Celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Lupita Nyong’o, and Shailene Woodley were all sporting amazing pixie cuts recently. And that’s not to mention the iconic cropped styles of past stars like Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow. If you’re thinking you’d like a dramatic change for the new year, there’s nothing more dramatic than cutting all your hair off.
Whether you want to make a pixie cut your signature look or just try it out for a while, here’s a guide to getting your best crop.
Which Pixie is Right for You?
Contrary to popular opinion, super-short hair can look good on anyone—you just need the right cut for your hair type and face shape. There are hundreds of different short cuts and styles, so there’s a perfect one out there to flatter just about anyone. The actual definition of a pixie cut is “a short hairstyle where the hair is cropped in layers.”
Your hairstylist is your best friend if you’re not sure what kind of pixie would flatter you best. They’re experienced at taking face shape and natural hair texture/type into account, so they’ll recommend the style that’s going to work best for you. Obviously, a cut that looks great on someone with fine, straight hair isn’t going to look anything like the same cut on thick, curly hair.
While you may think of short hair as super-low maintenance, there are some important things to keep in mind. First, if you have very fine hair, you may end up having to spend a lot of time, energy, and product to avoid the flat-to-the-head/helmet hair look. Lucky enough to have the perfect amount of wave in your hair? You may be able to get away with just a few seconds of styling (how great does that sound?).
An essential product for pixie styling is a good-quality pomade or wax for texture. For short styles, we also like Redken’s Rewind 06, a styling paste that’s great for texturizing and shaping while keeping the hair flexible.
You still have tons of styling options, even if your hair is short. Hair accessories like clips and headbands can change up your look completely. Break out the flatiron if you want a piecey, edgy look (you’ll want a 1/2” or 1” flatiron for best results).
A pixie cut can be just about anything you want it to be—feminine, edgy, cute, or sophisticated. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, talk to your stylist to see what kind of cut would look great on you.