So you’ve finally gotten up the courage to cut your hair to the most talked about length, the pixie.
For someone like me, this requires months worth of thought and pinning images before I even consider going to the salon. When I am going for a big hair change, I always think about how it is going to grow out afterwards.
A pixie cut is one of the most challenging styles to grow out, unless mullets are your thing. But when the time comes and you are ready to let it grow, it can take a lot of patience and creativity. Here are some tips I have learned along the way.
After the First Three Months
- You will start getting tickled by your hair growing down the back of your neck. Not only is it irritating but it can lead into mullet territory fast.
- If that is not your gig then tip number one is to get it trimmed every 4-6 weeks.
Now for the fringe
- Bobby pins and hair clips will be your best friend. As it grows out, you can sweep it to the side and clip it in place. This is a great opportunity to use cute clips such as flowers or hearts.
- For a more sophisticated look, try sleeking it with a small amount of your favourite sculpting product and finishing off with some hairspray.
- While pins and clips are always handy, why not be a tad more adventurous and try ribbon, headbands or even strips of fabric tied into a knot or bow?
Six Months In
- You might be getting quite frustrated with your fringe. There are a couple of options to help with this. Braiding it to the side keeps it out of the way and also looks pretty.
- Or you could opt for getting it cut into a fresh new look. For me, it was a mid-length, blunt fringe. This changed my entire look and it started looking like a mini bob instead of a mop.
- Changing up your hair colour can be a great way to refresh your look. I went full purple when I cut it all off which wasn’t very pleasant when those roots started to show. Some colours will be tricky to grow out or maintain, especially if you don’t have room in your budget to visit the salon every six weeks for touch ups. Colour is an important thing to consider when growing out your hair so if the thought of regrowth makes you cringe, try colours or shades that are close to your natural hair.
Approaching the One Year Mark
- You will be starting to use hair ties again and may even be wearing your hair in pigtails or a mini pony. This is where I am finally at. I have enough length to wear my hair up, curl it or braid it.
- Keeping the back trimmed allows the rest of your hair to catch up and you will get to bob length in a much more elegant manner.
After One Year
- One year is up and you have a versatile, short bob. Now what? This is the exciting part! Now you can start thinking about what style and colour you might want next.
- You may want to keep growing it until the next milestone (the ‘lob’) or maybe you will keep it as a bob for awhile and play with different fringe lengths and styles.
There is a lot to love about a pixie cut and I would definitely recommend everyone try it once. And with a few tricks, growing it out again can be just as enjoyable as having it long.
So if you’re thinking of doing the big chop, respect. Enjoy it and most importantly, have fun with it!