed it for you! It is less confusing now.

Welcome Mermaeden and Death-Within-Me!

MissMuse, I reached that milestone recently too. It's kind of exciting.

Bat are you back?

I am pretty sure I have reached shoulder length but I don't know if I am in any hurry to go.

This is my picture I took for the monthly growth thread today. Its freshly washed but combed as it dries to loosen the wave.

https://i.imgur.com/W4sRU7c.jpg?2

That crooked hemline kind of drives me nuts. :)

I would probably pay high 4 figures for hair like yours. "Combed as it dries" is what I just tried to do and this is where it got me...

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44369&d=1612312994

Iyashikei
February 2nd, 2021, 08:21 PM
I would probably pay high 4 figures for hair like yours. "Combed as it dries" is what I just tried to do and this is where it got me...

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44369&d=1612312994

That ain't too bad.
And about the measiring, I wouldn't be too disconcerned about it. Your length right now does suit you and I'm sure you can still do many cool things with it.

Bat
February 2nd, 2021, 08:55 PM
I'm still around, just hanging out in buzz to chin, I'm recording my side shave progress Instead, so far it's straight Enough to do length photos, I can't get the right position to take length checks from the back

Congrats on shoulder!

stardust lady
February 2nd, 2021, 11:45 PM
Booo! Ah well atleast you don't have to feel bad now

Yep, exactly. :D I'd way rather have a lame name than feel like I'm taking someone else's handle.

stardust lady
February 2nd, 2021, 11:50 PM
I had a whole long post and lost it. argh! But, stardust lady, I wanted to say I had been in threads with Lady Stardust for quite a while and at first I was confused, but then I noticed that you and she had it differently. Like she had a space and you didn't maybe? Anyway, glad the mods fixed it for you! It is less confusing now.

Welcome Mermaeden and Death-Within-Me!

MissMuse, I reached that milestone recently too. It's kind of exciting.

Bat are you back?

I am pretty sure I have reached shoulder length but I don't know if I am in any hurry to go.

This is my picture I took for the monthly growth thread today. Its freshly washed but combed as it dries to loosen the wave.

https://i.imgur.com/W4sRU7c.jpg?2

That crooked hemline kind of drives me nuts. :)

Thanks ReadingRenee! I'm glad that it was a good move to change the name. I was slightly disappointed that I couldn't pick out a new one, but it's not a big deal.

And that is most definitely shoulder length. Congrats! If you do decide to go, I will look forward to joining you and everybody else in the shoulder to APL thread. I can't wait to reach shoulder. It's getting so much closer.

By the way, the hemline doesn't really look that crooked. I had to do a double-take to notice it. It probably looks even less crooked when you wear the curls, no?

Bat
February 3rd, 2021, 12:33 AM
Yep, exactly. :D I'd way rather have a lame name than feel like I'm taking someone else's handle.

i was lucky when I first joined it was Baphomet, but because I didn't want to possibly offend anyone with my name I was able to have it changed to bat, good thing too! bat suits me I think

MissMuse
February 3rd, 2021, 01:38 AM
ReadingRenee you're quite a bit longer than me but I get your hesitation about moving on. Stay as long as you need, just ask Bat, I make some great scones and tea :)

MissMuse
February 3rd, 2021, 01:39 AM
I'm more of a cheese platter and champagne person though so whatever you need just ask.

Bat
February 3rd, 2021, 02:02 AM
Scooones now I want scones cheese ones

stardust lady
February 3rd, 2021, 03:29 AM
i was lucky when I first joined it was Baphomet, but because I didn't want to possibly offend anyone with my name I was able to have it changed to bat, good thing too! bat suits me I think

I think occult stuff is fascinating, but I agree with your decision to be mindful for the sake of others. And bat is a great name. I have a little black kitty that looks just like a bat, and I sometimes call her my little bat, so I have a soft spot for them because of her hahaha.

Bat
February 3rd, 2021, 03:47 AM
I think occult stuff is fascinating, but I agree with your decision to be mindful for the sake of others. And bat is a great name. I have a little black kitty that looks just like a bat, and I sometimes call her my little bat, so I have a soft spot for them because of her hahaha.
How cute! I think most Black cats look like bats :D

xanthochromia
February 3rd, 2021, 05:18 AM
How cute! I think most Black cats look like bats :D

My black kitten had the biggest ears and the pointiest face when I first got him and he looked like such a bat! I call him my bat or my little black bean.

ReadingRenee
February 3rd, 2021, 11:16 AM
That looks solidly shoulder-length to me! Congratulations!

Thank you!


Wow I feel so cheated! Like I missed a month. I wasn't getting the subscription emails so I thought on one was talking.

Glad to ear about some new folks and loving all the progress pics.

I had a little disheartening measure last night. I feel like I can see noticeable growth and I just hit the 4 month mark of viviscal that claims to start working in 3-6 months so I was really hopeful. Then my DH measured me and got 17.5, which is the same as a month ago. Sigh... I know it's not an exact science so I'll try to keep upbeat.
It really isn't an exact science, especially when you are talking half an inch. Sometimes it will say it's not growing on the tape measure but the next month it will be an inch of growth. I think it's hard to be totally accurate.


I would probably pay high 4 figures for hair like yours. "Combed as it dries" is what I just tried to do and this is where it got me...

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44369&d=1612312994
Well thank you! But honestly my hair looks a lot like yours in some pictures, especially when it's shorter. And of course combing while drying doesn't work for everyone at every length. It doesn't work for me when my hair is shorter, it seems like I need some length. Your hair is looking good! Just keep going with the growing!


I'm still around, just hanging out in buzz to chin, I'm recording my side shave progress Instead, so far it's straight Enough to do length photos, I can't get the right position to take length checks from the back

Congrats on shoulder!

Oh ok! Thanks Bat!


Thanks ReadingRenee! I'm glad that it was a good move to change the name. I was slightly disappointed that I couldn't pick out a new one, but it's not a big deal.

And that is most definitely shoulder length. Congrats! If you do decide to go, I will look forward to joining you and everybody else in the shoulder to APL thread. I can't wait to reach shoulder. It's getting so much closer.

By the way, the hemline doesn't really look that crooked. I had to do a double-take to notice it. It probably looks even less crooked when you wear the curls, no?

Thank you stardust lady! And it's so nice to hear that you don't notice the crooked hemline right away. I will try to stop obsessing about it. I might check out the shoulder thread soon and I look forward to having you join me soon!


ReadingRenee you're quite a bit longer than me but I get your hesitation about moving on. Stay as long as you need, just ask Bat, I make some great scones and tea :)

I actually don't think I have ever had a scone... They sound good though!


I think occult stuff is fascinating, but I agree with your decision to be mindful for the sake of others. And bat is a great name. I have a little black kitty that looks just like a bat, and I sometimes call her my little bat, so I have a soft spot for them because of her hahaha.

Aww that's so cute! I love cats but my husband is very allergic so I have had to learn to love dogs just as much.

