April 10, 2015

Growing Out My Pixie: 3 Months Progress

asian pixie cut before and after
Month 1:
asian pixie front
pixie back

Month 2:
long pixie

Month 3:

growing out a pixie cut

As a blogger with a cropped cut, I present to you the first of my obligatory pixie progress posts. 

When I was first researching how to make the chop, one of my biggest concerns was the growing-out process. I was already nervous about how the cut itself would turn out, but I completely dreaded the awkward in-between stages. 

I absolutely don't regret taking the plunge, even though I'm living that awkward stage now (hello blind self-trims of the back of my head). Going super short was something I had debated for almost 4 years. Also, since I donated my hair, I reasoned that if I didn't like it, at least I'd be helping someone else. 

Luckily, I loved it. I loved finally conquering my fears, rocking a Julie Andrews-style crop, sporting cute beanies. I was ecstatic that my hair could no longer hide my statement necklaces, printed sweaters, and collared tops--I no longer had to worry about putting it up for nearly half of my outfits. I felt gutsy, liberated, and more importantly, I was happy. 

So why grow my hair out? I can't deny that I miss being being able to throw my hair up in a bun, toss it in a ponytail for a workout, curl it for special events, or disguise greasy locks in a classic French braid. Besides, once it's long enough, I can always chop and donate again if I so choose. 

So, I'm embarking on the long and agonizing journey of turning my current flippy, often-unkempt cut into a mid-length mane. I'll be documenting the process with updates every 3 months, and I hope you stick around.

If you're debating making the chop, feel free to take a gander at the pixie inspiration photos I compiled, my post after the initial cut, and my very first hair evolution post. If you decide to go for it, please consider donating your hair--even if it's not long enough to be made into wigs for children with cancer or alopecia areata (Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Locks of Love), Matter of Trust will accept shorter hair to be made into mats to clean up oil spills.

As always, feel free to shoot me any questions! I'd love to answer them, talk more about my experience, or point you to more resources.

Join the conversation!

  1. I like this!! I like the mid-length change a pixie, tis always cute!! x

  2. wow, hair definitely changes our looks so much! you with long hair and you with a pixie - like two different ladies! but the good thing is both looks suit you. and this 3 months old longer pixie is pretty awesome too. I really like it on you! I had my shortest cut during high school maybe... and since my hair is very moody (it can be almost straight or super curly, out of nowhere :D) it didn't hold very well and wasn't very comfy for me. haha and once I had bangs too. an epic fail again because curly bangs can't be great :D I have had red/orange hair, brown hair, almost white hair, red, black, pink streaks and more. maybe one day I will try to find photos and create a post about it!
    enjoy the weekend, Lily, and I hope your school stuff is running smoothly too!

    - Part of

  3. This is such an interesting series to have! :) I recently cut my hair short (although not as short as yours) and I'm regretting it. It's good to remember it grows back again. I had super short hair, just a smidge longer than yours and I really liked it, but this time around I'm hating the cut ha! Can't wait for the length to come back ;) It's good to know you are really enjoying your shorter cut :)

    Away From The Blue

  4. Aw, thank you Maiken! Wow, you've really experimented with styles and colors--I'd love to see a compilation sometime. Huge props for being so adventurous and gutsy! Wishing you a happy week--can't wait to stop by your blog :)

  5. I don't usually have a preference for hair often times, though I do love longer hairstyles. It is all about how you structure everything. I think when I first found this blog (in the "A Burst of Color" days) many moons ago, you had a short hairstyle. This style here, in my view, is a very refined bob hairstyle. There is a good deal of sophistication to me in regards to this hairstyle here. The long hair will be long forgotten, but you did quite well here!



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