I went to the chopping block last December and did the full pixie cut. I was pretty nervous about cutting off that much hair, but finally, I decided that if I never cut it, I would never stop thinking about it. So I chopped. I never regretted it. A lot of pixie lovers never do. But my favorite hair style is change, so I’m growing it back out.
If you’ve ever had a pixie, then you know what my problem is.
The sheer horror of the feared pixie mullet. You cut your hair, but you can’t grow it back instantly, or evenly. You can’t avoid the mullet from creeping down your neck like some well-maned maniac, looking like an 80’s party gone wrong. You can cut the mullet out while you wait for the rest to catch up. But the mullet will return. It always returns.
So I’ve developed two coping mechanisms while in the awkward stages of post-pixie and hair boredom.
- Cover up, or make the best of it. The first method is mostly the reintroduction of headbands and scarves into my wardrobe. Sometimes all you can do with your hair is to cover it up. Scarves offer a variously-patterned, outfit-completing method to cope while waiting to be presentable again. Hats work too, but hats aren’t as comfortable to wear all day. Scarves and headbands have better luck. I also use a lot of bobby pins to keep the awkward length out of my eyes. Whatever works for the day.
- Nuclear option. When you get sick of dealing with weird hair, sometimes you want to do something drastic. But I know that if I cut my hair now, while trying to grow it out, I’d be annoyed with myself later on. So instead of chopping back into the pixie, I fed my need for a dramatic change and grabbed a dye. That’s right, I dyed my hair purple. I decided in less than two minutes to do it and went right for the permanent color.
I now have a purple pixie mullet.
But sometimes, the only way to power through the pixie mullet is to have that spontaneous dye job.