Thanks for the congrats and the compliments everyone! We are all making progress and our hair is getting longer and longer. Yay!

luluj
February 3rd, 2021, 12:01 PM
I had a whole long post and lost it. argh! But, stardust lady, I wanted to say I had been in threads with Lady Stardust for quite a while and at first I was confused, but then I noticed that you and she had it differently. Like she had a space and you didn't maybe? Anyway, glad the mods fixed it for you! It is less confusing now.

Welcome Mermaeden and Death-Within-Me!

MissMuse, I reached that milestone recently too. It's kind of exciting.

Bat are you back?

I am pretty sure I have reached shoulder length but I don't know if I am in any hurry to go.

This is my picture I took for the monthly growth thread today. Its freshly washed but combed as it dries to loosen the wave.

https://i.imgur.com/W4sRU7c.jpg?2

That crooked hemline kind of drives me nuts. :)

You are most certainly shoulder length, Reading Renee. Congratulations! :blossom: Our hair is very similar looking. I have a photo, somewhere on my laptop, that looks almost exactly like this one of your hair, even the length is the same. Of course, the difference is in our hair color. I absolutely love the color of your hair, it's beautiful.

As for the hemline, we are similar once again> I think it is the natural lay of the curls/waves, bless their little hearts. :p

Iyashikei
February 3rd, 2021, 12:01 PM
For everyone in need of hair inspiration, look no further.
https://www.byrdie.com/updos-for-short-hair

luluj
February 3rd, 2021, 01:28 PM
For everyone in need of hair inspiration, look no further.
https://www.byrdie.com/updos-for-short-hair

These are all really nice, Iyashikei, thanks for posting this link. :o

I especially like the Looped Chignon.

ReadingRenee
February 3rd, 2021, 01:57 PM
You are most certainly shoulder length, Reading Renee. Congratulations! :blossom: Our hair is very similar looking. I have a photo, somewhere on my laptop, that looks almost exactly like this one of your hair, even the length is the same. Of course, the difference is in our hair color. I absolutely love the color of your hair, it's beautiful.

As for the hemline, we are similar once again> I think it is the natural lay of the curls/waves, bless their little hearts. :p

Oh thank you luluj! The color is deceiving. That lighting always brings out the red in my hair, but in real life indoors at least my hair just looks brown. I think your hair is beautiful, I love the color and the texture, so this is such a nice compliment to hear that our hair looks similar. :flower:


For everyone in need of hair inspiration, look no further.
https://www.byrdie.com/updos-for-short-hair

Nice! I feel like I could not do a lot of those because I am hairdo challenged but I bet people who are better at that sort of thing could get some really nice hairstyles from those ideas. Thanks for posting!

MissMuse
February 3rd, 2021, 05:27 PM
Thanks for the link, I had a look. I am lacking in hair skillz but think I could attempt some of those!

stardust lady
February 4th, 2021, 02:10 AM
How cute! I think most Black cats look like bats :D


My black kitten had the biggest ears and the pointiest face when I first got him and he looked like such a bat! I call him my bat or my little black bean.

Mine definitely has that pointed look going on, and sometimes when her little teeth stick out the resemblance is uncanny.


Thank you stardust lady! And it's so nice to hear that you don't notice the crooked hemline right away. I will try to stop obsessing about it. I might check out the shoulder thread soon and I look forward to having you join me soon!

I've got many months but it's getting closer all the time! I've just now been able to wrap my hair up in 2 clippies - a sort of bun. But a major sign of progress!


For everyone in need of hair inspiration, look no further.
https://www.byrdie.com/updos-for-short-hair

I'd kill to be able to do the braided faux hawk. Normally I don't like curls on myself, and actively de-emphasize mine, but mohawks and faux-hawks are so cool with curls.

Eastbound&Down
February 9th, 2021, 08:51 PM
I am finally out of the military and I can now finally have fun with my hair! After reaching waist length, I cut it short and have left it that way because having it short was easier in my uniform. I'm looking forward to enjoying my new journey back long and being able to have fun styles along the way.

Bat
February 10th, 2021, 03:55 AM
I am finally out of the military and I can now finally have fun with my hair! After reaching waist length, I cut it short and have left it that way because having it short was easier in my uniform. I'm looking forward to enjoying my new journey back long and being able to have fun styles along the way.

Thank you for your service and happy growing!

Eastbound&Down
February 10th, 2021, 05:46 AM
Thank you for your service and happy growing!
Thank you! I appreciate it!

Death-Within-Me
February 10th, 2021, 08:53 AM
I am finally out of the military and I can now finally have fun with my hair! After reaching waist length, I cut it short and have left it that way because having it short was easier in my uniform. I'm looking forward to enjoying my new journey back long and being able to have fun styles along the way.

Nice! How long did it take you to grow from pixie to BSL?

Eastbound&Down
February 10th, 2021, 08:55 AM
About 2.5 years, there were a few trims to fix my ends.

Eastbound&Down
February 10th, 2021, 08:57 AM
Nice! How long did it take you to grow from pixie to BSL?

About 2.5 years, there were a few trims to fix my ends.

oldrocker
February 10th, 2021, 06:22 PM
not to hijack the thread, but Eastbound & Down,are you a Burt fan, a Jerry Reed fan, or maybe a Sally Field fan by any chance?

O.R.

MissMuse
February 10th, 2021, 07:24 PM
I am finally out of the military and I can now finally have fun with my hair! After reaching waist length, I cut it short and have left it that way because having it short was easier in my uniform. I'm looking forward to enjoying my new journey back long and being able to have fun styles along the way.

Welcome! Sorry if I've missed it but how long are you currently? Hope you enjoy growing back your length :)

Eastbound&Down
February 10th, 2021, 09:37 PM
not to hijack the thread, but Eastbound & Down,are you a Burt fan, a Jerry Reed fan, or maybe a Sally Field fan by any chance?

O.R.

I love Burt! What a legend!

Eastbound&Down
February 10th, 2021, 09:40 PM
Oh, I'm currently at a blunt chin length bob. I've enjoyed it but I'm ready to go back long.

Iyashikei
February 11th, 2021, 06:03 AM
Welcome Eastbound&Down!!!

CurlySpaceGirl
February 11th, 2021, 06:21 AM
Hi Everyone, due to layers not all my hair is below chin, but the longest parts are. Does anyone else notice how when your hair is short, an extra inch of length is super noticeable, but as soon as it goes past shoulders an extra inch of growth doesn't seem so obvious compared to the length that is already there?

stardust lady
February 11th, 2021, 05:43 PM
Hi Everyone, due to layers not all my hair is below chin, but the longest parts are. Does anyone else notice how when your hair is short, an extra inch of length is super noticeable, but as soon as it goes past shoulders an extra inch of growth doesn't seem so obvious compared to the length that is already there?

Yes, definitely. I was just thinking about this earlier, since I suddenly noticed how much longer my hair looks than it did at the start of the year, despite only an inch of growth or less. So far this has been the easiest part of my hair growth "journey". Going from buzzed to chin length was sooooo rough. But now that all the layers are mostly past my chin, the process feels like it's so much faster.

