I'm new to growing out my hair too, so I have no advise to share... but I've seen you around the boards for a little while. And I just wanted to tell you that your hair is super cute, and you have really pretty teeth (I know that sounds super creepy, but teeth are important too! lol). So even if it doesnt get to the length you want it, I still think you look great. GL though!
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