Pixie haircuts are all the rage these days and for a good reason. They’re trendy, flattering on just about anyone, and super low maintenance—that is, until you try to grow them out. Growing out a super short ‘do can give even the most cool, calm, and collected people major anxiety.
We knew there had to be an easier way. To get to the bottom of it, we sat down with Matt Fugate, Kerastase consulting stylist and brand ambassador, to learn the best tips for growing out a pixie. Whether you have dark brown hair or ash blonde locks, these tips are the key to growing out your pixie—without losing your mind!
How long does it typically take to grow out a pixie haircut?
First thing’s first: Don’t panic. Growing out a pixie is much easier than it seems. That being said, it won’t happen overnight. When trying to figure out how long it’ll take to grow out your pixie, Fugate says it’s really all about your perception.
While the first step in growing out your pixie is to stop cutting your hair, you don’t want to skip out on trims for the duration of the growth process. Maintaining your hair is essential when growing out a short haircut and we all know regular haircuts are the foundation of any good hair care routine. How often you should trim your hair while still working towards your goal of growing out your pixie is something you should discuss with your stylist.
“Between you and your hairdresser, you should come up with a plan personalized to your goals and embrace the journey,” Fugate explains. “Depending on color and overall hair health, some people will need trims more often (i.e. blondes) and others may just be able to grow out their hair regardless.”
What are the best everyday styles to wear when growing out a pixie?
Often, growing out your pixie can leave your hair at a pretty awkward length. While you may want to cover your locks with an assortment of hats until you reach your desired style, Fugate thinks you should embrace your hair at every length.
“My advice is to be bold,” he says. “I recommend wearing it either very sleek or very, very messy.”
If all else fails, you can always rely on a stylish accessory to elevate your look.
“I personally love leather flowers,” Fugate admits. “To me, a girl with a leather flower in her hair is such a juxtaposition of cool.”
What products or tools should anyone growing out a pixie keep at home?
If you’re patiently waiting for your pixie to grow out, you’ll want to invest in some products that make the process feel as quick as possible. While there is nothing that will make your hair grow faster, there are products that will make sure your hair looks and feels its best throughout your entire growth journey. When you finally reach your desired length, your locks will be tiptop condition. Fugate’s favorite product to maintain healthy hair is Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Serum.
Great products aren’t the only things you’ll need to keep your hair looking its best while you grow out your pixie. Fugate insists everybody needs a good quality hair dryer with a low heat setting.
“Avoid harsh heat or air dry as much as you can,” Fugate adds.
Avoiding harsh heat is a cardinal hair rule for everyone, but it is especially important for ladies looking to grow out their pixie cuts. High heat can severely damage your locks and, if you damage your hair while you’re trying to grow it out, you’ll just end up having to cut it off again.
Are you attempting to grow out your pixie and have no idea how to style your hair? We’ve got you covered. We rounded up eight styles that are perfect to wear when you’re growing out a pixie.
The Best Hairstyles To Wear While Growing Out A Pixie
Growing out your pixie may seem like a time-consuming task, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a great time to embrace your natural texture and swap your go-to sculpted styles for an easy, breezy wash-and-go.
The best thing about growing out a pixie haircut is that after months (or years) of slaying a short ‘do, you finally have some length to play with! One of our favorite ways to style hair is with a curling iron, and you don’t need down-to-there hair to pull off some curls. Use a three-quarter-inch curling iron to create curls all over your head and set your look with a firm hold hairspray like Kérastase Laque Extréme Hairspray.
Now that you finally have hair long enough to style, it’s time to have some fun with your look. This edgy, braided faux-hawk is bound to turn heads wherever you go.
If your bangs have become so long they’re no longer considered a fringe, sweep them to the side of your face for a quick and effortless style. Your hair will look perfectly polished and no one will know that you’re smack dab in the middle of your awkward hair phase.
If spiked hair is a bit too edgy for you, opt for a style with more elegance like a pompadour.
This 1920s-inspired style is perfect for concealing any awkward length and is perfect for your next special occasion!
No matter how patient you are, some days you’re going to feel like your hair length is too awkward to style. On those days, you can always count on a great hat to get you through!
Follow Fugate’s advice to ensure you won’t end up back at square one. You’ll grow out your pixie in no time.
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