Bat
February 11th, 2021, 06:24 PM
Buzz to shoulder is the worst for me, cbl is when I feel I look good,

stardust lady
February 11th, 2021, 08:15 PM
I might try a shag at some point. I have mixed textures so I do well with layers. Plus they just look cool. The only thing I don't like about them is the short, center parted bangs.

And yeah, growing a buzz is a lesson in patience. The shortest hair I ever had in my life prior to this was shoulder length, so I had no idea how long it would take. I thought it would be at my shoulder within a few months.

Bat
February 12th, 2021, 02:40 AM
It takes almost 2 years z from basically bald to shoulder my side shave was bald and it's mid ear 6 months in

stardust lady
February 12th, 2021, 03:18 AM
Yeah that sounds about right. I'm a year and a half in, and my sides were completely bald too, all the way around, up to the crown. 6 more months till shoulder, or maybe less. I don't know if I would have done it if I knew it would take 2 years, lol.

Bat
February 12th, 2021, 07:38 AM
One of these things we don't see in hindsight I'm pretty sure I'll regret a shag/mullet, doesn't stop me wanting one though

CurlySpaceGirl
February 12th, 2021, 07:51 AM
Yes, definitely. I was just thinking about this earlier, since I suddenly noticed how much longer my hair looks than it did at the start of the year, despite only an inch of growth or less. So far this has been the easiest part of my hair growth "journey". Going from buzzed to chin length was sooooo rough. But now that all the layers are mostly past my chin, the process feels like it's so much faster.
Glad it's not just me! :D

Death-Within-Me
February 12th, 2021, 08:54 AM
If my hair is now a few cms past my shoulders (see profile pic,) does that mean I've graduated from this thread? :confused:

ReadingRenee
February 12th, 2021, 12:47 PM
If my hair is now a few cms past my shoulders (see profile pic,) does that mean I've graduated from this thread? :confused:

Hi Death-Within-Me! Honestly to me your hair looks like its collarbone length! I would say you have graduated.

Welcome EastboundandDown! I remember you from old threads. Nice to see you again. :)

Bat, same here I feel like CBL is a good length for me. I am just now hitting shoulder when wavy and I feel like my face just looks so much better than it did. I need to remember not to cut my hair shorter than shoulder in the future.

I was looking back at old pictures and it looks like it took me about a year and a half to go from buzz to shoulder. I reached mid-neck length after a year or so.

My hair is growing pretty well despite the winter. I have been wearing a lot of half ups and the bottom layers reach my collarbone when I pull them straight. I guess I should go to the shoulder to APL thread pretty soon! I like this thread and all the posters though. :)

stardust lady
February 12th, 2021, 04:05 PM
Hi Death-Within-Me! Honestly to me your hair looks like its collarbone length! I would say you have graduated.

Welcome EastboundandDown! I remember you from old threads. Nice to see you again. :)

Bat, same here I feel like CBL is a good length for me. I am just now hitting shoulder when wavy and I feel like my face just looks so much better than it did. I need to remember not to cut my hair shorter than shoulder in the future.

I was looking back at old pictures and it looks like it took me about a year and a half to go from buzz to shoulder. I reached mid-neck length after a year or so.

My hair is growing pretty well despite the winter. I have been wearing a lot of half ups and the bottom layers reach my collarbone when I pull them straight. I guess I should go to the shoulder to APL thread pretty soon! I like this thread and all the posters though. :)

Your hair grows pretty fast! My growth rate is a tad slower, but I still count my blessings. The stylist that was cutting my hair every few weeks during the initial transition from undercut to pixie said that it takes her twice the amount of time to grow the same amount of hair. Mine is a solid 1/2" a month, and hers was 1/4". I can't imagine waiting twice the time I already have to get to where I am.

And I totally know what you mean about your face looking better. I haven't made it to shoulder yet, but the closer I get, the better I feel about myself. After the last year of awkward grow-out, I kind of got used to feeling like a goblin, and now that it's a proper bob, I finally feel cute again. That was a nice surprise. Also I wouldn't be mad if all you collarbone folks stuck around for a little while longer. ;)

Bat
February 12th, 2021, 06:55 PM
I feel the same, if I cut my hair when longer I won't cut it shorter than CBL

@Death congratulations see you in the next topic in a few months

Eastbound&Down
February 12th, 2021, 07:44 PM
Welcome Eastbound&Down!!! thanks! Its good to be back!

ReadingRenee
February 13th, 2021, 04:32 PM
Thanks stardust lady! I think its pretty average growth but it always looks like it grows fast when I compare pictures. LOL used to looking like a goblin! I am sure you didn't look like a goblin, but I know exactly what you mean! So glad to be to the bob stage. Thanks! I think I will stick around a bit longer. :)

Eastbound&Down
February 13th, 2021, 05:42 PM
Welcome EastboundandDown! I remember you from old threads. Nice to see you again. :)

Its been awhile! But its good to be back now that I can have some fun with it!

stardust lady
February 13th, 2021, 06:58 PM
Thanks stardust lady! I think its pretty average growth but it always looks like it grows fast when I compare pictures. LOL used to looking like a goblin! I am sure you didn't look like a goblin, but I know exactly what you mean! So glad to be to the bob stage. Thanks! I think I will stick around a bit longer. :)

I suppose average growth just looks so fast to me. Maybe because this is the first time in my life that I've intentionally grown my hair and payed attention to growth rates. When I first joined this forum, I was just interested in the henna threads. Seeing before and afters are so impressive to me now.

Bat
February 13th, 2021, 07:01 PM
I can't wait til my hair gets to shoulder so I can finally move onto the next topic,. Not to leave everyone but to feel I'm not in limbo

Bat
February 14th, 2021, 10:05 PM
Looks like I've made it to bottom of neck from the back with my weird texture so that is exciting, from the front it looks much shorter though.
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/810737689254559764/IMG_15022021_150140_300_x_400_pixel.jpg

MissMuse
February 14th, 2021, 11:43 PM
I can definitely see growth Bat which is exciting imagine by December how it will look :joy: Considering we are half way through Feb already this year will fly by like last year did. I'm itching to move on too but the only thing I care about this time is that my hair is healthy whatever length it may be.

Bat
February 15th, 2021, 01:18 AM
I might make it ro shoulder by the end of March if lucky, good luck to us both

Iyashikei
February 15th, 2021, 05:34 AM
Looks like I've made it to bottom of neck from the back with my weird texture so that is exciting, from the front it looks much shorter though.
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/810737689254559764/IMG_15022021_150140_300_x_400_pixel.jpg
Wow, your hair grows fast. How long has it been since your last trim? It feels like it was yesterday.

stardust lady
February 15th, 2021, 05:39 AM
Looks like I've made it to bottom of neck from the back with my weird texture so that is exciting, from the front it looks much shorter though.
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/810737689254559764/IMG_15022021_150140_300_x_400_pixel.jpg

Wow that was a growth spurt. Looks at least an inch longer than the last photo I saw, unless my eyes deceive me. Also I think we're at the same length - solidarity!


I can definitely see growth Bat which is exciting imagine by December how it will look :joy: Considering we are half way through Feb already this year will fly by like last year did. I'm itching to move on too but the only thing I care about this time is that my hair is healthy whatever length it may be.

