How often do you come across girls lamenting over a style rut? Have you ever considered that a dramatic cut is what you really need to revamp your style? If you think of it from a broader perspective, it is really something as simple s chopping away your long tresses that can make you look like a brand new woman. If only you could get past your fear, pixie cuts really is the next natural step after all the bobs and lobs in the market. In addition, consider all the traffic of compliments you will receive after your hair transformation. We guarantee you will regret not doing it sooner.
In case you do not already know what a pixie cut is, it is short haircut you will typically see a fashion gamine woman sporting. Women who prefer being tomboys love this hairstyle. Therefore, if you are daring enough for a crop, you must definitely try the pixie cut. You will surely lose many of your locks, and we really mean a lot, but on the brighter side, you will win yourself a simple wash and ready-to-go style.
Details of the Cut
A Pixie cut or crop is a short haircut style for women, approximately half an inch or three inches long. The cut can feature in one length or you can cut it shorter on the sides and back but longer on the top.
This cut gained popularity during the 1950s, especially at the premiere of the movie Roman Holiday. The movie featured Audrey Hepburn, a short haired, charming celebrity. Later on in the 60s, Twiggy, a super model, and Mia Farrow, a famous actor wore the same cut giving further exposure to the style. Speaking of the modern times, this style is still very much loved and popular among the celebrities including Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Pamela Anderson and others.
Benefits of a Pixie Haircut
If you are unsure how wise it would be to opt for a Pixie crop, here are some benefits that might help you make the decision.
- It is an extremely practical solution, especially if you have a demanding career, lifestyle and have no time to manage your hair. This cut will require you to spend very little time and money on the styling.
- The cut is quite expressive. It defines your cheekbones more and makes them pop. The cut also makes a perfect frame for your face.
- This cut is truly an ideal option if you want to experiment with new hair colors. What it means is that there will be less hair for you to bleach and will allow your hair to regenerate faster.
Long Pixie Haircut
A long pixie crop makes a fine meeting point between a short pixie and a bob. The most attractive features of a long pixie haircut are that the length in this style is short enough to create a sufficient dramatic flair and long enough to retain its feminine appeal. In a long pixie cut, you will have the advantage of the extra length, with the majority of it concentrating at the front. This will help in not just framing your face but also softening your style.
You should first of all find a picture of a pixie haircut you really love. This is one sure way of clearly explaining your vision of the style to your hairstylist. If you opt to keep the sides and the top longer than the usual length of the traditional pixie cut, you will be able to enhance the volume and accordingly vary the shape. These subtle and tiny changes will enable this pixie cut to be closer to the borderline of Dorothy Hamill transformation, one great reason as to why this cut will always remain a classic one.
Short Pixie Cut
It is a serious decision when you settle for a really short haircut, especially if you have always flaunted long locks. There is no understating the fact that the short crop will go a long way in changing your look dramatically and will not grow out anytime soon. However, if you have gathered enough courage to opt for the short cut, it will undoubtedly be one of the most gorgeous styles you have ever opted for. This style will surely brighten and uplift your face and your style, just like a giant refresh button.
Balayage Highlights and Feathered Pixie
If you struggle with any doubts, just settle for a pairing of highlights and layers. It works as beautifully with short haircuts as it does with the longer ones. The bonus point with this one is that as this pixie of yours grows out, it will retain its asymmetrical original cut and will continue to look edgy and interesting as your hair keeps growing.
Pixie Crop with Bangs
If you think your pixie cut is plain, you can give it an extra boost with bangs. To take it up a notch, settle for the side bangs that will swoop across your forehead and give your short hair a feminine appeal. The choppy layers will keep the look light for you since blunt fringes tend to look a wee bit blunt in pixie cuts.
The Classic Pixie Cut
What comes into your mind when you hear ‘short hair’? The timeless and classic pixie cut of course. You can add more vivaciousness to the regular classic cut with a trendy hair color such as a gorgeous silver blonde for the extra oomph.
Asymmetrical Pixie Cut
We discussed earlier how bangs add a dose of health and vibrancy to your pixie cut. In the same way, a pixie cut done asymmetrically also adds a hugely appealing dose of feminine length while retaining the overall cropped and short look of the style. Short on one side while long on the other, the pixie cut in asymmetrical style looks best when paired with a deep side parting so you can firmly maintain the volume on the top.
While we do not clearly believe in age specifications for any style, we, however, feel it could be too extreme for the working professionals to deal with a disconnected haircut. Therefore, if you are among those who require only a wee bit of sass in your life, a modern pixie cut may be too mainstream for you. If this is the case for you, please give your stylist the freedom to incorporate some neat texture throughout your style. To fill in that missing spunk, you can use a little pomade for emphasizing the texture and also adding a bit more shine.
