Women’s Hair Lengths Explained

Use the chart below for some absolute definition to hair length which will be helpful for you to reference to women’s hair length when request for a service.

Below we define each hair length as referenced to women’s hairstyles.

Women's hair length chart - Illustrated

1. Very short = Above the ear or shorter

We acknowledge that some people may consider very short buzz cut only.  We get that, but we also include close-cropped cuts like pixie cuts in our very short definition for women.  For men, very short would only be a buzz cut, for women, it’s not out of the question to include a short pixie cut.

Very short ear-length women hair illustrated chart

2. Short = Chin and Above

Some people might consider above chin length to be short and not just very short.  Again, defining hair lengths isn’t easy and there’s room for interpretation.

Short ear-length women's hair chart

3. Medium-Length = Shoulder-Length

Shoulder length is a fairly true representation of medium-length hair length.

Medium-length-shoulder-length hair chart for women

4. Long = Armpit length

Armpit length or longer is definitely long hair.  Some might suggest armpit length as long, but we believe that’s medium-length in the big scheme of things.

Long armpit-length hair chart for women5. Very Long = Mid-back or longer

Mid-back and longer is definitely very long.   This is not a terribly common hair length relative to the other lengths, but it’s still done.

Very long mid-back length hair chart for women