Transitioning To (Or From) A Pixie Cut

Hair stylist cutting a pixie
In our discussions of the Pixie Cut, one of the most common issues that come up is the fact that going to such a short hair cut is often a VERY dramatic change for the individual. For the average woman with shoulder-length hair, going to a Pixie Cut means sacrificing seven inches of length or more. Even when the woman is convinced that she wants to do this, it can come as a shock.
For that reason, I generally advise going with a staged approach to such drastic changes. Rather than going from long to super-short, talk with your stylist to select styles that can serve as interim steps in going from a long-hair style to the Pixie Cut. As a bonus, these stages can be used when you wish to grow-out a Pixie Cut as well, to provide goals to meet as you work toward your overall goal of long hair.
The options presented here are just suggestions and may not work for everyone of a particular hair type. For this reason it’s always important to discuss this plan with your stylist and get a personal assessment of what suits your face most. And the number of stages presented here assumes that the individual is able to cope readily with some significant change stage by stage.
If you prefer, you can have as many stages as you wish in your progression. Just remember as you’re arranging this with your stylist that the more steps you have, the less time you should spend between stages. You don’t want to have your hair growing back to its pre-cut length before you move to a new stage.
High-Volume and Low-Volume Options:
There are a variety of factors to what makes a hairstyle suitable for an individual. However, in an effort to avoid informational overload, let’s break these down into two options: high-volume and low-volume styles.
High-Volume Styles are those for individuals who either have “high-volume” hair (curly hair, coarse and wavy hair, or hair that otherwise becomes bulky when it is longer in length) or who have a need to have more horizontal focus in their styling (such as those who have long or narrow face shapes)
Low-Volume Styles are for those individuals with fine and/or straight hair types that lie close to the scalp when allowed to grow, or those people who need more vertical focus in their styles to compensate for round or wide faces.
High-Volume options are meant to employ the bulk and utilize natural curl and volume in order to make this face shapes seem wider, while Low-Volume styles are meant to take advantage of the naturally smooth and sleek qualities of the hair and create styles that flatter the faces that need vertical focus.
The Starting Point
The number of stages you want to include may be affected by the actual length of your hair at the start of this process. We are generally assuming that the individual who is looking to approach a Pixie Cut in stages has hair that is shoulder length or thereabouts. If your hair is longer than shoulder length by any significant amount, you probably want to add one or two stages using the same style of cut you have currently, but bringing the length up to the shoulder.
The goal in this entire process is to help individuals who’ve had long hair for a long period of time adapt to shorter hair with a minimum of stress, and to help them discover whether shorter hair styles suit them without making the full, drastic commitment.
Stage One: The First Cut
High-Volume: The Shag
Pixie cut stage one
The individual with shoulder-length, wavy or curly hair often responds well to layered styles that help to balance the bulk in the hair. The Shag is one of the most popular looks in such mid-range layered looks.
The upper portions of the head are layered using a stationary guide and by elevating the hair 180-degrees (vertical) to be cut at this guide point. The perimeter is cut to the desired length and the intervening layers are accomplished by blending the layers from the top sections and the perimeter lengths.
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