Usually the advice is supposed to go at the end, but I’m gonna go against the flow and put it at the beginning: RESEARCH. I learned from my new hair experience that jumping in without a second thought can pay off, but I also learned that research pays off just as much, if not more. I was hesitant about both of my changes even after I thought I had decided 100%, but I figured that if I didn’t get over it soon, I’d never get to do what I want. So I got over it, and I did it, and I have no regrets. It’s too late for that, anyway.
BUT: The reason I have no regrets is because I did a lot of research beforehand. Like, A LOT (which, by the way, is two words). So if you’re thinking about making a big irreversible change, make sure that you thoroughly research before you even start. It will pay off.
About the cut
A pixie cut can be a tricky thing. It’s all too easy to get it wrong. And it’s all too easy to find a cut that you might love, but won’t flatter your face. My tip: A style you love less but looks better on your face will be a much better choice for something you’re going to have to live with for a while. It’s the same as with clothes; my favorite wardrobe items are the ones that fit me best, not the ones that look best on a hanger.
When conducting my research, I found ta few people who were saying that a pixie cut is higher maintenance than long hair because you can tell sooner when it needs washing, and it needs to be trimmed regularly. To the first point, my hair actually looked greasier faster when it was long. Because long hair can be weighed down a lot easier than short hair, I personally think this makes sense. If I went three days without washing my hair when it was long, it would start to look stringy and thin and I’d have to put it in a braid until I was able to wash it. With the hair I currently have, I have yet to experience any issues with it looking too oily. Maybe it’s because the short ends give it volume and keep it from looking too thin? I don’t know, but in that aspect this length seems better.
As far as trimming goes, I haven’t trimmed mine yet for the month and a half that I’ve had it, but that’s because I wanted it to grow out just a little bit. Now that the back is getting ahead of the rest of my hair, I kinda want to trim that. I wanted to just grow it out without any trimming, but it’s starting to look weird. Also, my hair seems to grow slow-ish? But I’d say that if you don’t want to grow it out for a while and you want to maintain its length (or lack thereof), every 4-6 weeks seems adequate. I noticed my little nape fringe maybe two weeks ago.
I love short hair so much better than long hair. Not just because of looks, because I personally think both lengths suit me equally. It’s so comfortable, and soooo nice to not constantly have my hair just hanging there. I don’t have to worry much about styling it, which is a plus for me personally because I used to mess with my long hair and was never satisfied with how it looked or felt. This haircut is very light and suits my face better than I thought it would.
NOTE: I’m moderately technologically illiterate and don’t know how/am too lazy to add pictures to these posts, so I guess I’ll try to describe my face for you.
I have a pretty normal, thin nose, thickish eyebrows (I don’t like to pluck them), and from the side a sharp jawline. From a 3/4 angle my cheekbones look sort of sharp. My forehead is a normal size, I think. Everybody’s face has a bit of asymmetry and mine’s no different. I asked my two friends what sort of face shape I have from the front, and they said oval/round and oval/square, I think. I’m a slender girl, and in my opinion girls with my build honestly do have a wider range of flattering styles to choose from with a haircut this short. Mine is just a simple pixie cut; when it was first cut, you could say it was about the length of Anne Hathaway’s. Now it’s slightly grown out so it’s a little bit thicker and longer. Hopefully that helps you to understand how mine looks and how yours might look if you look like me. Sorry if it’s not, but I felt that there should be some sort of visual or description if I’m talking about a haircut. XP
ANYWHO: So when I was trying to figure out what haircut would best flatter my face, I was a little discouraged because I couldn’t find anyone whose face had any shape like mine. However, I did find someone who had approximately the same shape from the shoulders up as me, and the same hair texture, and she had a cut that I really liked, which was eventually what I chose to do. It was gonna be relatively long-ish in the back and have longer bangs that I could style all to one side.
HOWEVER: Because the hair dresser didn’t give me the style I showed her, I can’t really say that the satisfaction with my pixie cut is a direct result of my research. It did help me feel better about taking the plunge, though!
