62 Best Short Pixie Cut Hairstyles That Are Trendy & Stylish

Choose the pixie cut that reflects your style from our star-studded list.

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Long gone are the days when the bob reigned short hairstyles. Now everyone is fawning over the pixie cut! So, jump on the bandwagon and check out these chic and modern short pixie cut hairstyles.

The pixie cut is bold, an extremely versatile short and spunky hairstyle. But apart from looking very edgy, it enhances your facial features. The short-cropped layers draw attention to your face, accentuating your eyes, cheekbones, and lips. Depending on the type of layers you choose, the pixie can also harshen or soften your face shape to your advantage. Also, you do not have to struggle with the hassle of long hair and no more heavy hair fall and hair damage.

Claire, a blogger, shares her experience of getting a pixie, the styling process, and plenty of insight into how it’s exactly like. She loves the hairstyle and says, “I’ve developed a few favourite ways to wear it depending on whether I want to look smart or edgy (i).”

Scroll down to pick your favorite from our list of the 62 best short pixie haircuts for women.

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • Short pixie hairstyles are high-maintenance. You may require trims every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain a short crop.
  • Short pixie cuts look great on oval face shapes. Pixies with heavy layers and choppy long bangs can complement a round face, while pixies with soft layers and wispy bangs soften the sharp features of a square-shaped face.
  • Pixies demand styling. You must use hair styling products like pomade, mousse, and wax to make it look the way you want.

62 Show-Stopping Pixie Cut Hairstyles

1. Pixie Wedge

Pixie Wedge
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Anne Hathaway sports a subtle pixie wedge here. You basically leave your pixie long in the front while chopping it super short at the nape of your neck. Use volumizing products or get stacked layers cut at the back for a more pronounced wedge.

2. Stacked Pins At The Temple

Stacked Pins At The Temple
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Out of the many pixie hair ideas that Kristen Stewart has inspired, this is the most fun. A cluster of pins stacked randomly on your temples for abstract accessorizing. You can also pin them up to make criss-cross patterns to make your pixie stand out.

3. Long Curly Fringed Pixie

Long Curly Fringed Pixie
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Your regular pixie cut is growing out. So, what can you do? Style it into airy waves for a trendy makeover! Joey King’s long, messy, curly bangs in the front frame her face gorgeously.

4. Pixie-Bob With Faux Temple Undercut

Pixie-Bob With Temple Undercut
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Undercuts never fail to give just the right amount of edge to any haircut. However, if you do not want to commit to an actual undercut, you can try a faux one as shown above. Here the hair is longer at the crown, while the sides and back are shorter (though still longer) than an undercut. The short hair on the sides and at the back are blended to the head with a gel. This can create the illusion of an undercut that even a dreamy pixie can look tough with. Katy Perry carries this look off beautifully with choppy hair at the crown.

5. Natural Tendrils

Natural Tendrils
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American top model Dilone does not shy away from sporting her pixie in its natural curly form. Who said pixies are only for straight and wavy hair types?

6. Golden Slick For Bronze Skin Tones

Golden Slick For Bronze Skin Tones
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Golden blonde color on slick hair goes well with bronze skin tones. Jada Pinkett Smith carried off her golden pixie effortlessly on the red carpet. Just a touch of confidence, and the glam meter hits the roof!

7. Pastel Pixie

Pastel Pixie
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A pastel pixie is just what you need to add a cutesy youthful vibe to your look. Halsey chose to retain the natural texture of her hair and got the pixie cut extra short for that low-maintenance look.

8. Two-Toned Ash Pixie

Two-Toned Ash Pixie
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While the hair at the back remains black, the side-swept bangs in the front are dyed ash or silver. This asymmetrical pixie gives futuristic vibes and looks amazing on Halle Berry’s skin tone. You can opt for getting all your hair colored silver as well.

9. Fluffy-Afro Pixie With Headband

Fluffy-Afro Pixie With Headband
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This hairstyle involves getting a pixie cut on natural afro hair. Amandla Stenberg has used a wired headband to pull her pixie away from her face. This gives her a traditional look on a modern haircut.

10. Bubblegum Pink Pixie

Bubblegum Pink Pixie
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Bubblegum pink hair is here to stay! No matter what haircut you get, dyeing it pink is worth it. Style the layers of your pixie to fall on your forehead for the ultimate pixie look.

