Thursday, January 10, 2013

Growing out your pixie cut

Well, if you no longer like your pixie, like I did not once upon a time (I recently re-cut it), re-growing it can be a pain. The first time (and hopefully the last time) I regrew my pixie cut, it took a year and a half before it reached the spot in the middle of my shoulder blades, and that's taking supplements when my hair already grows fast.
This picture of pink is about the length mine was when I got my first pixie. There are no existing pictures of me when my hair was like that. God, it was short.
This is my current length, but since I also have no photos of my first one of the first few months of having it, this will make due. This is about a month and a half later of getting the first hair cut. You can simply let the layers grow at this point. For styling, use gel, spray, and add some accessories too like cute headbands and clips to add some spice!
Now this photo right here is in fact me growing out my first pixie, and I decided to dye it brown at the time instead of my normal red. I would say at least 2 months later, perhaps two and a half. I'm still just letting all the layers grow, including my bangs. At this point and time, the hair on the back of your head along the nape of your neck is going to really start growing and your going to need to razor the short hairs closest to the skin, and getting trims on the longer upper layers. If you do not, your going to end up with an awkward and ugly looking mullet. You can also start doing more with your hair at this point, like twisting your bangs back or to the side. The headbands and clips will look even better in your growing hair.
Found this on the internet, the perfect example of getting a mullet by not trimming the nape of your neck while growing out your pixie cut.
I'm sorry but I could not find anymore in between pictures of myself between that last one and this one. This was months and months later, from fall to spring. Obviously, I have keeping up on trims since I do not have a mullet like the previous picture. I have let my bangs grow to the side, and now have even more options to work with my hair. I can braid my bangs back, or french braid them and the rest of the side to create a tiny pony in my hair. Or just a tiny pony at this point in general. However, your going to need to do something to keep the rest of your layers up if you choose not to braid. As always, there is always the options of headbands and clips. Only now you can combine them with more twists and braids.
Once again, from my lack of photos because I hate almost 99 percent of photos taken of me, so I rarely take them, here is a photo from months and months later. Almost the year and a half later. At this point and time, you can pretty much go crazy with your hair and do all sorts of things. For example:
The water fall braid
Hard to see, but it's braided down the back
Ever popular side braid
Clipped up
And although I do not have pictures of it, I was most fond of fishtailing my hair and also doing the french twist. Pretty much, when your hair is long, you have endless possibilites of all the different styles you could do to your hair, so I'm not going to even try and make a list.
Depending on how fast your hair grows, and the supplements you may or may not be taking, it could take much longer, up to two years or longer to get it to the point I was at. Or the same time. But really, to grow out that pixie cut, you NEED PAITENCE. And you must remember to trim the mullet please!
Good luck. :)

Which Pixie cut fits your face type


Thinking of cutting off your long locks and getting a dramatic, stylish pixie cut? Considering I have one myself, I'd say to GO FOR IT! Which style pixie cut? Edgy? Soft? Slightly longer? Well, this depends on which shape your face it. There are different styles that suits your face shape better and brings out the best and most beautiful qualities in your face. There are many different face shapes to consider, such as: oval, round, heart, diamond, oblong, and square. Those are the sixth basic shapes. I've heard the term "pear" too, such as in the chart, but that is rarely used. I will try to cover all of these many options.

If your not sure about your face type, I've included a "about face" chart to help you determine it.

Let's start with an oval faced shape. You have an oval shaped face if your face is slighter longer then it is wide, with your jawline slightly rounded and wider at the top. Oval-faced women are lucky because their facial type allows them to pull off pretty much any hair style there is. You could do a super short pixie to maximize drama, or it's also recommended to add soft bangs to the front so you don't add to much length to your face and also to highlight your beautiful facial features. Emma Watson seems to be the poster child for this face in the pixie hair cut department.
 Next, a round facial shape. You have a round face if your face is nearly as wide as it is long, your cheekbones mark the widest spot in your face, and your jawline is round and full. I have a round face, so I went with one of my favorite actresses, Ginnfer Goodwin, gorgeous pixie. A super short pixie may work on this face, but there are going to be some challenges with it. Instead, most hair stylists suggest a longer pixie style to make your features pop better. Make sure to add layers with height to the top of your head to make your face a bit longer. Soft bangs with help minimize roundness of the face. (the redhead is me :) )

Up next, square shaped faces. If you have a square face, the sides of your face are straight and your face is nearly as wide as it is long with your hair line straight and a beautiful defined, straight jawline. Demi Moore or Keira Knightley are great examples of this face type. Because the angles on this type of face can get too harsh with certain types of pixie cuts, soft layers and wispy bangs with some hair left at the nape of the neck is a must. Spiky cuts are the best for square faces.

Now, heart shaped faces. You know you have a heart-shaped face if your face is longer then it is wide, have a "pointy" chin, becoming the narrowest part of your face, your jawling is long, and your face is an inverted triangle or heart shaped in general. Reese Whiterspoon is a good example of this type of face, Miley Cyrus, or Halle Berry. Shorter pixies are best with this facial type because they focus in on the person's eyes. They need to avoid excess volume on the top of their head because it emphasizes the chin too much, making the face much longer. Side swept bangs are best.

Oblong faces shall be the next shape we shall cover. Oblong faces are longer then they are wide, with the jawline, cheekbones and forehead about the same width and a rounded chin. Ashlee Simpson is a good example of this type of face. When choosing a pixie cut for this type of face, you need to pick a cut that reduces the length of your face. Short pixie's with long side swept bangs tend to be the best style for oblong faces; jagged layered pixies are also another excellent choice.

And lastly, but not least, diamond shaped faces. People with diamond shaped faces have wide-set cheekbones, which are the widest part of your face, a slightly pointed chin, with your face slightly longer then it is wide. This facial type also has the lucky advantage of being able to pull off almost any hair do the person pleases, like the oval face. A pixie cut will off set the gorgeos cheekbones diamond faced people have better then long hair, and the options of pixie's are wide ranged. It pretty much depends on what you want to do and what you are comfortable with! However, having a longer pixie cut with longer bangs will really make the cheekbones stand out and look just

Pixie Cuts....not just for "perfect" skin.

I recently re-cut my hair into a pixie cut (which I love!) and while looking for styles on the internet to figure out exactly what I wanted, I noticed something a few of the sites said.

 "to have a pixie cut, you need perfect skin"

I'm sorry, what was that? Perfect skin? Really?

I disagree with that statement.

I rock the pixie cut look, along with numerous others, and I rather doubt that we all have perfect skin. Sure, we no longer have the option of hiding behind our long locks anymore, but I do not believe perfect skin is necessary. Isn't that what makeup is for? To cover up any imperfections to make the illusion of perfect skin?

Having a pixie cut shows that we have confidence in the way we look by taking away the hair that we could hide behind.

A blemish here and there isn't a big deal. Nor should it stop anyone from getting a pixie cut, because they are adorable and make some look way better than they did in long hair because it can really show off their beautiful features.

I have blemishes. I also have super fair skin, because I cannot tan. Therefore, every little inkling of imperfection pops out like a neon sign on my face. So, I wear makeup and cover those imperfections up. And I rock my pixie cut. :)