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20 Incredibly Stylish Pixie Cuts

The pixie haircut is still on trend and getting one is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd. Not all pixies are created equal, so really take time looking at pictures and styles for those unique differences. Choose the right length, color, and texture to get a customized pixie hairstyle that is perfect for you.

  • Aqua Pixie

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    Instagram @presleypoe

    Q&A with style creator, Presley Marie Poe
    Hairstylist @ The Parlour in Portland, OR


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This pixie-inspired look is a juxtaposition of hard and soft lines that together create a finish that embodies femininity and strength.

    What I love about a great short cut is that is truly encourages a passer by to see the face it’s framing before we actually look at the hair itself, putting more attention towards a beautiful face than what’s framing it.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    For this finished look, I used Pravana Twist flexible fiber to enhance the texture and increase shine.

    For at home care, Pravana Vivids Shampoo and Conditioner are essential for keeping to vibrancy of this color. Always make sure to wash in cold water!

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    (Hair types, face shapes, skin tone, lifestyle, personality etc…)

    This is a haircut for the bold and beautiful. A strong haircut definitely calls for a bold personality! This color in particular would be best paired with a skin tone that has cooler undertones, but with a switch of the color, the style can be rocked by any skin shade!

    A soft pixie bowl cut is great for the active or special event lifestyle. It’s great for looking sleek and chic while out of the way for your workout.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Considering a pixie? Know that a while a cute crop is definitely less maintenance daily, you will have to get a cut a bit more frequently. It is a wonderful feeling to feel the wind on your neck on a brisk day and nice not to get your hair caught on things!

    Try a pixie with high texture for a softer grow-out, and ask your stylist for a natural nape instead of a hard lineup for a more feminine effect.

  • ‘It Girl’ Pixie

    It girl pixie cut

    Toni Beckham / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Toni Beckham
    Senior Technician & Style Director @ Toni & Guy in Cottesloe, Western Australia


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    The look is a playful interpretation of an Edie Sedgwick ‘it girl ‘ look, wile the color is inspired by modern trends in steels and metallics. I love how strong but effortless the look seems.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    To maintain the color, I would recommend label.m Color Stay Shampoo and Conditioner. Ash/lilac tones are very delicate, but this shampoo cleanses as it seals, shields and maintains the life of the color in the hair.

    This client’s hair is quite thick, so she didn’t need a lot of volumizing products. I blow dried the hair smooth, and toward the end blasted label.m Shine Mist through with cold air.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    Not everyone can pull off short hair and keep it feminine. Choose soft shapes if you have strong features.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Be prepared to style your hair daily and really invest in products to maintain style and color. Listen to your hairdresser if they offer good advice and be brave and leave your current one if they offer no ideas.

  • Michelle Williams-Inspired Pageboy

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    Rebecca Gahms / Instagram

    Style by Rebecca Gahms
    Hairstylist @ London’s Salon & Spa in Tacoma, WA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a very Michelle Williams-inspired pixie or pageboy haircut.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    You could use a ton of different products depending how spunky or classic you want this style to look. It might be short, but it’s actually a very versatile cut. My go-to for this look is Mannequin Styling Paste by R+Co. Use it on towel dried hair and blow dry it in for grit and volume. Put it in dry to get that piecey texture, or do both!

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    I would choose this cut for someone who is trendy, sassy, and/or on the go. I would aim for more of a heart or diamond shaped face. I love a pixie when you really want to highlight someone’s great cheekbones, and both of these face shapes are super complimentary to that.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look or already has it?

    I think 90% of rocking short hair is having the personality and confidence to do it and not care what people have to say about it. The first time I chopped all my hair off, I looked like a 12 year old boy…because I felt like one. Then I embraced the new style, put on some lipstick, wore it with confidence, and fell in love with my short funky locks. Now my hair is long for a change and anytime I mention cutting it everyone raves about how much they loved it short.

    Go to a stylist that understands short women’s hair. There are tiny details that can make your haircut very masculine, or very feminine, and it makes all the difference.

  • Caramel Disconnected Pixie

    Caramel disconnected pixie cut

    Tricia LaBarge Diedrich / Instagram

     

    Style by Tricia LaBarge Diedrich
    Owner/Colorist @ OptimaGold Hair Spa in Mohawk NY


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This disconnected trendy pixie is one of a kind. What my favorite thing about it is that the rich, deep chocolate and caramel hued strands are full of sheen, really showcasing the luxurious layers .

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    To recreate this look I recommend Goldwell Hot Form Spray blown out with a Denman brush, then a slight touch up with a flat iron. A great finish spray is Goldwell Sprayer.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    The pixie cut is great on round, oval, heart or square face shapes. A good stylist can always tweak this general look to suit your personal features.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look or already has it?

    Find a pixie pro! There is no room for error when the hair has been cut short. You can ask friends, strangers who have a haircut you like, or even search on social media for a salon or stylist near you that has great reviews.

