How to Grow Out a Pixie Haircut

The pixie is bold and beautiful… most of the time. Here are a few of the best and worst styles from my grow out experience over the past 16 months. If you’re considering cutting your hair into a pixie or if you have one and have struggled to grow it out, then this is for you. Anyone else? Well enjoy looking at some really bad hair days and embarrassing selfies…

THE HAIRCUT

I rocked a pixie for 6 months and this was my final and favorite cut before I began growing it out. It was cute, sassy, and perfect for my hair texture (extra thick, very course.) Styling my hair (and not styling) was a breeze.

The Highs: Wake up looking ultra chic with no effort!

The Lows: No styling options. (Clearly I got bored and colored it 3 times within 1 month.)

Styling Options: Throw in some paste and go.

Maintenance: To maintain you will need a cut every 3-6 weeks.

Tips: Don’t get this haircut impulsively, as cute and easy as it is, don’t forget that it’s a commitment.

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1-3 Months: The Poof, Puff, & Pudge

You will be dying for a haircut by your 3 month mark… push through it! The ultra chicness is gone and you’re left with… well, something annoying.

The Highs: The mohawk! When I wanted to feel good about my hair, the mohawk was really fun. This is your only window to rock the hawk so take advantage and try it for a night out.

The Lows: Basically everything… this is the most difficult stage to get through. My hair would poof and spike when I didn’t want it to. Glasses are also very annoying with a pixie; putting my glasses on was a strategic process of placing the temples over my ears without my hair sticking out funny or getting flattened.

Styling Options: Good products, blowdrying, and straightening. Mohawk. Accessories like pins and flowers will become your best friend during this stage.

Maintenance: NO CUTTING!!!!!

Tips: Check out bob or long haired inspiration to keep your eye on the prize! It will all be okay.

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4-6 Months: The Whaaa?

If the last stage didn’t bother you, then this one will. You’ll notice more length to work with but you’re still in a “long pixie” with few options. You’ll need to get really creative with this stage.

The Highs: You’ll be able to go get a blowout for the first time, which is a great option when you need a lift in spirit or have a special occasion. You’ll also fit into a (sad excuse for a) pony for the first time (LOTS of bobby pins.)

The Lows: Styling becomes much more necessary and a bad hair day looks BAD (as shown below.) Working out headbands and working out in general is also the worst in this stage; things flop and fall and stick out easily.

Styling Options: You can try air drying with product but you’ll have more successes round brushing or straightening for the best looks. I experimented with “flips” a lot but wouldn’t recommend in hindsight. HEADBANDS!

Maintenance: NO CUTTING!

Tips: If you need something to lift your mood get a blowout, buy a new headband, or get your hair colored – no bleach.

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7-9 Months: The Mullet

This stage is called the Mullet because that’s exactly what you’ll have. When you start to notice it, rock pigtails until you can get it cut… but only cut the back! Not the front, not the top. Your stylist should be in on your goals.

The Highs: For me, air drying or diffusing was now an option and I took full advantage, getting your first trim and fitting into a  real ponytail are also major highs.

The Lows: The mullet is nasty and your hair will most likely have lots of ledges or poof goin on. For me, straightened hair did not look good in this stage.

Styling Options: Air dried/diffused with product, pigtails, ponytails and headbands

Maintenance: 1/2 haircut… cut that mullet off and NOTHING else.

Tips: Tuck your hair behind one ear to give your cut more shape.

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10-12 Months: Happy 1 Year!

You’ve made it to your 1 year mark and deserve a major pat on the back! It’s all uphill from here but don’t get too lazy, this stage still takes styling and effort to look cute.

The Highs: You’re so close to bob territory that it hurts and good hair days feel REALLY good.

The Lows: Styling is necessary and hair will feel very heavy. Bad hair days are BAD.

Styling Options: Crafty updo’s and twists, air drying/diffusing with product, or straightening

Maintenance: 1/2 haircut… cut only the back again and NOTHING else.

Tips: Dryspun Finish by Bumble and Bumble saved my life during the stage. When my hair was poofiest and craziest, I just embraced it.

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13-15 Months: The Short Bob

FINALLY, you deserve a full. on. haircut! By this point your bob is heavy and crazy and ready for change. Melt and blend those layers in and you’ll be in hair heaven.

The Highs: YOU HAVE A BOB! You can now wear your hair up, straight, wavy, curled… anything you like! Some updo’s are hard but with 500 pins a french twist is possible.

