Embrace the first couple months.
Growing out a pixie cut can be tricky business—and that's putting it lightly. But, for the first few weeks or months, your short cut should be in prime form if your stylist got it right, so take this time to get adjusted and learn to love your new 'do while it's in a great place. Haven't taken the plunge yet and need some inspo? Here are some of our favorite pixie cuts of all time, courtesy of celebs like Lily Collins, Miley Cyrus, and more.
Find a hairstylist you can trust.
Finding a hairstylist you can trust—someone who will take your growing-out goal seriously and understands how to transition a haircut from pixie to a bob—is crucial. Not sure where to start? Check out this handy guide to point you in the right direction.
Speed up the growth process.
If you're a few months in and tired of waiting for your strands to grow, there are a few things you can do to make a difference. Taking clinically proven supplements like Nutrafol and Viviscal, for instance, is a great option, as is eating a balanced and nutritious diet packed with growth-promoting leafy greens. Another pro tip: Give your scalp a solid exfoliating massage every time you shampoo, as this works by stimulating the scalp and encouraging faster growth. Lastly, make sure you're giving your hair a proper deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. The stronger your locks are, the longer they'll grow. These are our must-haves for every hair type.
Don't skimp on trims.
Believe it or not, you need to get your hair cut regularly as you're growing it out—stylists say ideally, every six to eight weeks as this helps get rid of split ends hindering the growth process and freshens up your current style. What's more: This will allow you to work with your stylist to find a cut that complements what you're working with while it's still in the awkward in-between phase.
Experiment with the unknown.
Another excellent way to power through the growing-out process is by playing with different products as your hair grows and the overall shape changes. For instance, while waxes helped hold up a few spunky sprigs in your pixie and gave it edgy texture, you might do better now with a smoothing balm that banishes frizz. This fan-favorite cream by Lenor Greyl is another vetted go-to.
While you're at it with the styling products, why not inch outside your comfort zone and experiment with styles you might not ordinarily expect to like? Boost your hair up in a pompadour, slick it back á la Kristen Stewart, or use a mousse for a slightly messy, model-off-duty look.
Don't forget about hair accessories, either. A bedazzled headband or '90s-style barrettes can make your hairstyle look more purposeful as if you're choosing this length and look rather than merely enduring it.
Fake it until you make it.
When in doubt, take a cue from Cara Delevingne (and so many other celebs, let's be real) and invest in extensions or a wig. Both have gotten better and better over the years, so there's a bevy of excellent-quality options on the market to choose from now. These are six of the best clip-in extensions, according to celeb stylists, and here's a handy, step-by-step guide on how to make wigs work for you.