Growing Out a Pixie Cut 101: Timeline, Trims and Styling Tips

Welcome to one of the most difficult hair dilemmas you will ever face. OK, it’s not really THAT bad, but it can seem like your pixie cut will never become a longer style. Growing out a pixie cut into a bob, lob or even longer will take time and some adjustments, but I can help you with some useful tips to avoid throwing in the towel and shaving it all off.

Stages and Timeline

On average, hair grows a half-inch a month. Knowing this can give you an idea of when you will reach your goal. Of course, you will probably want to factor in trims along the way to keep your hair healthy and in some sort of style, so the grow-out timeline for a pixie will differ for everyone. For most people, though, growing out a pixie cut into a bob will take between 6 months to a year, depending on the length you’re starting from.

How to Increase Growth

The most important factor when growing out a pixie is to keep your hair healthy. You probably won’t need regular trims, but if your ends are damaged, they need to go. Conditioning treatments can help with dry, brittle hair and reducing or eliminating heat styling will prevent further damage. If you’re growing out a pixie cut, then be very careful with your flat iron and lower the heat setting. You might also want to consider using a heat-protectant product.

Some people have also found that healthy eating and hair vitamins, such as biotin, silica and collagen have helped their hair growth. This can speed up the process for some, especially those who are lacking essential vitamins.

Trims While Growing Out a Pixie

To get it trimmed or not to get it trimmed, that is the question. For my clients who are growing out their pixie cuts, I offer ‘clean ups’, which consist of trimming at the nape. This area will get long, flippy and bushy repeatedly throughout the growing process and keeping it in check maintains a polished look. You won’t need to get all of your hair trimmed frequently because that would be counter-productive, but those nape trims can save your sanity. This is especially helpful if you’re growing out a pixie into a bob. You will start to see a vision of the bob more with each nape trim.

Keeping in mind that the hair on the top of your head is likely what needs to grow the most, that area should be avoided when trimming unless it’s damaged or needs to be reshaped. For people with fine hair and who are growing out a pixie cut, it will be easier to let it go without trims than those with thick hair. Thick-haired people: You’re definitely going to require some reshaping along the way with some texturizing and blending.


Typically my pixie grow-out clients will get their nape trimmed every four weeks or so, depending on their hairline, density and direction of growth. Those with awkward swirls and flips at the nape may require more frequent clean-ups.

The bottom line is that if you want to avoid a mullet when growing out a pixie, you have to get that nape trimmed.

Hairstyles for Growing Out a Pixie

As you’re growing out your pixie, you’ll notice that it’s probably going to get bigger and wider before it gets longer, particularly if you have thick hair. There are some measures you can take to reduce the bulk, as well as specific hairstyles for growing out a pixie that work well.

One thing that works for some people is to wash it less. Since very clean hair tends to be fluffier — and hair with some natural oils in it sits flatter — frequent shampooing will not be your friend if you’re trying to avoid poofy hair.

If you can’t go without daily washing, consider using a heavy conditioner or mask to assist in controlling it. A cream form of a styling product will also help, along with a gel and, for some people, mousse. These products will provide control and assist in keeping your hair in place. Hair oils may moisturize or add a silky feeling, but unfortunately don’t do much for aiding your styling efforts.

Changing the way you style your hair while you’re growing out a pixie will most likely be necessary as your hair gets bigger, wider and longer. Experimenting with where you part your hair will help to redistribute the bulk and weight to sit in a more balanced shape. This can also give you a new look while you’re getting through boring and awkward stages of the grow-out.


The biggest impact when redistributing bulk is when you refrain from directing all the hair to each side. You’re going to resemble a mushroom real quick if you’re parting and brushing straight down to the sides. Instead, comb all the hair forward first, and then sweep the front out of your eyes. The hair on the sides will fall into place, and you’ll suddenly have a much narrower shape. You will notice that you don’t have a definite part and that your style now emphasizes the length that you do have.

Once your pixie cut gets long enough to tuck behind the ears, the game is changed. This also provides a narrower silhouette to your style, and your ears can majorly assist in taming a bulky mane. Doing an extreme side part and tucking the side the part is on gives a really fresh look, especially if it’s slicked with some strong-hold gel or secured with a cool hair clip.

The middle part is also something to explore while you’re growing out your pixie. This is not going to be ideal for everyone, but if you have fine hair, and it’s getting kind of shaggy, try shoving it all forward and then splitting it in the middle of your forehead a bit. There are more hairstyles for growing out a pixie cut than you think!

How about adding curls? Your length may be too short for your efforts to resemble an actual curl or wave, but you can get some nice direction and texture with your curling iron or flat iron. This can be especially helpful if you’re suffering from uneven lengths or unruly sections.

At this point, I’m hoping that you have some direction and confidence to move forward with your growth process. Growing out a pixie with success is entirely possible, and while you may experience some bad hair days or undesired awkward stages, these tips and ideas will help guide you as you make your way to a longer style (just imagine when you can get it into a ponytail). Come join me on Instagram for more style info and inspiration.

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