And how to avoid that awkward middle length.
So, you’ve decided it’s time to grow out your pixie hairstyle. While the idea of having long hair can be exciting, we know that the process of getting there isn’t all that fun. Growing any short hairstyle into long hair can be intimidating, especially when considering those lengths in between.
According to Amanda Elaine Killen, professional hairstylist and Amika’s lead career educator, hair tends to grow a centimeter a month and six inches a year. Some people have a slightly slower or faster hair growth rate. That said, learning how to grow your pixie hairstyle is all about learning to embrace change and work with your length in all its different stages.
To learn how to do it, we spoke to hairstylists about some of their best tips and tricks for growing a pixie hairstyle without succumbing to an awkward cut. Next, read on for some expert advice on making the pixie upbringing experience a little easier.
Get a shaping haircut on a regular basis.
Despite what you might think, regular haircuts will help your hair grow more easily while growing your pixie. Los Angeles-based professional hairstylist Sierra Kener of Nine Zero One Salon calls these cuts “shaping appointments.” Going to your stylist for a trim, trimming dead ends, and removing excess hair around the nape can minimize those awkward wedging lengths, she says.
Kieren also likes this method of shaping. “I prefer to cut the sides and neck area shorter than the top until the top is long enough to meet, merge and cover the sides,” she says. “This avoids unsightly or unmanageable shapes, as the weight of the hair on the top of the head eventually grows long enough to help weigh down the sides and ‘train’ the hair into a manageable style.
Regular haircuts will also help in chopping off split ends, which can hinder the growth of healthy long hair.
“Texture is a growing person’s best friend,” says Kieren. “Playful, tousled locks are a great way to disguise the hardness of your hair shape and allow for flexibility in the parting.”
She recommends investing in a texturizing spray, like Amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray ($27; sephora.com), to help create effortless curls and waves in hair, achieve movement, and cover the sides and any harsh demarcation at the top.
Play around with different hairstyles.
Based on texture, Kener is a fan of playing with different hairstyles. Adding a headband, bobby pins, or even experimenting with slippery styles can make a pixie look fun, she says.
Focus on scalp health
Great hair starts with a great scalp, says Kieren. To help encourage healthy and rapid growth, she recommends paying extra attention to scalp health during hair regrowth. “Regularly exfoliate the scalp with a dry brush or scalp cleansing product, leaving the scalp free of buildup and receptive to nutrients.”
Kener also says that massaging the scalp regularly can help improve blood circulation and stimulate hair growth. Scalp massage can be as simple as running your fingers through your hair, or you can make it feel more relaxing and luxurious by using tools such as gua sha.
Try a growth-focused hair care system.
Keelen’s final tip is to look for hair products that promote hair growth. “It’s beneficial to use an at-home hair-care system that’s oriented toward hair growth, like Amika’s 3D Daily Thickening Treatment ($38, sephora.com), which is formulated with Redensyl,” she says. Redensyl is an ingredient that helps prevent hair loss and promotes hair growth.
Another option to try is Nutrafol Growth Activator Hair Serum ($69; amazon.com), which supports scalp health and promotes cell renewal for thicker, stronger hair.