Is it just me or did last year simultaneously fly by and also seem to last a lifetime?

Bat
February 15th, 2021, 07:36 AM
Wow, your hair grows fast. How long has it been since your last trim? It feels like it was yesterday.

Wow that was a growth spurt. Looks at least an inch longer than the last photo I saw, unless my eyes deceive me. Also I think we're at the same length - solidarity!


My last proper trim was November 19th. I did have some tiny amount of dead ends trimmed off Jan 7th

I also have Shrinkage sometimes it can look quite short, and I'm still trying to figure out when in the new house takes the more accurate photos. it feels accurate though my hairs been tickling the bottom of my neck

And yay bottom of neck buddies

draysmir
February 15th, 2021, 07:49 AM
Looks like I've made it to bottom of neck from the back with my weird texture so that is exciting, from the front it looks much shorter though.
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/810737689254559764/IMG_15022021_150140_300_x_400_pixel.jpg

Nice growth Bat. You'll probably be at shoulder within the next month or two! :D

Bat
February 15th, 2021, 07:52 AM
Nice growth Bat. You'll probably be at shoulder within the next month or two! :D

From the back atleast my shorter layers don't seem to be growing much at all

ReadingRenee
February 15th, 2021, 04:57 PM
I suppose average growth just looks so fast to me. Maybe because this is the first time in my life that I've intentionally grown my hair and payed attention to growth rates. When I first joined this forum, I was just interested in the henna threads. Seeing before and afters are so impressive to me now.

yes I think when you start paying attention to growth rates it seems to sloooooooow down! Whether that happens or if it just feels like it I don't know. :lol:

Bat! Your hair is looking so long! It really seems like your hair grows super fast. Congrats on reaching bottom of neck length.

I realized what I have been waiting for to move to the next thread is for my front pieces to reach shoulder. They are shorter than the back part of my hair. I have noticed in just the past few days that the front of my hair is finally just reaching my shoulders. Yay!

Bat
February 15th, 2021, 06:45 PM
If I go by over all hair length I'll be here forever! Since my side shave is just almost at the bottom of my ears, so for my sanity I'll go by the back of my head lol I'll still be lurking here and buzz to chin until my shortest parts graduate

MissMuse
February 15th, 2021, 10:29 PM
I wish it was easier to post a pic here , I'd show you my before and after from last year, just before I cut it all off. I just looked and it made me a little sad but it was so unhealthy so feels good to have it all gone and start again.

MissMuse
February 15th, 2021, 10:31 PM
yes I think when you start paying attention to growth rates it seems to sloooooooow down! Whether that happens or if it just feels like it I don't know. :lol:

Bat! Your hair is looking so long! It really seems like your hair grows super fast. Congrats on reaching bottom of neck length.

I realized what I have been waiting for to move to the next thread is for my front pieces to reach shoulder. They are shorter than the back part of my hair. I have noticed in just the past few days that the front of my hair is finally just reaching my shoulders. Yay!

Yay congrats!! I should be there in about 2 months but I'm not in a rush as that thread seemed to take FOREVER to graduate from

Eastbound&Down
February 16th, 2021, 05:53 AM
Yay congrats!! I should be there in about 2 months but I'm not in a rush as that thread seemed to take FOREVER to graduate from

I can confirm, SL to APL was a long haul trip. BUT, you can start really playing with hairstyles around that length so.

Eastbound&Down
February 16th, 2021, 09:06 AM
Tried a french braid just for fun, got almost everything into the braid, minus the sections right by my ears. I think 2 more months and everything will be able to get braided in. Yay!

ReadingRenee
February 16th, 2021, 11:56 AM
If I go by over all hair length I'll be here forever! Since my side shave is just almost at the bottom of my ears, so for my sanity I'll go by the back of my head lol I'll still be lurking here and buzz to chin until my shortest parts graduate

hah hah so true! I would normally go by the back of my head but it just bothered me to see when I looked in the mirror that my hair wasn't touching my shoulders.


Yay congrats!! I should be there in about 2 months but I'm not in a rush as that thread seemed to take FOREVER to graduate from

Oh I know! That is why I am still here. Shoulder to APL is the longest trip for me. If I don't call shoulder til about 19.5 inches,(hopefully will be there in March) then APL is around 23.5 inches... so that is about 8 months. Any earlier and I am in that thread for almost a year.


I can confirm, SL to APL was a long haul trip. BUT, you can start really playing with hairstyles around that length so.


Tried a french braid just for fun, got almost everything into the braid, minus the sections right by my ears. I think 2 more months and everything will be able to get braided in. Yay!

True, hairstyles really start opening up on the journey to APL. Congrats on the french braid!

Bat
February 16th, 2021, 01:49 PM
hah hah so true! I would normally go by the back of my head but it just bothered me to see when I looked in the mirror that my hair wasn't touching my shoulders.



Oh I know! That is why I am still here. Shoulder to APL is the longest trip for me. If I don't call shoulder til about 19.5 inches,(hopefully will be there in March) then APL is around 23.5 inches... so that is about 8 months. Any earlier and I am in that thread for almost a year.





True, hairstyles really start opening up on the journey to APL. Congrats on the french braid!

It bothers me too, tbh it feels it's not growing at all from the font but I try to ignore it

MissMuse
February 17th, 2021, 03:01 AM
Im happy to stay here as long as I need, you guys are lovely <3

ReadingRenee
February 17th, 2021, 12:55 PM
It bothers me too, tbh it feels it's not growing at all from the font but I try to ignore it

Yes I try not to take too many pictures from the front and then study them, and my hair is usually in a half-up these days so I don't see the shorter bits.


Im happy to stay here as long as I need, you guys are lovely <3

MissMuse, I agree. Love this thread and the posters in it. <3

Bat
February 21st, 2021, 07:44 AM
Yes I try not to take too many pictures from the front and then study them, and my hair is usually in a half-up these days so I don't see the shorter bits.



MissMuse, I agree. Love this thread and the posters in it. <3

I'm feeling better about my hair since the Keratin treatment, it isn't poofy anymore! so I'm hoping length won't bother me too much

solocricket
February 21st, 2021, 08:23 PM
Hi everyone! So I've had an account on here for years but haven't posted in a very long while. I've decided to re-join the long hair aspirational club because I gave myself a pretty bad chin-length pandemic cut. While I like that it's short and I was tempted to cut it for a long time, I'm... not to happy with it. I do somewhat like the cute little ponytails. Anyways, happy to join you all!

stardust lady
February 22nd, 2021, 12:49 AM
Hi everyone! So I've had an account on here for years but haven't posted in a very long while. I've decided to re-join the long hair aspirational club because I gave myself a pretty bad chin-length pandemic cut. While I like that it's short and I was tempted to cut it for a long time, I'm... not to happy with it. I do somewhat like the cute little ponytails. Anyways, happy to join you all!

Welcome to the club! And boy, I feel ya! I like short hair, especially bobs, a lot. But with my texture? Nah. On a rare day I get a pretty good hair day, but 99% of the time it looks like trash. What kind of texture does your hair have? And do you have a goal length?

