How To Grow Out A Pixie Cut

You decided to go for a super cute, and super short, pixie cut. (Hey, if Miley Cyrus can totally rock one, why not?)

Now, you’re ready to grow it out a la Michelle Williams. No need to worry about getting stuck in mullet territory!

The key is to embrace every stage of your “grow-out” and switch up your style often. Follow the advice of Celebrity Hair Colorist Janelle Varada, and you’re sure to steer clear of a hairy situation.

Be Patient With Your Pixie Cut: Understand that your hair won’t reach great lengths overnight. Growing out a pixie cut takes time and patience. If you get frustrated, know that you’re in good company. The lovely Michelle Williams recently revealed in an interview that the process is "hard on your self-esteem,” adding, “I'm really working on growing my hair out." (And girlfriend has a whole arsenal of A-lists stylists to help her!)

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you feel like you’re ready to pull out your hair:

  • Hair grows an average of ½ inch per month, although some lucky ladies experience up to 1½ inches of growth per month.

  • Trim your hair only when necessary. Try to wait 3 to 4 months, then ask your stylist to create a short bob.

  • It will take 3-6 months to get through the short bob phase.

  • It will take 6-12 months to achieve a longer, neck-length style. Then, you’re back in business!

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Accessorize Your Strands: Don’t worry your pretty little head about the dreaded “in-between” stage. This is your chance to create different looks and experiment with your mane, so add plenty of accessories to your beauty arsenal.

  • Hats, fedoras, beanies, and berets can be best your friends on a bad hair day, plus a chic topper is stylish in it’s own right.

  • For a unique side-pony-like style, use a hair clip to pin your strands off to one side, or simply pin them towards the back. A messy bun can also be a miracle worker.

  • Get those pesky bangs out of your face by sweeping them off to one side or braiding them. For staying power, spritz some dry shampoo on those locks to give them texture, then secure the style by creating an “X” with two bobby pins.

  • Headbands can work wonders, and can be found in a slew of styles - from thin/barely there to patterned and embellished.

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Give Your Hair Some TLC:

  • As your bob grows out, try pomade or texturizing spray/powder to create piecey waves and mask uneven length.

  • Varada says it's imporant to keep your hair color looking fresh throughout the grow- out process. Take focus off of the length by experimenting with a new shade or amp up your highlights. 

  • Before you go to bed, massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes. Not only does it stimulate blood flow to the scalp, it’s a great way to unwind.

  • For silky, strong hair, give essential oil a try. Varada hearts coconut oil, and it smells like a tropical paradise. Simply add a few drops to your scalp and massage. Rinse with warm water after 20-30 minutes.  

  • A balanced diet plays a major role in hair health. Try to focus on foods that also feed your strands, like walnuts, salmon, eggs, spinach, and blueberries. 


Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Sculpting Pomade, $23; L'Oreal Professionnel True Grip Texturizing Powder, $16.50

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