You can't tell from the photo, but I am experiencing major slippage and new growth. We (me and my consultant) learned the hard way that I could not go eight weeks in between retightenings. My hair is soft (didn't know until I got Sisterlocks) and slippage prone. I had to stay on top of it, especially in the beginning.
I actually miss it sometimes being this length. It was kinda cute. Had to curl it though. When I tried to freestyle, my locks just stuck straight out at odd angles. I don't miss that!