An undercut pixie cut is a women’s haircut where the sides or back are shaved and disconnected from the short hair on top. In essence, it’s an edgy cut that fuses two bold, versatile, and sporty haircuts together and is invented to satisfy fashion-savvy rocker chicks.
There is nothing more to ask for from this low-maintenance look that gives a strong yet feminine image. Albeit the short length, there are plenty of pixie styles you can go for – bangs, messy coif, and even a faux hawk!
You’ll be attaining extreme cool-girl vibes with the help of some hold and styling products such as waxes and clay. Plus, dyeing your cropped hair with trendy fashion colors could complete the look.
Notable personalities who confidently carried this androgynous style are Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Scarlett Johansson. San Antonio hairstylist David Solis features some of his insane work on pixie cuts with undercuts and vivid colors, and they’re definitely to die for!
It’s practical, striking, and contemporary – if you need more reasons why you should get an undercut pixie, check out these popular images below for your inspiration:
#1: Icy White Pixie with an Undercut
This icy white shade adds pop to a pixie with an undercut. An undercut is one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted bulk and allow for easier styling. Give your pixie some extra style and texture by leaving some of the length on top. For a more feminine feel, ask your stylist to leave the layers wispy.
#2: Blonde Pixie Undercut Fade
The look is considered a disconnected pixie undercut. What sets this particular undercut apart is the skin fade. I love showing women that skin fades are not just for men. Fades can be used to express strong and confident femininity by the person wearing the cut, especially when the fade is coupled with a dramatic style.
Fades this tight are typically not done in a salon, but in a barbershop. However, creating clean sections, using proper hand position for elevation and distribution, and adding texture to personalize the top of the cut with shears are just as important as knowing how to fade. My advice to anyone looking to replicate this cut would be to see a barber who has a salon/stylist background.
#3: Incredible Undercut Pixie Cut for Women Over 60
Try an undercut pixie cut if you’re a woman over 60. Be sure to communicate to your stylist about how short you would like your undercut. I suggest that thin-haired women leave the undercut a bit longer to make it appear thicker. Try to style the top closer to your head and more forward for a modern shape. Aging hair can make you look cool and funky, so don’t be afraid to try an undercut pixie.
#4: Undercut Pixie Haircut With Cute Bangs
Opt for a faded pixie cut that is very textured and shattered in the top hair but very soft in the faded sides and nape. It will grow out nice because there are no harsh necklines. The color is a rose gold tone on the highlighted top hair.
If you are looking for a bold yet soft look for a short hairstyle, avoid harsh lines and curve the weight line within the fade. As far as styling products, I would use clay for a dry textured, lived-in look.
#5: Extra Long Pixie with an Undercut
Try an extra long pixie with an undercut for fullness and height. Perfect for fine to medium hair, an undercut will allow your hair to sit on top to create volume and shape. Ask your stylist for a disconnected undercut.
#6: Brick Red Pixie
When it comes to cute and flirty, we love the brick red pixie cut! The pixie can be cut short and with the curve of the head, or using clippers cutting very short against the head underneath to create more drama and edge. Some helpful advice would be to have a few pictures to show your stylist to convey what you’re wanting more easily. Styling will be minimal, use a mousse to add hold to the style, rough dry, and put into place with a texture cream.
#7: Jet Black Disconnected Pixie
A disconnected pixie is a unique masterpiece that will never go out of style. This sexy style definitely needs a woman that will rock it with confidence. The shine from the jet black color paired with the dramatic haircut will steal the spotlight no matter where you are.
#8: Copper Undercut Pixie with Bangs
An undercut pixie with bangs is perfect if you want an easy short cut with low maintenance. Styled with texture product, a pixie is easy to tousle and go. Ask your stylist if an undercut is suitable for your hair type.
#9: Heavily Layered Pixie with an Undercut
Go for a bold and timeless cut with a pixie with an undercut that’s heavily layered. Pixies can be customized to flatter any face shape. Lots of layers give movement and shape that will easily fall into place with some styling paste for a messy texture. An undercut will provide bulk removal and is a bold and edgy choice.
#10: Asymmetrical Pixie Undercut
A cut as short as a pixie could really enliven your face, revealing your sharp features. The undercut is the statement of this cut which makes the disproportionate look more of an asset.
#11: Undercut Pixie Bob
I’m sure any hair length would be gorgeous on you right now. But there’s something about a short pixie bob with an undercut that will certainly pull out your wild side.
