My hair is not quite as long as yours, Lori, but mine's about waist-length. I get it cut (TRIMMED!! Never say "cut" to a stylist!!
) twice a year. One time I actually had a nightmare that my hair was real short! 8O
I like your color too -- what brand of color did you use? I like Loreal Superior Preference for my length/ends. Twice a year also I get highlights around my face, and I color the rest myself with the Loreal. The ends of my hair tend to turn blond over time, so I color them back in. If the beauty shop did that, they would charge me two prices, one for highlights and one for the ends. It's fair, I suppose, lol, but it's just as easy to do the end part myself.
Do you have a Sally Beauty Supply store near you? I like their Ion Repair Solutions deep conditioner packet. It took almost a half hour to comb through all my hair because it was getting so dry. I used this conditioner and I couldn't believe how soft it was. Really, it was like brand-new hair again!