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Ask a Hairstylist: How to Go from a Pixie Cut to Long Hair

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Q: Hi there Bill! I recently got a pixie cut. I have always adored this type of cut and finally got the courage to do it. I love it, but have grown tired of having the same style every day. 

Jamie is bored with her pixie cut.

Don't get me wrong; I have tried headbands, headscarves, hats and anything else you can throw on a person's head without looking ridiculous. Waiting for it to grow, however, is taking a bit longer than I expected.

Jamie has tried wearing headbands, headscarves and hats.

My hair is thin, a sandy blonde (verging on light brown) colour, and pretty straight when it is longer. I am definitely leaning towards growing it out. Any suggestions on different styles, or steps to growing it out? I am fine with using different products (gel, sculpting foam, hairspray, etc.). Anything will help! — Jamie

Growing out her pixie cut has taken longer than Jamie expected.

A: Jamie, I'm sure your pixie cut rocked.

Fine, straight hair is hard to keep edgy after a pixie cut.

Here is my suggestion for your next shape and parting: 

Ashlee Simpson at the 2012 Fashion: Take Note Studio event.

The back could grow out gracefully with this cut.

Here is another styling option for this length:

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Chin-length bob with layers.

This would be a great length for your hair type:

Choppy chin-length bob.

Any longer than this, and you should stay one-length.

This is a cool styling option for a longer, more one-length cut:

Bob with braided bangs.

Here is another example, with a lovely highlight that would add a stylish point of interest:

A long, straight bob.

Keep your cut simple; at this length, you would only be frustrated trying to add volume.

The line of the cut is so important at this length because that is where fine hair will fall to. If your hair goes past your shoulders, it will split and make your hair look thinner. 

Once it is past your shoulders, if it is in good condition, this makes fine hair really pretty as well:

Long, straight hair.

I hope this helps you get to your next length of your dreams.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Hair at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.