Operation Pixie-Cut Grow Out: Two Years Later

This post is over a month late, but August was quite a hectic month. In August of 2011, I decided that I was finally done with short hair. This was my second time growing out my short hair, but I’ve never let it get this long.

I’m proud to say that I’ve been growing my hair out for TWO years now! Woot! And I’ve only had some little much-needed trims in between.

I’ve known several people who have gone through this phase, or even asked, “how long does it take?” So I wanted to chronicle the entire grow-out process via photographs.

This photo was taken in August when I got my hair colored last. I go to Tera Rae Stephens for all my hair needs. She is AMAZING!

August 2013, Hair Picture

I also did a side-by-side of a picture from my last pixie cut in 2011, and last month’s photo. So you can see the before and after.

Before and After, 2011-2013I’m an kind of an obsessive selfie taker with my iPhone. It is a good thing though, so I can show how my hair has grown the past two years. My friends Stacey and Megan make fun of me all the time for taking so many pictures of umm myself. They only know how many pictures I take, because I text the photos to them.

2011-2013

Project Pixie-Cut Grow Out 2011-2013And because my hair doesn’t always look good. Believe me,  I have many many bad hair days, and very few good hair days. Usually my good hair days only occur when I’ve had my hair colored and trimmed by Tera.

I obviously have a thing for hats. And I have no shame in wearing pigtails. Please laugh at me, cause I’m 37 years old, and wear my hair out in public like this!

2011-2013 AngryJulie's Hairstyles

It has been a long process. My hair is also very thick. I’ve been dealing with that lately. I have to keep my hair up for work, and I’m starting to break rubber bands because my hair is soooo thick. So hence, the pigtails are here to stay!

I also did a post in 2012, to show my hair at the one year mark. There is quite a difference between 2012-2013.

If you are wondering what type of hair products I use: Pantene shampoo, Tangle Teezer for pulling out the knots in my hair, and random water wax (whatever is on sale) to straighten my hair and control the frizz.

I have many days where I want to cut off my hair again. MANY MANY DAYS! But I’m still growing it out. I want to see how long it will get before it makes me insane.

Have you grown out your hair from a short hair cut?

Do you have any suggestions?

23 comments
xomuireanneox
xomuireanneox

Giiirrrllll... I go through the "GOD I WANT TO CHOP IT OFF AGAIN" stage about every other month or so - and the only way I can make any real progress is to limit myself to trims every six months. My husband hates my hair up, so I'm getting real comfy with a round brush and trying to use a good dry shampoo.


I have also taken to drawing my hair back in bastard french braids - I braid a "crown" section, then near the end, gather up another section and keep braiding - I do that until it reaches the end. Oh... I do two, also - one for each side of my head. Husband hates, but it's a great style on gym days for me. :)

MelodyPatterson
MelodyPatterson

My favorite hair pic is the one in blue second row at the end...blue shirt!

tfk0912
tfk0912

You look younger with long hair.. I am trying to grow my hair out to

MeganF
MeganF

I wear 3 hair bands at a time when I run or work out. And 2 on when Im not working out. Damn hair. 



Gwen
Gwen

I love the new hair! Good job hanging in there. I love the pics with the hats...cause I too wear a ponytail or pig tails and go out in public much to the dismay of my boys! You look great! ROCK ON!

Gwen
Gwen

I love the new hair! Good job hanging in there. I love the pics with the hats...cause I too wear a ponytail or pig tails and go out in public much to the dismay of my boys! You look great! ROCK ONE.

RachelMatthews
RachelMatthews

LOVE the hair!  I have only seen you in person with the short pixie!  Your hair is lovely.  

Thick hair sisters unite! I've broken several rubber bands, usually while running - grrr.


My hair was nearly as short as yours when I started growing it out, and while I've done several cuts in between - due to funky layers, it's about shoulde rblade/mid shoulder blade now

Cheryllsm
Cheryllsm

You look AMAZING with long hair! I think it really softens your face & brings out your cheekbones!  It has really grown in the last year!

I typically like to keep my hair on the longer side because I have naturally wavy/curly hair & I think it looks less frizzy & fluffy the longer it is. if's it's shorter I fight with it more because it just looks like bedhead 24/7. I have found layers, layers & more layers help my hair, but your's might be different. 

The biggest thing that 'freed me' from hating/fighting with my hair is I now like my texture & curls/waves (depends on the season) and I use products for my baby fine hair (which can be hard to find since most curly products are for course dry hair & weigh my hair down)  I no longer try to look like someone in the magazine (cause really I don't even spend 15 minutes on my hair) 

So embrace your long hair! Wear it in pigtails (I still do! & I'm 40+) braids, or let it be wavy (like the photo up on the left) 

BTW my friend who has THICK hair swears by the Goody brand of rubberbands for think hair & the no slip headbands. She also likes the ones that you can use as bracelets....they completely slip outta my hair LOL 


coffeejitters
coffeejitters

Cute post, and cute pics. I had to grow my hair back out after chemo. I collected all kinds pics of celebs in pixie cuts, and I was so excited to grow my hair into a pixie, and then the texture changed and the celebrity hairstyle I ended up with was a little more Jonah Hill. But it's ponytail length now, and I'm thrilled.

Lea R
Lea R

Looks great and love the color!!

CaseyClemensStarnes
CaseyClemensStarnes

I wear pig tails when my hair is long enough.  Aint no shame!  You look darling with long or short.

Joni Perkins
Joni Perkins

I love it long on you but I completely understand wanting the ease of a short haircut. I have always liked it shoulder length on me but get a bug up my butt every now and then to grow it out. Usually the reason I eventually cut it is because it drives me crazy, falls out really bad, and chokes me in the night! Ha!

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@RachelMatthews I know, it is ridiculous how long it has been since I've seen you. What? Mom 2.0 in New Orleans, was that the last time? 

I had to buy a brand new pack of rubber bands this week, the black ones. I'm excited for the time when my hair will be long enough so that I can do braids on each side.

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@Cheryllsm Thanks! Yes, I actually have curly frizzy hair so it is a beast to tame. It is much better now that it is longer. I buy the goody brand rubberbands, and they last mostly. And I'm still rocking the pigtails.

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@coffeejitters Yay for graduating chemo. I have heard about the texture change from friends whom have had chemo. I think collecting pictures is always good for hairstyle inspiration. You need to have something to look forward to. This is why I've documented my grow out process so others can see how long it takes. Ponytail length was a huge party for me!

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@TodaysCreativeBlog I love both. Pixie short was super easy, but it is nice to be able to do other things with my hair.

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@Joni Perkins HAHAHA my hair is starting to choke me at night. I usually end up putting it in some kind of rubberband at night.