Hair Length

In addition to your curl pattern, the length of your hair can determine which products you should use as well as how to apply them. Here are some basic hair care tips and product recommendations based on your hair length.

Freshly chopped: ½" or less (TWAs)

  • Requires zero to no maintenance!
  • Keep hydrated with a daily moisturizer and a leave-in conditioner spray
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Short: ½" - 2" (TWAs & pixie cuts)

  • Detangle with fingers
  • Use fingers to apply products
  • If hair is very short, use palm of the hand to rub in circles to create texture
  • For slightly longer hair, twist around finger to create curls and coils
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Medium: 2" - 10" (shoulder to bra strap length)

  • Detangle with fingers and follow with a wide tooth comb
  • Use duckbill clips to separate hair into sections
  • Apply product from root to tip
  • Tip head upside down and use a diffuser to dry
  • Preserve curls and coils overnight by using a multiple-scrunchie pineapple method
  • Use a quarter-sized amount of styling product per section
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Flakes are frustrating, but these will help.
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Long: 10"+ (armpit to waist length)

  • Detangle in sections, first with fingers and following with a wide tooth comb
  • Use duckbill clips to separate hair into sections
  • Apply product from root to tip, distributing with fingers
  • Tip head upside down and dry with a hair diffuser, or use the pixie curl method
  • Use a scrunchie to pineapple hair overnight
  • Use two quarter-sized dollops of styling product per section
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12 Must-Try Healthy Scalp Products
Flakes are frustrating, but these will help.
How To Keep Your Head Warm This Fall in Style
How To Keep Your Head Warm This Fall in Style
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