Four Ways to Style an Overgrown Pixie

January 25, 2016Holly Sosa

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A couple of years ago, I shed my mermaid length locks for a pixie cut. I was inspired by my grandmother, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the time and I wanted to donate my long hair as a gesture of solidarity that I was in the fight alongside grandma, even though we were across the country. Since then, I’ve gone back and forth between growing out my pixie and returning to the days of my long, flowing locks, or keeping it pixie short and easy to maintain. Currently I’m in the phase of I-want-to-grow-it-out-and-have-mermaid-hair phase, which means I’ve got an overgrown pixie that’s next to impossible to style without looking like a big ol’ hot mess. Thankfully, I’ve created four go to hair styles that have become my go-to’s to hold me over until my overgrown pixie can become a bob, which will then become a lob, and then finally mermaid hair! Today I’m sharing my favorite ways to style an overgrown pixie to inspire all of my fellow pixies when they’re feeling discouraged about growing their own cut out.

Side pinned bangs

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One of the most frustrating parts about growing out my pixie has been my bangs. They’re forever falling in my face and it makes me bananas. A couple of bobby pins, a quick twist of the bang, and booyah! A delicate look that doubles as the perfect work hairstyle.

Sleek and smooth

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This one took some getting used to for me, but after I wore it a few times, I really love it. Typically this only works for a day, the first day of a hair wash, because pixies are infamous for the crazy bed head, which makes this style next to impossible after sleeping on it.

Wild and curly

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This is one of my favorite looks because it hides any of the grown out cut that looks odd or misshapen. It’s also fun and girly.

Wear a scarf

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Channeling my inner hippie has never been more welcome than throughout my growing out process. This is especially great for day two or three after hair washing day. Wear it with some jeans and a flowy kimono and you’ve got hippie chic nailed!

For me, the key to growing out a pixie has been willpower and avoiding the salon at all costs. I know once I walk through those doors and sit down at my stylists chair, the urge to have her chop it all off again will be irresistible, so I take care of my hair as best as I can at home until my hair is long enough to shape into a bob. This means I dye my own hair at home to keep the grey away (what even is life, I have grey hair?!) and I keep my color bright  and deep with John Frieda Colour Care from Target, which allows me to adjust my hair color right in the shower. Since keeping my hair dark works best for me while I’m avoiding the salon, I use the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo/Conditioner and Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment.

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Find these John Frieda Colour Care products at Target on a special in-store end cap through March 5th. And when you buy three, you’ll receive a $5 Target gift card.

Target is a mom’s best friend, right guys? I’ll be using my gift card for some extra makeup to help me rock my brighter hair color! The John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo/Conditioner gradually brightens for natural-looking sun-kissed brunette and illuminates glowing tones, which makes it awesome for keeping my colored hair luminous and glowing. And the In-Shower treatment only lightens your natural spectrum, so hair won’t appear bleached or orange and instantly lightens one shade for a sun-kissed brunette color. They also have a system for my blonde gals and deeper brunette gals who are looking for a color care solution.

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Fellow post-pixie friends, these hairstyles paired with the John Frieda Colour Care collection have been the recipe to keeping my hair looking fresh and salon-styled without actually having to step foot in one. My lack of willpower requires an at home routine I can depend on and that I really love, which is why I’m so excited about these products.

For more hair, beauty, and style tips from bloggers like me who use and love the John Frieda Colour Care collection, be sure to check out their social hub where we are sharing tons of great ideas and tutorials.



  • Four Ways to Style an Overgrown Pixie

    January 25, 2016 at 10:48 AM

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  • Stephanie C.

    January 27, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    So many great style options here for when you’re growing out your hair! You look fabulous in each of them! My favorite is the side-pinned bangs! Great look [client]

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