so, yes, after all of that with the red dye, i went back to black recently. i loved the red so so sooo much; but trust me, when my black roots start showing, its not pretty. also, i'm growing it out. to what length? i have no idea... but, i've been able to wear it twisted up in a clip in the back lately! i can't remember the last time i could do that, so i am very proud. its longer in the front/sides than in the back still, but i tend to like it that way.