#12: Perfect Thin Hair Pixie
The dainty girl’s guide to looking like a doll: gorgeous bangs, balayage hair, and a super short pixie haircut for thin hair!
#13: Curly Pixie Undercut
Try a curly pixie cut undercut if you are tired of dealing with your curly hair. The super-short undercut gets rid of so much hair, and styling becomes a breeze. Air dry with some gel and rock this curly pixie chop. Cutting this style every three weeks will keep it looking fresh.
Related: See more short curly hairstyles.
#14: Edgy Pixie Undercut Style
A short hairstyle often spells confidence. With an undercut and a wild hair color too, a pixie definitely exudes a specific level of extra and glam all in one.
#15: Asymmetrical Pixie Undercut
With this kind of short pixie cut with lines, I say go big or go home, am I right?
#16: Platinum Pixie
Enrich your already immaculate facial features with a stylish undercut platinum pixie with side-swept bangs.
#17: Pixie with Long Bangs
Layers on top combed over the face make for long bangs. Pixie cuts usually use bangs to create a wonderful balance of lengths. Ask for a bright orange shade to really show off your edginess!
#18: Layered Cut with Shaved Sides
Consider a great pixie for easy maintenance and also gives a new look. Lessen the fuss of styling by lessening your hair to style!
#19: Textured Cut for Thin Hair
With this pixie, work your way around those light locks and create layers and layers for texture. Mix in some color variations for depth and added attitude.
#20: Trendy Grey Colored Pixie
A pixie this cool doesn’t need any statement because this says it all! The cool-toned ashy color surprisingly works for a lot of skin tones, great for trying out an edgy style.
#21: Pixie Cut with Bangs
Go all out with that short chop! Amp it up top while keeping it avant-garde with a pixie cut with fringe and undercut around.
#22: Ideal Undercut for a Round Face
The pixie undercut is buzzed and faded throughout the entire area below the crown with one side being buzzed with a longer guard at the side of the crown. The “shorter” side is exposed completely. The other side features a cheek-length fringe which is blended into the shorter hair at the back of the head. The cut is shaped with a shaved-in hard part, dividing the faded, exposed side and the longer fringe.
Despite the fact that one side is constantly exposed, this cut is very versatile. When the fringe is about cheek-length, it allows for it to be worn down and across the face, up in a quiff off the face, and/or behind the ear or pushed back.
Each style can provide a different look and reflect a different sort of edginess or softness. Another perk, when it comes to this cut, is that it can work with any hair color from natural tones to bright colors.
Styling products are essential to carrying this haircut. Try a frizz control serum right after washing and conditioning the hair. When it comes down to styling it, be it the downward fringe or quiff, I choose a hair wax to shape the style and hairspray to finish.
The versatility of this cut makes it a joy to style. It offers plenty of styling options. Base the style on one’s face shape and personal needs. Styling this cut needs a fair amount of time and effort. It’s not a low-maintenance pixie. Styling and upkeep require frequent trims. It’s a learning curve when it comes to playing with it and setting it to suit you, but it’s definitely worth the work!
This cut suits thick hair, given that the majority of the hair is buzzed off. For this cut, thin hair might look a little scarce. With thick hair, the fringe still looks full and textured. It would work on both curly and straight hair, though.
It’s given that this pixie cut is not for the faint of heart. You would definitely have to be emotionally prepared to carry this look. It can help boost your confidence too. Despite how short it is, it isn’t a wash-and-go haircut. The wearer would need to be able to allocate time to style it for the day.
#23: Super Short Undercut Pixie
This pixie is a feminine version of the trendy crop haircut with more length around the crown to build some mass that would create a bit more roundness instead of keeping it too straight as you would do on a man. I also added a lot of texture on the top, so she would be able to style it in different ways. It’s important to educate your clients on how to style their hair. Never assume that they already know.
Not every woman would dare to rock a skin fade with bangs and yet women with delicate and soft features seem to be the best candidates for that!
Consider the direction of your hair growth. Make sure to pay attention to that, since the bangs are styled forward and not to the side. It’s a very low-maintenance style that will require you to have it refreshed every 3 to 4 weeks.
As for products, use a matte paste on damp hair then dry it with a blowdryer and mess it up a bit with your fingers. That will create texture and a natural finish with just enough hold, such as Poker Paste from L’Oréal Professional.
