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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Growing out a Pixie Cut | Part 2: 3-8 Months

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I'm growing out my pixie cut.
Again.

This is my third pixie grow-out, and it's never an easy ride.
The only way to tackle a grow-out successfully is to keep trimming!
Real patience is needed.

Over 40, it is more important than ever for each stage of the grow-out to look like a definite style.
A scruffy, and unkempt, pixie (with the inevitable uneven grow-out pattern) is not a good look.

 My Pixie Grow-out, Part 2

(See the grow-out: Part 1 HERE)

Part two should be a much easier part of the process, right?
Hmmmm....
Not really!
This can be the worst stage.

Your patience may have worn thin.
Your hair becomes SO annoying and you could feel like an unkempt old frump!

Every part of you might be screaming...
"Chop it off!!" (again)
I have wanted my tidy pixie back again countless times.
So many bad hair days.

Some days it looks okay and for a few weeks you might think...
"This is easy!"
My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Then suddenly....
Argggghhhhhhh!!!!!
It's a mess.

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

My hair starts to look chunky and frumpy again.
Return of the Lego hair!

So (taking my own advice) I dyed it brown and almost slipped into a coma with boredom!
I love brown hair at other times but brown is not my growing-out-a-pixie colour.

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I needed a trim to remove some weight, and that brown dye to wash out... hurry up please!

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Luckily, winter provides the perfect opportunity to cover up a bad hair day.
And, blame a messy mop on "Hat hair".
Hats have been my best friends over the past few months.

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Thank goodness hair grows quickly (even though it sometimes doesn't feel like it) and by the 8 month stage my hair is it's on it's way to where I want it to be.
Suddenly I feel like it is in a 'style', and not just a grown-out mess.

My Pixie Grow-out | Growing out a pixie cut over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I've added a little (red-brown) henna to boost my red tones, and my mood.
Henna also thickens the hair shaft a little, and boosts shine.
Result.

I am due to go back to the salon again for another tidy up, but I will spin it out as long as I can.
Doing some DIY trimming every now and again helps to extend the time between appointments, and saves a few quid.

5 more tips for growing out your pixie cut, as painlessly as possible.

(See 9 more tips HERE)
  1. Wear a hat! Clips and cute headbands can look little crazy as we get older. (Unless, of course, your "normal" style involves this kind of accessory. If it does, lucky you! Growing out your pixie will be a doddle) Hat's on the other hand are PERFECT... thank you winter (or summer) :o). You can cover up a bad day or blame a messy 'do' on hat hair.
  2. Try Henna. Keep on top of your colour. If you regularly cover your greys, keep doing it. Nothing is as depressing as a scruffy, partially grown-out pixie with grey temples and roots. I have started using Henna again and the condition of my hair has improved AND henna thickens your hair slightly too... win win!
  3. Puff it up! Growing out your pixie is hard. There is no easy way to do it, and there will be days where you feel like a mess. On days like these, try and play around with the texture of your hair and mess it up a bit. Puff it up, mess around with it. Try using straighteners to add some texture or curl. Making a feature of its non-uniformity makes it easier to bear.
  4. Invest in some more nice products.  No product will make your hair grow faster, but oils and treatments can improve it's condition. Lush has some lovely hair products. Treat yourself.
  5. Keep going. When things get tough, remember that your hair will get there... Keep going, you can do it!!

Have you successfully tackled the pixie-grow-out?
Please share any growing tips you have, in the comments.
I would love to hear them!

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  1. It's funny how we get with our hair. I was just talking to my hairdresser and asking her about her opinion of getting a pixie for myself. She basically talked me out of it! I think I should resort to my wig wearing again--then my hair always looks good!! :)
    So how long are you going to go?
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Hahaha...yes Jodie! Wig wearing would stop those bad hair days :o) XXX

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  2. You know I am right there with you on this growing out a pixie thing, although I guess mine is pretty much grown out at this point. However, I need to do something to change it up because this weekend I was seriously looking at cutting it all off again. Maybe not a full on pixie, but pretty short again. Blah...

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    1. That's what hair is for Jennie!
      We grow.
      We chop.
      We grow again!
      We dye it red.
      We dye it pink.... lots of fun!
      What about trying another shade? X

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  3. Sam, I love the red-brown color in the last picture, wow. Ive never had short hair with the exception of kindergarten, so I was curious to see the steps it took for you. You are fortunate as you look great in both short and longer hair styles. I have tossled with the thought of getting a LOB, ( long bob) but evevitably I chicken out. Great tips!

    Stop by when you can
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. You should experiment Jessica! You would look great with a long bob. XXX

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  4. I don't have a pixie but I have a bob that's very short at the back. I want to grow it for the summer and it gets very heavy very quickly, plus I am trying to give up my highlights habit, I feel your pain!

    Gail
    www.isthismutton.com

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    1. It can be tricky can't it Gail?! Giving up the highlights habit is a tough one too...good luck!! XXX

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  5. Love the hennaed colour.

    I think the only reason I ever grow my hair is the thrill of getting past shoulder length hair chopped back to a pixie.

    Yours looks fab both ways... are you sticking here or going longer?

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    1. Hahaha, me too Rachel!
      It's long, it's short, it's long again :o)
      I not sure where I'm heading but it is fun to keep changing, isn't it?
      XXX

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  6. Your hair looks GORGEOUS, Samantha, it's doing such a good job growing out beautifully! I've always loved the way you styled your hair, pixie-cut or not, and the colour is always so glorious. But then I also love your collection of hats, so it's sort of like a win-win, if that makes sense (basically it means you never lose because bad-hair day or not, you look good every day).

    I'm curious, when you say "henna", do you use an actual henna dye? If so, what kind do you use, and is it commonly available over there? (If not, well, feel free to ignore the question!)

    I remember reading part 1 and commenting; I went back for a 'refresher' and I noticed I never replied back to your comment. Will do that now!

    XO, Liyana
    | Affordorable

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    1. Yes Liyana, real henna.
      I used to get mine from the bodyshop but now use the stuff from Lush.
      It's mixed with cocoa butter and you melt it in a bain marie.
      Lots of fun and LOADS of mess :o)
      Jake (my dog) seems to enjoy eating the bits that drop on the kitchen floor! Yuck :oO
      XXX

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