I‘ve had a pixie cut for almost four years now and I’ve decided it’s time for grow it out. I’ve tried to grow it out twice before but never really committed to it. About three months ago I decided I was really going to grow out my pixie cut this time. At the moment I’m in that awkward stage where you have a special style going on that’s halfway between a pixie cut and a mullet. Luckily I’ve learnt some tricks over the years during my past attempts – so while it’s not looking that good right now I still feel I’ve got some tips to share on how to grow out a pixie cut.
VISIT THE HAIRDRESSER
This may seem like the opposite of what you should be doing but it’s actually one of the best things you can do. I didn’t visit the hairdresser the first two times I tried to grow out my pixie cut but I have this time and it’s making the process much easier! While you don’t want to go to the hairdresser as much as you usually would (for me to keep my pixie cut looking cute that’s usually every 4-6 weeks) you should still go. Your hairdresser will help you get through the awkward stages by cutting off the bits that are weirdly long (thus getting rid of the mullet) and by tidying up any shaggy bits. My hairdresser and I came up with a plan to cut the back and a little bit of the sides to allow the top and front to catch up. We also decided that I’d go back about every 3 months. Remember the trick is to not visit the hairdresser too much – you need to avoid cutting your hair so it actually grows but you also need to cut it so you feel a little more comfortable with your look through the awkward stages.
This is a hard one for anyone who likes to change up their look often. It’s also quite hard if you like being in control; you really have no control over your look during the growing out phase. I really struggled with the whole commitment thing the last two times I tried to grow out my pixie cut. I would get about three or four months in and then just get really frustrated and impulsively visit my hairdresser and tell him to chop it all off again. I feel like I’ve spent the better part of the last two years growing out my pixie cut and when I look back on pictures I often cringe at the scruffy look I’ve had going on. If I’d just committed – like I’m definitely doing now – I would’ve easily cut this time in half!
STOCK UP ON BOBBY PINS
Bobby pins are your best friends when you’re growing out a pixie cut. One day your hair will look all cute and messy and be fine with a quick brush through with your fingers, the next it’ll look scruffy and mullet-like and you’ll need about a thousand bobby pins to keep it looking tidy and out of your face.
Something about growing out my pixie cut just makes me feel a little ugh. When I had really long hair I found it easy to look cute and girly as my hair was such a huge part of my look, then when I had a pixie cut I found it easy to look chic and sophisticated. When I’m in this in between phase I just feel a bit plain and scruffy. I combat this by putting on liquid liner and a red lip.
HAVE A VISION
Having a vision for growing out your pixie cut will really help with being committed to the process. Figure out what length you’d like to grow your hair to, imagine yourself with hair that length, pin pictures of hair cuts you like, collect pictures of celebrities with hairstyles you covet. The more you stay focused on your end goal, the easier it’ll be.
Do you have any tips for growing out a pixie cut? I’d love to read them (the pixie cut battle isn’t over for me just yet!)