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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8 Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
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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
8 Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
8 Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
Are you ready to not only grow up to a ½” a month, but also maintain those inches?
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Dr. Kari Williams Takes a Deep Dive Into Protective Styling to Achieve Healthy Hair
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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
8 Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
8 Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
Are you ready to not only grow up to a ½” a month, but also maintain those inches?
Dr. Kari Williams Takes a Deep Dive Into Protective Styling to Achieve Healthy Hair
Dr. Kari Williams Takes a Deep Dive Into Protective Styling to Achieve Healthy Hair
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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
8 Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
8 Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
Are you ready to not only grow up to a ½” a month, but also maintain those inches?
Dr. Kari Williams Takes a Deep Dive Into Protective Styling to Achieve Healthy Hair
Dr. Kari Williams Takes a Deep Dive Into Protective Styling to Achieve Healthy Hair
Managing Editor Alexandra Wilson chatted with Dr. Kari about the origin of her infamous goddess locs, her hair journey, the myth of protective styling, and more!
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