Pixie Cuts for Big Ears

Girl hiding her big ears
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Q: I would love to cut my hair in a pixie, but I have big ears. Do short above the ears haircuts and big ears go together? Any tips?
A: Yes, short hair and big ears can totally go together. Have a look at photos of Carrey Mulligan, Anne Hathaway and Ginnifer Goodwin. These are ladies with either large or quite prominent/striking ears who rock the pixie look; irrespective of the size, shape or angle of their ears. Even Kate Hudson loves to wear her hair tucked behind her ears, even though she has very prominent ears.
Women with complexes about their ears are one of the strangest (and most unnecessary) body issues in my opinion. In any case, it doesn’t sound like you suffer from some sort of misplaced “big ear complex”, as you’re contemplating in cutting your tresses into a pixie cut even though you feel you have big ears, so good on you. There are certain pixie styles that tend to place focus on the ears, so I’ll give you a basic run-down and you can decide what works for you and what you feel comfortable with.
You should also mention this to your stylist before he/she cuts your hair, so that he/she can inform you on your facial shape and form, your most striking features, features that should be played up or down, and what hairstyles will work best in your particular situation.
Very short pixie styles tend to put a lot of focus on the ears, as the ears are very exposed when the hair is cut into a short cap. You can minimize this by asking the stylist to cut the style a bit longer at the sides and front, so that the hair can be styled to slightly framing the face, with slips of hair coming down in front of the ears. You can also style your hair into a messy, bed-head pixie by using a dry-look gel. This will get all the hair standing up in a styled and funky style, which will detract attention from the ears to an extent.
Pixie cut with long bangs
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Pixie cuts that are short at the back but longer at the sides and bangs area are probably your best bet. Ask the stylist to cut your bangs in a very structured, diagonal style so that it slants across your forehead. The opposite side of the style should connect with the diagonal bangs, so that the hair frames the face in a soft, almost wispy manner.
The longer bangs and sides take most of the attention off of the shape, size and angle of the ears, as the hair partially covers the tops of the ears. This type of hairstyle also tends to dominate the facial space, while progressively attracting the eye towards the face and its features instead of the ears.
If you’re fair skinned, color the pixie in a dark blonde base with sunny highlights around the facial region. This will perfect the style and blend in with your skin tone, which makes the ears less noticeable.
If you have an olive or darker complexion, color the pixie a rich medium brown with a few thin honey highlights along the facial region, especially in the fringe area.
See also:
Pixie styles
Choosing the right pixie cut
Hairstyles for ears that stick out