Iyashikei
February 22nd, 2021, 05:49 AM
Hi everyone! So I've had an account on here for years but haven't posted in a very long while. I've decided to re-join the long hair aspirational club because I gave myself a pretty bad chin-length pandemic cut. While I like that it's short and I was tempted to cut it for a long time, I'm... not to happy with it. I do somewhat like the cute little ponytails. Anyways, happy to join you all!

Welcome, bienvenue, Wilkommen,... well, you get what I'm trying to say 😋

solocricket
February 22nd, 2021, 09:42 AM
Welcome to the club! And boy, I feel ya! I like short hair, especially bobs, a lot. But with my texture? Nah. On a rare day I get a pretty good hair day, but 99% of the time it looks like trash. What kind of texture does your hair have? And do you have a goal length?

I'm around 1c/2a, but I think my hair is slowly becoming wavier (which I love!). If my waves look decent I like the look of a wavy, messy bob. But my hair is pretty heavy and thick-ish too, so right now the homemade blunt cut is a little triangle-like. However I do like having less weight on my head for now! I don't really have a goal length in mind-- last time I grew my hair out (2 years ago) my goal was waist and I reached mid-back before I chopped it off. I think mid-back would be fun again!


Welcome, bienvenue, Wilkommen,... well, you get what I'm trying to say ��

Thank you, merci, dank je! :D

Bat
February 22nd, 2021, 07:47 PM
I'm loving my keratin straightened hair (the Color not so much), I think I'll keep up with it every 6 months

Eastbound&Down
February 22nd, 2021, 08:28 PM
I just measured and I have between 1.5-2" to shoulder. I'll probably just wait for the 2" mark because why not and the journey to APL is a daunting one lol I also have about 19" to go until my goal length. *Deep Sigh*

Bat
February 22nd, 2021, 10:42 PM
Slow and steady wins the race so people say atleast waiting still sucks! If it makes you feel better I have like 50+ inches to get my goal length

Eastbound&Down
February 23rd, 2021, 02:57 PM
Slow and steady wins the race so people say atleast waiting still sucks! If it makes you feel better I have like 50+ inches to get my goal length

Gotta enjoy the journey, I've enjoyed the short hair for a couple years now. Time for it to be long again.

InTheCity
February 23rd, 2021, 06:54 PM
Lots of good progress here!

Because I'm babying my hair and not styling with heat, I'm dealing with a really crazy curl/wave texture so my hair appears to be growing out but not down toward my shoulders. Not too upset by that because part of my journey is wanting fuller hair after baby and taking Viviscal to hopefully help in that goal.

That said, I'm taking my sweet time claiming shoulder. It's probably shoulder if straight, since I can pull many hairs to collarbone (which on me is barely past my shoulder anyway)

Bat
February 23rd, 2021, 07:13 PM
I did a photo thing but I think some of the milestone placements are off APA means armpit abyss for me anyway look how far it is from cbl D:

Looks like I got 2 inches to go seems I'm going to be here 2-3 more months D:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/813791076342693979/IMG_24022021_011451_300_x_450_pixel.jpg

stardust lady
February 24th, 2021, 03:14 AM
I'm around 1c/2a, but I think my hair is slowly becoming wavier (which I love!). If my waves look decent I like the look of a wavy, messy bob. But my hair is pretty heavy and thick-ish too, so right now the homemade blunt cut is a little triangle-like. However I do like having less weight on my head for now! I don't really have a goal length in mind-- last time I grew my hair out (2 years ago) my goal was waist and I reached mid-back before I chopped it off. I think mid-back would be fun again!


I'm in a pretty similar boat as you! I had straighter hair (maybe 1c) for most of my life and recently it became 2bish. Also quite thick and heavy. Having thick hair around neck length is super annoying! I'm just now at the point where I can clip it all away from my neck, and it is so relieving. I never had short hair before the current cut that I'm growing out, so this is my first time passing through chin to shoulder lengths. I always heard that shorter hair was easier, but I actually found it to be harder. Pixies seem to need a TON of styling every day, and short bobs are just plain annoying, for the aforementioned reason...

I got a thinning cut several months ago that totally got rid of the triangle look. Might be worth considering. Mid back is also my tentative goal. Seems like it's long enough for a nice braid. I find buns to be pretty uncomfortable with thick hair. They make the crown of my head hurt with all the weight. How did you tend to keep your hair when it was mid-back length?

InTheCity
February 25th, 2021, 06:53 PM
Bat - really great graphic! I'm a wee little person with a smaller than small torso so for me shoulder and collarbone length are just 1-2 inches apart and collarbone to arm pit barely 2-3 inches. I'm very hopeful I can keep a thick hem past shoulder but we'll see. Might need to trim but holding steady for now.

solocricket
February 25th, 2021, 08:20 PM
I'm in a pretty similar boat as you! I had straighter hair (maybe 1c) for most of my life and recently it became 2bish. Also quite thick and heavy. Having thick hair around neck length is super annoying! I'm just now at the point where I can clip it all away from my neck, and it is so relieving. I never had short hair before the current cut that I'm growing out, so this is my first time passing through chin to shoulder lengths. I always heard that shorter hair was easier, but I actually found it to be harder. Pixies seem to need a TON of styling every day, and short bobs are just plain annoying, for the aforementioned reason...

I got a thinning cut several months ago that totally got rid of the triangle look. Might be worth considering. Mid back is also my tentative goal. Seems like it's long enough for a nice braid. I find buns to be pretty uncomfortable with thick hair. They make the crown of my head hurt with all the weight. How did you tend to keep your hair when it was mid-back length?

Yay it's nice to know I'm not alone! I absolutely agree with you that shorter isn't easier. My go-to ponytails and buns now require so many bobby pins! I've often thought about getting a pixie cut and the work honestly is what stops me.

As for mid-back hairstyles, I was pretty lazy and wore buns that consisted of a ponytail with the hair smushed up and tied with one of those curly invisible bobble hairties :D Low buns and high buns both. The high ones I did really high so that the weight was on the top of my head rather than leaning back, top knot style. Probably not the best for hair health and it definitely didn't stay when it got longer. I never got the hang of real pinned buns, but I do hear hair sticks balance weight better!

ReadingRenee
February 26th, 2021, 10:37 AM
I did a photo thing but I think some of the milestone placements are off APA means armpit abyss for me anyway look how far it is from cbl D:

Looks like I got 2 inches to go seems I'm going to be here 2-3 more months D:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/813791076342693979/IMG_24022021_011451_300_x_450_pixel.jpg

Nice chart of growth Bat! I don't know, I know that for me the longest growth time is shoulder to APL. And then APL to BSL is actually pretty short. Your milestone placements might be more accurate than you realize.


I'm in a pretty similar boat as you! I had straighter hair (maybe 1c) for most of my life and recently it became 2bish. Also quite thick and heavy. Having thick hair around neck length is super annoying! I'm just now at the point where I can clip it all away from my neck, and it is so relieving. I never had short hair before the current cut that I'm growing out, so this is my first time passing through chin to shoulder lengths. I always heard that shorter hair was easier, but I actually found it to be harder. Pixies seem to need a TON of styling every day, and short bobs are just plain annoying, for the aforementioned reason...

