How long should your hair be? I recently saw a picture of a group of women with extremely long hair. Each one of the women in the picture had hair that went below their knee-caps and near to the floor. For them, long hair was their beauty and their trademark. But not everyone should have hair that reaches to the floor. It just doesn't look right on everyone. Here's how to decide how long your hair should be.
Lifestyle. One of the biggest factors in knowing how long your hair should be is your lifestyle. The longer your hair, the more time and effort it takes to care for it. Longer hair takes more time and product to shampoo, dry, and style. It may be impractical to have long hair for certain careers, but it may be important for others. Is your lifestyle busy or more slow-paced? Do you have jobs or activities where long hair might be a hazard? These are the things you need to consider before your next haircut.
Maintenance. Another big factor in deciding how long your hairstyle should be is maintenance. The shorter the hair, the more frequently it will need to be trimmed to keep its style and shape. However, all hair should receive regular trims to keep it looking its best. Are you someone who likes to go to the salon every month? Or is it a struggle to get you there for a good trim a couple of times a year?
Hair texture. I always think that I want to grow my hair long. But my hair is very fine, and the longer it is, the more it gets weighed down and blah-looking. So after letting it grow a couple of months, I always go back to my short style so that my hair looks its best. Extremely curly hair, however, may work better when it is extra-long because the curls get pulled down by the weight of it. Other people with very thick, curly, or wiry hair may find that the longer their hair, the more it sticks out. Your stylist can help you figure out what length works for your hair texture.
Hair health. If your hair is very healthy, it can probably withstand being grown out pretty long. However, if your hair is not healthy, chances are it will break off before it gets past your shoulders. If your hair is heavily damaged or just not healthy, you may need to stick with shorter hair until it grows in healthier.
Health and hair. If you are prone to headaches, you may want to go for short hair. Ponytails and elaborate, tight styles, as well as hair accessories, can cause miserable headaches to the person that is sensitive. Also, certain conditions or medications may impede hair growth or the ability to style your hair. You may not want long hair if your health is compromised.
Image. Do you need to maintain a certain image for work? This might determine whether your hair should be long or short.
The most important factor of all is figuring out what you want. You don't always have to go with what is trendy or even with what is best if it doesn't match up with what you like. You should choose a hair length that makes you feel your best.