Spring cleaning isn’t just for your closet, anymore. It’s also an excellent time to get rid of your old hair style. Because spring is just a stop on the way to summer, it’s the perfect time to take the plunge and cut your tresses. You’ll thank yourself for getting your hair out of your face and off your neck just in time for the summer’s scorching weather.
If you’re still struggling to figure out what new ‘do to try, look no further than the pixie cut. Pixie cuts are fun, versatile, and seriously stylish. If you’re worried about getting rid of too much length, don’t worry—we’ve got the perfect pixie for you.
Once you’ve settled on a killer cut, you still have to figure out how you’ll style it every day. Just because you’ve gotten rid of some of the length doesn’t mean your style has to suffer.
We’ve rounded up some of the best pixie cuts and hair styles that will have your hair looking spectacular and on trend all season long.
Side Swept Bangs
If you’re looking for a super soft and feminine pixie cut, consider leaving the front of your hair long enough for some side swept bangs. Your bangs will not only perfectly complement your new cut, they’ll leave you a little extra length to play with. Your bangs will look perfect swept to the side of your face, slicked back, or even curled.
Undercuts are having a moment right now and a pixie cut is the perfect complement to the seriously edgy style. To get the look, buzz off just one side of your hair, be it the left, right, or back. If you leave your hair long enough, you’ll have a two-in-one style you’ll love.
Polished Side Part
If you’re looking for a simple but elegant ’do, consider this timeless style. First, part your hair to the right or left side of your head. Then using a comb, gently comb your hair over to the opposite side of your head. If some of your hair is long in the front, tuck the longer ends behind your ear and spritz your ’do with a high shine finishing spray.
A TWA (teeny-weeny afro, for the uninitiated) is perfect if you’re looking to make the big chop but still want your ‘do to remain seriously stylish. Ask your stylist to cut your hair close to your scalp, leaving just about a half an inch of length.
If you’re committed to going super short but are still majorly attached to your bangs, consider shortening your bangs. Short bangs are flattering on several face shapes (including oval and heart).
This look is perfect for anyone looking to channel their inner flapper. Begin by parting your hair to the left or the right and applying a liberal amount of medium hold gel to the larger section of hair. Comb the gel through your hair until it is completely saturated and evenly distributed.
Starting in the middle of your head, brush a one-inch section toward your forehead. Then, using your comb and a little help from your fingers, create a S-shaped wave. Continue to the next section, creating another S-shaped wave until you’ve completed the entire side. Tuck any extra pieces behind your ear. Repeat on the opposite side. Allow the gel to completely dry for your look to set.
If you’re not ready to take the plunge and buzz the sides of your head, but love the look of an edgy mohawk—this faux-hawk is perfect for you. A faux hawk is a style where you braid or slick down the sides of your hair to give the appearance that the hair has been cut really close to the scalp. There are a few ways to pull off a badass faux hawk. If your pixie is on the longer side, you can cornrow or French braid the sides of your head to give the appearance of a shaved head. Tease the remaining hair to give your faux hawk some height contrast.
If your pixie is super short, use a firm hold styling pomade to slick the sides of your tresses down against your head. Tease the remaining hair on the top of your head and use a medium hold styling pomade to ensure your faux hawk remains upright.
Bowl cuts might bring up terrifying memories of getting your hair cut in your grandmother’s kitchen, but the rounded style has received a major upgrade. Adding modern touches like choppy layers and bold colors to the dated cut will leave you wondering why you ever dreaded this cut in the first place.
If you’re looking for a pixie with a little more texture, ask your stylist to razor your ends. The stylish, choppy ends will add tons of movement and remove any bulky weight.
A step up from an undercut, a mohawk is perfect for people looking to get rid of a lot of hair but maintain a fierce style. Even though the sides of your head will be completely shaved, you can leave the hair in the middle long enough to style in a bun, a ponytail, or even curls
A pompadour is perfect for pixie cuts with a little more length in the front. The key to a picture-perfect pompadour is making sure you achieve maximum height. To do so, tease the hair at the top of your crown until you’ve reached your desired amount of volume. Then, comb the teased hair back until the top is smooth. Set your look with a strong hold hair spray.
Have you been thinking about going short for as long as you can remember, but are terrified to get rid of all your length? An asymmetrical pixie is a perfect compromise. Keep a little length in the front for all your styling needs and let your stylist go super short in the back.
The great thing about a pixie cut is that it’s super low maintenance—but that doesn’t have to mean boring. When you want to dress up your ‘do, embellish your short style with a sparkly headband for a look that will perfectly pair with your go-to first date outfit.