House of Cards - Claire Underwood - blonde pixie with sweeping side fringe

Best House of Cards-inspired hairstyles from Instagram

With the return of House of Cards imminent, we've scouted the best Claire Underwood-inspired hairstyles from Instagram.  

With season 5 of the hit White House thriller and Netflix original House of Cards returning to our screens this week, what better time than now to revisit Claire Underwood’s most memorable mane moments?

The leading lady (played by Robin Wright), is as much known for her pixie hair as she is for her strong TV persona. Yet what makes her pixie so fierce? It’s bold, yet understated, and for a short ‘do is super versatile! Don’t believe us? See how these Instagrammers have taken on the style, below.

House of Cards Claire Underwood-inspired styles


House of Cards Claire Underwood - blonde smooth pixie with long side fringe
This pixie crop is giving us serious Claire Underwood vibes. Credit:

Claire Underwood was a fan of this long layered look back in season 2, which helped to give her pixie cut some added definition and movement.

Layers are an ideal way to give your mane a boost, especially if you have thin or fine locks, enabling you to work in loads of natural-looking texture! Credit: @meghanj_hair

House of Cards Claire Underwood - short blonde pixie hair
Short at the back and long at the front the staple Claire Underwood look. Credit:

Graduated pixie

By allowing the longest pieces of your hair to frame the face, this style feels soft and feminine, and of course powerful – this is a Claire Underwood-inspired look after all!

To replicate this ‘do, keep the back section shorter, as this will add volume around the crown and stays true to the House of Cards actress’ style. Credit: @hairbycourtnie

House of Cards - Claire Underwood - blonde pixie with sweeping side fringe
Is that you Claire? Credit:

Thick bangs

If you ever thought having bangs would limit your styling possibilities, then you need to take inspiration from Claire Underwood.

She’s rocked a flicked fringe and short side bangs throughout the show; but most notable is her sweeping blunt cut bangs, which really stand out. Credit: @miriam_jacks

House of Cards - Claire Underwood - blonde pixie with sweeping side fringe
Short hair don’t care. Credit:

Textured strands

When Claire isn’t looking polished to perfection, she occasionally wears her tresses textured, like this Instagrammer. Providing extra texture and a playful edge to the look, this undone style is one of our all time favourite styles! Credit: @shorthairforlife

Editor’s tip: To get this effortlessly-undone look, and give a tousled effect to your layers, we suggest using VO5 Dry Texturising SprayOne quick spritz and you’ll have a ‘do that even Claire Underwood would be proud of!


Have we tempted you to try out a shorter, cropped style for the season ahead? Then get yourself over to our Short Hairstyles page, where hair tutorials stunning cropped haircuts are a plenty.

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