  • Shattered Pixie Cut

    Shattered pixie cut

    Amaris Pattynama / Instagram

    Style by Amaris Pattynama
    Independent Hair Artist in Lake Forest, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it? 

    I would describe this as a shattered pixie cut. There is a lot of texture that helps break apart any solid lines in the hair. I love that she has coarse, straight hair, so it is a fun challenge to structure her hair to appear light and airy.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    I would recommend using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for coarse hair to help soften the cuticle. To style, I would recommend a dry wax like Kevin Murphy Rough Rider to add some volume and separate the layers.

    3. What type of person would this look work best for?

    This haircut would work best on someone with an oval face shape. However, anyone with a bold personality can wear it. This haircut is great for those with an active lifestyle or career since it does not take very long to style and there is no need for hair ties!

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look or already has it?

    I highly suggest using social media to find a hairstylist that specializes in cutting short hair. I recommend trimming the cut every six to eight weeks and investing in a good styling product.

  • Classic, Disconnected Pixie Cut

    A classic disconnected pixie cut by Michele Sanford

    Michele Sanford / Instagram

    Photo Shape Editor: https://www.tuxpi.com/photo-effects/shape-tool

    Style by Michele Sanford
    Stylist & Owner of Boho House Salon in Vero Beach, Fl


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it? 

    This is a classic disconnected pixie. The sides and the back are are cut much shorter than the top, almost like a chic pompadour. This is a very airy, textured haircut.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    This look calls for a styling product with hold that builds a foundation, and a smoothing styling product for the ends. Once dry, use a texture product for hold and style. I highly recommend R&Co Rockaway Salt Spray, R&Co Aircraft Pomade Mousse, and R&CO Continental Wax.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    Depending on the hair length, this style works for many face shapes. The pink pastel tones work better on someone with a cool complexion. As for lifestyle and personality, this is for someone who wants their hair to have a lot of movement and life.

    It is not the best for those who want a very structured cut or for every piece to lay exactly the same. The more confident and comfortable you are with a pixie haircut, the better this will look on you.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Try starting with a slightly undercut, layered bob. That look is a nice transition into this haircut! I always feel comfortable cutting this on someone when they are not trying to talk themselves into or out of it. They have to want it to own it! 

  • Walking Art

    This pixie isn’t just short hair. It’s art. Curves are more difficult to do and require a lot more discipline compared to straight lines, and this piece of hair art is perfection!

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    Repkha Pexi for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

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    Repkha Pexi for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to hair.
    2. Power dry the hair until dry.
    3. Apply a product for texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Grit is a medium hold texture paste that gives contains strengthening proteins and nourishing extracts to give hair both strength and flexibility

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density wear this style best.

  • Asymmetric Pixie

    This asymmetric pixie is longer on top and on one side.

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    Nina John for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair using a styling brush.
    3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.

    Recommended Products:

    Alterna Bamboo Anti-Breakage Thermal Protection Spray protects hair up to 428 degrees. It strengthens the hair, smoothes it, and controls frizz. It also helps detangle the hair and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • Fringed Pixie

    The length left in the front of the pixie works like a fringe and gives the haircut a sexy asymmetric feel.

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    Kim Padgett for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

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    Kim Padgett for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Power dry hair with fingers to create texture.
    3. Smooth longer pieces if needed.
    4. Apply a product for texture and separation.

    Recommended Products:

    Use Alterna Bamboo Volume 2-in-1 on damp hair to create fullness. Use it on dry hair to create textured volume and lift.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • Feminine Faux Hawk

    Who says faux hawks are just for men? This rocking version of the pixie is both sexy and feminine.

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    Hair by Michelle Richardson Makeup by Yesenia Bustos for Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product on damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the sides and back of the hair downward with fingers or a styling brush.
    3. Blow dry the top of the head upwards with fingers or a styling brush.
    4. Smooth longer pieces if needed.
    5. Apply a product for texture and sculpt the hair.
    6. Once you are satisfied with the shape, set the style with a firm hold spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Anti-Aging Extra Hold Hairspray gives hair a long-lasting and firm hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • Long Pixie

    This pixie has some length on the sides, but a lot of super versatile length on top.

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    Flonnie Westbrook for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
    3. Smooth longer sections of hair if needed.
    4. Apply a product for fullness and texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Perfect Texture Spray will give the hair buildable and brushable texture and fullness.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work best with hair that is medium in texture and density. For wider face shapes, flatten the sides and create volume on top. For longer face shapes, flatten the top and create volume on the sides.

  • Curvy Pixie

    This pixie is short and tight on the sides and the nape area. It starts to build length from the occipital bone and gets longer as it reaches the front of the head. This gives the wearer a feminine and curvy profile instead of a more masculine flattened one.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair, flattening the sides and creating volume on top.
    3. Apply a product for texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Grit gives the hair flexible texture while nourishing the hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and volume will suit this hairstyle best.

