Remember: curly hair has shrinkage so when stretched, the actual hair length will be longer than it appears. For example, one’s curly hair could be shoulder length in its curly state, but when stretched, its actual length is bra-strap length. This chart may also be useful to those who are on a hair length journey and want to keep track of how long our hair is. I simply want healthy hair so my journey is not dedicated to length. However, with healthy comes length retention.