1. How to Grow out a Pixie Cut in 9 Simple Steps
Are you trying to grow out your short hair? I feel your pain. I think I could write a book on the subject of growing out a short haircut. Now that I am almost 30, I have found the patience and restraint as well as the strength to talk myself down from a chop during desperate times.
Finally, with hair now past my shoulders, I am excited to share with you my tried and finally true guide to growing out your short haircut. Let’s start with a breakdown of grow out phases from pixie to practically Rapunzel. Here is a very reasonable 18-month plan that if followed, can yield some pretty fantastic results. Let’s start with scheduling a trip to see your stylist every eight weeks!
2. The Shaggy Phase
Ah, the pixie cut. Amazing when you love it, but horrible when you’re over it. Unfortunately, this cut will grow out into a mop-ish, shaggy mess in about two months, so make sure to have your follow-up haircut scheduled for eight weeks out. At that point, have your stylist trim the back of your pixie so that it hugs your neck, and texturize your cut throughout to add some much needed movement. A little rule of thumb, the first four months of growing out a pixie cut is not about business in the front. It’s about the party in the back. The back of your cut should be kept as short as possible until the front pieces are jaw-length. This will keep you out of the mullet zone, unless that’s what you’re going for.
3. Flirty and Adorable
This flirty and adorable haircut will look great for about another two months until your next trim. When you’re back in the chair, have your stylist cut the back short again, and give you just a quick shape up and trim. This will polish your cut and allow you to more easily transition into the next phases of hair metamorphosis.
4. Creative Accessorizing
This is the most challenging phase yet, but if you can make it through the next two months of weirdness, you’ll officially be in the clear. This portion of the grow out generally teeters between full on mullet and shag. If you can time this phase to happen in the winter months, all the better! Regardless, have hats, clips, headbands, flowers and head scarves aplenty for creative accessorizing. After eight weeks, have your stylist trim the bottom layer in the back to get you working towards a bob. Don’t worry, it get’s better from here!
5. The Bob Phase
Phew! Finally you have entered into bob territory. You made it past the first big hump, and you’re doing a great job. Now is the time for bangs! you will feel so much better with a little bob and bangs after all that mullet fuss. Discuss bang options with your stylist and don’t be afraid to get creative.
6. The Awkward Phase
Grow, grow, grow – dang it! Another challenging phase; the hair seems to just hang above the shoulders, taunting you with visions of pony tales. You can’t quite tie it up and it looks awkward down. After two more months, have your stylist trim it and remove excess weight from the ends to help you avoid that weird bell shape. How does hair even make that shape anyway? Yikes.
7. Shoulder-Length, Finally!
Finally, you are just past the shoulders! Revel in the fact that you now have the ability to style your hair instead of hide it. When you’re back in the chair, have your stylist add some more layers to your cut. This will make your hair look longer and give it a shape that will more easily transition into the final stages of grow out.
8. Get Funky
Now that you’re almost there, why not experiment with your color? Now is the best time to get funky because you have four more months of growing without a lot of exciting haircut options. What’s on trend? Highlights around the face? An ombre? After two months, you can have your stylist give you a quick trim to cut off any dead ends anyway.
9. Resist the Urge
Are you bored with you hair yet? For the love of all that is holy in this world, keep growing. Resist the urge to chop it all off again, you’re so close! Have your stylist give you some nice face-framing layers at your next appointment. This will give you some soft, pretty pieces to accentuate your face and make your hair a little more interesting to style up or down.
10. Bangs, Bangs and More Bangs!
Well, by now your hair should be pretty dang long. Now is another great time to experiment with bangs. Try something fun and different, especially if you’re feeling the urge to chop. How about some angled bangs? Or maybe some baby bangs! Now that you have a mane to reckon with, your bangs will pretty much be your only outlet for haircut experimentation. After two months, get a trim-up on your ends. And for the rest of your grow out process, make sure you are still trimming your hair every eight weeks in order to keep your hair healthy and help promote growth. Check out this tutorial on trimming your ends at home! Or, learn how to trim your ends yourself.
Now that you understand the phases of hair lengths during the process of growing out your hair, check out these 10 tricks to help you along the process from short to long hair.