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Turn Me Back to the Old Me: Reviving the Pixie Cut

January 19, 2018

Turn Me Back to the Old Me: Reviving the Pixie Cut

This is a bit of a long time coming, post-wise, but the holidays, Nationals, etc, have been a whirlwind and frankly, there was more pressing info I wanted to bring to you guys, like what to put in your carry-on for every single flight, some Dry January tips, and lots of holiday fun. But anyway… earlier in December when I was in Paris, I chopped off all of my hair again. And holy crap, guys…  It’s so. much. easier.

Why did I spend years trying to grow out a pixie cut that I knew looked decent on me? Sigh… I wanted to be able to ‘look dressed up.’ What I forgot in the last four years of awkward growing-out was that I rarely actually dress up. So those moments, compared to the ‘throw back in a kind of gross ponytail’ were few and far between.

Turns out, short hair is almost always done.

I was getting really tired of my hair always being in a ponytail… I found that every time I went to go out, I would try to leave it down, and inevitably, I would end up putting it back up. I dig the concept of the messy bun, but on me, it wasn’t looking as chic or edgy as I hoped. More… athletic/sport at best, kinda underdone and messy at worst.

I knew I was going to go back to a pixie cut. I tried to hold out, but in the last six months, I realized that it was never going to grow out to a length that was going to make me be happy with it. And so, I walked to the salon, ready to go short again…

Final look at the old hair:

And then, this got left behind…

Leaving this, in its place. It’s crazy, but the second that I saw myself in the mirror, my first thought was, “Oh, there I am.” I missed me.

So, why go short? I’ve come up with a massive list.

Mornings take 2 seconds. Seriously, when I wake up and it’s a little out of control, a spray bottle is all it takes to get it back into shape.

Honestly? I think it’s sexier. And more feminine, for me. I never felt overly girly with longer hair. I just feel more me. It’s a little cheesy, but I do think it ends up making my style in general a lot more elevated, and makes my more normal clothing seem a little more edgy. It felt like getting back to myself (hence the Dre lyric in the title).

Comedically, coming home, most family and friends didn’t even notice that it was gone! I was a little bummed that none of our families noticed, but Peter pointed out that could possibly be because it’s the cut that makes the most sense with my face, and it looks natural. Or maybe it just feels natural!

And let’s talk about post-workout. Helmet hair? What helmet hair? Ditto for sweaty ponytails post-running, or hat hair from a run. (^ This picture? Immediately after a hard run. Almost no difference from when it’s ‘done’!)

Another thing I never realized… For years, I had long hair envy, and that’s why I grew it out. As it grew, though, I realized it was nowhere near measuring up to what long hair in magazines and on Instagram looked like. Now, I can be envious of some of the great long hair and style out there, but it’s no longer long hair compare and contrast—I don’t have to measure up anymore! (This might actually be a side benefit of getting a bit older—I don’t feel like I need to measure up to the Olsen twins to be stylish anymore.)

Lastly—and Peter will probably agree with this one the most—shedding less is weirdly a huge benefit.

The only downside is that it means regular hair trims. But as someone who’s had bangs for most of the hair grow-out phase I’ve been in, I’m pretty used to going to the salon regularly. And while that means an hour once every six weeks, it still saves time on the daily. The cost is probably about the same.

OK, let me know in the comments: have you gone pixie? Thoughts/feelings?


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  1. Kim

    Ummm.....did you just right my hair life story? Lol! I, too, always go back to the pixie. I don't know why I even attempt to grow it out anymore because I never like it or enjoy it long. It's too much effort and I would rather spend my time doing other things than my hair. The pixie feels just right for me too.😊

    • Molly

      I knowwww!! The funny thing is, despite knowing all the good things about keeping it short, the compulsion to start growing it again and again is SO real.

  2. Christi

    Yes!! I am having the struggle between growing it out or keeping a pixie. But I feel the best with the short hair! Loved the article.

  3. Tara

    This is literally the first article I have ever seen celebrating keeping a pixie. I cut my hair into one, a few months after getting married. That was over 5 years ago. It is my second pixie. I miss my long hair every so often. I think about growing it out. I start the process, then hate it and go right back. Cycling? No helmet head. Hiking? No sweaty, lank, stringy hair. Cold/snow? No hat head. I cut my own with clippers and a razor comb. So easy and freeing. Thank you for being the only one I have found to celebrate your pixie and realize it is “you”.

    • Molly

      YES! This made me so happy to read... and I really needed to see it because 2 years since chopping it again, I had a bit of a 'should I grow it' moment last week and this reminded me why I did it. Power to the pixie cuts!

  4. Maria

    OMG! I recently got a pixie this summer and I've been loving it! But whenever I see a girl with long beautiful hair I start missing my long hair (It was reallyy long like to my butt). And now I kind of want to grow it out but I'm always finding myself getting a trim everytime it grows a bit because it doesn't look nice. Any tips?

    • Molly

      Ahh yes! The struggle is real when I see other girls with amazing long hair. For me, while the temptation is there, I can pretty easily scroll back on my phone and see that a) my short hair does look better, b) when my hair was long, it was up in a ponytail 99% of the time, and c) in most pictures, the long hair actually didn't look that great on me. Plus I remind myself of how much time I save on maintenance and the fact that when I'm getting 'dressed up,' my hair still only takes about 15 seconds to do, and that usually calms me down.... and I remember how terrible that chin-length grow-out phase is and that's enough to convince me to stay short!

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