Help me stay sane while I grow out my hair.
I am 26 years old and have had short hair for the past 12 or so years. During my entire teenage life I had a very short "pixie" haircut (like Twiggy or Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's Baby") but decided a few years ago to grow that out. I kept my hair slightly longer for awhile but now I'm ready to really
grow it out — I haven't had long hair since I was a little kid!
I moved to Korea 18 months ago and decided this would be a good time to start. Now my hair is chin-length, just barely long enough to put in a ponytail with the help of some bobby pins. A few days ago I had a breakthrough — I put on a turtleneck, and actually had to sweep the hair off the back of my neck out of my shirt. Sweet.
However, it is driving me crazy! It is very thick, shapeless, and sort of half-wavy, half-straight. It's pretty dry, but I'm working very hard on keeping it conditioned and healthy. In August 2005 I had a stress-induced bout of alopecia which scared the crap out of me, and I have now committed not to treat it with chemicals or heat. I don't even blow dry.
I actually like my hair in it's natural state but I'm trying to go from layers to long with as much patience as possible. I also don't trust the hairdressers here, as I live in a pretty rural area and they aren't too sure how to deal with Caucasian hair.
(self-link to Flickr) is what it looks like now. This
is my first goal.
I searched the hair tag but didn't find much. Links are welcome, and advice, products, anecdotes and morale would be appreciated. Thanks.