Months under lockdown without a haircut can make you want a serious chop. How serious? Pixie cut serious.
Arguably one of the fiercest cuts you could get, the classic pixie cut look is so versatile that it never goes out of style. Not only that, but they evolved out of a badass history of women defying societal standards for how they “should” look (short haircuts for girls replaced the long, flowy locks of the past). Emerging in the roaring ’20s after World War I, pixies were a liberating and bold hairstyle – a new “state of mind”, as opera singer Mary Garden called it in an article she wrote in 1927 titled “Why I Bobbed My Hair”.
It wasn’t until the 1950s when Audrey Hepburn stepped out in a pixie that the cropped cut became a mainstay in the world of women’s hairstyles. From actress Mia Farrow and British model Twiggy in the 1960s; to Halle Berry and Winona Ryder in the ’90s; to Rihanna, Emma Watson, Zendaya, and so many more in the 2010s, we have a feeling the classic pixie haircut will continue to transcend time.
Which brings us back to you! If you’re feeling pixie-curious but are unsure how to pull one off (or if you have a pixie and want some style inspo!), we’ve got the ultimate line up of pixies from the ‘gram that are sure to turn your pixie fascination into your new ‘do. Plus, the must-have products for keeping your pixie looking its absolute best (hint: lots of texture and shine). Check ‘em out below!
PIXIE SHORT HAIR WITH BANGS
This look on @jcx28 is a classic pixie cut and style, with longer length up top, shorter sides, and wispy bangs in front. To achieve this side-swept, piecey look, blow dry your strands forward and to your preferred side. Finish with Color Wow Style on Steroids Texturizing Spray, a lightweight, non-stiff, non-sticky spray that won’t cloud your color and has record-“setting” results (aka, will stay in place alllll day). Add a misting of Color Wow Extra Shine Spray to pack a super shiny punch.
CUTE PIXIE CUTS: THE VOLUMINOUS PIXIE
Another great benefit of having a longer length up top is the flexibility to change up your look. Which is why we love how @jcx28 switched it up with this high-volume pixie haircut! To get this look, blow dry your roots up and over to encourage volume. Then spritz with a healthy dose of Style on Steroids to add major guts, mass, volume, and texture that’s long-lasting. Finish with Extra Shine Spray for majorly reflective shine.
EASY STEPS FOR SHORT HAIR: PIXIE SPACE BUNS
This super cute style is out of this world! (Ha, get it?) So simple, but it adds a touch of glam to your ordinary ‘do. To create the space buns, first create a middle part, then, starting on one side, use Pop & Lock to smooth strands, give hair some grip, and add a touch of shine. Twist into a loop and secure with a clear elastic. Repeat on the other side. Finish with Style on Steroids for lasting hold and to create some tousled texture for the rest of your hair.
EASY STYLES FOR SHORT HAIR:
Have we mentioned yet how versatile pixies are?! Even with short strands you can create a variety of braid styles. We especially love these double Dutch braids on @short_n_sweet823 and side braid on @hairmakesupbee. Pro tip: If you prefer a shorter pixie cut, use extensions like @hairmakesupbee does here to add enough length or even some thickness to your braid.
Considering you're working with shorter-than-usual hairs when it comes to braiding, adding grip to your strands is a must to achieve a cohesive look. For a more textured finished, use Style on Steroids to add grit and mass to your strands. For a smoother, polished look, use Color Wow Pop & Lock Glossing Serum, which will smooth down your cuticles and discourage short hairs from sticking out. Plus, it adds major gloss to your finished look! For more braid stylers, check out our Braid Aid page.