Short Style: The Pixie!

If you’re going to cut, don’t hesitate!

The pixie cut is gaining a following, and why wouldn’t it?

With celebrities like Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway rocking this style, lots of ladies aren’t afraid of the shears anymore.

This short style can be just as feminine as it is chic. Even Audrey Hepburn rocked it well.  

Why Get the Cut?

Does it suit? Will it make you look like a boy?

Truth is, any hairstyle can look like a trainwreck if you don’t know how to handle it. But with the right guidance and tips, the pixie can look as adorable as it sounds!

Not only that, but this short hairstyle means complete ease. After all, less hair means less styling and no knots! Think of all the money you will save (because, less shampoo!)

But when it comes to those gorgeous curls, they might need a little more attention. However, it’s nothing a little gel can’t fix. So a dab here and a dab there will keep them in place.

This style also lays more emphasis on the face - so if your client doesn’t rely on their hair to hide their face, this is the cut for them.

But the best part of short hair is that it goes perfectly with mesmerizing colors! So give this a whirl, and don’t be afraid to try something new.

If things go wrong, it will grow out pretty quickly anyway! So why shy away when you can look like a badass celebrity?

How to Cut It?

Before we begin, let’s get something straight: the pixie cut isn’t a single style. Feel free to experiment, modify, and make it your own!

Step 1: The Client’s Request

This may seem obvious, but always begin by asking the client their preferences.

While pixie cuts generally mean pretty short, just how short is up to them. After all, this isn’t a one-cut-for-all kind of ‘do!

It’s also important to know if the client wants a fringe, bangs, or anything else to go with it. 

Step 2: The Preparation

As any hairstylist worth their salt will know: before you dive in with the scissors, the hair needs to be shampooed, conditioned, and prepped perfectly.

Towel it out until it’s damp, then take a comb and run it through to remove any tangles or knots.

Step 3: Division

Divide that head of hair into sections.

Need a fringe in the front? Don’t forget to section out that bit so it doesn’t get cut with the rest!

Step 4: Dive In

Now that you’ve got the hair parted out, it’s time to chop.

Begin by cutting off those parts that you definitely won’t need. Cut the perimeter at the neckline and soft slopes by each of the ears.

But always be on the safe side. You can always chop off more if needed, but you can’t grow that hair back immediately!

Step 5: Layering it Up

Now that you’ve got the base set out, it’s time to cut out the layers.

Start from the back and move forward. You can press your finger against the scalp to hold the hair in place. This will act as guide to ensure that you aren’t cutting off too much or too little.

Remember to ensure an even cut at all times. As you move from back to front, you will also gradually be increasing the length of the layers.

Step 6: Texturing

The cut’s almost complete, but here is the cherry on top of the cake. The right texture can improve the pixie tenfold.

So you could either use a razor to give those wispy ends, notching shears to remove the bulk from those rather dense areas, or even thinning shears if need be!

Step 7: Finishing Touches

The cut is complete, now it’s time for the presentation! Blow dry and set the hair to show your client just how gorgeous it looks.

If you do it right, they could be channeling the likes of Audrey Tatou or even Halle Berry through that ‘do!

Add to this your own unique techniques and ideas - clients always love something different.

Have some unique insights on the pixie cut? Let us know in the comments section below!