I got a thinning cut several months ago that totally got rid of the triangle look. Might be worth considering. Mid back is also my tentative goal. Seems like it's long enough for a nice braid. I find buns to be pretty uncomfortable with thick hair. They make the crown of my head hurt with all the weight. How did you tend to keep your hair when it was mid-back length?

I find the same thing with shorter hair being hard. It is a lot more work to make it look nice, at least for me. I think collarbone length is about when it starts to get a little better for me. Maybe because my hair just needs a little more weight?


Yay it's nice to know I'm not alone! I absolutely agree with you that shorter isn't easier. My go-to ponytails and buns now require so many bobby pins! I've often thought about getting a pixie cut and the work honestly is what stops me.

As for mid-back hairstyles, I was pretty lazy and wore buns that consisted of a ponytail with the hair smushed up and tied with one of those curly invisible bobble hairties :D Low buns and high buns both. The high ones I did really high so that the weight was on the top of my head rather than leaning back, top knot style. Probably not the best for hair health and it definitely didn't stay when it got longer. I never got the hang of real pinned buns, but I do hear hair sticks balance weight better!

I did a lot of buns like that too and I think it definitely damaged the ends. It looked good though! :D I still really like claw clips for mid back length hair as well.

Not a lot going on hair-wise with me. Just checking in. Hair is pretty much shoulder length when wavy, and my bangs are long enough to turn into more of a curtain bang. I have been wearing my hair like that all week and I like it. It looks like more of an intentional hair style. I will take my length picture in March and see where I am at.

solocricket
February 26th, 2021, 11:50 AM
I just figured out that I can keep my bangs back easier by french braiding the front, and I think I like it! I'm decent at braiding but I'm slow at it and I have trouble keeping braids tight, so I'm using this short length to practice. My arms only burn a little bit :)

An issue I'm having is that this length is weirdly making my scalp hurt more, maybe because I have to pull back tighter to get into a ponytail. The bobby pins aren't helping either. I really don't like it down though, so I guess I'll just either live with it or experiment with other things.

I also just got a shampoo bar in the mail! It's the nettle one from Chagrin Valley. I'm excited to find out how it workson my hair!

Iyashikei
February 26th, 2021, 10:39 PM
It seems like I'm close to graduating! My shortest hair is reaching the slope of my shoulders by now. Granted my they slope like halfpipes but at least it got there! I suspect that without setbacks I graduate over two months.

InTheCity
February 27th, 2021, 06:20 AM
Treated myself to a blow dry yesterday for the first time since I started my growth journey with a chop in October. I'm committed to reducing heat use. I took some progress pics but honestly thought it would look longer straight-ish. Turns out I have shorter layers than I thought so while I can still stretch some pieces to collarbone, I don't consider myself fully at shoulder yet. Sigh. Loving the volume though!

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44600&d=1614431808

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44599&d=1614431795

Eastbound&Down
February 27th, 2021, 09:11 AM
Treated myself to a blow dry yesterday for the first time since I started my growth journey with a chop in October. I'm committed to reducing heat use. I took some progress pics but honestly thought it would look longer straight-ish. Turns out I have shorter layers than I thought so while I can still stretch some pieces to collarbone, I don't consider myself fully at shoulder yet. Sigh. Loving the volume though!

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44600&d=1614431808

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44599&d=1614431795

I think you could definitely call it if you wanted to, but I understand holding off, I plan on doing the same thing. I'm holding off for a full extra inch before I call it and head to the next thread.

Michaella4b
February 27th, 2021, 11:04 AM
I'm in between chin and shoulder right now after having around 30 inches. I kinda like it, but can't wait to get to at least armpit length. It's growing sooooo slooowly.

Eastbound&Down
February 27th, 2021, 11:26 AM
I'm in between chin and shoulder right now after having around 30 inches. I kinda like it, but can't wait to get to at least armpit length. It's growing sooooo slooowly.

The shorter lengths can be so frustrating sometimes, but if you focus on mini goals, it seems to go by faster. Like right now, I'm working on getting my wurls in good shape while I wait on the length to come.

Bat
March 1st, 2021, 06:09 AM
Think I had a growth spurt I predict I'll be graduating by April which was my original estimate

Iyashikei
March 1st, 2021, 10:10 PM
Think I had a growth spurt I predict I'll be graduating by April which was my original estimate

Yay! Maybe we can graduate together! Although I'm sure it will be end of April for me.

Bat
March 2nd, 2021, 12:38 AM
Yay! Maybe we can graduate together! Although I'm sure it will be end of April for me.

Here's to us graduating in April!

draysmir
March 2nd, 2021, 07:55 AM
Think I had a growth spurt I predict I'll be graduating by April which was my original estimate

That's awesome Bat, you are so close! :D

ReadingRenee
March 2nd, 2021, 12:05 PM
Think I had a growth spurt I predict I'll be graduating by April which was my original estimate

Exciting! you are so close!


Yay! Maybe we can graduate together! Although I'm sure it will be end of April for me.

You are so close too! Yay for graduating!

I have decided to finally go ahead and call shoulder-length for myself. My hair feels comfortably shoulder length at this point, and is collarbone length when worn straight. I hope to see everyone in this thread over at the Shoulder - APL thread soon! Thanks for all being so awesome on this growth journey. :blossom:

March length Picture

https://i.imgur.com/KjzeMhT.jpg?1

Eastbound&Down
March 2nd, 2021, 12:18 PM
Exciting! you are so close!



You are so close too! Yay for graduating!

I have decided to finally go ahead and call shoulder-length for myself. My hair feels comfortably shoulder length at this point, and is collarbone length when worn straight. I hope to see everyone in this thread over at the Shoulder - APL thread soon! Thanks for all being so awesome on this growth journey. :blossom:

March length Picture

https://i.imgur.com/KjzeMhT.jpg?1

You are definitely there, congrats on graduating. We'll see you soon!

Bat
March 2nd, 2021, 01:38 PM
You could have past here a month ago congrats!

and thanks everyone! I'll be stoked if I get there sooner

InTheCity
March 2nd, 2021, 06:36 PM
Exciting! you are so close!



You are so close too! Yay for graduating!

I have decided to finally go ahead and call shoulder-length for myself. My hair feels comfortably shoulder length at this point, and is collarbone length when worn straight. I hope to see everyone in this thread over at the Shoulder - APL thread soon! Thanks for all being so awesome on this growth journey. :blossom:

March length Picture

https://i.imgur.com/KjzeMhT.jpg?1

You're definitely there! Congrats. Hope to see you over there soon.

InTheCity
March 2nd, 2021, 06:38 PM
Feeling a little disheartened. This is my third monthly measure in the 17s. From 17.5" Jan 3rd (which I suspect was generous) to 17.5" Feb 1st, and now 17.75" March 1st.

I'm feeling so stalled. But I keep those 10 year old pics in my signature to remind myself that it's possible, even if thin and scraggly, for me to have long hair.

Iyashikei
March 2nd, 2021, 10:08 PM
You are definitely there, congrats on graduating. We'll see you soon!
Congrats! Like Bat said you could have called it for a long time now.

