Q: DEAR HAIR TRAUMA, I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GROW OUT A SHORT PIXIE CUT FOR A FEW MONTHS, BUT THIS IN-BETWEEN STAGE IS HORRIBLE. BEFORE I GIVE UP, AND GO SHORT AGAIN, WHAT STYLES DO YOU RECOMMEND I WEAR WHILE I GROW OUT MY CUT?
A: Please know that when growing out a pixie cut, or any short hair cut for that matter you have to have patience!
Hair only grows at an average of a 1/2 inch a month, so depending on how long you’re trying to grow out your pixie this will definitely take some time, but don’t worry, it can be done.
Use short maned celebrities like NIA LONG, HALLE BERRY, and MALINDA WILLAMS as your motivation, as we’ve seen these women go from shorter to longer lengths, and back short again, and you can too.
The best solution for getting through that ‘in-between stage,’ is to first determine which part of your hair is growing out the fastest so that you can create some type of shape and definition from your current silhouette.
For example, if the back of your hair seems to be growing faster than the front (as it usually does), make it a point to get this part of your hair trimmed more frequently. This way you create the appearance of even hair lengths all over the head form. Try trimming the back every 4 weeks, while only trimming the front every 6-8 weeks.
On the other hand, if the front of your hair is growing at a faster rate than the back, then opt for a graduation shape which gives you the ability to stylishly keep your longer lengths in the front although your hair in the back is slightly shorter. Think asymmetrical bob.
As for throwing in the towel, and cutting it back off, there is absolutely no reason for this when you can use extensions and hair pieces to create different hair looks on those not so patient days.
Take inspiration from hair icons KELLY ROWLAND and KANDI BURRUSS. Both are known for using weave pieces in their shorter length manes to add length, create texture, and play with unique hair colors when they desire.
And when all else fails, just remember that patience is a virtue! Believe us, your hair is probably growing a lot faster than you think!