11. Short Raised Pixie

Short raised pixie cut hairstyle
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Still unsure as to whether you want to chop your hair into a pixie? Well, there are many advantages to a pixie haircut. If you’ve got high cheekbones and gorgeous gray eyes like Kate Hudson, sporting a short, spiky pixie is a great idea. You can also flaunt your flamboyant long earrings with this haircut.

12. Classic Ellen Pixie

Short classic Ellen pixie cut hairstyle
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Ellen has a unique personal style, from her hair down to her shoes. If you want a stylish and edgy short hairdo, you need to get Ellen’s signature pixie cut. Run your fingers through your hair to create a messy mohawk.

13. Neat Pixie

Short neat pixie cut hairstyle
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Karen Gillan is one dedicated actress. Did you know that she shaved her hair off to play Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy? They also made her a wig made of her own hair to wear. But I have to say that I love this pixie ‘do. A side parting with neatly brushed hair looks chic and classy.

14. The Glamorous Pixie

Short glamorous pixie cut hairstyle
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If you have silky straight hair, you probably worry about it looking thin. A stylish slicked-back pixie will make your hair look thick, especially if you have an oval, diamond, heart, or square-shaped face. The key is to make it look natural and not gelled. Use a light mousse on wet hair and blowdry towards the back. Secure the look with a light hairspray.

15. Curly Felicity Pixie

Short curly felicity pixie cut hairstyle
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It came as a huge surprise when Keri Russell chopped off her long locks. While it got mixed reviews from people, Keri herself loved it. To achieve this look, just apply a curl gel when the hair is wet and let it air-dry with minimal touching until it sets. This will ensure your look holds and does not get frizzy.

16. The Princess Anne Pixie

Short princess Anne pixie cut hairstyle
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Do you remember that scene in The Roman Holiday when Princess Anne makes a spur of the moment decision and gets her hair cut? That cut resulted in this amazing, chic, and magical pixie cut! Yes, short and cropped layers of hair were famous before some of us were even born!

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The pixie cut saw a resurgence in the late 1980s and early 1990s when celebrities like Cyndi Lauper, Linda Evangelista, Winona Ryder, and Princess Diana sported the style.

17. Upturned Curly Pixie

Short upturned pixie cut hairstyle
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Winona Ryder never ceases to amaze with her incredible performances in Beetlejuice and Stranger Things. It comes as no surprise that she has to be red carpet-ready all the time. She shows us that natural hair is lovely. Brush your pixie back with some gel and a comb to look as fabulous as she does.

18. Edgy Dirty Blonde Pixie

Short edgy dirty blonde pixie cut hairstyle
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You may have heard that Knightley cut her hair for Domino, but did you know she wasn’t done filming Pride And Prejudice yet and had to wear a wig for the last few scenes? This blonde and brunette pixie shows us that we can get the best of both worlds.

19. Classic Blonde Pixie

Short classic blonde pixie cut hairstyle
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No one pulls off blonde hair better than Sienna Miller. This pixie looks especially incredible on her. She has parted her hair on one side to show off her blue eyes. The dark roots highlight her blonde locks and eyes.

20. The Simple Layered Pixie

Short simple layered pixie cut hairstyle
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V For Vendetta is an incredibly moving film. Natalie Portman actually shaved her hair while filming a scene for it. So, it is a one-shot thing. Talk about pressure, huh? But when the outcome is a chic pixie like this, the risk is worth it.

21. Slicked Back Pixie

Short slicked back pixie cut hairstyle
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While I adore Scarlett’s long hair, I love her short pixie hairdos more. She outdoes herself not just in her roles, but in her hairstyles as well. This gelled back hairdo perfectly accentuates her sculpted cheekbones, jawline, and eyes.

22. Upturned Wave Pixie

Upturned wave short pixie cut hairstyle
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Carey Mulligan gives upturned pixie hair a classy twist. Comb the sides and back along your head, and sweep back the front hair. Style your hair in a bit of a wave while combing the front to add in this wonderful twist. Instead of wearing heavy jewelry, go for some chic eye makeup, a light lip shade, and a black dress to create the perfect outfit.

23. The Messy Pixie

The messy short pixie cut hairstyle
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I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want! I want a pixie like Victoria Beckham. Style and attitude meet to create this messy pixie do. It’s the ideal laid-back, messy hair look.

24. Mohawk Pixie

Mohawk short pixie cut hairstyle
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Model and actress Agyness Deyn sports the rock chic look really well. If you love grunge style, this is the look for you. This daring pixie cut has spiky ends that add edge to this hair look.

