So about 7 months ago I decided to make probably one of the worst hair choices I’ve ever made – I got a pixie cut. That sounds so dramatic, I know, but 7 months on and I wish I had read more blogs about things to consider before getting a pixie cut. So today I’m going to throw in my contribution to the pixie game. Please, please, read these ‘things’ before heading off to the hairdressers – for your sake, not my page views sake!
1. Make sure you’ve really thought about it.
I cannot stress this enough. You shouldn’t book an appointment with your hairdresser as soon as you see a picture of a cute pixie cut. Especially if you’ve never had your hair cut above you shoulder before (like me!). You should really do your research about the cut and read blog posts (like this! Well done, you’re off to a flying start).
2. Just because its short, it doesn’t mean its low maintenance.
Short hair being low maintenance is such a misconception. Short hair requires a lot of attention, whether its washing it, styling it, or just keeping on top of the length, you will find yourself always doing something to it.
Since having a pixie cut, I’ve found that I’ve had to wash my hair every single day. And considering I wanted the cut because I thought I could just leave it, I was bitterly disappointed when I woke up looking like I’d stuck my finger in a plug socket up top and flat as a pancake at my crown every morning despite washing it the night before.
Plus, if you keep your pixie for longer than a month (unlike me!) then you will have to have more regular appointments with your hairdresser to keep the shape/style of the pixie.
Either way, accessories will become your new best friends especially bobby pins and headbands. Even glasses/sunglasses just anything to get your hair out of your face!
This was me, 6 months on from getting my pixie cut (regretting another decision – trying oysters. Blegh, just thinking about them I’m starting to feel sick again). But as you can see, I’ve got my trusty headband on to keep my fringe off my face. Also, the length at the back is after having two trims (I explain this is the next ‘thing’).
3. The grow out stages.
When I first had my pixie, I loved it. But after a week or two of those maintenance issues I mentioned, I started hating it and wanted to grow it out straight away. Six months on, it’s still growing out.
You’ll undoubtedly start to get a mullet going on because the hair towards the back of the head naturally grows faster than that at the front.
You will want to wear a hat for about 2 months whilst you’re in the odd in-between length growing out stage. Then, you’ll feel like you look like a young Bieber/mushroom.
And hopefully you’ve made it through these horrible stages (with a little bit of investment in decent shampoos), and you’ll be on the home straight with a little bob.
4. Make sure your hairdresser knows you, your style, and most importantly your hair.
100% do not recommend going to a new hairdresser to get a new style, whatever style you might be going for, it doesn’t have to be a pixie. Sit down with your hairdresser and talk about it – they’ll be able to talk you through the styles that will suit you and your hair type. It’s no good just going in and shower them a picture of that cute pixie cut you found on Pinterest last night.
5. It’s a good opportunity to “start again” without going full Britney Spears circa 2008.
I’ll hold my hands up straight away and admit that for years I neglected my hair. I’ve been dying it constantly for 10 years, used incredibly high heat when styling, avoided head protector treatments like the plague, and would only visit the hairdresser once in a blue moon.
After going short, I vowed that I would care for my hair a lot more than I had done so previously. My hairdresser has seen a massive improvement in the condition of my hair, and so have I – to the point where it’s not taking about 8 years to grow an inch.
So, if you’re like me and haven’t cared for your hair as much as you should have, then it will give you a good opportunity to almost start from scratch.
6. There will be days that you will feel like a boy.
Unless you totally rock the tomboy/rocker/insert another edgy look here, then ignore this. I don’t and I experienced a lot of days where I felt like I couldn’t wear certain outfits because I would look like a boy, or (due to the stereotype) a lesbian – and whilst there’s nothing wrong with either of these, it wasn’t something I felt comfortable with.
There are a lot of styles you can rock with a pixie cut, I especially like the peter pan collar blouses, but try a few outfits that are supposedly suitable with pixie cuts first. Or you know, wear whatever the hell you like. I just always felt that I had to “girlify” other aspects of my look to avoid being mistaken for a boy.
7. Donate your hair!
I didn’t think my hair was long enough or in good enough condition but regardless of both of these things, you will be able to donate your hair and I really wish I had! Just thinking of the good things that would come from it makes me annoyed at myself for not doing it myself, so learn from my mistake if you do have your hair cut super short.
So there you have it, my 7 things to consider before getting in pixie cut 7 months after I made the cut. Have you had a pixie cut? What was your experience? Would you add any further considerations? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to check them out!