Pixie to long I can spike it for a punky look, leave it soft and bouncy for a vintage look, it’s quite diverse really, and it’s low maintenance. WRONG!

Anyone who has the false perception that having short hair is low maintenance has obviously not gone to the hairdressers every month to preserve their pixie cut. When short hair grows, it’s very noticeable, as the hair on the back of your head grows more speedily than the front; so you lose your shape pretty fast.

However, if you are prepared to fork out for the hairdresser’s scissors every month, yes, the pixie style can be quite cute. But it is also worth a mention that this cut will not suit all personalities. Someone like me for instance couldn’t wait for it to grow out. This is my journey from the pixie cut to long hair, and why you should really think it over before you take the plunge…

So, I cut my hair without much choice. I basically took my long locks to my old hairdressers for a body wave back, no tester was taken and my hair was officially ruined. Thus, it needed to be cut short to remove all the damage. To say the least, I was devastated. I tried to embrace the change by going for an asymmetric cut and lived in hope the edgy style would make me love the new ‘do.  And for a while, it did…

Growing out the Pixie Crop (1)
Asymmetric in 2012

Don’t get me wrong, in pics, after a long time spent perfecting the style, it looked nice. But, I’m not a girl who wants to spend ages faffing with my hair every day, and the lack of symmetry started to upset my eyes. So, as my hair was still not in the greatest of conditions, I went for the full-on pixie and dyed it red!

Growing out the Pixie Crop (2)Raspberry red crop in spring 2013

I thought that it being shorter would mean even less faff and the red would make it look cool. That was until I realised it required even more effort to volumise and the red soon decided to turn pinky brown. This was not okay! So the red was banished and I decided to try and work out a way to grow it back. I had tried to adjust to the crop for a year, so felt I’d given it enough time. But now the real struggle began.

Growing out the Pixie Crop (3)
Embracing the pixie in latter 2013

It was now obvious that growing out short hair was going to be gruelling, as there was no stylish way to go from short to long. It was going to look strange as it gradually grew into a layered bob. I spent every day wishing it would suddenly shoot past my ear lobes, but that took a fair few months (as I said previously, the hair on the back of the head grows faster than on the top – this is to do with blood flow being better supplied to the back than the front. So, the back of my head needed shortening frequently, but the sides seemed to be stationary for what felt like forever).

Growing out the Pixie Crop (4)However, after about 9 months of this, my hair finally reached a level where I didn’t need a layered bob, and I could actually begin growing it out all in one, and tie it back when it looked a little naff. But I must admit, my tiny ponytail was pretty pitiful!

The stages from this point got better and better. I started to be able to choose a style I felt was effortless and more me. I didn’t worry about styling it every day, as letting it dry naturally still looked nice, and it obviously gave my hair a break from heat and styling products. I felt more confident to be me, and that boost had been long overdue, after feeling like up to that time that I looked like Mr Burns when I let my short hair do its own thing!

The 2015 length
The 2015 length
The 2015 length
The 2015 length

So, if you are prepared for the efforts of the style and you have the personality to take it, a pixie cut or bob may be for you. But, if you’re a girl who enjoys being a bit lazy with your tresses sometimes and you just want to pile it on your head with a clip or scrunchie, then go long!