Choosing the Right Pixie Cut

Pixie cut elements
In the pantheon of iconic haircuts the shortest of them all is the Pixie. This cut has been adored by carefree and liberated women for decades and has been vilified by those who prefer women to have longer hair. But whether you love it or hate it, the Pixie cut is here to stay. Once you accept that, it’s time to examine the variations available with the Pixie cut.
The pixie cut has a number of permutations that enable it to be adapted to different facial needs. The inclusion of fringe, sideburns and elongated nape sections can help to accommodate many of the needs of problem features.
Styling can also play an important part in the finished look, since the various styling techniques can minimize or maximize volume and can draw focus to specific areas as desired.
So, let’s take a look at the different variations of the Pixie cut and see what benefits they offer in various face shapes and needs:
Haircut Elements:
Pixie Cut with a Long Fringe
This version of the Pixie is sometimes referred to as a devil-lock cut (especially when worn by males). It is often used to help camouflage a high or prominent forehead. It is also useful to detract from prominent features by creating the fringe in an asymmetrical shape (angling it left or right rather than centrally balanced).
Pixie Cut with a Curved Fringe
The addition of a broader, curved fringe to a pixie cut is helpful when dealing with a face whose features are close-set. The curved line of the fringe helps to frame the features and blot out the space between the features and the hairline. This means that the features appear balanced in the face.
The sides of the fringe area can be extended – deepening the arc - if there is need to make the face appear longer. If there is need to create horizontal focus, you can keep the arc shallower for a slightly curved fringe.
Pixie Cut with Sideburns
By adding sideburns to a Pixie cut, you can also give the style a more vertical focus. This particular variation generally comes in conjunction with other techniques to elongate the face. Thus it is not uncommon to have a Pixie cut that features a curved fringe, sideburns and an elongated nape section. All of these help to stretch the appearance of the silhouette.
Styling Techniques:
Spiky Layers:
Spiky pixie cut styling
Since the Pixie cut is already a short, layered haircut, it isn’t uncommon for hair texturing techniques to be applied to give definition and visual interest to the layers. This also enables the hair to be styled for maximum volume and create added height to the overall silhouette.
The texturing to create spiky points helps to draw the eye up and outward, and can help to balance both the silhouette and other problematic features as needed. For instance, in a diamond-shaped face, the spiky styling of a Pixie cut can help to broaden the forehead area and provide visual distraction.
Smooth Styling:
This may seem like the basic styling and it gives the idea that there is pretty much a plain look as the end result. However, sometimes, that’s exactly what you need. If the individual’s head appears overlarge with volumized hair styling, having the hair lie close to the scalp can provide balance. It can also help smaller framed individuals keep balance with their overall proportions.
As often as not, the finished style created for an individual isn’t a matter of one element or another being used, but is a combination of two or more of these elements in varying degrees of development. Like elements reinforce one another, and styling techniques can be targeted to benefit specific zones. All together, they help you adapt the style you want into the hairstyle that suits you.
Stacy - Hair Stylist     ©
See also:
Photos of pixies and other short hairstyles
Transitioning to a pixie with a staged approach