How To Find Your Best Hair Length

Girl who is measuring the length of her hair
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Are you getting ready to make an appointment at the salon to get a haircut? How do you know what hair length will look best on you? Take a look at this guide that can help give you an idea of where to start before you go in for your cut.
Find the heading below that describes your hair texture or thickness, and take a look at some tips for finding the perfect hair length for you.
Curly Hair
Longer lengths are often best for curly-haired ladies. Having the ends fall well past the shoulders keeps it weighed down and lying nicely. A few longer layers to help take out some bulk is good but avoid over-layering your strands so you don't end up with a pyramid shape. Mid-lengths and bobs are probably the worst choice for curly-haired clients, but an extreme pixie cut is a fun alternative to a longer, curly hairstyle.
Straight Hair
If you have stick-straight hair, it is highly suggested to keep your strands sleek and smooth. Chin-length and longer is good, as long as you avoid over-layering your hair. Straight hair wants to be just that: straight.
Keep it looking sleek and shiny by embracing the smooth texture and not adding any layers or internal cuts. If you have really thick, straight hair you may want to layer the bottom just to remove some bulk. Avoid pixie haircuts.
Wavy Hair
You don’t have crazy curls, and you don’t have stick straight strands. Your hair is a happy medium, in between both and called “wavy”. Wavy texture is an awesome texture to have because oftentimes you can flat iron your strands or curl them easily to get the best of both worlds. Wavy hair is also great because you can pull off anything from a pixie cut, a bob, or super long strands. You can wear any length of hair and look great. Sweet!
Back view of women with different hair length
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Thick Hair
Strands that have a length that reaches past the shoulders or just at the shoulders are good choices for thick-haired clients. Pixie haircuts are also a good option. Avoid bulky bobs if you have extremely thick hair.
Thin Hair
If you have thin hair, shorter lengths are definitely recommended. Think shoulder-length and above to get the fullest looking hairstyle you can. When thin hair is long it can start to look wispy and stringy.
Get a blunt cut to maximize fullness and avoid layering. If you must layer, add them at the crown to add volume and shape. A-line hairstyles and classic bobs are a great choice for clients with fine hair.
Mature Hair
There is a big hair myth circulating around that when you reach your forties or fifties you need to start shortening the length of your hair. With so many amazing rejuvenating hair products and coloring techniques available today, that old myth no longer holds true.
The main reason women used to start cutting their hair off was due to the amount of gray hair they had. Women would cut hair off instead of keeping up with regular coloring appointments. Coloring your hair is an amazing help to keep it looking young and fresh. The new universal thought for hair for older women is to color it and wear it any length that feels best for you. Attitude is everything, so rock it!
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