Google “how to grow out a pixie” and you’ll come out relatively short handed. Why? Its a terribly awkward phase that anyone who has once had a pixie cut has had to go through. Is it that we avoid the camera for a year? I am not sure, but right then and there, I decided that once my hair was at a relatively normal length, I would blog about it, in the hopes that someday, I could help a poor soul such as myself.
I should have been a pro at this by now. This latest go-round was my 4th time growing out some version of a pixie cut. But a pro I was not. I was young and foolish and went with the theory of, “do not cut! must let groooooowwww.”
But now I was older and wiser. And my hair – I do like to treat it well.
This time around, I stuck with trims every 5 weeks and kept up with my highlighting schedule, as well. I didn’t employ any new fancy tricks like hair masques, fancy oils, scalp massages, infrequent washings, or prenatal vitamins. I kept on keeping on with my regular shampoo and conditioner, still continued to use my heat tools (a fine, thin haired gal needs to employ all the tricks she can!), and I ate my normal, healthy protein-rich diet.
Frequent trims while growing out seems counter-intuitive, but if you think about it, it makes all the sense. You need to maintain some sort of style. While growing out the pixie, my stylist initially kept the back super short (no mullets! watch out for the mullet. you can wake up one morning and BAM! Mullet.) while I grew out my short Mia Farrow layers. Then she had to add longer layers to make it a very short, shaggy bob. Then she started stacking the back so I could grow out some of those layers. That second stage was the most brutal, yo. I felt kinda frumpy yet boy-ish. I tended to dress up a bit more to make up for it. But now I am at the point where I am trimming it so it doesn’t go all Dilbert on me and get triangular and so it stays healthy while it grows.
For the longest time when I was young(er), I eschewed layers. Afterall, I have fine, thin, straight hair. I pictured my Terrible Horrible Shag From 1983. Eventually I learned that, especially when you have shorter hair, properly layered hair creates a look of dimension, thus looking longer. Bam! I also learned to put away the Nice n Easy (hey – college was expensive!) and embrace highlights that were closer to my natural color. My stylist uses several colors to obtain a multi-dimensional look, giving me more volume than I truly have while keeping my hair healthy because we’re only dying the roots of it every couple months.
Anyway, to make a long story short, errr, a short story long…..
Of course, looking through pictures makes me miss my pixie cut. Grass is always greener, right? I am sure I will grow it out and it will not look like how I imagine it looking (ie: pinterest worth hair) and I will once again, chop it off. But that’s the fun thing about hair. Nothing’s permanent and it always grows back! In the meantime, I vow to keep it looking fun and modern!