Hair weave can be a great option to add some length and texture to your hair and get a new look. Similarly, it can also work out great for “fixing” a haircut that went awry.
No matter your reason, you need to make sure you’re choosing the right weave length, as whether the weave enhances your hair’s look or makes it look a mess may well boil down to the length you choose.
Not to worry though, as this article is going to help you figure out your ideal weave length.
It’s probably the shortest weave length you can go for, and not very common in the slightest. But if your natural hair is too short, and you want to stick to your natural look, then this may be the length you would want to go for.
It’s going to be shoulder length for most women, and if you want your hair to be more “manageable”, then this may be an ideal length.
A 14” weave may work great if you have short hair and want to get a unique look without getting too aggressive with your hair style.
If you’re getting wavy or curly hair, this length may work out really well, but perhaps not so much for straight hair, especially when it comes to getting a new, unique look.
If you’re getting a weave that’s 18” or longer, you will really be able to add some serious length to your hair. So if that’s what you’re after, you can go for it without a second thought.
Again, it’s all about the length now. However, you may not want to go beyond this length if you’re going for straight hair and haven’t got too long hair.
If you’re getting a closure with a 22” (curly or wavy hair) weave, you may not even have to worry about your natural hair’s length or texture.
This length and the longest one would probably allow you to do as much styling as you want, as it may protect your natural hair well.
It’s the longest weave length you can go for, and would help you achieve your dream hair that may be almost impossible to achieve with your natural hair.
How to Decide on Your Weave Length?
Now that you know a bit about each weave length, let’s take a look at some important things you need to keep in mind while choosing one.
Curly and wavy hair tend to be a little shorter than straight hair due to their texture. Hence, while going for these two types of hair, you would want to go for one size longer than you would with straight hair.
Another important thing to note here is that these two hair also tend to be a little “heavier” than straight hair, so go for them only if you’re fine with that.
Comfort is obviously going to be crucial here. That being said, if you have had short hair for most of your life, adopting to hair that are longer than 18” may turn out to be quite challenging.
On the other hand, if your hair is medium to long, wearing the longer lengths may not turn out to be much of a problem for you.
Your Natural Hair’s Size
Although it’s a surprisingly overlooked factor, it’s quite an important one. You don’t want to get hair that’s about the same size as your natural hair or just a little longer. If you do, your weave hair may get very challenging to manage once your natural hair grows a bit.
While there’s no one “right” length, figuring out what’s an ideal length for YOU may not be that difficult if you use this article as your reference. However, if we were to give a general recommendation, we would say that going for a length that’s 5 inches longer than your natural hair may work well if you’re looking to add some serious length and want to use the weave for a long time.