How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut: You CAN Do This!

Today, I’m just thrilled to share a video interview I did with my stylist, Jaimie Stevenson (nee Juettner) who has been cutting and styling my hair for 4+ years now. In it, we talk about how to grow out a pixie cut, and making the process less painful!

If you’re interested in working with Jaimie, here’s how to find her:

AND. In case you can’t do the video right now, I forgot to ask Jaimie a question that I wanted her to address, so here’s a quick Q&A on a related topic.

Sally: I’ve brought in a photograph and said, “This is the haircut I want.” And I feel like I’m definitely guilty of assuming that whatever it is can happen on top of my head and I know now that’s not true. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Jaimie: Sure! When bringing in a photo, the first question you should ask your stylist should be, “Will this work with my face, my hair.” Things you have to take into consideration are your texture – how thin, how full, is your hair curly, is your hair super straight. So asking all the right questions before jumping into a cut is key.

Sally: And we had talked, too, about how sometimes when you love a picture of a haircut, it’s not really the haircut you love. You can be blindsided by someone’s awesome makeup or their facial structure.

Jaimie: When looking at photos, a good thing to do is cover up the person’s face with your hand and then actually look at just the hair. Is it something you really like? The other thing about photos that’s really tricky is maintenance: Are you gonna style it every single day? Because these girls in these photos are styled for that shot. Having worked doing styling for photography, I know that a simple shot takes a lot of work to perfect. You need to decide if this is a style you can manage to do every single day. Is it something you’re going to want to style? Because a lot of people think that short hair will be easier, and realistically it’s not. It’s more work. It can be quicker work, and you can get good at it. But at first it takes time.

Plus when you take that plunge into a new, short haircut, you need to be patient. A lot of times it takes a few versions to figure out how it will fall into place. So that first cut might not be what you want, but make sure you come back and work with your stylist because it’s gonna take a couple of sessions to tweak it and get it where you want it.

Sally: That’s really good to know. And I also wanted to ask you if you’d discourage people from bringing in photos.

Jaimie: Never – I absolutely love photos! I’ve trained my eye so I can generally tell what types of hair people have in the photos. But I love it because it gives me a visual of what’s in your head, and what you really want to look like.

Sally: And once you get there you can talk about what can really be done and managing expectations?

Jaimie: Exactly.

Thank you for your expertise, Jaimie! Here’s hoping you inspire a few folks to finally take the pixie plunge.

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3 Responses to “How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut: You CAN Do This!”

  1. Keisha

    This is PERFECT, I just decided last week to grow out my pixie! I’ve had it for a year and a half, and I really enjoyed it, but I’ve had it for a year and a half and I’m looking for a change and growing it out (goal is a messy bob maybe?), I’m saving this post so I can re-watch/re-read it when I’m getting frustrated in the awkward middle stages.

  2. Monica H

    As someone who is in the process of growing out my hair from a pixie to a long style, her tips are spot-on. The only thing I would add is to understand that at times you may not seem to be making progress in overall length while you are actually growing some portion of your hair. I went through 3-4 haircuts when my hair was roughly “ear length” and it seemed my hair was getting shorter! In reality, my stylist was reshaping my hair overall, keeping some parts short to let other parts catch up. My stylist knew my overall goal, however, so she was doing what needed to be done in the short term.

    Also, don’t despair about how long it will take. Although it has taken me about 2 years to go from a short pixie to a few inches below my shoulders, my stylist has kept me looking great at all points in between.I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with the in-between looks as well. So, yes, it has taken a long time, and will take even more to get it where I want it ultimately. I’ve looked good and gotten lots of compliments all along the way though, so it isn’t as though I’ve been suffering through it.