Have you made the chop? Are you now stuck with the hard debate of whether or not to grow out your mop? There’s no lie that short hair is fun and a great look for low maintenance styling, but what happens when you want your long locks back? Without a doubt, growing out a pixie cut is not the easiest thing in the world, but with a few tips, it doesn’t have to be painful. So, if you’re ready to grow out your hair, read on!
One of the most important things to keep in mind when thinking about growing out short hair is that it’s going to take time and there will be awkward moments. Your hair grows, on average, a half-inch every month, so know that this will take some patience and commitment in order to get to your end goal. With each perfect length at every stage (like the perfect bob length), there is an awkward, in-between stage that you’ll have to deal with. Luckily, there are products that can help keep things nice and manageable when you’re out of ideas. We’ll talk about these later.
A surefire way to manage your hair as it’s growing out is to add some accessories for a put-together feel. For shorter hair, scarves and headbands are a great way to get your bangs out of your face and tame hair that won’t pin up just yet. For hair that’s a little longer- but not quite down to your chin just yet- clips and barrettes are perfect to pin your hair back and keep it styled. Once your hair reaches your shoulders, you can pin it up, style it half up and half down or just leave it shaggy. The shorter the hair as you’re growing out, the harder it is to deal with without getting the urge to chop it all off again. The internet is your best friend when it comes to looking up styles for every length!
For a little more style, your flat iron is your go-to tool! Not only could you straighten out any kinks your hair may develop as it grows and your natural texture starts to take shape, but flat irons are also perfect for curling shorter hair. The curls tend to hold more and you have more control as to how your hair is curled and where you need a little more oomph to your style. If you’re unfamiliar with how to curl your hair with a flatiron, talk to your stylist and have them show you at your next appointment! They’ll be able to help walk you through the steps in order to get the perfect curl.
In order to really keep your hair looking styled, you should invest in products for every step of the way. You most likely already have products for shorter hair like texturizing clay and wax, but what about when it’s slightly longer or you’re not looking for a completely piecey look? Hair serums like Aveda’s Nourishing Styling Crème can help smooth out any frizz you may have while giving you a sleek finish without having to blow dry. Top it off with a run through with a flat iron to create smooth, straight hair. Hair powders like Aveda’s Hair Potion can help give you extra volume if you’re trying to keep it all one length and hairspray is essential for keeping it all in place. Remember, everyone has different hair textures, so talk to your stylist about what they would recommend for your hair type.
The real key to growing out your pixie cut as gracefully as possible is regularly scheduled trips to your stylist. In order to keep your hair looking and feeling fresh while you wait to have your ideal length is to figure out how long you should wait in between haircuts and schedule those after every trim. It’s important to talk to your stylist about your concerns and have them suggest a perfect wait time in between appointments. Even though cutting your hair seems like the opposite of what you want to do, it’s essential to prevent breakage all the way up to your hair shaft and a great way to have some sort of shape as your hair gets longer.
So, even though it seems like the biggest pain, growing out a pixie isn’t all that bad. As long as you follow these guidelines, have some patience and have a little fun with it, you can grow out that short hair in no time! And, as always, make sure you talk to your stylist about haircuts, products, and future appointments to keep your hair looking stylish and new with each stage in between!