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You can experiment with colors like pink, blue, plum, pastel pink, chocolate brown, or frosted to add a splash of color to your mohawk pixie cut.

25. Blue Braided Pixie

Blue braided short pixie cut hairstyle
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Model, actress, DJ, singer…the list goes on. Ruby Rose loves her hair short. And the way she flaunts it makes us love it too. If you have light eyes, adding some deep highlights to your pixie can showcase them really well. The blue highlighted braids make her look like a queen from a fantasy novel.

26. The Girly Pixie

The girly short pixie cut hairstyle
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Audrey Tautou is famous for her role in the romantic-comedy Amélie, but her first Hollywood film was The Da Vinci Code. Taking a leaf from her book, cropped layers is the perfect wavy pixie hairstyle. It accentuates her high cheekbones and makes her neck look longer.

27. The Classic Pixie

The classic short pixie cut hairstyle
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Ginnifer Goodwin’s pixie cut is the closest to the mythical creature this haircut is named after. Her elegant side parting with neatly combed down bangs give her the perfect pixie look. With that simple yet impactful eyeliner and light lip color, her whole ensemble would make anyone say, “I do believe in pixies.”

28. The Long Chocolate Pixie

The long chocolate short pixie cut hairstyle
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Dark chocolate, espresso, and cinnamon – what’s the one thing they have in common? Their rich brown color! Take that dark brown goodness to your hair. While most pixie cuts are super short, this long pixie cut is unique and looks spectacular. The flicked out ends and side parting accentuate Rose’s jawline beautifully. The deep brown color complements her gray eyes.

29. The Spiky Pixie

The spiky short pixie cut hairstyle
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Halle Berry is one of the best actresses in Hollywood, so it comes as no surprise that women all over the world scramble to copy her hairdo. A messy faux-hawk is a great way to spice up your regular pixie. Comb down your sides, and spike up the hair at the top with your fingers to get this sexy hair look.

30. The Cool Blonde Pixie

The cool blonde short pixie cut hairstyle
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I’m sure all of us love Charlize Theron’s blonde hair, so you’ll be surprised to know she’s naturally a brunette. If you have really short blonde hair, brush it upwards and part it to one side. Allow your natural roots to show as it creates a good contrast.

31. The Full Bangs Pixie

The full bangs short pixie cut hairstyle
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If you have brown eyes and deep brown hair, this is the best hairstyle to showcase your features. Also, if you have a large forehead, this pixie fringe will take the focus away from it.

32. Baby Bangs Pixie

Baby bangs short pixie cut hairstyle
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While not everyone can pull off this look, RiRi sure as hell knocks it out of the park. It gives the illusion of a small forehead. Her black hair really accentuates her eye color along with adding some pop to her red lips. If you don’t want a feather-ended look, this is the perfect pixie for you.

33. Sleek Mohawk Pixie

Sleek mohawk short pixie cut hairstyle
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We all know that Ruby Rose loves chic pixie cuts. This pixie that’s long on the top and short on the side proves the same. Smooth down the sides and slick back the hair on top with some gel. Spritz on some hairspray to finish off the look.

34. Candy Pink Side Pixie

Candy pink side short pixie cut hairstyle
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Miley Cyrus has come a long way since Hannah Montana. She shocked everyone when she cut her hair short, but I love what she’s done with it. The shaved sides and candy pink hair color make this one badass pixie cut.

35. The Full Bangs Bronde Pixie

The full bangs bronde short pixie cut hairstyle
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This sandy mix of blonde and brunette is perfect for the summer. The sides are short while the bangs are long, wavy, and messy, which help cover a large forehead. I love how the hair color blend makes her gray eyes pop.

36. The Pixie With A Twist

Short pixie cut hairstyle with a twist
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Janelle Monae is sporting her pixie haircut with a nice little twist. Gel your hair down and neatly comb it. Group your bangs together in the front and create a twist à la Superman!

37. Blonde SIde Pixie

Blonde side short pixie cut hairstyle
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Katy Perry is known for experimenting with funky hair colors and cuts. The contrast between the dark and light shades in her hair accentuates her eyes. Brush your hair upwards with a round comb and let it fall to one side to recreate this look.

38. The Curly Pixie

The curly short pixie cut hairstyle
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Curly hair has a life of its own, and the faux-hawk is an edgy hairdo. When you mix the two, you most certainly will get the best of both worlds. This pixie cut is all about looking sassy and cool.