  • Sleek and Chic

    This pixie is short on the sides but super soft in its finish. There is enough length on the sides to keep the overall look soft and keep the hair laying flat instead of sticking out. The top is long and disconnected from the sides, giving the hair a super chic asymmetric feel when parted to the side.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the sides and back of the hair downwards using a styling brush.
    3. Blow dry the hair on top smooth using a leafing method with a styling brush.
    4. Smooth longer hair with a flat iron.
    5. Use a product to add some definition to hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Perfect Texture Spray gives hair buildable and brushable texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • Unicorn Pixie

    This colorful pixie is really short on the sides with awesome designs. The top is left long and versatile. It is styled with some hair falling over the forehead, some falling to the side, and some upwards.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair on the sides and in the back using your fingers.
    3. Blow dry the top of the hair with a round brush, lifting the hair upwards to create volume.
    4. Smooth longer hair with a flat iron, ironing only the middle section to the ends.
    5. Apply a product to create volume and texture.
    6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Alterna Bamboo Uplifting Hairspray gives dry hair a lift at the root area.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density wear this style best.

    Tip:

    Avoid the area closest to the roots when smoothing hair with a flat iron if you want to keep the volume created while blow drying.

  • Swept Back

    This pixie is styled with the hair on top swept up, backwards and slightly to the side for a slightly retro feel.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair on the sides and in the back backwards using a styling brush.
    3. Blow dry the hair on top upwards, backwards and slightly to the side using a medium round brush.
    4. Apply a product for texture.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Anti-Aging Extra-Hold Hairspray gives the hair long-lasting a and firm hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best

  • Both Ways

    Pixies with a lot of length on top don’t always have to drape over just one side. Switch up your pixie game with this fun style!

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair on the sides and in the back downwards with fingers or with a styling brush.
    3. Part the hair to the side. Make sure you have enough hair to fall over both sides.
    4. Blow dry the hair on top using a leafing method with a styling brush.
    5. Smooth longer hair with a flat iron if needed.

    Recommended Products:

    Alterna Bamboo Anti-Breakage Thermal Protection Spray strengthens hair, protects it from heat up to 428 F, smooths hair, detangles, and controls frizz.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval faces shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle well.

    Tip:

    When choosing products to address a hair concern, don’t just look for “clinically tested” products. Look for “clinically proven”.

  • Pastel Pixie

    Leave some length on top for more versatility with your pixie! The sides and neck are kept really short for a nice, crisp effect. The top is blown up and styled into a fun and whimsical fauxhawk.

    How To Style:

    1. Comb slightly damp hair forward, then flip your head upside down and blow dry to get as much volume as possible.
    2. Defy gravity even more by using a strong hold pomade and hairspray to lock your look into place.

    Recommended Products:

    Oribe Superfine Strong Hold Hairspray will help lock your strands into place.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Round, square or heart shaped faces can wear this look with ease. Thick hair with natural wave is ideal for this hairstyle.

    Tip:

    Avoid using a brush when drying or styling this look. Just use your fingers to keep a more natural looking result.

  • Tempting Tresses

    This softly textured pixie lays forward and fames the face nicely with a razored fringe. Longer pieces are left in front of the ears for interest and drama.

    Softly Textured Pixie Haircut

    Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Brush hair forward so it can dry smooth.
    2. Use a flat iron on bangs to bevel them under and push them to the side.
    3. Use your favorite pomade or hair wax to run through strands and show off your amazing texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Redken Rewind!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Heart shaped faces are ideal for this cut. Ladies who have thin to medium amounts of straight or wavy hair texture while style into this look easily.

    Tip:

    Tuck those longer strands behind your ears for a subtle but different look.

  • Confident Coiffure

    This look makes a serious statement for the modern stylish woman. It is very feminine and radiates confidence.

    Modern Feminine Pixie

    Style by Hailee Swore, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Modern Feminine Pixie Side

    Style by Hailee Swore, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply volumizing foam to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry hair back with small round brush.
    3. Back comb for additional volume.
    4. Spray with hairspray and smooth the hair back into desired shape.

    Recommended Products:

    Mousse by SEVEN provides a strong hold for building all day volume, protects from heat and has all day frizz control.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Curlier and thicker hair types may want to smooth out hair before styling .

  • Airy Textured Pixie

    It definitely takes the right cut to achieve this look and it might take some practice styling to get the finish just right, but we love it because it’s the perfect balance of softness, texture and volume.

    Textured Pixie with Highlights

    Style by Robin Cook, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    How To Style:

    1. Apply styling foam to damp hair.
    2. Work foam through hair, shaping the top upwards and sides downwards.
    3. Blow dry hair with small brush in the direction of the style.
    4. Finish with a soft texture paste and medium hold spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Pureology’s Silk Bodifier is a rich styling foam that builds body with a flexible hold and can be reactivated by heat or moisture to restyle your hair when needed.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look will work well with petite and slimmer face shapes and hair of all texures. For wider, rounder facial shapes, an elongated version could fit well.