I’ve been growing out a pixie since early last summer, and am close to the length I was aiming for. The last bits still growing out are the bangs and some shorter pieces on the sides. My hair is fine and wispy, so this is about as long as I’m going to go.
A few of you have asked about the grow-out process. If I’d had more foresight, I would have made a point to take monthly shots from front, back and sides. But I went back through my files and found a few images that show the progress.
About 1 month in…July 2018.
A little over three months…September 2018.
December 2018…getting closer.
January 2019…oh those wayward bangs!
End of February…(during a session with Makeover Workshop).
And this week.
Growing out a pixie requires a lot of patience, and a good hair stylist. I got a cut about every 8 weeks during the process, mostly cleaning up the ends and shaping.
Now that my hair is longer, I’ve had to pay a bit more attention to care to avoid breakage and damage. I’ve cut out styling products that can be drying or create a brittle look. I’m still coloring my hair so that’s a factor too.
Hair Care Products I Swear By…
1 and 2: Shampoo and Condition
I’ve gone back to using Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner almost exclusively. These are gentle enough but still get my hair feeling clean. I used to have an oily scalp that required almost daily washing, but menopause has dialed back the oil production. So I usually wash 3 times per week.
You’d think that tangles and matting wouldn’t be an issue with straight hair, but because mine is so fine, it can easily get knotted. I try to be gentle when towel-drying, but use a wide-tooth de-tangling comb while it’s still wet to keep snarls at bay.
I’ve used this “5-in-1” treatment from Living Proof for a few years now, and still swear by it. I rub a small amount into my wet hair and then comb ☝️ through. It both smooths and adds a bit of volume to my hair. Magic!
5: A Little Oomph
After drying (which yes, takes a little longer than it used to, even if I let it air dry for a while first) I pull the front section back and spray a little of this texturizing spray right at the scalp line. It helps keep the hair from falling directly over my face. (Though on windy days, all bets are off.)
My hair also tends to go flat over the day, so if I’m going out, I’ll spray a little of this around the crown and “floof” a bit. The result is a little more lift and texture, without stiffness or stickiness. And it’s offered in a smaller travel size too! Yes, it’s a little spendy, but I just haven’t found anything else I like as well. If I do find something comparable for less, I’ll let you know.
I’m still figuring out styling…my blow dryer skills are still pretty rudimentary. 😂
Do you find that you need to adjust your hair care products when you change your style?