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Ask a Stylist: How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut

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Welcome to the next installment of Hair Days’ “Ask a Stylist” series, with Wesley O’Meara, a stylist who counts Alexa Chung, Kate Upton, and Sarah Jessica Parker as clients and who blogs at We Hate Your Hair. Each week, O’Meara shares styling advice about looks we’re trying to pull off. 

I got a pixie cut a few months ago and now I totally regret it. How should I deal with it while it grows out, and is there anything I can do to speed up the process?

Nothing short of magic will speed up the growing-out process — at least, that’s what it will feel like. Biotin really does work, but, be prepared to also have to shave your legs and armpits (assuming this is something you do) more often as well. While it is growing out, there are a few things you can do: I suggest Googling actresses that have cut their hair short and keep an eye on how they are wearing it (see: Charlize Theron). Most of the time they cut it short due to damage or for a role, and then start to grow it out. You can also invest in some hairpins or accessories to hold down any annoying bits that are tempting to cut.

It’s funny, I always equate the growing-out process to a pimple right in the middle of your forehead. Like, you know you’re supposed to leave it alone, but every time you look in the mirror, there it is, staring at you and just asking to be picked at. So just leave it alone!