Styling A Pixie Cut According to Pixie Masters

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It’s innately terrifying to experience some sudden hair transition, but there’s something frightening about a pixie crop, specifically. Reducing your lengths to three-or-less inches means to say good-bye to your loyal topknot, to say good-bye to your high pony fallback ~ and ~ your trusty bedtime braid. Sift though the near-bottomless reserve of celebrity inspiration, however, and you can be shocked to discover that there are countless ways to style a pixie cut.

First of all, there’s the cut itself: you might go shaggy and feathery like Princess Diana in the ’80s or quick and clean like Mia Farrow around Rosemary’s Baby. You could swipe the long, sweeping bangs to the side like Twiggy’s ’60sera or apply a layer of baby fringe to the Audrey Hepburn. It can be styled straight or curly, slicked back or spiked up. The pixie can be elegantly polished or edgy or rough.

There are also more choices for styling a pixie in 2020 due to a surplus of resurfacing accessories from decades gone by. And as it turns out, headbands, pins, and scarves make a major stand-in for a messy bun.
Six ideas on how to wear a pixie cut courtesy of Zoë Kravitz, Charlize Theron, Cara Delevingne, and more.

Slicked Down & Side-Swept

Charlize Theron has been wearing the pixie for years, even going as far as the latest revival of the infamous bowl cut from its ’90s tomb. Typically, the actor is sporting an asymmetrical crop with loose, flexible bangs on one side. Her most trendy trick is to slick on them in the Twiggy style.

With Choppy Baby Bangs

Another way to incorporate fringe is to include choppy baby bangs, worn straight across the face like Zoë Kravitz’s when she unveiled the most stunning transition of 2019. The actor’s immediately famous pixie cut makes the case for new-age bangs and ultra short hair.

The Pompadour

Recently, the old-school swept-back style, popular with Elvis and James Dean, has slithered its way into the genre of pixie cut. In the 21st century, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus embraced the now-androgynous pompadour.

Punk Chic

Kristen Stewart’s tousled pixie is a master lesson of punk chic. A short back and sides keep the look clean while the tips are bleached and every wave gives it the quintessential Kristen Stewart feeling of carefree.

Long & Shaggy

But shaggy doesn’t necessarily fit messy, as Kerry Washington has proven, aka the ~epitome of elegance~. Her teased crown and long, swoopy fringe are a crossroads between edge and elegance.

With An Accessory

And when you’re ready for a little extra oomph, don’t shy away from a chic headband or a sprinkle of chunky hair clips. Pixie cut wearers will also follow the 2020 accessories theme.


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