What Length of Hair Should I Choose?
It can be a challenge deciding what length of hair to order, whether it is for yourself or for your client.
This page is meant to give you a helping hand with the different options to consider when determining what length you will need to purchase to accomplish your dream look! It is however, not meant to be an exact guide.
Check the site for availability
Since not all textures, wefts, and colors come in every length, always check that what you want to purchase, is offered on the site. Remember to look for the specific weft, strands, tape ins, color, etc., for whatever hair you intend to purchase. This will also help you to narrow down what you will require.
I’m undecided between two lengths of hair that I want to purchase…
If you are undecided about length, we suggest that you go with the longer length. We don’t want to upsell you! However, there is nothing more frustrating than ending up with hair that is too short for what you want to accomplish. If you have to rebuy hair for this reason, it will end up being more costly.
When determining length of hair we often refer to a specific area on our body such as bra line, mid-back ,etc., as pictured here.
Does my height impact the length of hair that I should choose?
The reference points do help us, but they will only give us an approximate. We also have to take into consideration that the same length of hair in the same texture would show differently on someone of a different height. The reason being, your client’s height, length of torso and neck, etc., will vary from person to person. The length of the hair extensions will accordingly show the length differently. Consequently, it will play an important role in determining what hair length to choose.
Does it matter where my extensions will be placed when attached?
Another consideration in determining the length is to look at where the hair will be placed. Starting from the nape and up to where your first attachment/row will be placed, will determine your longest length. Going higher up to where your final attachment will be placed, indicates your shortest length.
Measure from the attachment point highest up going down to where you want the hair to end, and determine what needs to be trimmed or cut off. This measurement will indicate what length that you would need if you wanted an even hair length without any layers.
Does the haircut that I want impact what length that I should order?
Part of what you need to take into consideration is if you want layered or tapered hair, or if you want a more even finished hair length. You will then have to measure from the row that will be attached at the highest point of your head, going down to where you want the hair length to end as mentioned above. Or, you would have to measure from the attachment and down to where you want the longest layer to end. Always discuss your goals with your stylist, or have your stylist share suggestions with you. When possible, have your stylist demonstrate how a style will look.
I want the layered tapered look and want to cut off as little as possible of hair when it gets cut in!
Are you going for the layered tapered look for you or your client? You could choose to measure the exact same way as above and you will be much more in control of where to cut in the layers. If you want to be frugal, you may be able to go one length shorter by measuring from the middle attachment/row and down to the longest length to achieve what you want to accomplish.
If you are purchasing the hair for yourself, make sure to coordinate with your hair professional before placing your order. Accordingly, you are assured that what you want to accomplish is possible with what you are purchasing.
Would I need to get the hair extensions cut?
Yes! We highly recommend it. A good haircut will make your extensions look much more healthy and blended with your own natural hair. If the extensions are attached correctly, getting a haircut avoids a possible “stringy” look, which announces “to the world“ that you are wearing hair extensions.
You also have to take into consideration the history of the hair. It is all human hair and originates from a hair donor, who took years to grow it to that specific length. The hair was then sent to the factory where it goes through different processes such as cleansing, color, and possibly adding texture. Although this is a very gentle food grade based processing, it is still a process. The fact is that you are taking a chance by not getting your extensions cut. Split ends are not initially seen by the naked eye. However, once they are visual, it means the split ends have already started traveling up the hair shaft – think of a rope unraveling. Not getting your extensions cut is compromising to their longevity… Also, take cutting them into consideration when choosing the haircut and the length of hair that you intend to purchase.
Remember there may be more cuts and trims after the hair is attached
Bohyme® Hair is of very high quality and with the right care and correct use of products, the hair should last you for some time. For this reason your extensions may go through a haircut at the first installation, and then over time, there may be several more trims. Please consider the fact that even a small trim will shorten the length of your hair.
Does it matter if I curl or straighten my hair?
Another matter to consider is do you intend to keep your hair straight or do you intend to curl it. Curls will make the hair appear shorter. How much shorter, will depend on the size of your curling iron. Please take this into consideration when deciding the length of the extensions.
If you are considering straight hair, the above information should be a good guide to help you decide on what length to choose.
Examples of hair lengths from more straight to curly…
The following three pictures are showing the same woman with the same length of hair. However, she is wearing her hair differently in each picture; from natural to very curly.
In the first picture she is wearing her hair natural, which is straight with a little wave at the ends (no curl). Her hair reaches to nearly below her hip. Using our guide, higher up it would be considered “hip length”. If a client or yourself wants this length, we would choose the longest hair extensions available which would be 26”/66.04cm. The 24”/60.96cm may work since she has some layers that are shorter than the final length.
Remember: the longest length would be measured from the lowest attachment and down.
If our goal is a more even length, we would have to choose the 26”/66.04cm for her. The reason being, we would have to follow the length attached highest up on her head to where it ends. Accordingly, cut the length of the extensions that are attached below, to meet the shortest length. The result is an even length.
In this picture, she has a soft but more curled hair texture, still using the same length as mentioned above. You can see that even soft curls such as these, shorten the length of her hair. According to our guide the hair length is now a little below “tailbone length”.
What to look for if you want to purchase wavy or curly hair…
Whether straight or curly, all hair companies measure the length of the hair as if it were straight. For example, Bohymes 18” Deep Wave will be more thrue to the length and appear shorter than 18” Silky Straight that really is a couple of inches longer than the 18”. So the curlier the hair, the shorter the length will appear; or the straighter the hair, the longer the hair will appear.
The third picture shows her again, but this time wearing a much tighter curl. With this tight of a curl, (as a Deep Wave) the same length used in previous pictures, would now appear much shorter. Using our Guide, it would be closer to “Waist Length”.
These different pictures of the same woman will hopefully give you a better feel about what to look for with the different lengths combined with different textures.
Remember to incorporate all of the above suggestions and considerations when making your decisions.
As mentioned previously, this is not meant as a final guide. It is intended to be helpful for you to better decide what length to choose for yourself or for your clients!