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Hair Care

Complete Hair Length Chart: What to Consider

Identifying your hair length can be confusing. Considering the diversity of each hair and even more its lengths, a hair length chart is what you’ve always needed to know precisely the length that suits you best and make your stylist understand what you’re asking for.

Here’s a complete hair length chart to help you recognize your hair type, how long it grows, and the best haircut for you, regarding your face shape and height.

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Hair length and hair type

Andre Walker Hair Typing System

You must be aware of your hair type before choosing a length. According to the Andre Walker Hair Typing System, there are roughly four types of hair: Straight, Wavy, Curly, and Kinky-coily.

andre walker hair typing system

As the typing system progresses, the hair curls on itself as a spiral more and more, with the Kinky-coily being the most coiled. This explains why the hair type determines the length, and those who have waves or curls appear to be shorter, but when you detangle the spirals, they can even exceed the straight hair.

If you have naturally straight hair, your hair strands will look their actual length. But if you have waves or curls, your hair may look a little shorter than it is.

If you are wavy, curly, or kinky coily hair type, you should choose a longer haircut than your goal length to get to the desired hairstyle since when cutting, the hair gets wet and it rolls up again when it dries.

How to pick the best hair length for your face shape?

Why is it essential to take into account the face shape? Because, believe it or not, some haircuts are more flattering than others concerning faces.

Not all of us are suited to the same haircut or hairstyle, and it depends a lot on the face shape. For example, a hairstyle will suit you best if it is more angular, oval, or rectangular.

Long face

The facial lines are elongated, and the face is usually thin. If your face is long, you should avoid long hair because it makes it look even longer. Ideal hairstyles would be volume on the lower sides, long bangs, with a square cut to the chin, permed.

Square face

People with a square face usually have very marked facial lines, with a broad face and forehead.

The solution is to clip the hair back and parade the frontal and temporal area so that the hairstyle softens these features, and ideal hairstyles would count on volume on the top and hair falling on the temples and jawline.

Circular face

The face usually has rounded cheekbones and chin. The haircuts that harmonize best are straight or slightly frayed at the ends at shoulder length or longer.

Hairstyles should favor straight hair without volume, never bangs or very thin, nor volume on the temples, but the head.

Oval face

It is called the “perfect face” because of the harmony of its proportions. It can be cut and styled in any way since the face volumes are in balance.

The hair length chart

A hair length chart is a universal reference for you and your stylist to speak the same language regarding hair length. Use this hair length chart to talk to your hairdresser! It’ll help.

hair length chart

There are two ways to describe hair length:

  • By saying where you want your strands to reach about your body.
  • Precisely specify the desired hair length in inches.

The hair length chart helps you in both ways.

You must know that the hair inch chart is often a straight hair length chart. Wavy and curly strands tend to look shorter than straight ones of the same length, as length is lost in twists and curls. So the curlier your hair is, the longer it must be to reach the desired point.

Hair heights are not the same and even less so between different-sized people. The waist-length hair of a tall person will be longer than the same length of a petite woman. For this reason, we recommend you ask for a haircut related to the body parts and not to the inches. It is more reliable.

How to measure hair length?

hair length chart how to measure your hair length

You can measure your hair from the root to the tip. Measuring hair is simple, and you can do it either with a measuring board or tape, considering that hair grows 8 to 9 inches a year.

There are three main groups of hair according to length:

Short hair

Women’s short hair remains one of the trends to be worn in this new Fall-Winter season. For its ease of wearability and versatility, short hair is always a weapon up the sleeve for those looking for a radical change.

Short hair stops above the shoulders. It measures up to 12 inches for straight braids and 14 to 16 inches for waves and spirals. It is also known for giving a more abundant and voluminous look.

Medium hair

Medium hair length is from shoulder to armpit, approximately 12 to 18 inches for straight hairs and up to 24 inches for curly locks.

In addition, medium hair has the practicality of short hair, with various hairstyles that an extended cut gives. You can change the look with slicked back, layers, and side bangs (which match most round faces and refine their expression).

Long hair

A long, luxuriant, well-groomed hair is seen as a symbol of spiritual strength, wisdom, and leadership. But it also requires a lot of care, hydration, regular cuts, styling, and many other things regarding hair care.

