Operation Pixie-Cut Grow Out: One Year Later

For the past year, I have been growing out my long-time pixie hair cut. I had my hair cut super short for about 4-5 years. It was easy to style, cute, and fun! But sometimes, you just have to take a chance and grow it out.

I’m not sure if anyone believed me that I would actually grow it out this time. I’ve tried several times before and failed.  Honestly, looking back, I think that it was the way that I was maintaining it through the grow-out process.

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I went in and got my hair colored and cut last week before I left for New York City.  Tera highlighted it and also gave it a trim.  We were both very excited because I finally had a bob. Tera took some photos of my hair with my iPhone to show the side and back of my hair also.

Back and Side Profile of My Hair, One Year Later
Now you probably want to see the before and after, right?

Project Pixie Cut, One Year Later Before and After

Yes, you have to cut your hair while growing it out. Otherwise, you look like a hot awkward mess that no one wants to see.  And you can’t wear a baseball hat twenty-four hours a day. A mullet does not look good on anyone. My hair on the back of my head was not even an inch long in July of 2011.  I had the front of my hair, top, and bangs a little longer, like 2-3 inches.  You can only imagine how it all looks when growing out, one word = MULLET.  I actually waited to get my hair cut and colored from the end of July 2011 till mid-October 2011. By then, it was a hot mess, and needed cleaning up.

Finding Tera Rae Stephens as a hair stylist is the best thing that has EVER happened to my hair.  Tera was able to fix the jagged and rough edges of my mullet, and also color my blondish-brownish mess.  We discussed the grow-out process at my first appointment.  I told her that I wanted my hair longer, but I was unsure how long that would be.

Every few weeks, and sometimes even a few months, I made a visit to Tera. She colored/highlighted my hair, and also gave it a trim.  I was still growing out some of the razoring in my hair, and also the split ends.  My hair has never been this management.  It is extremely hard to grow out razored hair.  It usually splits and breaks off, which for me, just means frizziness.

I learned to accessorize more. Whether it be headbands or hair clips, I pinned back those awkward pieces of hair from my face.  My bangs wanted to do their own thing, and they drove me crazy. Instead of cutting them off, I just used snap clips to hold them back.

12 months of hair
I went through all of my photos the past year and found some self-portraits that I had taken. These photos are from September 2001-June 2011. I couldn’t find a photo for December, but they are in order starting from the top left corner.  Obviously, my bangs were a huge annoyance but somehow I dealt with them.

I cannot wait to have a normal ponytail. This is my next goal in this journey.  I want to be able to pull my hair up, put a rubberband around it, and not have all of the side hair falling down.  Hopefully, I will be near that goal around Christmastime, maybe sooner.

25 comments
Curious Little Bird
Curious Little Bird

I would have loved to see photos of your pixie cut to 1 year from the back!! :) That's always the trickiest part. I've been cutting my own hair for 2 years, and keeping the back from looking like a mullet while  growing it out is the trickiest part. :)

Sasha
Sasha

Cute cute cute! I loved your hair super-short, but it looks fabulous now as well! It's a great look for you.

Syl
Syl

Love this post! I'm shaving my head in a few weeks and have been really scared of what the grow out process is going to be like. This gives me hope that it shouldn't be so bad as long as I keep up with the cuts and styling. Thank you!

Lin
Lin

Ooh, I'm really diggin' your new look. Makes you look much younger :)

Maribel Reyes
Maribel Reyes

I think you look great with short pixie hair and with a bob, I have been deciding between a pixie hair cut and a bob... ending up with a bob for the last couple of months. Which have you liked the most? or is most comfortable for you? I know you run, what do you use while running to keep your hair out of your face? Headbands are not working for me... the keep slipping off.

Traci Landry
Traci Landry

Love the grow out! Your current hairstyle looks awesome on you!

Kristy
Kristy

Omg. I love love LOVE your hair!! That bob is so you! Now, you can rock a pixie cut, for sure. But this looks so good!

Cheryl
Cheryl

I love the highlights! & You look good with wavy hair too.....I'm jealous! I still use prenatal vitamins & I swear it helps my hair better than the regular vitamins. (& no I'm not pregnant, don't plan on getting pregnant)

Joni
Joni

i love it! the highlights are beautiful and she did a wonderful job with the transition.

Audrey
Audrey

OMG, in the top right corner you look like Tasha Yar, which is wicked cool if you are me and are a Star Trek junkie. Of course, you also kind of look like a season 1 Beka Valentine from season 2 in the center image. Which is another science fiction show reference and probably means nothing to you but demonstrates the shocking depths of my dorkiness. ;)

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks so much Sasha...Although it is a total pain right now for running. My sides aren't long enough to put up for running and this awkward double ponytail thing is so lame.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

WHAT? You are shaving your head? Yes the grow out process can be tedious but eventually it looks normal? SHAVING your head, what the what?

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I like the pixie more than the bob actually. A pixie is easier to style. The bob is an awkward length for me. The hair on my sides is not long enough to put back or behind my ears. I need it to get to shoulder length to be happy. It was easier to accessorize the pixie also. I use BicBands (bicbands.com) to hold my hair back. I have the wider ones and THEY DO NOT slip. Seriously awesome.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Aww thanks!!! I'm slowly trying to grow it out. You know once it gets long enough, I have to have it up. Hair above the collar for work...blah

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks so much. I hear that about prenatal vitamins, but they always made me sick.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I heart Tera. She has done a fantastic job on my transition from super short hair to longer hair.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

LOL, I had to Google "Tasha Yar" to see what you a talking about. You are right. I live with two of the biggest dorks in the world. It's ok.

Britt0919
Britt0919

@Julie {Angry Julie} Hey!  I'm just a passerby and I wanted to throw out this: I know how exhausting it is to never be 'where or what' you desire.  Every female in America struggles with feeling under the water because this society blasts such ridiculous standards at us…and it's absolutely nonsense.  We are beautiful just how we are.  RIGHT now, in this very breathe.


SO, consider this Julie…


Possibly ask yourself, why you got this pixie cut in the first place.  Was it to ignite an inner freedom?  To find a look that brings you closer to you?  To feel fresh and free from societies long hair standards that females are most often expected to strut?  I bet there was a reason why.  Try to tap into that initial reason for your pixie cut.


Now ask yourself why you want to grow it out.  Are you possibly, falling into the standard hole?  Was there a moment in time where you felt unattractive next to a woman with long hair?  ---Whatever your reason why is, try and tap into that.


Then splash some water on your face and look in the mirror.  And awaken your initial reason for getting the pixie cut.  Its yours.  You are beautiful.  And lives too short to spend an eternity always growing out that damn head of hair and never being satisfied until then.  Rock that short hair. 


That's all, Julie.  I hope this sits well with you!


-Britt

Syl
Syl

Shaving and donating it all to Locks of Love. :D

Megan
Megan

you were sick because you were pregnant :) i bet they dont do anything to you now.

Audrey
Audrey

I meant Andromeda's Beka Valentine from Season 2. Brain drain. Yay for dorks! ;)