How to Gracefully Grow Out a Pixie Cut

If you’ve seen my array of 2013 hair styles, you’ll know that I favor short hair. However, I’m in the process of growing my hair out. No, me cutting my hair short for several years was not a political statement. I think it’s crazy to say that everyone with short hair is making a political statement. Nor is growing my hair out a statement, either. It’s merely me growing my hair out to please me.

My Short Pixie from September 2013

My Short Pixie from September 2013

So today I’ve got tips on how to gracefully grow out a pixie cut. Pixie cuts may be the trend, but it’s a rather drastic cut and it’s not for everyone. If you’ve already gotten tired of the super short locks, I’ve got suggestions on how to handle the transitions.

Slightly Grown Out Pixie

Work With Your Hair

Growing out a pixie cut often leads to damaged hair as you try to tame the varying lengths with heat styling. Embrace the varying lengths with a tousled style. Use a hair styling powder like Rock Your Hair Bombshell Powder to add volume and work with the shattered style, rather than the flat iron. This is my favorite way to embrace the messy look.

Take it easy on heat styling and only use light-weight products so that your hair doesn’t dry out. Using a heat protectant before you flat iron or blow dry is a must! My favorite is the DermOrganic Spray Therapy. Deep conditioning treatments are critical! Of course I think Pretty Little Elixir Vegan Hair Masque is perfect to deeply moisturize your hair without weighing it down.

Get Regular Trims

Trimming Is Your Secret Weapon

Trimming your hair actually helps it stay healthy by eliminating split ends. If you skip getting trims, you may end up with unsightly split ends that will make it take longer for your hair to grow out. Getting a tiny trim every four to six weeks will help your pixie cut turn longer in no time. It also helps your hair reach a more even length to avoid excess flyaways and frizz. If your stylist suggests it, you can just go in for a bang (fringe) trim, if you don’t feel you need an all over trim.

My Recent All Over Trim

My January 2014 tiny trim

While I recently had an all over trim, my next few cuts will probably just be to get my bangs trimmed. For mine, I focused on getting rid of the back to try and bring my hair closer to being the same length all over. I want to avoid having a mullet! However, as you can tell, I still have lots of layers in there to grow out.

Add Supplements To Your Diet

Even with a proper diet, your hair may still need additional supplements to help it grow quickly. I’m currently taking Biotin. Biotin supplements aid in the production of keratin with helps hair retain moisture and it thickens and strengthens strands. Vitamins B, C and D are also important as they help both hair and scalp health. Supplements with amino acids are ideal as these are crucial for the protein production your hair needs.

Many hair supplements include all of these and prevents you from having to take so many different things. If you take a multi-vitamin, you may not need the extra B, C and D vitamins. Too much of these can result in poor health, including problems growing out your hair. Since I take a multivitamin, I’m sticking to the multivitamin and biotin.

The side effect of biotin is that it’s also helping to strengthen my nails. However, I’m also trying to find a salon in Tampa that will do the IBX treatments on my nails, too, like Spa Touch did in Orlando.  I want stronger nails with my longer hair :P

Wearing Sugarpill Absinthe, Acidberry, Velocity

Wearing one of my favorite wigs and headband

Hair Accessories

Styling a growing pixie cut is just as important as knowing how to grow out a pixie haircut. While you can certainly use a headband, which is what I’ve been doing a lot recently, there are many other options! You can use a wig. You can also rely on barrettes, flowers, pins and volumizing hair powder. You can still create fun, stylish looks throughout all the stages of your pixie cut regrowth.

Bunny Paige Etsy

Right now I’m loving all the unique and beautiful creations by Bunny Page on Etsy. You can get custom headbands, hair pins, and flowers. They even have stunning gorgeous necklaces, too! I’ll be reviewing them soon. I also adore Love.Like.Style.

 

Hair Extensions

Extensions

You can have hair extensions put in. I had extensions put in back in 2011 when I wanted to grow out my asymmetrical cut. On the left side of the picture you can see that we matched my hair to darkest auburn and black. to create the illusion of longer, fuller hair on the left side of the picture we used 10 black and 10 darkest auburn extensions. For the right side of the picture I just wanted to add a splash of color so we used 10 purple and 2 hot pink. The process took about 2 hours. It was $330 for the extensions, the installation, the special comb and the cut/style. Getting adjustments usually costs about $25, but you can maintain them for several months.

 

Me wearing my extra long hairfalls from I Kick Shins

Me wearing my extra long hairfalls from I Kick Shins

Hair Falls

For the best hair falls – clip ins, full head or accents – I recommend checking out I Kick Shins. I’m not affiliated with them in any way but I’ve bought lots of clip in extensions and hair falls from them over the years and they’re absolutely awesome. Yes, you can buy a full set of clips to add length all over.

Messy up-dos are ideal for pixie cuts. Odds are, you’ll be dealing with varying lengths. Use jeweled clips or hair pins to pin back random sections of hair. You’ll create a fun, artfully messy do.

If you’d rather go for a more natural look, use something like DermOrganic Volume Foam at the roots when you blow dry to make your hair look fuller. They’ll help smooth flyaways and leave you with an almost bob look as your hair grows out.

Once you reach the point where you can take advantage of braids, go braid crazy. Braids are highly customizable and are perfect for work, school, a night out and even just relaxing at home. For the best braids, check out Hair Romance. My friend Christina has so many amazing hair tutorials, tips and tricks!

What are your tips for growing out a short cut? Please share them below!