Nothing is quite as paralyzing as sitting in the stylist’s chair being asked how much length you’d like to take off. Don’t know about you, but the second that question’s out in the air we start flashing between mental pictures of pixie cuts and mermaid hair in an endless cycle. What's the right answer?!
If you need to figure out how long you’d like your hair to be, start with a reference point. Our hair length charts for all textures and cuts are the perfect images to save to your camera roll and point to when stage fright sets in. As an added bonus, you’ll know that you're on the same page with your stylist about what “mid back” means if you're both looking at the same picture. Whether you have dark brown hair or blonde, you’re ready to own that new cut.
Before you head to the stylist, do a little research about the kind of style you want—and don't forget to bring a visual reference or two. Study up and soon you'll have the cut you've been dreaming about—panic totally optional.
Hair Length Chart: Short Hair
Edgy girls and those who don’t want to be slowed down by lengthy styling routines choose buzz cuts. For added panache, why not add a fantasy hair color and call it a day? This cut is all about freedom of expression.
Ear Length (Pixie)
If you have a spectacular bone structure you’re just dying to show off, a pixie cut or ear length cut is a great idea. Girls with curls will find it elevates their ringlets without any added effort—just what we like! The pixie cut is hard to beat in terms of classic cuts that don't go out of style.
Chin Length (Bob)
Forever the chicest of short cuts, chin length hair (aka the classic bob) should call just at your jawline and make it look like you’re rocking the chin of a supermodel (without the plastic surgery). Try an asymmetrical bob for added drama, or stick to French-inspired style that makes you look like a sophisticated art critic.
Hair Length Chart: Medium Hair
Shoulder Length (Lob)
Fifty years from now, the lob will be the single greatest standout style of this decade. The medium length haircut walks the line between bob and long hair, enabling you to cherry pick the best elements of both. Uh, win. As an added bonus, it's the perfect middle ground when you're growing out a buzz cut or pixie look.
Growing out your hair and just passed the awkward stage? You’ve hit armpit length. This medium length haircut is a favorite for girls with textured hair since curls absolutely thrive with a few extra inches. Try armpit length if you're looking to experiment with your styling.
Hair Length Chart: Long Hair
Swishing around your hair and pretending your Instagram model as you take selfies? This coveted length is known as mid-back, a real stunner for thick, heavy hair that hangs beautifully. Add a shine serum or a hair oil and you’ll really be set for goddess status. Just be prepared to field tons of questions about what you did to achieve such enviable hair.
Every woman seems to be trying to grow their hair in hopes of one day looking like their favorite doll did as a kid. News flash: You probably won't have a dolls ankle-length hair, but long hair that reaches your tailbone is totally doable.
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