Shaved Pixie Cut
Out of the most recent trends that emerged from this pixie cut family is the shaved pixie style. Though this haircut remaining exclusive to men, shaved haircuts are now a popular rage among the women as well. You should choose between an undercut, which means a half-shaved bottom, and an asymmetric cut that includes a shaved side or a completely shaved head to rock this style.
If you desire a perfect transition, you should try the long shaggy pixie style to initiate the process of growing out your hair. In addition, if you have more hair in the front you have more ground for experimenting and playing with colors.
Disconnected Pixie with a Blond Balayage
If you opt for a pixie cut that is tapered and longer than the others, you will have the advantage of sufficient length for playing with colors and texture. You should certainly try out a pixie featuring long and disconnected layers, piece-y bangs and a soft nape line. It will look all the terrific if you have fine yet dense tresses, which you can style easily into sexy tousles. All you will need is a blow-dry and a touch of some root-lifting product.
Choppy Gray Pixie
We believe what has us completely smitten with the pixie styles is the element of versatility and brilliance in it. When you have the certainty of quickly growing out hair color with short length hair, you will possess more confidence in making bold color choices and also being daring enough to experiment with your cut’s symmetry.
Razored Pixie Cut with Precise Sideburns and Nape
The cutest and the most inspiring feature of this pixie cut is the combination of precise cuts and the wispy layers. What is the most intriguing factor here is that wispy layers and precise cuts are two ultra contradictory things but come well together in this cut. Ash-blonde layers soften the straight cut of your nape and the angled pieces in front of the ears create a sophisticated style with a short length. This cut is nothing less than 100% feminine.
Bleach Blonde Pixie
It is nothing short of classic artfulness to disconnect a long and razor-cut top section from an undercut, which is significantly shorter. This is what makes up this beautiful sassy look. If you have movement and texture in your hairstyle, you enjoy styling it all the more in different ways. This way you even get to experiment with a variety of styling techniques and products you have never needed or dared to use before.
Ash and Pastel, Layers Infused Pixie
This haircut is all about shorter and longer pieces, paler and deeper hues incorporated with a fun pixie cut that still shies away from being overboard. The roots displayed in shades of pink and violet set the perfect background for the layers in swoopy ash. This style appears full of air and is super dimensional.
Disheveled Pixie in Platinum blonde
As we have already discussed earlier, blonde hair does wonders for chopped locks, because the color is light enough to bring out and make prominent each strand’s razor- sharp cut. If you settle for this platinum version, you will clearly see the illustration of our point. The platinum color enriches the style with so much daring people will have no option but to take great notice of it.
Gray Blonde Pixie
A grey blonde pixie takes birth when courageous women decide to embrace their au naturel, grey tresses and rock the style with sass and spunk. This style includes a two- tone color but the hues slightly vary which helps all the more in integrating the grey. This makes the style look more appealing and fashionable.
Tapered Pixie Cut
If you ask us, we would describe a tapered pixie as a mellowed down and a less bold version of the undercut, disconnected pixie. A taper is the best way to soften the look of your regular short cut.
Pixie-Bob with Side Parting in Silver
We know that long pixies make all the range, and with bangs of course. Oh, and also in a trendy color. This style makes the silver a very worthy alternative to the ever-hailed platinum blonde. Make sure you polish off the silver hair with bright lips. Simply beautiful!
Side Bangs in a Long Tapered Pixie Cut
It is all well and good to have buttery blonde hair but with the latest color trends we see the finish leaning more towards ash. You can treat your choppy and long pixie cut to a trendy edge with matte blonde color. This will give your dark roots a chance to appear prominent too.
Bowl Cut Choppy Pixie
Undercut pixies are the hottest option for short haircuts for women. Period. You may find it difficult to believe but all you have to do is dig up some images and see for yourself that nothing beats the hotness factor of the undercut pixies. You get an absolutely cool, funky look with sides and nape undercut. If you have what it takes to pull it, you should most certainly try it. No excuses accepted!
Temple Undercut in Pixie Bobs
This pixie style can truly be the leader of the edgy, trendy haircut category. This is a half-undercut bob and a half pixie cut. We also all know that asymmetry is the element that injects huge doses of appeal in our hairstyles. However, did you also that a two- tone color dimension and a tousled texture does it too? This one hairstyle is really hotness personified.
