made the chop all over again during the summer of 2013. I love love LOVE short hair on women. I also love lush, flowing, long locks on women and wish I could pull it off, but I'm one of those broads who just looks more "me" with short hair. To each her own, eh?
Well as I was nipping the mullet off my neck last night (why the hell does hair always grow so fast in the back?!) and dusting off the split ends I had acquired over the past 6 months, I started making some mental notes on what has helped me get to this lightly layered bob I'm sporting in the above photos. Here they are:
1 | If you can't cut your own hair, you need to find a stylist you trust. It is imperative to find someone who knows how to shape a haircut as it is growing out as opposed to just trimming off ends. While it is important to remove old, dead hair during a growing out phase, it is just as important to have someone who understands how to remove the bulk that inevitably forms in those pesky places like behind the ear area, the nape area and anywhere else you start feeling "poofy". If you're anything like me, the back area grows way faster than the sides, so usually I just cut off the "mullet" and then remove bulk from the sides instead of taking their length off.
2 | Patience and understanding will get you very far. I can't tell you how many times I've seen women get frustrated with the grow out phase and just hack it all off again because they couldn't stand it. There are going to be awkward days. It happens to everyone (even us professionals). Just take a deep breath, accept that it won't last forever, and move to number 3.
3 | Find some cute accessories. I was a BIG fan of head scarves, slouchy beanies, headbands and cute bobby pins and barrettes when I was in "Pixie Purgatory". Go out and treat yourself to some new accessories that get you jazzed about your hair again. Sometimes I got the most compliments on my hair on days I was using an accessory to "mask" an awkward hair day. Here are some of my favorites. See how creative you can be? Hop on Pinterest or Google and find some inspiration!
4 | Texture is your best friend. Notice how none of the pictures above are super sleek and perfected? This is one of those times where the messy look is going to come in handy. Some of my favorite products when I'm growing out my pixie is dry shampoo, hair powder, spray pomade and matte texturizing taffy. Here are some of my absolute MUST have products for growing out a pixie. I don't think you need to run out and buy every single one of them. You may find one product that really works for you and others that don't blow your skirt up. These are just what I have on hand when I'm growing mine out.
* Batiste Dry Shampoo (This brand has TONS of options. Different scents, colors, etc.) easily found in drugstores, Ulta, or anywhere online.
* Pravana Nevo Lived-In Powder Potion
* Style Sexy Hair Play Dirty Dry Wax Spray
* Kenra Platinum Texturizing Taffy (There are no earthly words to describe how incredible this smells. I think it was made by angels.)
5 | Familiarize yourself with Whippy Cake YouTube tutorials. She seriously has some of the cutest hair tutorials for pixie cuts and short bob hairstyles. This one was a lifesaver for me. And I mean....LOOK at this cuteness and this one right here is SO on my agenda for tomorrow. Basically, there is a ton of inspiration and help online and on YouTube. Use it! It's free!
6 | This is a no-brainer and everyone should be doing this anyway no matter what, but take good care of the hair you have. If you don't want your stylist to tell you that you need to have more than a quarter inch taken off at your appointment, go easy on the heat styling, use good products including a leave-in conditioner once in a while and once or twice a week give yourself a deep conditioning treatment.
7 | This may not work for everyone, but taking a fish oil supplement was a game changer in the growth of my hair and especially with the health of my scalp. I just can't tell you how much of a difference I saw in my scalp and hair after just a few weeks of taking fish oil. Here's what I take: Nature Made Fish Oil Gummies.
And there you have it! Hopefully you found at least one thing that will help you grow out your pixie a little easier. If you've been through this yourself and have some tips and tricks not mentioned above, feel free to leave them in the comments for all to see! Happy hair growing, all!
September 25, 2014