I'm 55 years old and I've never had long hair until now. My secret....stop cutting it. It is as simple as that. I get 1/2" trims about 3 or 4 times a year. I started from shoulder length when I joined NC.com 3 year ago and my hair sits at waist when it is curly. If I pull it straight it is near my butt crack. We call that BCL at longhaircommunity.com.