Long hair is defined as any length that exceeds the medium hair length. Different hair lengths are often associated with different lifestyles.

The diversity of hairstyles says a lot about each person or perhaps nothing at all. Sometimes those who choose shorter hairstyles are busier and don’t want to spend too much time caring for long hair, as well as many who do short hair do it because it looks good on them. It’s all in you and your personality!

How to pick the hairstyle for your hair length?

The right haircut for you depends not only on the length but also on your face shape, personality, and how much you take care of your hair. Although the hair length decision seems trivial and easy, you must consider a few things that you will discover next before choosing a cut.

Short hair

Pixie cut

A relatively short, masculine style cut that adds romance and sophistication. The cranial cutting technique generates volume and irregularity in the hair, translating this into quick and comfortable hairstyles for those lacking hairstyling skills.

The hair is usually cut with clippers instead of scissors, including various attachments applied. Immediately after the cut, the hair length would be less than 1 inch. This hairstyle reveals the head shape and also makes the facial features more noticeable.

Bob cut

The bob is a short half style, where the length of the sides is above the hairline in the back area. This unique feature of the bob cut makes the nape of the neck look as if it were a short haircut.

This haircut is one of the most fashionable. The cutting technique is very varied and adapts perfectly to different hairstyles giving a very versatile result.

You can combine more advanced cutting systems such as geometric lines with gradient techniques to redirect the hair and get more change.

Medium hair

Long bob (LOB)

Lob’ is an abbreviation of ‘long bob,’ and as the name suggests, it is longer than a traditional bob, which usually goes to the chin but still can be of different lengths. It is one of the most used hairstyles in recent years (and most seen on red carpets) by Vanessa Hudgens, Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez, or Gal Gadot.

Middle straight

One of the easiest to wear. The medium straight provides the perfect length so you can do any hairstyle (ponytails, half ponytails, braids, ponytails, etc.), and at the same time, it’s still medium-cut! The key is to keep it straight (no layers) and a few inches below the shoulder.

Midi Haircut

Midi is a haircut with very straight and solid marked ends a little below shoulder length. This medium-length brings an air of freshness and youthfulness and allows for different hairstyles that can easily flatter longer faces.

Medium with bangs

It can be LOB or Midi style. The front bang gives the essence. Remember that bangs look best on oval faces.

Layered hair

It consists of light layers that are easily camouflaged (ranging from the shortest to the longest), creating a very flattering curtain effect for your hair and your face!

This haircut will help you eliminate frizz and excess volume (so that your hair doesn’t ‘fluff up’).

Long haircut

You can wear long hair with the same style as medium hair but minding the length.

This length allows you to create volume and movement through gradient cuts, which as a general rule, are done with hair raised to respect shape and size. You can also combine it with bangs to bring a touch of character and personality or even keep the style without layers.

What is the most popular length of hair?

Since short hair is not for everyone, and medium-length hair grows out after a few months, long hair is usually the most worn for many reasons, including natural hair growth.

How long does it take to get 2 inches of hair?

Head hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month. That would be a total of about 6 inches a year. That is, it would take about four months to grow 2 inches.

How can I increase my hair length?

The question is on everyone’s mind. For your hair to grow, you need products designed for its needs, collagen for hair and vitamins, a good diet, a calm lifestyle, and avoiding harmful factors such as these bad ingredients in shampoo, heat, and excessive dyes.

Be careful, as COVID-19 and diabetes have both been shown to influence hair loss.

Conclusion

Choosing the ideal haircut can be decisive to improve your appearance and your face visibility.

Keep in mind that the length chart does not work the same for everyone. If you are tall, your length is longer than those who are shorter. The same goes for short hair.

We recommend using body references rather than inches, as they are more suited to you and lower the stylist’s chances of getting it wrong.

Dr. Andrea Ortega M.D.
Dr. Andrea Ortega graduated from the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela in 2020 with experience in clinical research in Nodular Thyroid Disease and Thyroid and Endocrine Pathology. She completed her internship in the three most important health facilities in Anzoátegui and completed it with honors. She currently works as a physician in Venezuela and as a writer of medical-scientific content worldwide.

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