A pixie cut is a short women’s haircut with short layers at the back and the sides and a longer section at the top. Pixie hairstyles first came about in the 1920s when women experimented with the bob haircuts and other short hairstyles. And thanks to Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, the pixie rose in popularity in the 1950s. Since then, stars like Twiggy, Madonna, Emma Watson, Katy Perry and more, have been fans of them.
Nowadays, pixie cuts remain popular because of the large variety of lengths and modern styles that suit all hair and face types. Another reason short pixie haircuts are loved is due to the fact they’re practical and take less time to style.
Best Pixie Cut Ideas for 2021
If you’re thinking of getting a short crop and need some inspiration, take a look at all the pixie cut hairstyles that are trending, below, to inspire you to take the plunge.
If you’re dreaming of channelling Audrey Hepburn vibes, this classic pixie cut is destined for you. With the addition of a chic side-swept fringe, this haircut is sure to flatter all face types.
Pink Pixie Cut
There’s no denying how popular the colour pink is! If you want to get a cut and a new colour, this dreamy hairstyle is all you need to inspire you.
Pixie Cut With Highlights
This highlighted pixie is utterly stunning. Adding in highlights is a great way to bring life to any cropped cut.
Low Maintenance Pixie
The best thing about pixie cuts? Depending on the cut you opt for, they’re fairly low maintenance. And, this effortless one is the perfect example.
Editor’s tip: Are you in need of more hair volume to create your favourite hairstyles? Simply spray the TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo on your mane and roots before styling. Et voilà! Instant lift and body.
If you’re lucky enough to have an oval face shape, you’ll be able to work any pixie style. From layered ones or ones with bangs, no matter the style, it’ll easily flatter your face shape.
Miley is that you? We’re loving this soft, choppy cut and think it’s perfect for anyone looking for a punky cut that is right on-trend.
Pixie With Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are here to stay and if you team them with your fave cut, you’ll be sure to feel like a Tik Tok star!
This elegant, short pixie cut is similar to the one Audrey Hepburn sported in Roman Holiday, and if you want to feel like an old Hollywood star, you know what to do. Credit: @pixiebrasil
There’s no need to get rid of all of your hard-earned lengths! Opting for a long pixie will help you retain some hair and allow you to show it off in a cool, new way. Credit: @pixiepalooza
Editor’s tip: Texture is key for keeping a thick pixie cut from falling flat. So, we suggest you try spraying the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray into your mane to give it volume and major beachy vibes.
A pixie cut can really take your blonde hair colour to a whole new level. Credit: @telli.jpg
Naturally Curly Pixie
Halle Berry Pixie
This super sweet ‘do has been a signature look for Halle for quite some time now, featuring shorter length on the sides, and longer layers on top, meaning her cropped ‘do is full of texture and volume.
If you have a square face, your main goal should be to soften out your angular features. A tousled, side-swept pixie haircut like this one will complement your face shape flawlessly. Credit: @gabriellecassi
Editor’s tip: Neutralise brassy tones and embrace grey hair with the Dove Silver Care Shampoo. This purple shampoo helps to enhance a radiant shine leaving hair beautiful and healthy.
Pixie With Fringe
Katie Holmes Pixie Cut
Chopped to above chin length, she wore her pixie combed over to one side with a deep side parting. The hairstyle complemented her feminine features and accentuated her sculpted jawline on a whole other level!
Robin Wright Long Pixie
Robin Wright is living proof that long, side-swept pixie crops work a charm for mature women. Plus, notice how her haircut works to flatter and soften her square face shape.
Wet Look Pixie
Editor’s tip: Create wet-look styles with the Alberto Balsam Wet Look Gel. This long-lasting and non-sticky formula helps you to create slick back styles just like Kristen Stewarts.
When it comes to pixie cuts, there are so many bangs cuts you can combine with them to make them really stand out. Our personal fave? Side-swept bangs. They work a treat on all face and hair types. Credit: @jordi_renee
Edgy, yet wonderfully chic, a shag-like pixie is the ultimate hairstyle for thin hair, as the addition of lots of layers and zig-zag texture creates the impression that you have more hair than you actually do. Credit: @artistadesconhecida
Editor’s tip: To give this layered look some added volume, try giving your crop a spray of the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray. This will help plump up your pixie and give it an extra shaggy finish.
Cara Delevingne Pixie Cut
Cara is no stranger to creating fashion-forward looks but it’s not her eyebrows that are causing envy this time. Credit: @caradelevingne
Ellen DeGeneres Short Hair
Much-loved presenter Ellen DeGeneres has been rocking a blonde pixie crop for as long as we can remember! Most recently, though, she’s opted to leave her naturally dark roots peeking through her bleached tresses, for an undone look, as well as chop in several layers to help create a tousled, textured effect.
Pixie With Braids
Braids aren’t just for those with long tresses. In fact, they can be a great alternative to garlands or headbands. But can you braid a pixie crop? Well, yes! Of course, due to length, some braided styles are out of the question, but flat braids are a short-haired girl’s best friend.