39. Gelled Back Pixie

Gelled back short pixie cut hairstyle
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A little volume can go a long way. When gelling your hair, simply add some volume to give your face some height and accentuate your jawline.

40. Side-Swept Blonde Pixie

Side-swept blonde short pixie cut hairstyle
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Blonde hair and blue eyes make for a deadly combination. If you have a heart- or oval-shaped face, go for this slick pixie. It shows off Julianne Hough’s jawline and piercing blue eyes extremely well.

41. Thin Feathered Bangs Pixie

Thin feathered bangs short pixie cut hairstyle
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Lena Dunham is the creator, writer, and star of the hit series Girls. She’s mostly seen sporting short hair, and I love this pixie on her. The layers and uneven bangs give this pixie cut a wild feel. And, I have to say, the dark brown hair paired with a bright red lip shade really makes her brown eyes pop.

42. The Spiky Mohawk Pixie

The spiky mohawk short pixie cut hairstyle
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Angela Bassett is an ageless beauty. Her flawless sense of style is showcased by this pixie cut. This spiky, layered mohawk is the best way to flaunt black hair. Add some light brown highlights to accentuate your natural hair color.

43. Blonde Side-Swept Bangs With Dark Roots Pixie

Blonde side-swept bangs with dark roots short pixie cut hairstyle
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A pixie with a side parting always looks good. The best part about this chic pixie is that you can let it hang loose or style it into a faux-hawk. The light blonde and deep brunette highlights make it look cooler.

44. The Dark And Light Pixie

The dark and light short pixie cut hairstyle
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You need a dirty blonde pixie if you’re looking to get out of the “nice girl” role. This hairstyle is the perfect blend of style, edge, and sass.

45. The Ginger Pixie

The ginger short pixie cut hairstyle
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Think of Hermione Granger, and this is what comes to mind: intelligent wizard, throws killer punches, and long, brown hair. That’s true. So, it comes as no surprise that after having long hair for what must seem like forever, Emma Watson decided to go for a wonderful pixie cut. It looks incredible.

46. Platinum Pixie

Platinum short pixie cut hairstyle
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Platinum hair is all the rage right now, as is the pixie cut. Combine the two, and you’ve got yourself a killer hairstyle. Nothing screams edgy like this short pixie cut.

47. Long Side Swept Pixie

Long side-swept short pixie cut hairstyle
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Ruby Rose looks like a deadly vampire, right? A vampire with incredible fashion sense. Her dark lips and layered, one-sided pixie accentuate her light eyes perfectly. If you have a light complexion, be sure to try out this hair look.

48. Swooped Bangs Pixie

Swooped bangs short pixie cut hairstyle
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Picture this – a grungy plain white t-shirt, shorts, red lipstick, and a pixie cut. Not everyone can pull that off, right? But Scarlett Johansson can! She is officially the poster child for the pixie cut.

49. Short Kinky Pixie

Short kinky short pixie cut hairstyle
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If you thought kinky hair couldn’t be styled in a pixie cut, think again. Show off your God-given kinky coils with this simple yet uber cool pixie cut.

50. Laid Back Pixie

Laid back short pixie cut hairstyle
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We’ve seen ScarJo sport different hairstyles not just for the red carpet, but also for her roles. Lift your hair with a brush, and let it fall on one side. You can shave either one or both sides of your head, depending on how edgy you want to look.

51. Feathered Bangs Brown Pixie

Feathered bangs brown short pixie cut hairstyle
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Halle Berry is the perfect femme fatale. She rocks the pixie cut like no one else. Take a gander at this lovely shag pixie cut. Her bangs are long and wind-swept, drawing focus to her facial features.

52. The Tinkerbell Pixie

The tinkerbell short pixie cut hairstyle
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Zendaya has always been a style icon, so you know if she’s trying out a hairdo, we should too. All you need to pull off this look is a strong, fun personality!

53. The Deep Blonde Pixie

The deep blonde short pixie cut hairstyle
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Michelle Williams has come a long way since her days of playing Jen on Dawson’s Creek. Her role in The Greatest Showman is a testimony to that. This incredible actress has been seen sporting pixie cuts for some time now, and it is delightful.

54. Long Bangs Pixie

Long bangs short pixie cut hairstyle
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This is the perfect pixie cut for teens and young adults. The long, layered bangs taper from short to long. They add an edgy, cool vibe to the regular pixie cut.