The Lows: Air drying doesn’t work as well and styling takes longer… but hey that’s what hair is!

Styling Options: Straight, wavy, curled, or up.

Maintenance: You deserve a real haircut! Blend in those layers and clean up dry ends.

Tips: You’ve worked hard… take care of your hair by using heat protectants.

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16 Months: Go Get Banged Cuz You Made It!

Although my hair growth process isn’t over, I truly feel like I made it. The back of hair is now long enough where I can fit a small curling iron comfortably without burning myself. I can also comfortably wear my hair in cuter ponies that are slightly higher. I was ready to treat myself so I had my hair colored and got bangs; at this length, bangs are perfect to open up your face and give the illusion of even longer hair.

The Highs: You feel so accomplished and the possibilities are endless!

The Lows: Your hair requires styling, especially your bangs, and more product is necessary to achieve ideal results.

Styling Options: Anything and everything, up or down.

Maintenance: Bang trims every 4-6 weeks, and I’ll probably get another haircut in 3-4 months!

Tips: Don’t get bored and rush into another pixie cut! Take advantage of your hard work and have fun.

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More Tips for Anyone Growing Their Hair Out

  • If your hair has been stuck at the same length forever, know that genetically your hair can only grow to a certain length; some people will have longer hair than others… it’s just the way it is.
  • Lube that shit! Dry hair is more apt to become brittle and split, and keeping your ends healthy is vital to growing out long beautiful hair. Using hair oils while styling, before bed, etc are great. I would even douse my hair in olive oil before taking hot showers to buffer the water.
  • Showers: Wash your hair minimally and try to use look warm to cool water when washing or conditioning your hair. Use high quality shampoos and conditioners that are moisturizing or protecting your hair. Try skipping a shampoo and only conditioning, or keeping your hair in a pony or towel.
  • Hair pills are questionable by some, but I used them and saw results. But don’t overdue them… (that’s a whole other story.)
  • Try not to backcomb too often… certain stages will be more necessary but if it’s your day off put a hat on instead.
  • I styled and colored my hair as little as absolutely possible… it makes for a lot of bad hair days but in the end I think it was worth having long hair that is also healthy.
  • Try to skip bleach. I opted but darker blondes throughout my process and only used bleach in the last 3 months of growing out. And get your hair colored professionally, please.
  • When my hair wasn’t as fashion forward as I would have liked, I depended on makeup to give me a little boost. And care for your skin just as much as your hair.
  • Always remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel… be patient, be creative, and feel beautiful!!!!!

Happy Growing!

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43 thoughts on “How to Grow Out a Pixie Haircut

  1. I’m 7 months into my grow out and although this post is a million years old its super helpful and you totally gave me the boost I need 🙂

  2. Ok, I have scoured the internet and this is hands-down the most helpful “how to grow out a pixie” resource that exists. Thank you!! I have similar hair to yours, though I think mine’s a little wavier/curlier. I’m currently about 7.5 months into my grow out, but it looks more like month six in your pics due to curl shrinkage. This post gives me so much hope! By your timeline, I think I’ll have a cute, loose curly bob by Christmas, which sounds so perfect right now. Thank you for shining the light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.

  3. Thank you for this blog! I am going to grow out my cut for the first time and I’m a bit scared that my hair is going to take 2-3 years rather than 1-2 years to grow it out into a bob.. The first time I got my hair into a pixie cut, I got my first haircut 7 months later (I KNOW I KNOW! IM CRAZY!) and it didn’t even look like it was in the 7 months+ phase, more like the 2-3 months phase… hoping it grows faster this time, haven’t cut my hair since July 23rd.

  4. Great blog, I’m on my 3mth phase and and this is my 3rd attempt to grow out the pixie I’ve had for 4 years. Fingers crossed!!! Thank you for your suggestions & selfies. Love them!

  5. Hi I loved this it was so cute! Lol But in the 7-9 months: the mullet how did you get your hair to be so pretty and curly in pictures 4,6,7, and 8?

    • I haven’t been on this blog in SO long so I apologize for just responding now! I’m so glad you enjoyed this. ^_^ to answer your question… that is my hair with good products and a defuser. I have naturally wavy hair so with some sea spray (like B&B surf spray) or even a curl cream (like Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream) and a defuser, I could get that look. I talk a little bit more about it in my follow up video to this blog on my new YouTube channel so feel free to check out my progress 2 years later 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gJYwQ1jmsI&t=25s happy growing!

