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Ask a Hairstylist: How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut Into a Bob

Crop your nape and get growing.
Growing out a pixie cut into a bob

Q: Hello Bill! I would like your help figuring out the best way to grow out my short hair. I am looking for a funky, easy style that would allow me to continue to grow.

Growing out a pixie cut into a bob

Cristie wants to grow out her pixie cut.

I've had a pixie of some sort for about two years now. I started to grow it out recently, and had it in a little bob. It was cute for a minute, but then it felt like a helmet. I went to a new hairstylist and she was going to "texturize" my hair (which I like—I've had messy, choppy hair for years), but instead started randomly slicing into my hair with no rhyme or reason. 

So now, I'm back to a pixie, but a very bad one. There is no underlying shape to my hair. It's just an awful choppy lump that doesn't do much of anything. One side has longer pieces than the same spot on the other side. The back, near the nape of my neck, looks awful. 

Growing out a pixie cut into a bob

Cristie's current cut is choppy, with uneven sides.

With product, I can make it look okay at best. I sometimes wear it messy, and sometimes sleek and tucked behind my ears. I don't blow-dry or like to take a lot of time on my hair.

The texture is fine-ish, but I have a lot of hair, so it feels pretty thick. It is mostly straight, but as it grows longer (and if it's cut in the right layered way), I do get waves. I have four pretty big cowlicks: two at the nape and sides of my neck, and the other two on either side of my forehead.

Growing out a pixie cut into a bob

Cristie has ash-toned hair that she dyes reddish brown.

The colour is dark ashy brown, but I colour my own hair—usually warm reddish browns, and then I play with bits of colour in the bangs. I like it lighter around my face.

Thank you for the consideration! — Cristie

A: Cristie, thank you for sending along your consultation request. While I like the short hair on you, I think you will find a longer style a lot easier to work with.

Here's how I would start. I always find that the bangs and crown take the longest to grow, so leave those bits alone.

You already have long side pieces, so I would leave them to grow as well.

The nape grows the fastest, so this is where you can have fun during the growing process. Until you acquire length in the crown and bangs, I would keep this area cropped close to your head. You have a great jawline for cropping the nape.

Halle Berry Emmys 2014

Halle Berry at the 2014 Emmys.

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I agree with you that warming up your colour is a great idea for you.

Moving toward a golden colour, rather than red, would be a better approach. This will make your eyes stand out and will suit your complexion way better.

This is the colour that I am talking about:

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Keira Knightley at the 2005 Los Angeles premiere of 'The Jacket.'

Also this shape is the direction I see for your mid-length cut.

Here is the next length, still growing out the layers:

Chelsea Kane Thor The Dark World Los Angeles premiere 2013

Chelsea Kane at the 2013 Los Angeles premiere of 'Thor: The Dark World.'

Then onto the bob. Here is a great example of working with your cowlicks at this length:

Jenna Dewan-Tatum American Music Awards 2017

Jenna Dewan-Tatum at the 2017 American Music Awards.

From here keep growing and growing if you still want long hair.

Another length using cowlicks:

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Ashley Greene at the 2010 premiere party for 'The Beautiful Life.'

If, for some reason, you decide to cut bangs—which I don't recommend for cowlicks—you must be creative in the way you part the hair in order for it to work.

Camila Cabello American Music Awards 2018

Camila Cabello at the 2018 American Music Awards.

I hope this finds you well and answers your questions.

P.S. No bangs!