Are you stuck between a softer style in opposition to a rougher edgier look? Why not settle for both? We consider an undercut among the latest trends of helping you bring out the inner, daring girl in you. Oh and you get to keep your lady- like, sophisticated side of you as well with this style. Tempting, isn’t it?
A V-Cut Nape in a Stacked Pixie
If you are seriously considering stacked layers at the back and a voluminous pixie for yourself, you should also get a shaved nape in your plan. If you overlook the shaved nape part, you will end up with a masculine and a blocky look, which is very unappealing to say the least. We therefore highly recommend you have the nape faded, which is the best option for short women haircuts. One another great solution could be a V- cut nape for you. It takes your shaggy pixie’s edginess to a higher level and really adds a pleasing surprise detail. This detail further draws due attention to the graceful line of your neck and shoulders.
Uneven, Undercut Pixie
This cut includes choppy and uneven layers, which turn and twist on a whim, of their own accord. This style covers back undercut. It also partially creates an impressive asymmetrical half- shaved cut. You can even play up this pixie of yours with a fun shade of platinum blonde. If you have porcelain skin, what’s to stop you from making the hair shade nearly icy? Nothing we say!
A Pixie in Ravishing Red
If you have to go short, why not do it with all pomp and show? Red is the best way to go short if we may say so. There can’t be a more perfect way than a bright crimson hue for your hair, to uplift your pixie cut. While you’re at it, also make sure that you invest a hair mask to simultaneously enhance your color and also protect it. Hair masks are the best solution for keeping the strands away from dryness and brittleness.
Long Voluminous Pixie
If you cannot bear the thought of parting with your inner tomboy, you must seriously consider this style. It is one of those cropped styles that do not rob the inner tomboy away from you while still retaining the femininity in you. This cut is a beautiful example of layers, length and color coming together to create a short yet voluminous hairstyle for you. Something you’ll just love wearing with your dress and your jeans.
How To Style Your Pixie
One great misconception many ladies suffer from is that once they have cut their hair short, there is only one way in which they can wear it, which is absolutely not true. We won’t argue with the fact that short haircuts completely eliminate the possibilities of updos for you but there are still several ways in which you can style your short hair. Whether you’re head to work, a dinner party or off for a Sunday brunch, here are a few tips and tricks to alternate your pixie hairstyles to suit your needs.
Styling Your Straight Pixie
- After you have washed your hair, use a heat protectant to lightly cover your strands.
- Use a small- barreled round brush to blow-dry your hair. With the same brush, try to pull your roots upwards as you blow- dry your hair. This will help you generate volume and gently curl the ends inwards to add shape.
- Complete the look with the help of a flat iron to tame down any stubborn parts, which refuse to stay down. Also add a little serum.
Styling Your Curly Pixie
- After you towel dry your hair, use a curl- enhancing mousse very sparingly to dampen your hair slightly.
- Allow your hair to air dry so as to keep your curls intact and the frizz at bay.
- Once your hair is completely dry, add more definition to your curls with the help of a curling wand, and create more volume in the area of your roots.
- Use an anti- frizz serum to lightly scrunch through your strands.
Styling Your Messy Pixie
- If you have a messy pixie, use a light dose of conditioner directly and let go of the shampoo entirely.
- Once you have washed your hair with conditioner only, use a texturizing spray to dampen your hair. Focus more on the longer strands at the top.
- Air dry or blow dry your hair and use your hands continuously to shape and scrunch your hair into the ideal messy shape.
Styling Your Swept Back Pixie
- Once you finish washing your hair, use a lightweight volumizer to your wet hair.
- You should use a round brush to blow dry your hair. Then curl the bangs and the front of your hair up and backwards as you proceed. If you want to accomplish more volume, you should turn your head upside down as you blow-dry the roots of your hair.
- Use styling pomade and run it through the ends of your hair with your fingers to complete the look. Make sure you separate and lift each strand as you go.
Pixie Cuts of Celebrities
If not more so, then pixie cuts are not even less chic than any other long hairstyles. Just observe the many celebrities around you who have not only adopted the signature pixie look but have also made it their signature style. From Anne Hathaway to Rihanna, pixie cuts are ruling the red carpets each year along with all the other magazine shoots everywhere. If you aren’t already convinced with the style statement you can make with this cut, then perhaps you can at least try channeling your favorite star and gain inspiration from their crops.
Pixie cuts may seem terrifying to you but we have to tell you that not only do the pixie styles bring out the daring and courageously fashionable being in you but also put in the company of over celebrities who have taken the leap of faith and have become style icons.