#24: Undercut with a Back View
Opt for a pixie undercut with a scissor over comb throughout the sides and back, taken high up. The top is left quite heavy but with texture added into the ends as well as with the color. It has been pre-lightened then toned.
It’s very flexible in terms of how it can be styled. There are far more variable styles than perhaps people may think. Here, some soft bends were added using a wand and lifted the front into a quiff. It can also be styled flatter and straighter for a smooth chic finish or messed up for a tousled look.
#25: Cool Undercut with Design
Q&A with style creator, Katrina Velte
Barber / Stylist @ Allora Salon and Spa in Victor, NY
How would you describe this look?
Undercut pixies can be a versatile look. It can be for those who want to reflect their inner unique personality and to those who are looking to just control underlying styling issues like cowlicks that were restricting a previous style.
My favorite part about undercuts is that each undercut is unique! It can stand out for that client who wants to “whisper, speak, or shout” for about 2 weeks before it grows out. You can’t see the design, so you can change it up faster than a person who wants just a dusting every 6-12 weeks.
Any advice for someone considering it?
Even though an undercut is pretty cool, consider the stylist who has the artistry to cut it! Remember to have the skill, one must pay for that specific cut since not everyone can draw! Do your research and make sure you have the budget for it. Also, if you have longer hair (past the shoulder length etc.), consider a consultation with your stylist!
Some folks are completely married to their length and for whatever reason just wants to have a drastic change just for a moment! That’s a red flag for a lot of us stylists! In most cases, consultations are complimentary, and the discussion can be about your experience with the amount being taken off, product choice to achieve the style, whether or not the cut will fit your overall profile, and to what you had in mind with lots and lots of pictures to reference by! Remember, it will take a year and a half to three years for you to grow back what you lost to the length you have!
Upkeep is sometimes an issue since an undercut design is a high maintenance cut as well as a high dollar one! Can you afford to keep your design every 2-3 weeks with the proper products at hand? Or do you mind stretching it out to 5 weeks like a man’s haircut and just touch back into it? Either way, you know your hair will eventually grow back, and in order for you to keep the “coolness” in there, you have to maintain it!
#26: Long Pixie Cut with Shaved Sides
This cut is a combination of a long pixie undercut that first started off using clippers – with a number two guard and working the way down to a zero for the fade. To give the angled look for the top portion, I pulled everything back, so that the pieces around her face gradually got longer. Cutting the back right above her occipital bone gives a beautiful shape (side profile) and volume. I layered the top and added a bunch of texture so that when styled, it doesn’t fall flat.
The undercut pixie haircut added with the platinum blonde highlights adds another layer of wow, especially when you’re trying to go for an updated and easier way to transition from full color to highlights in order to blend the grey. I sliced out sections of her hair to get the maximum amount of blonde I could get in to blend her grey but still left room for her natural color at the roots so that the growth looks intentional (shadow rooted).
Because she is only dealing with half a head of hair, it’s an easy hairstyle to have when you have a busy lifestyle! All you have to do is use a toning shampoo to maintain the blonde, throw in some uplifting foam, and blow dry for volume. You can use a small round brush to get the maximum amount of lift and my favorite thing to do is to finish off with a light transforming paste by Aquage to piece out and define the strands of hair.
This finishing touch makes a huge difference in the look! I would recommend this haircut to anyone because it is truly customizable to you. Although my client has an oval-shaped face, someone with a rounder face can pull it off by leaving the fringe a little longer to balance out the look. You can leave your hair uncolored but the blonde really adds texture to my client’s naturally fine-textured hair. From curly hair, straight, fine to thick, if you’re looking to be liberated, I would highly suggest asking your stylist for this long/pixie undercut!
#27: Nice Punk Rock Cut for Thick Hair
I love this sleek undercut pixie haircut because it’s creative – a twist on an already edgy look. This is a double undercut pixie because there’s a clipper cut undercut, and on top of that is a layered undercut with a disconnected top section that falls over both. The whole thing is shattered with a razor, so it’s extra piecey and punk rock. She can wear it flipped to either side, messy as a wash and wear, or hit it with a hot tool to soften the look.
If you’re down to try something a little different, this is a super fun cut to rock. Minimal product use and quick styling time make it super fun and versatile. The upkeep to maintain the shape is a pretty standard 6-week haircut appointment.
The fun part about the clippered layer is that you can come in between cuts and have that shaved up, so you get the most wear out of it as the rest of the shape gets longer.