The pixie cut craze is under way, and while celebrities like Katy Perry, Cara Delevingne, and Zoë Kravitz look amazing with theirs, from personal experience, I know that growing out such a short haircut can be a struggle. Here’s how to grow out your pixie more gracefully (like Natalie Portman) and less like a crazy person (that would be me).
Cut your hair. Personally, I thought avoiding scissors entirely was the fastest way to restore length. Not true, says hairstylist Matt Fugate, who advises getting a neck trim every four weeks. “Always keep the back of a pixie cut looking strong, and build the rest of your hair toward that length, toward a bob,” he says. “I always say if you’re going to grow it out, grow it out pretty.”
Embrace your length. I had no faith that my hair post-pixie was anything but a mistake, so I never once picked up a cool hair accessory or a flatiron or tried a styling wax. Take a cue from Emma Watson: She spiked her hair up, slicked it back, and wasn’t afraid to try a messy braid or glitzy accessory during the awkward phase. To tame uneven locks, Fugate likes Dove Style + Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, which flattens the hair and adds shine without any grease.
Keep your hair healthy. If you really want a longer style, don’t damage short hair by overprocessing it with color, heat, and product. Fugate suggests using a mini flatiron to smooth puffiness. If you want to go the supplement route (i.e., Viviscal and Biotin), you should be prepared to wait. “It could be three months before visible results, and six before you see significant change,” he says. “Don’t get discouraged.”