I’m not a hair color kind of girl. It just isn’t for me. Instead, I spend my hair adventure points in cuts. I tend to keep my hair long for about two years, then pop in for a new bob, shag, or pixie.
In March of last year I published The Transformative Power of a Haircut, about going from a long bob to a long pixie cut. It is my favorite short haircut to date. Even though I absolutely loved my long pixie, I also love the versatility of long hair, so in the fall I began growing my hair out. (I got a compliment on how cute it was short the same week. You have to laugh.)
If you’ve never grown out a pixie haircut, then you are blissfully unaware of the awkward way it rapidly morphs into a mullet. That means you either need to do some trimming yourself (if you’re good with scissors), or you need to get your stylist to do some snipping for you. I chose to trim it myself.
I created texture, waves, and curl to disguise my shaggy cut. I employed my homemade pomade and flexible headbands to alter the shape of my hair. And I wore hats on days it just wouldn’t cooperate. I used all of those tricks to ease my hair through those tedious early months of growth. That worked out pretty well from October to February/March when it was time for an overhaul.
I made an appointment to see Donna Windsor at Salon Enigma to have her shape my hair into a bob. For some, this is the hardest part of growing out a haircut. You’ve worked so hard to grow that length, it can be painful to see it fall to the floor. Trust me. It’s completely necessary.
In about 45 minutes Donna had my hair whipped into a neat bob that will carry me through several months of growth.
At the rate my hair grows, I should have it at the length I want in about a year. In between, I’ll be seeing Donna for regular trims that will keep my cut stylish and fun.
While I was in her chair, I asked Donna for some expert advice on growing out a short haircut. Here is what she said:
Hang in there and grow it out to a length you can do something with. Then, get it cut into a shape that will grow out well for several weeks.
Give it time to grow! Wait eight to twelve weeks between haircuts, as long as your hair is healthy. If you have split or brittle ends you may have to have them trimmed more often.
When your hair is long enough to wear pulled back, have your stylist cut bangs and fringe. That will give you something interesting going on in front, while the back grows out to the length you desire. (I love that idea!)
Whichever way you look at it, growing out a short haircut is a test of patience, but these tips can help you get to your goal with a little more grace. Follow me on Instagram to see how my own lengthy journey is progressing.
Big thanks to Donna Windsor at Salon Enigma in Colleyville, Texas for her expert advice!