Question about the hair dying. Did you have an alergic reaction at a professional salon or with a do it at home kit? And please understand I am not bashing the do-it at home kit stuff, I am just wanting some clarification.
And to chime in on the length question, I think when it comes to your mane, whatever blows your skirt.
I have naturally curly hair, and I have to wash my hair everyday because I wake up looking like Buckwheat and a brillo pad had a baby. I have recently discovered that long hair drives me crazy against my neck. By the end of the day I am putting up, so what is the point of having long hair if it is not cascading down your back.
My hair is about as long as Molly Ringwald's, from the Breakfast Club and that is about what I can handle these days.
Footnote: I am attempting to grow my hair to about shoulder length for my wedding, but if I get annoyed the scissors and I have a date in the near future.
There are just some things one should not google, but I digress.