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Tips to get past that ‘awkward’ phase after a pixie cut

It's the same weird phase of growing out your bangs, except it's your whole head.

For the past three years, I’ve cut my hair down to a pixie cut in the spring and then grew it out in the fall. I first cut my hair as a challenge to myself. I thought it was something I wasn’t able to do, but in a bout of courage, I chopped it all off. Everytime I did it, I loved the ease and the look of it. However, I always got bored easily. More than once I’ve tried to grow it out, and more than once, that’s been an unsuccessful venture.

Growing your hair out from a pixie cut feels like a practice runs for marriage. It’s a commitment you’re not quite ready for – but once you’ve said a few words did a dance and ate some cake – it’s a journey you’re taking for the long haul.

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I consider this a journey of many uncomfortable stages. The first thing you’ll probably see is that the hair at the nape of your neck starts to flip upwards. I tend to call this “ducking” because, other than being a word that autocorrects seems to think I like a lot, your hair looks like a tail of a duck.

For most people, this inch of hair at the nape of your neck will be the most expensive part of your journey. It looks pretty ridiculous – so you’ll make regular trips to the hairdresser to get it shaped into a more pleasing boundary. If you’re like me and don’t care about what you can’t see, you can try to manage it yourself. If you choose this route, I recommend buying a pair of good hair-cutting scissors, and your favorite brand of liquid courage. 

Once you tame the duck tail behind on your neck, you’ll probably find that the whole rest of your head is getting on board with the annoying flip. I call this the “preteen boy” stage because every preteen boy tries to grow out their hair – and usually stops here because now your whole head looks a bit like Simba from The Lion King.

 

 

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Don’t despair! You’ve got this!

One of the easiest ways to manage this stage is to make use of a hair straightener! However, it’s quite possible that if you’ve had short hair for some time, you may not have a hair straightener.

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If that’s not at your disposal, you can manage these unruly edges by combing your hair opposite of how you intend to part it when it’s dry. This conditions the hair, when dry, to curve in towards your face, rather than fly away like a troupe of winged monkeys.

As the tips of your hair fall under their own weight, you may think that the awkward stages are over.  Unfortunately, you will be disappointed. As your bangs grow long – you’ll need to decide how you want them styled. Sweeping them aside is, of course, an easy way to go. As your bangs grow, you’ll still have a fairly pixie-ish look, so it may not be best to go with blunt or flat bangs. You might be mistaken for a member of a British rock group.

The great part of this journey is accessorizing!

You can tuck your hair into a wonderful head wrap, that accentuates side-swept bangs.  A head wrap can provide volume, and simply hide the little fringe pieces growing in. One great idea is to channel Rosie the Riveter with a handkerchief!

 

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Another option is the statement headband. Wearing a statement headband can totally change your look. Statement headbands can be timeless, or edgy. One of my favorite pieces is a headband that’s made of a row of sparkly fake gemstones. It makes me feel fabulous when the rest of my head looks a bit silly.

Of course, one of the most easily accessible accessories? It’s fall after all – grab a fashionable, slouchy beany, and get cozy.

 

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Once you pass the half-grown stage, you’ll soon be able to start trimming your hair into a bob! Of course, this stage will happen around springtime for most people.

Just in time to cut it all off again next summer.