If there’s one phrase I’ve heard over and over since cutting my hair short, it’s “Oh, you look amazing but I could never pull that off…”
That, my friends, is a dirty, dirty lie.
Pixie cuts are for big kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks. Did I just date myself with that reference? Probably. Short hairstyles are for women with all different face shapes and sizes, despite what you may think. Ever Googled Ginnifer Goodwin’s edgy pixie or Michelle Williams’ sleek short cut? Both of these women don’t have traditionally petite face shapes but they pull off a fierce pixie. So if you’re one of those self doubters, then remember that it’s just hair and that, if nothing else, a short cut always shows off the most flattering aspects of any face.
If you’re on the fence, there’s no better time than summer to try something completely new and fresh to mix up your outdated Fall/Spring shag! Trust me, pixie girls always get noticed for all the right reasons. Confidence is sexy, and women who are willing to stand out in a crowd by chopping off that flowing mane show that they’re comfortable with who they are.
That being said, let’s look at a few pixie cuts you could try using some of my photos since I’ve tried all lengths and looks! I’ll provide tips for each look on styling products, accessorizing, and makeup tips for accentuating your favorite features to use the pixie cut like a canvas frames a work of art…
First up is my go-to grown-out pixie cut. I love piecing out the bangs and telling my hairdresser to use thinning shears to take out weight while leaving the length. For this look, use Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion conditioner and avoid blow-dryers and straighteners like the plague. I’ve used the co-washing method (washing hair only with conditioner, no shampoo) along with no heat for about 18 months now and my hair has never been shinier, healthier, and softer. I typically only add leave-in conditioner and my favorite Theorie Aragan Oil Hair Serum to damp hair for it to turn out like this after it has air-dried. While my hair color is naturally an ash brown, I’ve been dying it with Revlon Colorsilk in Soft Black for around 4 years and have never gotten more compliments on my look. Of all the professional, drugstore, and Sally’s Beauty Supply hair dyes I’ve tried over the years – and I’ve tried LOTS, believe me – I love Revlon Colorsilk best because it’s affordable, leaves my hair extremely soft, and is always true to color.
Feeling feisty? Trying leaving long layers in the hair and creating a chic comb-over or pompadour! I had so much fun with this look because of its versatility. It was long enough on the sides to tuck behind my ears and long enough in the front to brush easily to the side or straight back. Very Scarlett Johansson at the present moment. I used the same conditioning and leave-in routine, although I added a bit more Theorie oil and PhytoMist Color Protect Spray to preserve the color.
I loved being a redhead – my dad is natural ginger – and I started from a light warm brown and hopped over to Sally’s Beauty Supply to mix up both L’Oreal Preference Permanent Hair Color in Red Penny 7.43 and L’Oreal Preference Permanent Hair Color in Burnished Copper 7.4 for the natural copper look I achieved here. To take my brows to this shade, I used NYX Medium Brown Eyebrow Pencil in short, upward motions and layered it with NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Auburn/Red to set it all day. I looked like quite a convincing redhead, if I don’t say so myself!
If you’re feeling classic, then go with this sleek, elegant pixie cut. While I use the same conditioning products I mentioned above, I also finger comb in Sebastian MicroWeb Fiber cream to damp or dry hair to add some interest and texture to this look since it tends to either poof out or fall flat. Here I also changed my hair color from the black to Revlon Colorsilk in Brown Black to give a slightly less harsh frame around my face. I love this cut so much because it never goes out of style and allows me to make my face and outfits the focus on my look rather than spending countless hours fighting with my hair. To learn how I did my red lip, see my post – The Perfect & Professional Red Lip – where I explain step-by-step how to apply and maintain a red lippie throughout the day.
If you’re feeling daring and fabulous, then let me introduce you to the shaved pixie – my fave look for summer. It’s as bold, edgy, and androgynous as you want it to be. The only frustrating thing about this cut is the upkeep! I generally head back to my stylist about every 1.5-2 weeks since my fade grows so quickly that I lose the shaved look. Honestly, though, it’s completely worth the upkeep. With this cut, I tend to wear larger accessories – especially earrings – to femme it up a bit. I am also slightly more dramatic with my makeup since I want to highlight the paradox between a boyish cut and an ultra-feminine face.
Whatever look you want to pull off, all you need is a little confidence to make it work! I hope now you’ll feel more comfortable taking the plunge to a pixie this summer! If you need encouragement or advice, I’m only a click away. 🙂
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