Feeling a little disheartened. This is my third monthly measure in the 17s. From 17.5" Jan 3rd (which I suspect was generous) to 17.5" Feb 1st, and now 17.75" March 1st.

I'm feeling so stalled. But I keep those 10 year old pics in my signature to remind myself that it's possible, even if thin and scraggly, for me to have long hair.
Unfortunately this is also part of the process. Luckily your hair still looks good at this length.

Bat
March 3rd, 2021, 12:32 AM
Feeling a little disheartened. This is my third monthly measure in the 17s. From 17.5" Jan 3rd (which I suspect was generous) to 17.5" Feb 1st, and now 17.75" March 1st.

I'm feeling so stalled. But I keep those 10 year old pics in my signature to remind myself that it's possible, even if thin and scraggly, for me to have long hair.
It grew this month though! I can never measure my hair right either

Eastbound&Down
March 3rd, 2021, 08:59 AM
*mini rant*
The right side of my head grows slower than the left side of my head and its so frustrating. Its always one little sliver of hair on my right side that messes up hairstyles until I'm like APL. Anyone else have this issue?

ReadingRenee
March 3rd, 2021, 12:18 PM
You are definitely there, congrats on graduating. We'll see you soon!

Thank you!


You could have past here a month ago congrats!

and thanks everyone! I'll be stoked if I get there sooner

Thank you! I just wanted to be really solidly there. Getting to APL takes forever!


You're definitely there! Congrats. Hope to see you over there soon.

Thank you!


Feeling a little disheartened. This is my third monthly measure in the 17s. From 17.5" Jan 3rd (which I suspect was generous) to 17.5" Feb 1st, and now 17.75" March 1st.


I'm feeling so stalled. But I keep those 10 year old pics in my signature to remind myself that it's possible, even if thin and scraggly, for me to have long hair.

I know its discouraging, but a few things to keep in mind. 1. I find it very hard to get an accurate measure when my hair is shorter than APL. 2. I have had times where the tape measure said there was no growth, but it looked longer, and when I measured it a few months later, it had grown a lot! I always seem to stall in the summertime for some reason, but eventually, even if things aren't growing down sometimes it seems like layers are catching up, bangs are growing out, etc.. 3. keep it up! you will get there!



Congrats! Like Bat said you could have called it for a long time now.

Thanks! I know I am a nut. I don't think I will be that patient when my hair is finally APL though. :lol:

Bat
March 3rd, 2021, 02:00 PM
I think a lot of us are like that, APL is when hair starts looking long

xanthochromia
March 3rd, 2021, 02:17 PM
Congratulations, ReadingRenee!

I haven't been here in a little while but I'm also calling shoulder length as of today! Here's my monthly length check:
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44641&d=1614804740

It doesn't look so obviously shoulder there, but I've been feeling it brushing the tops of my shoulders for a couple of weeks now. So thanks for all of the encouragement in here and I'll see you in shoulder-to-APL soon! :)

DropStitches
March 3rd, 2021, 02:37 PM
Heyyyyyyy, massive congrats to ReadingRenee and xanthochromia for graduating - and may I say that both of your hair is looking quite lovely - gorgeous colours and textures both. I am so eager to join you over on Shoulder-APL but I think I'm another couple of months away at least -here's my March length shot (my hair is parting weirdly around my crown, but let's ignore that)

https://i.imgur.com/AgZVHHlm.jpg



Feeling a little disheartened. This is my third monthly measure in the 17s. From 17.5" Jan 3rd (which I suspect was generous) to 17.5" Feb 1st, and now 17.75" March 1st.

I'm feeling so stalled. But I keep those 10 year old pics in my signature to remind myself that it's possible, even if thin and scraggly, for me to have long hair.

I feel you, InTheCity - I think I took an optimistic measurement at the beginning of the year, and have been feeling like it's not growing (according to the tape measure) since then - but when I look at it, it does seem visually longer... for what it's worth, I think your hair looks awesome at the length it's currently at!

Bat
March 3rd, 2021, 02:47 PM
https://i.imgur.com/AgZVHHlm.jpg


Shoulder on you looks like it will be collarbone you could call should sooner or skip shoulder and just call cbl when you make it there, it's looking great!


Congratulations, ReadingRenee!

I haven't been here in a little while but I'm also calling shoulder length as of today! Here's my monthly length check:
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44641&d=1614804740

It doesn't look so obviously shoulder there, but I've been feeling it brushing the tops of my shoulders for a couple of weeks now. So thanks for all of the encouragement in here and I'll see you in shoulder-to-APL soon! :)

Looks Shoulder to me! Congratulations

xanthochromia
March 3rd, 2021, 02:57 PM
Feeling a little disheartened. This is my third monthly measure in the 17s. From 17.5" Jan 3rd (which I suspect was generous) to 17.5" Feb 1st, and now 17.75" March 1st.

I'm feeling so stalled. But I keep those 10 year old pics in my signature to remind myself that it's possible, even if thin and scraggly, for me to have long hair.

I have taken to measuring a little more often to try to reduce the noise from optimistic or pessimistic measurements. That may make things worse for you if you fixate a lot, but it's worth considering. Regardless, I really hope you feel better about it soon and I just wanted to say that your signature pictures really don't look scraggly to me! You may have seen this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5GGpYzJW_A) already, but just in case you haven't, Heike's hair is fine/thin and still very beautiful.

xanthochromia
March 3rd, 2021, 03:05 PM
Heyyyyyyy, massive congrats to ReadingRenee and xanthochromia for graduating - and may I say that both of your hair is looking quite lovely - gorgeous colours and textures both. I am so eager to join you over on Shoulder-APL but I think I'm another couple of months away at least -here's my March length shot (my hair is parting weirdly around my crown, but let's ignore that)

https://i.imgur.com/AgZVHHlm.jpg

Your hair looks great! I agree with Bat that you have many places you could call shoulder, so you should decide if you're thinking just-brushing-the-trapezius or CBL for when you call it -- I think you'll hit the former soon, especially if you call wet/stretched!


Looks Shoulder to me! Congratulations

Thanks, Bat! Your hair has been growing so fast that I know you'll be there soon (if you just leave it alone :P). I saw elsewhere that you got bangs - I'm sorry you don't like them right now, but I bet you can figure out some way to style or cut them that they'll feel like they suit you better. I love having bangs because they're a quick way and non-damaging way of making changes.

ReadingRenee
March 3rd, 2021, 03:44 PM
I think a lot of us are like that, APL is when hair starts looking long

Yeah I think you are right Bat. APL does feel and look different


Congratulations, ReadingRenee!

I haven't been here in a little while but I'm also calling shoulder length as of today! Here's my monthly length check:
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44641&d=1614804740

It doesn't look so obviously shoulder there, but I've been feeling it brushing the tops of my shoulders for a couple of weeks now. So thanks for all of the encouragement in here and I'll see you in shoulder-to-APL soon! :)

Congratulations! Looks shoulder to me!