55. Upswept Pixie

Upswept short pixie cut hairstyle
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I love how subtle this ensemble is. The light dirty blonde locks, pink lipstick, and simple diamond earrings really showcase Scarlett Johansson’s beautiful eyes. Comb your hair backwards and set it with some gel or hairspray to get this look.

56. Wind-swept Pixie

Windswept short pixie cut hairstyle
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While Jennifer Lawrence has lovely long hair, she looks stunning with this pixie cut. The best way to describe this pixie hairstyle is wind-swept. Jennifer Lawrence shows us that you can sport messy hair on the red carpet.

57. The Jet Black Pixie

The jet black short pixie cut hairstyle
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Hazel eyes, bright pink lips, and jet black hair – can it get any better? RiRi shows us that this is one killer combo that you need to try out. It’s a grungy, yet minimalistic look. Definitely a must-try.

58. The Wet Pixie

The wet short pixie cut hairstyle
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Over-gelled hair is an art that looks good only when done right. Look at Scarlett Johansson! She looks like a rockstar. Go for minimal makeup with small but eye-catching earrings. You can see how well this hair look shows off her facial features.

59. Champagne Blonde Pixie

Champagne blonde short pixie cut hairstyle
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If you’re worried that you can’t have a stylish layered cut with short hair, Posh Spice is here to prove you wrong. This gradual pixie is perfect for round, oval, and square face shapes. The long layers in the front are perfect for accentuating your facial features.

60. Auburn Brown Pixie

Auburn brown short pixie cut hairstyle
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Carey Mulligan totally slays with this unevenly cut pixie hairdo. Her reddish-brown hair makes her eyes sparkle. She looks classy and beautiful. I especially love how choppy and uneven the bangs are.

61. Buzzed Pixie Cut

Young woman with a buzzed pixie haircut
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This pixie cut will have you rocking ultra-short hair and highlight your facial features. It is a bold and edgy style that requires minimal maintenance. A buzzed pixie cut can come in varying lengths, but it usually involves short, straight cut hair across the head. This hairstyle is often chosen by individuals who want a low-maintenance and trendy look.

62. Tapered Pixie Cut

Young woman with a tapered pixie cut
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A tapered pixie cut is a trendy and chic short hairstyle in which the top of the hair is left slightly longer than the sides, giving the appearance of tapering off at the back. This versatile haircut creates a layered effect, adds texture to the hair, and also helps in face-framing.

Infographic: Pixie Cut: Facts, Accessorizing Tips, And Benefits

There’s no denying that pixie cuts are cute, trendy, and here to stay. Celebrities like Katie Holmes, Rihanna, and Kate Hudson have rocked their pixie cuts and popularized them further. No wonder everybody wants to try one at least once in their life. Given its popularity, we wanted to delve more into its history while convincing you to get it by stating its benefits and helping you style it. Scroll down and check the following infographic.

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Did you know that the classic pixie cut hairstyle was made famous by Audrey Hepburn? She played a princess in the film The Roman Holiday, where her character escapes the palace and chills out like a regular person. One of the things she does is cut her long hair into a short pixie cut. After the film came out, many women flocked to salons and barber shops to get their hair cut short. This look inspired the many different versions of the classic pixie cut. If you want to take that plunge and cut your hair short, pick one of these short pixie cut hairstyles to start with. And you know what they say about short hair – once you go short, you never want to go back.

Frequently Asked Questions

What face shape can pull off a pixie cut?

Pixie cut looks great on heart, round, and oval-shaped faces as it helps soften the face’s predominant features.

Is a pixie cut good for older ladies?

Yes. A pixie cut is one of the best hairstyles for older women as it provides volume to the hair and is easy to manage.

What is a textured pixie cut?

A textured pixie cut included some well-placed choppy layers that provide direction and dimension to the haircut.

How often should you wash a pixie cut?

You should wash your pixie cut hair 2-3 times a week. Overwashing may dry out the hair, leaving them limp and lifeless.

How do you maintain a pixie cut at home?

Trimming your hair every 3-6 weeks, using fingers instead of a comb to detangle hair, and avoiding heat styling tools are some ways to maintain a pixie cut at home.

Key Takeaways

  • The pixie cut comprises short, cropped layers that draw attention to your facial features.
  • The pixie cut’s layers can be customized to soften or sharpen facial features as desired.
  • Pixie cuts are high maintenance due to the multiple layers that need to be trimmed every 4-6 weeks.
  • Pixie cuts also require a lot of styling products like wax, mousse, or pomade to maintain a fresh look.
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