I have been trying very hard for the past year to grow my hair out. I look at pictures like these and think of how lovely it would be one day to do amazing braided up-do's. Then I started to realize a few things about myself and the first was that I really don't like messing with my hair. For some reason I thought that maybe if I had the lovely, long locks then all the sudden I would want to take the extra 20-30 minutes to make something amazing with them. I don't think that was very realistic.
Second, I came to grips with my hair type. I have straight hair that sometimes if it's really dirty is kind of sort of wavy. What does that mean? It means I either have to curl it so its curly or straighten it so its straight. Rarely can my hair just be and not look a mess. I gave it all the time in the world to try and have natural waves but it just won't. At best I have a cowlick or two.