Having a round face doesn’t have to be hard work when it comes to choosing a pixie hairstyle. Choose a style that’ll lengthen your face shape and give definition like this pixie pompadour. Credit: @shorthairlife
The easiest way to make a long face shape look less lengthy? With a fringe, of course! From full, blunt fringes to side-swept ones, bangs really are your face shape’s best friend. Credit: @_sabina_vanessa_
Editor’s tip: Designed for coloured hair, the Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Shampoo Bar is deeply moisturising and colour-protecting. What’s more, it smells like red berries and roses.
Don’t let length weigh you down! Getting a tightly cropped short pixie style like this one will make your hair stand out and cut your styling time in half. Credit: @rachelrenaepaz
Naysayers might convince you that this cut will only suit a certain face shape or hair type, but we’re here to remind you that black pixie hairstyles can be tailored to flatter any face shape and mane texture.
Pixie Bob Cut
All we have to say is… sign us up! Adding some shaved sides to your pixie hairstyle will . Credit: @hrctlvrs
Red Mushroom Cut
Editor’s tip: Give your coloured pixie a major dose of TLC with the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum, which is designed to provide frizz control and leave your mane feeling soft and looking super shiny.
We don’t know about you, but we’re loving this playful, textured pixie hairstyle. The layers in it make the cut look thicker than it is, which is a big bonus! Credit: @pixiepalooza
Jamie Lee Curtis Grey Pixie
As well as proving that both short and grey hair is uber fashionable for mature women, Jamie is also an advocate for the fact that thinning, aged hair can be full of life when chopped into a pixie crop.
Feminine Pixie Cut
It’s not just male celebs who are bringing back the buzzcut! In fact, women are also getting on this trend and tempting us to brave the shave. If you need an example, just take a look at this pretty look. Credit: @sherlynsuzette
3C Pixie Cut
Editor’s tip: Wake up to effortless curls with the VO5 Overnight Curl Cream. Designed to fit into your nightly hair routine, this frizz-fighting and curl-enhancing cream works to revive your hair while you sleep.
Classic Grey Pixie
If you’re thinking about switching up your look with a short ‘do, but don’t want anything too edgy, we recommend keeping some long layers at the front of your crop, as this will provide you with some extra versatility, allowing you to mould your pixie cut whenever you feel like a change. Credit: @tanja_978
Mohawk Style Pixie
Clipped super short on the back and sides, and retaining the length on top, the extreme aesthetic isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you are brave enough to dare this look, then you’ll open yourself up to a world of amazing styling opportunities to experiment with – think bold colours, textures, and different accessories! Credit: @tochi_tms
Taking its style cue from iconic fashionistas such as Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy, the polished pixie is a style that has been worn throughout the ages, continually growing in popularity, thanks to its sleek and clean-cut aesthetic. Credit: @kyrzayda_
Tap into the runway trend, simply by updating your pixie with lots of spikey layers, which will help to elevate this classic cut. Credit: @mallory.fay
Black Pixie Hairstyle
Now, if you’re wondering if a pixie cut for black hair is hard to maintain, generally speaking, since it’s shorter in length, less maintenance is required.
You can now rejoice at the fact that it’s actually possible to create luscious, bouncy curls in your cut, too! This ‘do has loads of attitude and personality, and makes for a fresh and fashion-forward way to rock the look.
In doubt over which way to style your long pixie? Then for a fail-safe choice, try ramping up the volume and texture of your hair, and working the look in undone, tousled waves.
Sleek and Slick
If you want a no-fuss style that can be achieved in a matter of seconds, then turn your attention to the slicked-back pixie. This sleek, stylish, and totally sexy hairdo requires virtually zero maintenance throughout the day and has become a firm favourite with top celebrities and style icons.
A great way to adding a fun and playful dimension to your pixie, bandanas come in a wide variety of colours and patterns – so you really are spoilt for choice when dressing up your crop!
Jagged Edge Pixie
Cool, contemporary, and super-fun, a jagged edge pixie is sure to turn some heads – for all the right reasons, of course! Credit: @princessstiefel
Super Short Pixie
Super-short and ultra-chic, this close-cropped look is super low maintenance when it comes to styling, yet is totally dramatic, edgy, and forward-thinking. Just remember, to maintain this style, frequent visits to your stylist are a must! Credit: @elizavetak_47
Whether it be a garland or a single statement bloom, flowers are an easy way to add a touch of romance to your pixie cut.
Clips & Combs
If glitter, gold and flowers aren’t your thing, delicate clips and combs are a great way to subtly add a point of difference to your pixie cut.
Pixie With Headband
Whether you opt for an eye-catching thick style or more understated version, Alice bands can provide a subtle and classy touch to pixie cuts.
Pixie With Sparkle
Nothing says party like a bit of sparkle. Did you know you can instantly glam up your pixie cut just by adding pretty gold leaf or glitter to your hairstyle?
Opting for a deep side parting and sweeping her fringe to one side, Dannii looks positively radiant in her red carpet ensemble! Now, who wouldn’t want a gorgeous hairstyle like that?
Perfect for adding interest, depth, and plenty of movement, a wavy pixie is one of this season’s most popular trends. Soft, feminine waves are also super-glamorous and are perfect for taking your style from day to night with ease! Credit: @00andie00