hi there, Last year I cut my hair to rid myself of a perm I now have a natural.I grew a natural and now my hair is thicker, shinier and healthier than it's ever been before.Sometimes I wear my curly natural hair or I go to the hair stylist and get it straightened. It has never grown this fast before at least not since I got the perm.It is shoulder length and it hasn't even been a year yet! I wear minimal makeup(Lipstick and mascara sometimes) but I give myself facials twice a week. And I try to eat right and workout. I look better and feel better about my hair and skin than I ever have before. A little help from the cosmetics counter is okay it's only when you need it that it's a problem.