Have you recently fallen head over heels for a pretty pixie cut you saw on your Instagram feed? If you haven’t gone super short before, the idea could get a bit scary and you probably often find yourself asking whether to get a pixie cut or not. It’s not an easy decision to make. To help you figure out the answer to your own question, we’ve put together a checklist of things you need to consider if you’re planning to make the cut.
Things to Consider Before You Get a Pixie Cut
1. Your Face Shape
Your face shape is the first thing you should always consider when you’re going after a new haircut. While there are styles that are universally flattering, there are some that are harder to pull off if you don’t have the right angles on your face. If you’re trying to get a pixie cut for the first time, your first order of business should be identifying your face shape.
Got an oval, square, or a heart-shaped face? You most likely won’t have a hard time making a pixie work for you. But if your face is round or long, however, you must proceed with caution. There are a lot of ways you can wear a pixie, and the key is to find a style that works for you and tailor the haircut to your face shape.
2. Your Hair Type and Texture
Styling a pixie cut can be tricky if you have coarse, curly, or frizzy hair. If your hair belongs to any of these categories, you have to know that there will definitely be bad hair days, and you should be prepared to work hard to achieve the look that you want. You might want to consider getting a keratin treatment first if you have naturally unruly hair. Fine, straight, and wavy hair have a better chance at easy styling.
Editor’s tip: Choosing the right products can help you get frizz under control and achieve a smoother, more manageable hair. We recommend washing with Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Shampoo and Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Conditioner to make your pixie cut easier to style.
3. Your Personality
The way you wear your hair reflects your personality, and it’s always best to get a haircut that’s you so you can wear it with confidence. You wouldn’t want to wake up the following day and cry with regret the moment you see yourself in the mirror. Short haircuts like a pixie cut are usually a gutsier look than medium or long hair. Getting one is a bold move, especially if you’ve had long locks all your life. But if you believe it suits your personal style, you won’t have a problem rocking this short-haired look.
4. Your Level of Patience
A pixie cut typically requires regular trimming (every four to six weeks is the recommended frequency) to keep it in the perfect shape. And contrary to popular belief, short hair is not easier to style than longer hair. It has its challenges. In humid weather like hours, leaving your pixie cut to dry on its own can result in frizzy, mushroom-like short hair. If you’re willing to go the extra mile for the upkeep, go ahead and make the cut. But if you don’t have the patience to fuss over your hair every single day and to make regular trips to the salon, getting a pixie cut may not be the best idea.
5. Your Stylist
Do you have a stylist that you can trust? You gotta get everything right if you are to pull off short hair perfectly. You’ll be putting your entire look in the hands of your stylist, so make sure that he or she knows you well and gets your style. It also helps to check salon reviews online so you’re able to go to one that has a pool of professional stylists who can give you an excellent haircut.
6. Your Commitment to Accessorize
If you haven’t realized it already, the pixie cut is the best short hairstyle to accessorize. Accessorizing is not limited to just your hair itself but also on the areas close to your hair like your ears and neck. The short length is very simple that you can add oomph to it by jazzing it up with pearly or metallic clips. You can also wear chandelier or hoop earrings which really make a statement. So, if you’re committed to accessorizing, go ahead and get a pixie cut.
7. Fringe or No Fringe
Have you decided if you will get a fringe with your pixie cut? Or do you prefer to go with the regular pixie? Well, fringes are a great variation to this short hairstyle which exudes class and sophistication. This also means additional care and maintenance on top of the pixie cut. However, we don’t see any problem with that if you really are committed to making a change in your hairstyle, right?
8. Your Hair Color Preference
Coloring your hair is not always a must, but wearing a pixie cut can mean less expensive hair coloring sessions because the hair is, obviously, short. And since the hair grows fast, you will need to make touch-ups more often or change your hair color more often.
Ways to Rock Your New Pixie Cut
1. Pixie Cut with Blunt Bangs
This is a pretty straightforward way of wearing pixie cut with bangs. You just have to make an extra effort in styling your bangs so they don’t point to different directions when they dry on their own. After showering, blow dry your bangs while brushing it downward, then blow dry the rest of your hair as well to keep it styled the rest of the day.
2. Smooth and Sleek
Fan of the slicked-back look? You can achieve that with your pixie cut by brushing your hair back or toward one side. Then, finish your styling with hairspray. This is also a good hair trick when your pixie cut is starting to grow and you want to keep all strands in place.
3. Curly Pixie Cut
Even if you have curly hair, you can rock a pixie cut. You can ask your stylist to give you longer layers in front to help distribute your hair’s natural volume. To keep your curls in good shape without losing their texture, you can put hair wax on your palms, then scrunch your hair to style it.
With all these things considered, are you ready to get a pixie cut? Hair grows back. You’re not gonna be stuck with a look you don’t like forever, but to avoid regretting your hairstyle choices altogether, make it a habit to do some research. We hope our checklist helped!