I damaged my hair from straightening when it was WET in July 2012 (I was in a rush), so it's been almost over a year and I can the new curly hair growth is just a bit below my ears. So yea like everyone is saying, in about 2 years you should have shoulder length curls. Sounds like ages but it's really not.. That 1 year flew by and so will this year. Good luck btw