Hi all. I've been lurking on this board for a long time, but after doing my second ever length check yesterday, decided it was time to post and participate. I didn't really care about my hair one way or another until college, when I attempted to give myself a perm for the first time. Unfortunately, I did it completely wrong and my hair soon started falling out, so I decided to just shave it all off. Being bald was pretty awesome...for about a year. A friend finally convinced me to start growing it out and care for my natural texture. Even though it was frustrating at times, I loved it! I never imagined that I would be at hip length five years later. Today, I did a pretty significant cut -- back to MBL or even BSL, not sure. Caring for such long and thick hair has NOT been easy! Still, now that I've achieved it once, I'm looking forward to hip length again...next year? Ok, here's some pics: October 2007 A few years later... Early 2010 Blowout from last December My first length check in July! Somewhere beyond WL Yesterday's length check...right at HL And earlier this afternoon...back at BSLish Thanks for looking!