A certain freedom comes with a pixie cut in our 50s. It’s low maintenance, stylish and can add tons of volume to thin tresses. However, it may be very challenging when we are ready to embrace a new look and want to grow out of it.
The whole process requires time, patience and lots of styling products.
Unless you get extensions or wigs, you’ll likely have to go through an awkward phase and wait quite some time before you have long hair again, but then it will eventually grow.
However, there is no magic formula to make your hair grow faster. Normally, depending on many different chemical and hormonal factors, a pixie cut takes anywhere from three to six weeks to grow into a bob and a little longer (about a year-and-a-half) to grow it long enough that you can wear it in a ponytail.
Here is how you can style your short hair when it’s in an awkward phase and look after your strands.
Nourish your hair
After 50, the texture of your hair may change. It’s common for the thick hair that you had as a young adult to eventually become fine and thin. Hair strands become smaller, too. They may fall out more often or may not grow back at all.
So, if you want your hair longer, it’s important to keep it in as good a condition as possible.
To encourage it to grow, follow a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and loaded with foods that are rich in iron, zinc, vitamins C and B, and omega-3 (like avocado, salmon and nuts), and use supplements like biotin and folic acids.
Also, it’s important to invest in a deep conditioning mask and have frequent scalp massages, using the fingertips of both hands to apply light to medium pressure to your scalp, moving in small circles and working your way across your head to cover all areas.
Even better if you try adding a salon treatment to your routine at least once a week.
As a rule of thumb, you should also avoid over-washing as this strips away the natural oils and proteins that help to keep your hair and scalp healthy. When possible, reduce your use of hot tools and always apply a heat protectant spray before blow-drying, straightening or curling your hair, too.
Get Regular Trims
As your pixie continues to grow, you may notice your hair taking on a spherical shape, getting puffy curling up and at the front. This is a normal part of the process of growing long hair. Frequent trims (normally every 10 – 12 weeks) will help to control the shape and style as it grows, as well as eliminate split ends, which makes your hair look healthier and more full. You’ll barely notice a difference, but your strands definitely will.
” To achieve a bob, even a micro one, you need to let the hair on top and at the front of your head grow out, so that each section of your hair is the same length – Rush Hair stylists recommend-. Since hair at the back of the head tends to grow more quickly, regular salon visits will also ensure that you never veer into mullet territory“.
Style with confidence
When your hair has reached a minimum length (usually when strands start to fall in your face but won’t quite fit into a ponytail), there’s no better way to get through growing out your pixie than with a few strategically placed hair clips, bobby pins, turbans, hair scarves and headbands.
“Mature women tend to put away cute hair clips and headbands. But, where does it say there’s something wrong in amping up your accessory game now and again? – say designers at Joey And Pooh, the popular hair accessories brand. – Headbands are the best way to glam up your attire. They quickly transform you into a diva turning heads and they are fun and quirky, no matter what your age. Just be sure they blend seamlessly with your hair, outfit and persona“.
For a sophisticated hair look, pick headbands that go with the colour of your strands. Try muted shades of brown, mustard or grey. In this way, you will keep your look understated yet eye-catching. Whether you might want to carry on growing your hair or keep it above the shoulders in a bob, experimenting with different styles over time, it’s definitely the best way to age playfully.