Now that I’ve covered why I cut off 7 inches of my hair into a pixie, let’s talk about what it’s like to go from having long hair most of my life to now having very short hair. Many things I’m experiencing now are predictable, but there are also some perks and drawbacks that I could have only learned by experience. Here are the major five.
1. The Trade-Off
Bottom line: long hair requires more time, and short hair requires more money. $$$
When I had long hair, I cut it twice a year and lived around it. I spent a lot of time washing, drying, taming, styling and keeping it out of my face. It looked great when I put in the time to make it cute, but was flat and average on a daily basis.
Having short hair means either eliminating or spending less time maintaining in the ways above and somehow still looking put together, but it requires cutting and reshaping more often because it grows so quickly. I’ve already cut my hair three times over the past few months. I’ve also learned that my hair grows at hyperspeed – almost one inch per month!
In the end, it’s a trade-off to consider, but I have found it totally worthwhile because I am a sucker for this stuff.
2. A Different Product Arsenal
When I had long hair, I used products that made my hair look soft and voluminous, but this approach doesn’t work anymore. Now, I need some sort of texturizing / molding paste to keep things in place, and have found that these products most often come in jars.
I use R+Co Dry Shampoo Paste; it smells divine and locks my hair into place, with a non-glossy finish. I can’t really speak on its dry shampoo properties, and in fact, my naturally greasy hair does not require dry shampoo anymore! Another great thing to discover about pixie cuts: what used to look greasy just looks ‘texturized’.
I also just purchased an R+Co Continental Glossy Wax for days I’d like my hair to be shiny but also in place. I’ve found this one CAN make my hair look a little greasy if I go overboard so I use sparingly.
3. My Hat is My Stylist
On those extremely lazy days when I can’t be bothered to style it for 15 seconds, I wear a fitted, knitted beanie. This hat works triple duty – it conceals the mess, keeps my ears warm AND gives me a polished, pulled back look. I put it on and it styles my hair with no effort on my part. Basically, the hair that I normally bring to the front to frame my face is pulled back away from my face and tucked into the hat, and if I leave it like that for more than 15 minutes, it will stay in place. The result is a more mature and sophisticated style which I never considered but quite like!
4. I CAN Wear Lipgloss
So I’ve had long hair and glasses for half of my life now, and ladies who are in this boat will understand the #struggle. Whenever I’d wear gloss, it would, without fail, impede my vision. This is because my hair would get on my gloss, the wind would sweep my hair into my glasses, it would then spread around and then make my glasses all blurry. Add the stickiness / tackiness factor and I abandoned the lip gloss ship before I even started wearing a training bra.
But with a pixie cut, glosses have made a comeback in a BIG way. First, there are more and more lip glosses on the market that aren’t sticky (thank god) and now, there’s no hair flying my face to pick it up and spread it all over my glasses like PB&J.
5. But, Yes You Can
Finally, the last one is attitude, not aesthetic. I’ve had so many people come up to me and say ‘Wow, looks great, but I could never pull it off!’. While it’s true that there are some hair textures that wouldn’t support pixies as well without styling, I would argue that many people could rock a pixie. People often say they don’t have the right face, but just like with long hair styles, there are many ways to tailor the pixie to one’s face shape. There’s also some reluctance because pixies seem so dramatic (and they kind of are!) and risky (like what if I don’t like it and it takes forever to grow?); these are valid points, but these are pre-cut concerns. I haven’t thought about them since I actually cut my hair and, with all the post-cut perks, I doubt you’d really be so concerned about them afterward.
If you’ve ever entertained the idea of a pixie, and would welcome some change into your life, I can’t recommend this haircut enough. It has made me feel so light, so mature, and so confident. If you don’t feel these things already, schedule the appointment and I am sure you’ll be feeling this in no time!