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The reign of the bob is coming to and end and long hair is coming back into fashion. But how many inches does one need to feel like they have long hair? When women cut their hair off, they are very particular about a particular length, but when they grow their hair out, they rarely have a destination in mind. As a stylist I’ve rarely encountered a client who thinks her hair is too long, and those with elongated tresses are usually loath to part with length, even if it’s damaged. Long hair can certainly be very beautiful, but too much length can also have some very negative side effects. So how do you know if your hair is too long? Click the notes to find out. –– Laura Martin 

Your hair is too long if . . .

It won’t hold volume. All hair looks best with a little lift at the root. If your strands have reached a length where they won’t hold even a little height, they are probably too long.

The ends look stringy. Scraggly ends may indicate you need a trim, but they could also indicate your hair has reached its maximum potential length. (Read more on the subject, here.) If your hair doesn’t look full and healthy, the length isn’t doing you any favors.

It makes you look older. Extreme lengths can create a severe line at the edge of the face that adds severity and creates a drooping effect. If people always compliment your hair when it’s up, it may be time to let go of some length.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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