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I’m Growing Out My Pixie Cut and This is How I’m Doing It

Practical tips to restyle and reshape it at home.
I’m Growing Out My Pixie Cut and This is How I’m Doing It Practical tips to restyle and reshape it at home.

Let it be known that the reason I’m growing out my pixie cut after 3 years is because I’m not ready to go out of my home to a salon. My last trim with my go-to hair stylist, Henri Calayag, was in February, 7 months ago. And while under normal circumstances I would have gone back to his salon at least 4 to 5  times by now to maintain my short 'do, I have a baby at home and that has made me err on the side of caution in these not so normal times.

So what’s a girl to do as her once sharp cut grows out and loses shape? I’ve decided to take a practical approach to growing out my pixie. If you find you’re in a similar situation, I hope my tips help you out, too!

1. Set an achievable hairstyle goal keeping your natural hair texture in mind. 

My goal is to reshape my growing hair into a chin-length bob, which I feel is easy to grow out and will suit my natural hair texture.
PHOTO BY Lensa, Jorge Fakhouri Filho

I’m no hair stylist, so I’ve chosen a style that’s simple enough to achieve as my hair grows: a chin-length bob. I figure it’s easy to maintain and further grow, plus, because my hair is naturally wavy, any uneven parts won’t be too obvious.

I’ve worked out that I would only need to trim the tail portion at the back of my head regularly until all the layers finally even out. This could take months, I know, as hair grows only about half an inch per month. I’ll know I’ve hit my goal once the hair at the top of my head, the highest layer of the intricate pixie reaches my jawline.

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2. Trim your hair every two months to balance out the length at the back of your head.

From Left: A photo I took after trimming the tail of my pixie in April, and a shot of the current length of my hair. You'll notice that the hair at the back of my head is much longer, and needs to be cut by an inch to level with the layers in front.
PHOTO BY Isha Valles

The hair at the back of my head grows visibly quicker, which makes me look like I’m sporting a mullet. Not to say it’s a bad look, but on me, it looks more awkward than stylish. Trimming about an inch off the back (just to where the tips of my strands graze my chin) at regular intervals actually helps with the growing process. It also helps me picture my goal hair style better. 

How do I do this? While my hair is wet, I brush it all to the back to check on the length and determine how much to cut. I admit that I trimmed it myself on one occasion, armed with a sharp pair of scissors and a hand mirror. I’ve since learned to ask for help from the person with the steadiest hand at home to snip it to my desired length. I highly recommend watching a few YouTube videos to learn the right technique to do this—as best as an amateur can, of course.


3. Make the most of hair styling accessories. 

My go-to hair style is currently a deep side part and sweeping my growing bangs aside with a clip or bronze hair pins.
PHOTO BY Isha Valles

I’m certainly guilty of purchasing a few barrettes and hair clips online to at least make the act of sweeping my awkward bangs to the side much cuter. I’ve also brought out the hair bands hair pins I’d stowed away and put them back on regular rotation. 


4. Condition and nourish your hair every day. 

These are the actual hair serum and conditioner I've been using, and I genuinely have observed how much stronger and less prone to breakage my hair has become.
PHOTO BY Isha Valles

When I sported a close crop, it didn’t make sense to condition my hair so frequently. But hair health and hydration are important to grow it out well and keep strands from splitting. So I’ve made it a habit to use conditioner once a day, and I also use Zenutrients’ Gugo Hair Serum on my scalp at night to strengthen my hair from the roots and promote growth. 


5. Take your vitamins. 

I bought this bottle of multivitamins at Healthy Options and it contains Vitamins A, C, D3, E, and Biotin among others.
PHOTO BY Isha Valles

In the same way that what we eat affects our skin, it also has an effect on the condition of our hair. After my first pregnancy, I experienced a lot of hair fall, and expected the same after giving birth late last year. And so I made it a point to fill my diet with a lot of vegetables. I also started taking multivitamins that would specifically boost hair, skin, and nails. I firmly believe that taking these precautionary measures to take better care of the health of my hair has kept me from shedding as much hair as I did after the first time I gave birth. 


So far, I’m on track and I hope to have successfully reshaped my hair into a chin-length bob by next month. But even with all this effort, I know it’s just a band-aid solution. I look forward to the day I can sit in Henri’s chair again, and watch as he works his magic on my tresses. 

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