How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut on a Budget

growing out a pixie

One of the hardest things about growing out a pixie cut is keeping the “mullet” trimmed. The back always seems to grow so much faster than the front and sides, and going in for regular trims is a must.

But as you probably know, that can get really expensive, really fast.

I’m sure this scenario will sound familiar to many people reading this: your pixie is getting long and shaggy, in all the wrong places, but you’re short on funds. In an effort to save money, you make an appointment at the nearest Supercuts or Great Clips shop — just for a trim — cross your fingers, and hope for the best. What’s the worst that could happen? Your hair is already short anyway, so they can’t mess it up too much, right?


You leave the “salon” (if you can call it that?) in tears. Devastated. That “stylist” got super scissor-happy and cut off way too much in the front and on the sides. The good news is, you don’t have a mullet anymore. The bad news is, she practically replaced it with an under shave that you never asked for. Amiright or Am. I. Right … ?

Ugh… 3 months of successfully growing your hair out just went down the drain. Back to square one. Time to stock up on more biotin and FAST Shampoo.

And makeup. Lots of makeup. Distraction is key when you have a bad haircut.

The worst part is, you know you could have spent just a little more and actually gotten a decent haircut from a stylist with real credentials, who knew what they were doing. And now you have to go to an expensive salon and spend even more just to fix this mess, which is what you should have done in the first place.

First off, don’t beat yourself up. Let’s take some time to learn from this experience and figure out what you can do better to avoid a repeat next time around.

Maintaining short hair is already expensive. That’s likely part of the reason why you’ve decided to grow it out. But the grow-out process takes a pretty big investment on your part as well — of both time and budget. You must set aside extra funds for regular trims, styling tools, beauty products, accessories, and anything else that makes this long, grueling excursion easier on you. Otherwise, we all know you’re likely to go and cut it off again out of sheer frustration.

Here are 3 practical tips for growing out your pixie cut when funds are limited.

Tip #1: Find one dedicated stylist to help you through the process, and make friends. Bouncing around from salon to salon is not helpful (re: above scenario). Find someone you like and trust, and schedule regular mullet trims with her (or him) every 4-6 weeks.

Many professional stylists will do bang trims for free, and if you ask nicely, they’ll trim up the back too. (It only takes a few extra minutes.) That means you can avoid spending $50-100 on a full-blown cut & dry procedure every time you visit the salon.

Tip #2: Start saving money. This is not as hard as you think. Cut back on the Starbucks once a week, and you’ll have $4-5 extra that you can put into your hair fund. At the end of 2-3 months, you’ll have enough to pay for a cut and any extra styling tools and accessories you might need. And the free in-between mullet trims should help you retain your sanity in the meantime.

If you absolutely can’t give up your coffee (and trust me, I get it), there’s a great FREE money-saving app called Digit that will help you set aside funds every week. It syncs with your bank account, analyzes your spending habits and takes out small chunks of change that it knows you won’t miss. Those little savings chunks go into a fund that you can withdraw from at anytime.

It’s pretty amazing; in fact, it’s saved me more than $200 this month already. You pretty much save money without even thinking about it.

Go ahead. Give it a try. Thank me later. 🙂

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