How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut

Have you always wanted to cut your hair, but been terrified of the growing-out process?  A few years ago I committed and I had my hair cut really short, and then my hairstylist disappeared on me.  I didn’t know what to do…through some trial and error, I figured it out!

I was always nervous and unsure about growing out a pixie cut, but I have done it a few times and figured out the easiest way to do it.  It really isn’t bad at all if you have a plan as you go, and the very best thing is all the cute haircuts you get to have along the way!  I became much better at styling my hair as I went through the process of growing it out.

Here are my go-to styles to get you from pixie cuts, to bobs, to lobs (long bobs)!  Before you know it, your hair will be past your shoulders and you will be itching for a short cut again.

The big chop:


I really loved that haircut!  It was so easy!  Plus, when you hair is short you can really play around with color.  There is something so freeing about not having to worry about your hair.  My best friend (heeeeey, Katie!) 100% hated my hair when I first got it cut #funfact.  As in, all the way hated it.  LOL.  It is a super drastic change, and it might take a little bit of time for your close friends/family to get used to it.  Stay confident!  You love your hair, and everyone else will learn to love it just as much.

It might take a while for you to figure out the best way to style your hair, depending on your cut and hair texture.  I actually used to have to wear a scarf while my hair was drying when my hair was its shortest, because otherwise my naturally wavy/curly hair dried really poofy. Sounds a bit silly, but if I didn’t, I ended up with Golden Girls hair. Not so adorable when you’re young.

If you are really not able to coax your hair into anything you like, throw a hat on!

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Ta da!  Now, when it comes to starting to grow out your hair, you need to make a decision.  You can either grow the top out first, and then the sides/bottom, or you can grow it out all at once and get trims to shape it.

In my experience, it is the easiest (and you get the most options) when you grow out the top first and then once it is long enough, let the sides and bottom grow out, too.  I tried the “grow it all out at once” method one time and ended up with a mullet that had to go.

From the shortest pixie length, the next step is to let the top grow out a bit, but still keep the sides and back short.


For this style, I would use a tiny flat iron to curl my hair on top up and back from my face, then run a pomade through it for texture!  As the top gets longer, keep the sides and back short.  I used a small flat iron or curling iron to style the hair on top.   As the hair on the sides/back gets a little bit longer, you can also use a small curling iron to curl those pieces to give your hair some texture.


Pretty soon, you can have bangs!


You can curl or wear them sleek and straight.  Once you hit this length, you can really have fun with pins and headbands/scarfs!  Goody makes these tiny bobby pins that work perfectly for shorter hair.


Soon, you’ll have a bob going!  You can either rock bangs, or pin/twist them back!

From this length, it’s pretty easy!  Just continue to get trims to keep a nice shape to your hair, and keep it healthy.


Once your hair hits this length, you can start to pull it back!   You can even do a high bun style by pinning the back up.

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Next, you can accessorise with tiny hats (lol), and you’re already at a long bob!

My hair grows quite fast, now it is this length.  It has been almost exactly two years since the pic where I am wearing the hat.

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I am currently in the process of growing it out again!  I’m starting to really want to cut my hair off again, but I’m going to hold out until I have the length needed to donate (minimum 10″).  I have donated my hair 3 or 4 times, the organization I choose is  Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan ❤

Whether you donate your hair or not, there are so many cute, short haircuts!  For inspiration, follow nothingbutpixies.  Be warned, do NOT go on that page unless you are really serious about chopping your hair off.

A few things to remember if you decide to go short:  1. You will have to get haircuts often (every 6-8 weeks).  2. No more dry shampoo and messy buns for lazy days: you either need to style it every day, or throw hats on/accessorize.  3.  Go to a stylist you trust!  Preferably one you have a relationship with, otherwise do your research.  *P.S. I still vote that you go for it! *

Would you ever go for a short cut?   What look is your favorite?  Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

xoxo, Katie

4 thoughts on “How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut

    • Thank you so much, Naomi! You would look gorgeous with short hair, don’t be afraid! The onnnnly bad thing is it can bet boring sometimes waiting for it to grow out! That’s when accessories come in haha. Thanks for the comment ❤


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