Hair Extension Lengths Guide

Whether you are a hairstylist, wig distributor, retailer, or salon, you will have people coming in looking for hair extensions.

When they do, you need to know what to recommend and to have a proper hair extension length chart available. Make the process easier for your clients to choose hair extensions that will complement their natural hair length.

In this blog post, we’re offering a hair extension length comparison to help you find the correct length for your customers, or for your own hair. If you just want to buy human hair extensions for yourself, you’ll still find the information in this blog post very helpful.

Hair Extension Length Chart

Hair Extension Length Chart

Medium Length Hair Extensions

Medium hair extensions range from 14 to 18 inches, but people with curly hair may need up to 24 inches of length.

medium length hair extensions

Shoulder Length

Your customer’s hair actually doesn’t have to be the exact same length as their shoulders to qualify for shoulder-length hair extensions.

For this short hair length, you’ll just want to make sure the extensions are distributed evenly so you, or your customer, don’t have too much weight or volume on one area of the head.

Bra Strap Length

A person with bra strap length hair is at the far end of the medium hair extensions length chart. You’ll want strands that are 16-20 inches in length to make sure you get the right hair extensions.

Sometimes, people with shorter hair like to buy this length of hair extensions and clip them behind their ears or at the base of their neck to make a unique hairstyle. Remember that curly and wavy clip-ins are pulled straight before they’re measured. You’ll need to do the same if you want the strands to perfectly match your current haircut.

Long Hair Extensions

Longer hair can become thick and unruly if you have too many extensions. The trick is to get the right length and add just enough strands to provide extra volume without disturbing the hair’s natural look.

Most strands won’t be longer than 26 inches, so the best length will be somewhere between 24 and 26 inches. You can always trim the strands to the perfect length for your natural hair.

long hair extensions

Extra Long

Long hair is anything past the bra strap length. However, if your hair is past the middle of your back, you may have trouble finding the right length.

In these instances, it’s better to make the hair extension length “complementary”, since it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get your natural length. Adding the extensions all around the scalp will make your hair look thick and healthy.

This is also a good method for people who want to blend in a few strands of extra color without dying their own hair.


Which Extension Hair Length is Right for You?

Let’s break down the positives and negatives of the most popular lengths so you can determine which ones are best for you or your customers.

16 vs 18-inch hair extensions:

18-in tall strands are the most popular and are a good fit for people of all hair types. The downside is that this extra length adds more weight.

16-in strands will be more manageable and are also easy to wear with short hair. The downside is that you’ll probably have to trim it. Also, you’ll probably not want to wear these if your hair is longer than shoulder-length.

20-inch hair extensions:

Twenty inches seems to be the middle ground when it comes to favorite lengths. Straight, curly, and wavy hair extensions all perform well at 20 inches.

The downside is that longer hair pieces are difficult to manage and can put extra strain on your hair if you have thin hair or if you are using hair tape or a similar bonding method.

18 vs 22-inch hair extensions:

If you have long hair, 18-inch strands will be a complimentary length and can give your hair more volume and character. However, the strands could stick out like a sore thumb if you don’t style them correctly.

The 22-inch hair extensions will be able to add length to your hair or at least be the same as your own hair length. Unfortunately, they will also be easier to damage because they’re so long.

Visit our hair extensions page today to order your perfect length.

Questions About Natural Hair Extension Lengths:


What length of hair extensions do I need?

Your extension length should closely match your natural hair length. This will ensure everyone thinks it’s your natural hair. If you’re buying curly extensions, pull your hair straight and use a measuring tape. This will ensure you measure properly to get the desired length.

What is the average length of hair extensions?

The average length for hair extensions is 14-24 inches. These lengths will match your natural hair length if your hair falls at or a little past your shoulders.

What is the difference between hair extensions and hair weaves?

Hair extensions can be applied using tape, glue, heating methods, clips, or weaves. Weaves are extensions that are sewn into your hair, making them more difficult to remove.

What are the different types of hair extensions?

There are five main types of hair extensions:

Each type has different extension lengths and colors available. Full hair pieces like toupees can technically be considered a hair extension, but they usually fit in their own category. So, we didn’t include them on this list.

Find Your Perfect Hair Extension Lengths

Start your hair extension journey by purchasing 18-in, 20-in, or 22-in extensions. This will give you the best variety for the least amount of money. You can always order longer hair extensions later.

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June Chen

Sales representative


June is detail-oriented, excellent at simplifying complex issues, making them understandable to all our clients, particularly those new to our services and products or unfamiliar with China.

Originally from Weifang, China, known as the hometown of kites, June moved to Qingdao in search of a better work-life balance. This has been her first job ever since. Over the years working at Newtimes Hair, she has cultivated a friendly demeanor and a sense of humor. June considers Newtimes Hair her second home, a place where she invests her passion wholeheartedly.

Her role extends beyond just solving problems; June acts as a bridge between our team and our clients, embodying our commitment to impeccable customer service.

● What hobbies and interests do you have?

I enjoy exercising. That’s a very important part of my life. I’m a super active person.

● Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

No, not that I know of. I’m a very realistic person. If you mention outlandish stuff like aliens, monster in the bush, I’d be out of my mind.

● What is something you would love to do in the future?

I want to learn how to swim. I know it might sound a bit sarcastic, as I just mentioned that I enjoy doing exercise. Unfortunately, swimming hasn’t been on my list. I think I better catch up on that.

● What wig would you wear if you wore one and why?

I’d give HW1 a try. It looks natural and beautiful. Though we categorize it as a medical wig, almost any female can wear it. It’s got a lace mesh base, breathable, and flexible. You don’t need glue or tape to fix it to your head. Pretty easy, and it gives you all the long hair look a girl could want.


