When I first decided to start growing out my pixie cut, I knew it would be awkward for a while. What I didn’t know was that the worst of it would come almost a year later when my hair was hanging between my ears and shoulders– aka what’s happening right now.
When it was shorter, I kept the back trimmed (to keep the mullet at bay) and I used a little product to put everything else into place. But now that it’s longer it’s either large and frizzy or flat and stringy and it’s pretty tough to deal with. It’s too short to go up in a pony, too long to mold into shape using some extra pomade, and it has way too many layers to style properly because of my old pixie. Guys- I’ve had a gaps on the side of my head the size of my ear for almost a year! Spoiler alert- my ears don’t hang low enough to pull off that style anymore.
Since my hair is still too short to hide a bad hair day, I deal with it by putting it into a faux top knot as often as possible, but even that has good and bad days. All in all I’ve learned 4 big things that help me get through.
- Work with what you have.
This probably seems pretty obvious, but I can’t make my hair grow any faster and I refuse to cut off any more length than I need to, so I just have to deal with what I have. It’s something I remind myself every time I try to dry and straighten my hair. I hate the ear holes, but they made me super happy when my hair was short. In fact, I would totally cut around my ears if I ever cut my hair that short again! So the decision has been made and I just have to accept it and work with the result now.
- Stock up on bobby pins.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that bobby pins are my best friend. When my hair first started to touch my neck but was still too short to be put back, it drove me nuts. You can’t hide bad days with short hair! So I would pin my hair back to keep things out of my face and off my neck. Now my hair is a little too long to only bobby pin back, so I have to improvise. Most days I tie the top into a top knot and then pin the rest of my hair up towards the bun like in the picture above.
- Stop washing your hair.
I try my best not to wash my hair more than 2x a week. When it’s freshly washed everything lays nicely and you can tell that it has grown out of a style. So I deal with clean hair for a day or two by adding a little dry shampoo or texturizing powder for some extra grit, and then my hair is much easier to work with for days three and four. My showers are shorter, my morning routine is less hectic and my hair does whatever I want! Just make sure to stock up on a good dry shampoo to get you through. My favorites are amika, batiste, and bed head.
- Put in the work to keep it healthy.
Everyone wants healthy hair, but since I don’t have the extra length to cut off, I’m even more aware of hair health now. About once every other week or so I use a deep conditioner — and I always make sure to focus on the ends. A simple option is to melt down a bit of coconut oil and leave it in your hair for about 10-20 minutes before a shower. Or you can use my favorite- the Beauty Protector hair masque. It smells so good that sometimes I’ll use it on an off week just because! And don’t forget to use a protecting spray before blow drying or styling my hair for extra care. (Once again, Beauty Protector smells like a dream.)