Heyyyyyyy, massive congrats to ReadingRenee and xanthochromia for graduating - and may I say that both of your hair is looking quite lovely - gorgeous colours and textures both. I am so eager to join you over on Shoulder-APL but I think I'm another couple of months away at least -here's my March length shot (my hair is parting weirdly around my crown, but let's ignore that)

https://i.imgur.com/AgZVHHlm.jpg




I feel you, InTheCity - I think I took an optimistic measurement at the beginning of the year, and have been feeling like it's not growing (according to the tape measure) since then - but when I look at it, it does seem visually longer... for what it's worth, I think your hair looks awesome at the length it's currently at!

DropStitches, Thank you! Your hair looks so much longer than when you first joined this thread! It is really growing. I think it looks like it will get to shoulder length sooner than you think. Looking forward to seeing you over at Shoulder to APL!

Iyashikei
March 3rd, 2021, 10:15 PM
Congratulations, ReadingRenee!

I haven't been here in a little while but I'm also calling shoulder length as of today! Here's my monthly length check:
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=44641&d=1614804740

It doesn't look so obviously shoulder there, but I've been feeling it brushing the tops of my shoulders for a couple of weeks now. So thanks for all of the encouragement in here and I'll see you in shoulder-to-APL soon! :)

Congrats! It does look like shoulder.

Bat
March 4th, 2021, 03:33 AM
Thanks, Bat! Your hair has been growing so fast that I know you'll be there soon (if you just leave it alone :P). I saw elsewhere that you got bangs - I'm sorry you don't like them right now, but I bet you can figure out some way to style or cut them that they'll feel like they suit you better. I love having bangs because they're a quick way and non-damaging way of making changes.


LOL that's me always messing with it, I am liking having something different at front and sides while not trimming the back you can say the style is growing on me!



Yeah I think you are right Bat. APL does feel and look different

Yep I've almost gotten there before and I loved it, I regret cutting it short during my transition but I'll surpass it one day!

InTheCity
March 4th, 2021, 07:05 PM
Unfortunately this is also part of the process. Luckily your hair still looks good at this length.


Thank you!



Thank you! I just wanted to be really solidly there. Getting to APL takes forever!



Thank you!



I know its discouraging, but a few things to keep in mind. 1. I find it very hard to get an accurate measure when my hair is shorter than APL. 2. I have had times where the tape measure said there was no growth, but it looked longer, and when I measured it a few months later, it had grown a lot! I always seem to stall in the summertime for some reason, but eventually, even if things aren't growing down sometimes it seems like layers are catching up, bangs are growing out, etc.. 3. keep it up! you will get there!



Thanks! I know I am a nut. I don't think I will be that patient when my hair is finally APL though. :lol:

Thanks :)





I feel you, InTheCity - I think I took an optimistic measurement at the beginning of the year, and have been feeling like it's not growing (according to the tape measure) since then - but when I look at it, it does seem visually longer... for what it's worth, I think your hair looks awesome at the length it's currently at!

Thanks for the compliment!


I have taken to measuring a little more often to try to reduce the noise from optimistic or pessimistic measurements. That may make things worse for you if you fixate a lot, but it's worth considering. Regardless, I really hope you feel better about it soon and I just wanted to say that your signature pictures really don't look scraggly to me! You may have seen this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5GGpYzJW_A) already, but just in case you haven't, Heike's hair is fine/thin and still very beautiful.

Definitely an idea to consider. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the compliment about scraggly. I had a major hair change back then after quitting hormonal birth control methods and recently again when I had a kiddo. Mostly all of my hair now is from after I was done breastfeeding so I'm hopeful it stays at its peak fullness which isn't super full to begin with. Thanks for sharing the YouTube link too. That was a gorgeous example of long, thin hair.

Bat
March 6th, 2021, 04:41 AM
I honestly probably should wait another few weeks but I'm impatient so thinking of calling it, but I'd like some other opinions first

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/817718376842788864/IMG_06032021_212035_500_x_500_pixel.jpg

Iyashikei
March 6th, 2021, 04:50 AM
I honestly probably should wait another few weeks but I'm impatient so thinking of calling it, but I'd like some other opinions first

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/817718376842788864/IMG_06032021_212035_500_x_500_pixel.jpg

You could call it imho.

Eastbound&Down
March 6th, 2021, 06:00 AM
I honestly probably should wait another few weeks but I'm impatient so thinking of calling it, but I'd like some other opinions first

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/754621585465540641/817718376842788864/IMG_06032021_212035_500_x_500_pixel.jpg

I think you should wait, it looks at least half an inch off in that picture.

Bat
March 6th, 2021, 03:10 PM
Im going by my longest pieces not the shorter side bits sticking out but I'm probably going to wait a little longer

Bri-Chan
March 6th, 2021, 03:53 PM
Bat I also think you should wait another half inch.

Bat
March 6th, 2021, 04:10 PM
I've decided to wait, thanks for the opinions!

DropStitches
March 7th, 2021, 01:59 PM
Bat, it looks to me like a few racers are at/near shoulder, but the majority is not quite there yet, so Iíd be tempted to wait a bit. I feel you in the impatience to be there already, though!

Bat
March 7th, 2021, 02:03 PM
I'm going to try and wait until my shorter bits get to shoulder but knowing me I'll call it with the racers

stardust lady
March 8th, 2021, 12:00 AM
Had to blow dry the other day http://imgur.com/a/cb2XRga

Gettin' close!

DropStitches
March 8th, 2021, 12:55 AM
Had to blow dry the other day http://imgur.com/a/cb2XRga

Gettin' close!

Getting so close! And that colour is so gorgeous - henna goals!

Bat
March 8th, 2021, 01:01 AM
Looks so nice and full!

stardust lady
March 8th, 2021, 03:01 AM
Thanks guys! Seems like all three of us are near the same length, no? Just a few more months!

Bat
March 8th, 2021, 04:48 AM
Think so! Though I'm hoping to reach shoulder by the end of April and CBL by end of June

stardust lady
March 8th, 2021, 01:37 PM
Think so! Though I'm hoping to reach shoulder by the end of April and CBL by end of June

Maybe it'll happen sooner than I'm expecting. This is the first time that I've gone without regular trims (last was in October) and I'm amazed at how much faster it goes without them.

Bat
March 8th, 2021, 11:33 PM
Maybe it'll happen sooner than I'm expecting. This is the first time that I've gone without regular trims (last was in October) and I'm amazed at how much faster it goes without them.

I'd like to think so but I realised the photos I took were misleading,

DropStitches
March 9th, 2021, 12:12 AM
Iím starting to wonder if maybe I measured shoulder wrong - according to my little note of my milestones, shoulder is 18.5Ē and Iím currently a bit more than 16Ē, so I would have thought I had a several more months in this thread ahead... my shoulders are quite slopey, though - maybe 18.5Ē is to a lower point on the slope.

I think Iíll wait to call shoulder till Iím at a pretty solidly there shoulder to APL seems like such a long stretch, Iíd rather give myself a bit of a buffer.

Bat, stardust lady, Eastbound&Down, InTheCity (& anyone else currently growing on this thread who Iíve missed out - sorry!) - can I ask what length youíre currently at, and where you measure shoulder to be?