Sherry Sui

Sales representative


Are you new to China or the hair-making industry and feeling a bit lost about where to start? Sherry is your go-to expert. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of our products and services, Sherry will help you identify the perfect product combo aligning with your business needs and client requirements.

Grew up in Yantai, and moved to Qingdao in 2015 with a medical background, Sherry’s thoughts are beyond simply selling hairpieces. She cares about the end user’s health, too. In the process of sourcing the most suitable hairpieces for your clients, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to what Sherry says in terms of scalp health and hairpiece maintenance. You can think of her as a comprehensive, yet concise hairpiece encyclopedia, equipped to offer you top-notch recommendations and ideas for exceptional customer service.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

At our end-of-year conference, my colleagues agreed that I’m a warm hearted, positive, and easy-going teammate. It gives me a sense of reward.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t like being confined in a very small space. I believe it was due to a childhood experience. When I was six years old, I accidentally tripped and fell into a shallow well. I had to wait for two hours before I was found. Since then, I’ve found I just can’t tolerate the idea of being alone. I guess that makes me an active team player.

  • You are happiest when…

This may sound boastful, but it’s true. It’s just part of my nature to help others. When I actually see that what I did for them has helped them achieve something, it just makes me excited.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

I recomend HS25V. Oftentimes I’d introduce this model to my new clients to start with, so they can introduce this to their new clients see if hair systems are what really suit them, before they carry on with lace or mono hair systems.


Winni Yu

Sales Representative


Born in Weifang, China’s kite capital, and moved to Qingdao in 2013, Winni has never looked back. Since joining Newtimes Hair, Winni has been a dynamo of efficiency and innovation. She is a problem-solver brimming with ideas and has become a vital part of our team.

From your first contact with Winni to the moment your orders are delivered, Winni ensures a smooth and exciting experience. With her at the helm, the business isn’t just easy but exhilarating, and every challenge becomes an opportunity for innovation.

Transitioning from a client developer to a retention specialist, throughout the years, Winni has successfully assisted numerous clients in solving their issues, particularly concerning product details, logistics, or custom hiccups.

  • What hobbies and interests do you have?

I’m into so many things. All the popular stuff you name: Swimming, badminton, running, all for keeping me in good shape.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

They keep calling me “pretty Winni pretty brainy.” I’d take that as a compliment. I’d say I’m generally pretty fast in term of thinking and figuring out solutions. My teammates often turn to me for help, too. And It turned out that most of the time my ideas worked for them.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

I’m a typical town girl, you know. I’m into cats and dogs. But things like snakes, all sorts of insects, and hamsters; they are not my cup of tea. So, never get them near me.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that?

Most of my clietns are after Q6. And their clients happened to be guys who are into hair systems that are durable and natural. Q6 is a pretty good pick for them. With proper care, it should easily last 6 months.


Tori Zhang

Sales Representative


Tori or Victoria to be exact, originally from Heze, brought her passion for life to Qingdao in 2016. An avid reader with a Teacher’s Qualification Certificate, Tori is known for her professional yet intriguing persona at the office.

As a quick learner, Tori always looks at customer’s needs from a tutor’s perspective. She has a sharp mind, is capable of picking up anything her client is unclear with, and offers the explanation in detail, making sure you understand it.

At Newtimes Hair, Tori thrives on the thrill of a sale, her triumphs now fueling the empowerment of her peers. Her journey at Newtimes Hair is marked by three profound words: abundant, proficient, and revolutionary.

  • Tell us an interesting fact about yourself other than your qualifications, your job.

I’m always fascinated about an exotic lifestyle. I really wish I could travel a lot, go to many different countries, and try their local gourmet food, and get in touch with the locals to actually have a feel of their culture.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I’m always afaid of heights. With any tall buildings, be it a chimney or TV tower, I look at it, and imagine I’m looking down right from the top, it will give me sweaty palms.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

Not at all. I generally love all pets. Dog, cats, guinea pigs, rabits, etc. I love them.

  • Do you have a favourite quote?

When you feel tired,it means you are walking uphill. I believe this quote as a truth that gives me a lift whenever I’m down. I believe there’s no gain without pain. Without trying, we can’t achieve anything.

  • Which men’s/women’s hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

With me personally, the best-selling hair system has been HS1. It has what it’s required out of a good quality hair system, in terms of a natural-looking hairline, undetectable scalp, etc. Most wearers and salon owners are familiar with it. Plus, all our clients have faith in the quality of this hair system. According to their feedback, this is an easy-to-attach, easy-to-maintain hair system for both men and women.


Ivan Mu

Sales representative


Born and raised in a quiet town named Binzhou, China, where the Yellow River whispers its final secrets to the ocean. Ivan’s life was set to transform in ways he could hardly imagine. After completing college in Qingdao, young Ivan little knew that this vibrant coastal city would capture his heart and chart a new course in his life.

Ivan joined Newtimes Hair in mid-2022 soon after his graduation from his master’s. As a trilingual and someone with a professional understanding of Western cultures, Ivan plays a critical role in establishing customer relations in the US and Europe. His approachable nature and a mind of precision make him an invaluable asset to the team.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

I eardrop, and I hear them talking about me. I’m optimistic, proactive, and very friendly, and eager to help.

  • What is something you would love to do in the future?

I love basketball. And I’m a basketball freak. You can call me that. That’s just me. I’m looking at organizing a basketball team in the near future. 

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t know why I share the same gene with Doraemon. I’m scared of rats. I’m a 6’3″, but I hate rats; seeing one really freaks me out.

  • Which men/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

New Australia. When it first came out in early 2023, it made me top of sales. I think most wearers like it because at the design statge, our experts considered all possible aspects people could want from a hairpiece, such as a natural look, a level of comfort, and affordablity; it’s similar to lace, but most wearers can afford.