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  7. This is hands down the best “growing out your pixie” blog EVER! I am currently obsessed with growing out my pixie. I am in that damned 2-3 months phase and I know I have a lot of torture ahead of me. I have done this three times before and I swear this is the last! I have spent all of my twenties cutting and chopping and growing and suffering, lol. Anyway, this blog has GREAT pictures, especially for us girls with thick and coarse hair! Thank you so much for all your ideas and enforcing the “NO CUTTING” rule! I was actually planning on getting a trim soon but you have changed my mind! Thank you!!

  8. I have started to grow out my pixie 10 months ago, my hair almost reaches to my shoulders. Glad to see all stages, you’ve passed, it shows how many ways it’s possible to style your hair. Your blog and tips are really helpful and interessting! Greetings from Poland! 🙂

  9. Your blog just saved my life…. Finalllly! I am at the mullet stage, and it is absolutely terrible. I feel so ugly and gross. Make up is my only friend right now. I have NO good hair days at all anymore. I actually avoid going out more than I have to because my hair just looks plain ridiculous. It ruins every day. I have had the bottom part of the mullet cut off twice but it grows so much faster than the rest of my hair. Not to mention the back ends FLIP OUTWARD, flat iron or not. Im praying Im able to even out my hair before I go insane. Your blog has been so helpful..tons of useful info! I see you are a Bumble And Bumble fan. Me too, I only use their products! You are super pretty and funny and I love your hamburger pic cuz that expression is 1000% ME right now! I feel like its never gonna end. Im sticking to beanies and bows and headbands like you said.
    Ive saved your blog so I can look at it when Im feeling annoyed haha
    I love your 10-12 mth and 13-15mth photos! By the looks of it youre a stylist? (:

    Thank you for keeping me from jumping off my balcony! Your positive attitude is encouraging and inspiring. ♡

  10. Its so great that I found and read your blog about growing out a pixie cut. I’m from the Philippines and right now I’m having mixed feelings about my 2-month old pixie hair but Im in ‘The Mullet’ stage already. Sometimes its a good hair day for me and sometimes really bad… BAD hair days. This is really helpful. Thank you for sharing your experience. =)

  11. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much,
    However I am going through troubles with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I cannot subscribe to it.
    Is there anyone else getting the same RSS issues? Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond?
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  12. Appreciating the commitment you put into your website and detailed information you offer.
    It’s awesome to come across a blog every
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  13. It really is pain growing it out…I thought I’d go down that road but then I decided to keep it the pixie hair till it gets out of my system otherwise before I know it, I’ll have cut a pixie just as soon as I grow it out. I hope I remember your advice in a year or twos time. Cheers!

  14. Hi I really love your blog! It‘s so inspring ! Especially to those who got a pixie for the first time,just like me 🙂 you’re so beautiful ! And this inspires me that the won’t may be long, but it’s going to be worth it! Sometimes I spent hours looking at this blog and re-reading it again. This is such a wonderful blog, more power to you !
    I can’t wait to finally grow it out 🙂

    • WOW I am a jerk for never responding to this!! I just wanted to give a shoutout (2 years later) that I’ve made a follow up video to this article on my youtube channel! So if you want to see my progress 2 years down the line with more tips and tricks click HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gJYwQ1jmsI&t=25s
      also… haven’t really been using this blog platform for I AM using youtube, so if you are interested feel free to check out my new material 😉 thanks for reading xoxo

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  16. This is a great guide! I’ve decided to step away from my 3 years pixie and let it grow a little. I hope i get to the bob phase and find another haircut that can suit me, and in which i can feel comfortable with. Thank you for posting your experience, it’s really helpful. Have a good day! 🙂

    • Thank you for reading!!! I just wanted to give a shoutout (2 years later) that I’ve made a follow up video to this article on my youtube channel! So if you want to see my progress 2 years down the line with more tips and tricks click HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gJYwQ1jmsI&t=25s
      also… haven’t really been using this blog platform for I AM using youtube, so if you are interested feel free to check out my new material 😉 thanks for reading xoxo

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  20. First off I am proud of you! Your an amazing person. Keep it up people need you! Second, I went through many stages of the same and wished I had a hair coach. Lot’s of memories of short, bleached, awkward hair days. Funny when I think of it now. Over 52 years of hair issues. They were good and bad as you stated ya gotta make the best of it. I think my Mother taught me that. Third: This helped me (as your Mother) know that we are connected in a very special way.

    I Love You!

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