Questioning ‘should I get a pixie cut?’ Top looks to consider before taking the plunge

Leona | 09 November 2017

With the pixie cut gaining popularity, are you asking yourself ‘should I get a pixie cut?’ If so, you need to read this guide!


The classic pixie cut first gained popularity in the early to mid 1950s, and, as with many classic styles, has dipped in and out of fashion over the years. Yet with more and more celebrities wearing the style today, you may be questioning ‘should I get a pixie cut, too?’.

Now we know that getting a pixie cut will seem like a daunting prospect for some, so to help calm those last minute jitters and advise you on which style will work best for you, we’ve rounded up 6 stunning pixie cuts, below.


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front view of halsey with bold pink pixie cut
Halsey gives her short pixie a makeover with bold hues. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Short pixie

Great for: Medium/thick hair

Short pixie styles are reminiscent of the now iconic ‘Vidal Sasson pixie cut’, which was immensely popular during the 1960s thanks to the poster girl for the look, actress Mia Farrow.

However, the style has seen a major resurgence over the last few years with the likes of Halsey and Zoe Kravitz (to name just a few) recently sporting the close-cropped style.

TONI&GUY High Definition Spray Wax
TONI&GUY High Definition Spray Wax

Editor’s tip: While a short pixie can work for all face shapes, those with round faces may choose to add definition and texture to their short pixie to balance out their round features.

We suggest using the TONI&GUY High Definition Spray Wax on towel-dried hair and blowdrying, for enhanced movement and definition of layers.

front view of model on runway with brown long pixie
Long pixies are the popular choice for trying the style. Credit:

2. Long pixie

Great for: All hair types, including curly

When considering ‘should I get a pixie cut?’, it is important to think about how short you are willing to go at one time. While many are happy to trade in their long locks for a close-cropped pixie all at once, others will make the transition slowly by opting for longer styles, like this long pixie.

So, if you’re not 110% certain of your choice to cut off your locks, it may be a good idea to make the change slowly and experiment with different looks as you gradually go shorter.

front view of Tyra Banks with golden brown choppy pixie cut
Add layers to your pixie for a Tyra-esque choppy finish. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Choppy pixie

Great for: Fine tresses

Calling all fine-haired ladies! Adding layers to your pixie cut will make your hair look full of natural body and add movement to lifeless tresses. Choppy layers are a popular option for pixie cuts, not only because of their hair boosting credentials but because they look simply amazing, too!

VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax
VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax

Editor’s tip: Ensure your styled strands are frizz-free with the VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding WaxNot only will this nifty product show off your layers to the max but it’s also workable, meaning you can re-style throughout the day.

front view of katy perry with platinum blonde hair in pixie undercut style
Katy Perry teamed her pixie with a cool undercut finish. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Undercut pixie

Great for: Straight hair types 

Make your pixie pop by teaming it with a cool undercut finish. To nail the look, ask your stylist to taper the sides of your hair while leaving the top long, for the perfect on-trend finish.

This look works best on straight hair types, as curly manes may find it hard to smooth their strands when the style grows out.

Many variations of the style also include colouring the top section a contrasting hue to the undercut, or even adding designs for a unique take on the trend.

front view of carey mulligan with blonde pixie and side sweeping bangs
Do you have bangs? Add them to your pixie for Carey Mulligan vibes. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Pixie with bangs

Great for: All hair types 

Want extra style points with your pixie? Then add some bangs! Be it a micro fringe or a side sweeping style, there is no shortage of pixie crop with bangs inspiration.

When it comes to finding the perfect pixie with bangs for your face shape, we follow this rule: rounded bangs for square shaped faces (as they help to soften strong angles) and side bangs for round or heart-shaped faces (to add dimension to their facial structure).

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo
TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Keep your tresses looking fresh with a dry shampoo. We love the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo for absorbing excess oil in-between washes.

front view of model on runway with short brown retro pixie cut
Retro pixie styles are always a winner, Credit:

6. Retro pixie

Great for: Fine tresses

If you are a vintage lover, look no further than this retro pixie. Spotted on the Victoria Beckham runway, this modern bowl cut hairstyle has everything we look for in a retro style.

Styled with micro bangs and a feathered finish, this is the perfect look for those with a diamond shape face as it helps to accentuate delicate, elf-like features.


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