About the color
My sister made the mistake of not looking up brands and just relying on what her friend told her, and so her fabulous dark deep blue (Splat Blue Envy) began fading within two days, and after a week there were light purple, green, and bleached spots showing through. I think her dye cost about $20, but it does come with bleach, which may contribute to the price. I would not recommend this brand to anyone who wants their color to persevere. If you just wanna try it for a little while, then go for it.
N’Rage Crimson Red is what we used on Austin’s hair. We wanted a bright red that wouldn’t fade to pink, and N’Rage was the least pink one we could find at Sally. It turned out an awesome bright flaming rose red that has barely faded, if at all. Reviews all said it lasts pretty long, although they also said that with all hair dyes, red fades the fastest. He hasn’t tried to see how it does with shampoo, since we’re waiting on color safe shampoo to really wash our hair (sounds gross, but so far we’re both fine). I put this delicious deep conditioner stuff in his hair, and it bled into the conditioner and made it pretty pink. It didn’t come out, but it did bleed, and it does bleed in water. Still waiting to see how it fades. It cost somewhere between $10 and $13, I don’t remember exactly.
Ion Color Brilliance Brights Sky Blue (mouthful!) is the color that, after extensive and painstaking research, finally earned the honor of my preference. It’s really inexpensive and very thick. It cost me about $7 in total, and so far it’s lasting and does not bleed when wet. For my color, I mixed it with conditioner until it was about the color of a blueberry. I used a little less than half the tube I think, and that’s only because after the strand test I tried to adjust the color just a little bit. There was a LOT more conditioner in the mix than dye. If you make the ratio small, the color will not be reduced, AND it’ll be easier to spread in your hair. When my hair was rinsed, all that came out was conditioner. The dye STAYED. It came out way brighter and greener than what I planned, but it is a pretty gorgeous shade of blue. My sister got one for herself and put it in her hair after Splat faded, and I have to say it looks better. Plus, at the lighter ends, it’s got this really pretty turquoise that looks awesome with her black hair. It’s super vibrant and so far is lasting pretty well. Mine hasn’t really even started to fade yet and neither has hers. She said hers bled a little, so I think the amount of conditioner has an effect on bleeding.
We used Clairol Nice ‘n’ Easy Born Blonde bleach. It’s about $11 apiece, and I had to buy three, I think. I do not recommend this brand if you’re actually trying to go blonde. For a bleach that you intend to dye over, it worked fine for us, but I might wanna bleach differently if there’s a next time. For red hair, yellow or even light brown hair is fine to dye over. For blue hair, if you want it really solid blue like I did, you want yours to be as light as possible and even. We bleached my boyfriend twice and me three times. His was darker than mine, and he only left it in for about an hour both times. I left mine in for 90 minutes (the maximum) the first two times. The first time, it was a bright, lemon yellow. The second time, it was more of a banana or lemonade sort of yellow. The third time was to make it white, but because I spilled the bleach when only the back part of my hair was covered, my sister insisted on rinsing it out after the top had only been in for an hour, since the back had already been in 90 minutes. I personally think it would’ve been fine, but whatever. The third time got my hair a little lighter, but definitely not white. The roots and the back were lighter than the top, which is what gave my hair this “multidimensional” effect that actually looks pretty cool. I may wanna try the original color I was going for someday.
Oh, also, we did strand tests and patch tests. The pieces of hair we cut out for the strand tests were very carefully selected by my sister, and we don’t have any noticeable stubs or bald spots. The patch test is very important. You’ll know why if you ever look up images for “hair dye allergy.” If nothing else inspires caution, those will.
Because Austin and I are out of school and Bekah is homeschooled, we were able to take that Thursday through Saturday to go through this very long process; we chose those days so our hair wouldn’t be all yellow when we went to church that weekend. And it had to be a three-day process because it’s supposed to be 24 hours between bleaches and we did not want to burn our scalps off.
And yes, it stings. There’s a tiny little 89 cent packet at Sally of this conditioner stuff you can put in bleach to reduce the stinging.
That was a long post. I think that’s all I have to say about that.