So, you’re over your extreme pixie cut and you want to grow it out — like, yesterday! Not so fast. Stop and check out these three simple tips from hairstylist Matt Fugate in Allure. Take the time to give your hair what it needs to grow from pixie to long, and look healthy doing it. Trust us, you’ll be so glad you did.
Keep Your Hair Healthy
Do not damage your growing hair by over-styling it with hair color (especially bleach), high heat and harsh products.
Nourish your follicles with what hair needs to grow by feeding it biotin, marine extracts, vitamin C and minerals. Viviscal is clinically proven to grow thicker, stronger hair with less shedding and damage. But it can take time. Be patient, advises Fugate. “It could be three months before you see visible results, and six before you see significant change. Don’t get discouraged.” In other words, good things come to those who wait!
If you must heat-style your hair, Fugate suggests using only a mini-flat iron to smooth puffiness.
Embrace Your In-Between Length
Your post-pixie life doesn’t need to be miserable. You can still embrace your hair length now, even in the awkward growing-out phase. Try a cool accessory or get creative with styling wax. Take a cue from a post-pixie Emma Watson. Allure writer Jenna Rosenstein was inspired by Watson’s creativity with her in-between hair: “She spiked her hair up, slicked it back, and wasn’t afraid to try a messy braid or glitzy accessory during the awkward phase!”
Cut Your Hair (Yes, Really!)
You may think that avoiding scissors will help you get back to your goal length. Not so! Instead, Fugate advises, get a neck trim every four weeks. “Always keep the back of a pixie cut looking strong,” he says, “and build the rest of your hair toward that length, towards a bob. I always say if you’re going to grow it out, grow it out pretty.” Regular trims will keep your hair growing smooth and split-end free, helping you get your hair to long — even faster.