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When people are growing their hair out from a pixie cut they usually hate the first few months while they wait for the length of the sides and top to catch up with the back, but this is also the time when they’ll get the most complements. As the front grows, if you continue to cut the back length (which will otherwise turn into a mullet) the result is a crisp bob-like line in the nape with piecey sides, a long bang, and lots of texture. Its fun, feminine, and carefree. But you don’t have to go pixie-short first to achieve this look, learn more in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: The back length of this shape should fall just at the hairline and be cut blunt or slightly graduated to maintain a crisp outline.

Step: Layers in this shape are a true square, and should not be over-directed at front. Consistent layering through the sides and top will produce the cool, irregular front edge of the grown-out pixie.

Step: Bangs should be refine after the layers are cut and shouldn’t fall much shorter than the layering. This will keep the look soft and lived-in and provide lots of styling versatility.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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