The first gasp out of her pretty head of locks was to remark on the smallness of my locks. Of course, she is one of my hair idols and I simply said, "If you think my hair is small, believe me when I tell you your hair is tiny." Ms. D has a completely different head of hair. My locks will never mature to the perfectly cylindrical, smooth, carefree locks that sit above her head.
However, my locks have matured and they are gorgeous. Formally, a gorgeous set of thicker looking locks due to my wavy curl pattern, my locks have settled in at 3.7 years. Some locks look like micros, some look anoxeric compared to a year ago and the medium sized locks look "normal". I love them all and am now learning how to care for longer hair.
Stay the course. Your locks will some day be the crown you imagined.
Be your own brand!