Fast forward a few years. Summer 2009 I got The Big Cut. An hour afterwards I hated it with a passion. I did not like chin length hair on me at all. That was also the first year I went to a renaissance faire -- hence the snood, to hide how short my hair was!
The following summer though my hair was a bit past shoulder length, and though I still wanted to grow it out, I make the mistake of getting lots of choppy layers thrown into it. I realized my mistake then and vowed never to get layers in it again. So another year went by, and all that year I kept cutting back one layer at a time, till it was roughly where I had started, but this time it was all one layer I can assure you.
Three years after The Big Cut, I am in the abyss of mid back territory. It is a much friendlier length to deal with than APL (arm pit length), but a far cry from long. My hair is very thick, so it needs to be super long for me to do any descent up does, not even to speak of any braided up does of any sort. Right now my goal is hip length. I'm figuring 1 1/2 to 2 years away (at the most).
Over the past year however, I have learned so much hair care information. When I decided I wanted to grow it long and healthy, I made up my mind to take care of it as best as I could. So I studied, and studied, and studied. It was fascinating to learn all the different methods of hair care. I tried a bunch of different things, and am on my way to my dream hair. <3
Coming up: I'm going to post all about what I've learned, from oiling, essential oils, no poo method, conditioner only method, baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinses, boar bristle brushes, wooden combs, sleep caps, and much much more!