What is a Pixie Cut?

Contemporary pixie cut
Contemporary pixie cut - Photo: Getty Images via Canva
Q: What is a pixie cut?
 
A: A pixie cut is a short feminine haircut with the hair typically cut around the ears, short in the back and a little longer on top of the head. Many will just call it a short crop. It is a very sassy haircut. It can make you look stunning, but it takes some courage to go for a pixie cut.
 
You will stand out more with a pixie cut. This can be an advantage, but sometimes a disadvantage. It depends on how confident you are. Getting your hair cut really short is a radical thing to do. You have to deal with various emotions and reactions. People who know you will be surprised. You will get compliments on your new look, but there may also be people who don't like it.
 
A disadvantage, or maybe an advantage for some, of a pixie haircut is that you have to get your hair trimmed regularly to keep the hairstyle in shape. A monthly haircut is recommended. Monthly hair salon visits cost money, but you will, each time again, experience that wonderfully refreshing feeling when your hair is getting trimmed again!
 
A pixie cut accentuates the wearer's face and it is extremely important to choose a style that suits the shape of your own face!
 
Pixie cuts for different face shapes
Pixie cuts - Images via Canva
If you have a round face, it is best to select a pixie cut with extra volume at the top. The volume will make your face look longer. Definitely avoid extra bulk on the sides as that would make your face look even rounder. Side-swept bangs and a side part are good ideas if you have a round face.
 
If your face is elongated, it is best to choose a pixie cut with extra volume on the sides. This can be achieved by opting for a wavy styling or maybe even a side parting. Avoid bulk at the top as that would make your face look even longer.
 
If you have a square face, it is best to choose a pixie cut with layers. The layers provide differences in length and break up the angularity of your face.
 
If your face is diamond shaped, layering and extra volume at the top is a good idea. Keep the sides really short to accentuate your cheekbones a bit more.
 
A heart-shaped face is simply perfect for a pixie cut. You can safely cut the nape very short. Long bangs, possibly styled to the side, provide a stunning contrast to the short hair in the neck.
 
If your face is oval, you have the ideal face shape and you can choose any cut. With bangs, without bangs, layers, buzzed nape… anything is possible!
 

Are you ready to cut your hair pixie-short or maybe not entirely convinced yet? Do you like short haircuts and would you like to experience the feel of it? Ask your hairdresser for advice, and who knows, one day you could be a “pixie person” too!
 
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Photos of pixie haircuts
 
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