The pixie haircut has gained popularity among celebrities and average folks in recent years, but it is by no means a new style. Icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jean Seberg flaunted the short cut in their movies in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The cut is also an easy one to transition to other popular styles like the bob, flipped layers, the shag or various curl styles. Growing it out requires patience and regular salon maintenance to prevent unwanted styles, like the mullet, that result from longer hair in the back than the front.
The bob hairstyle can frame almost any face or hair type. The point of focus when growing a bob from a pixie cut is the framing pieces around your face and the back of the neck. The front pieces can feather into bangs or be side parted as the pixie cut grows out. The back of the hair must be cut regularly until the front pieces catch up. All strands will eventually be the same length, and the bob can grow out into a layered or straight cut.
Flipped Wispy Layers
As the hair grows out, avoid awkward lengths by flipping your hair out. Delicate layers with side-swept bangs add shape and movement to this style. To flip out the hair, use a round brush to brush and twist the hair outwards while drying the underside with a blow dryer. Add hairspray if you’d like the style to hold all day.
The short shag is a cut that adds large, messy layers to the hair. It is be an effortless look that implies a playful nature. The cut camouflages a sometimes awkward stage of growing out hair with multiple layers. Styling this cut is relatively simple. No blow dryer is needed — only gel or styling wax. Apply it to the back of the head and work your way forward, lifting the hair as you move your fingers through the layers.
Curly hair will transform the growing out pixie cut. Tight ringlets or soft waves can be created with hot rollers or a curling iron. Pile the curls on top of your head or pin them in any number of ways to make your own unique style statement. If your pixie has grown out enough, pin curls can create a retro look for the short-haired girl. Curls do require upkeep and regular styling. If you are the get-up-and-go type, the longer-lasting option of the perm may be for you. It will give you wavy hair without the need of styling.
References and ResourcesLadies Home Journal: Hairstyle Gallery: Short Hair
Red Book: Celebrity Style Tips for Short Hair
Hairstyle Design: Short Hairstyles