Growing Out The Pixie – Update


I figured it was about time for a little update on this hair situation. I know – it’s a riveting story that major media outlets should be covering – but since they’re not interested, (gasp!) I thought I’d bring you up to speed.

I’m still on the fence about the whole pixie thing. I’m glad that I did, simply because I ALWAYS wanted to try it and I think it’s cool that I was brave enough to go for it, but at the same time I know my husband was really not a fan. Also, do you want me to be REALLY honest? I was too heavy to pull it off.

I know that my opinion might ruffle some feathers, and I have seen some gorgeous women (who are by no means tiny) totally rock the look, but on me it just didn’t look right. From the neck up I loved it, but the head to toe vibe wasn’t what I wanted. I think it’s a confidence thing too – I’m not a super confident person by nature and I think you have to be if you want to wear your hair so short and really own it.

Anyway, I did it, it was fun – super easy to maintain – and in the future if I can get the rest of me to a place that makes me happy I will likely go for it again, but for now? Much patience is required while I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait for my hair to grow back.

Here is where I started when I was just about to pop with #3 in February 2012:

Whoaaaa big mama!

Whoaaaa big mama!

Then (as you know, if you’ve been keeping up with Hairgate) I got chop-happy and ended up here:

short and dark

Sorry for the poor quality pics, I was never planning to use them in the blog, but here we are, so… whatever. Anyway I kept it short for a long time – Ella is almost three now – and really started growing it out in earnest this past spring. It’s insane how long it takes, but at least in the meantime I’ve gone back to blond which makes me happy.

So funny… looking at the photo above I want to cut it again. NO! STOP! I need to avert my eyes… ugh. Okay wait, I will just remember this:


Bahahahahahahaha…. crazy Canadians.

So I’ve been going in for trims every two months or so, just to avoid a mullet situation while it grows out. I have my hair dresser just cut evenly along the back, keeping it in a bob while the front and sides grow out to match it. A few months ago it finally started to look “normal” again:

profile picture

I felt much more like myself at that point. It no longer looked like I was trying to grow out my hair, it looked more like a little bob and I was happy! (Hence all the teeth above)

Comparing the photo above to the one I took the other day I can’t believe how much it’s really growing now! I can fit it into a little ponytail, and I think by Christmas it will really be making progress!

Here I am as of today:

Yay. More selfies.

Yay. More selfies.

Apparently I have a thing with taking pictures of myself in my car.

Anyhoo, there you have it! An up-to-the-minute report I’m sure you couldn’t live without! I’m excited to see the progress… I really felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere until I looked at these pics all together. Yay! I’m definitely getting there.


In the meantime I am happy to be blond again, that makes a big difference too. A little more patience, a little more time… in another year I will be almost back where I started!

But seriously, I’ve come a long way. I’m sure there’s some deep thought/metaphor in there somewhere, but it’s really early and I’m really tired so for now, it’s just about hair.


  1. Nikki says

    The last two pics are both adorable, as are your glasses (I’m in the market for new ones). Way to be patient with it!

  2. Karla says

    I”m loving the bob! You have a face for anything though MaryBeth. You look beautiful no matter what hair style you’re sporting. :)

  3. Kelly says

    You are one of those people who can wear any hair color or cut. My vote is either of the extremes — long and blonde or dark and short!

    • Mary Beth says

      You’re too kind! Thanks so much. I know I will cut it again one day, but for now I’m loving having some length back. :)

      • Trena says

        Hello Marybeth
        Love ur ideas got anymore. I’m lost when it comes to decides, fashions, and even makeup

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