3 Tips for Working a Pixie Cut

2. Maintain Your Style

Although pixie cuts require much less effort on a day-to-day basis, you’ll need to invest in more frequent trips to your hairstylist (every four weeks or so) for upkeep.

It’s also crucial to purchase the right products for at-home styling. Pisacreta recommends using a small amount of a leave-in conditioning product, such as his Vital Complex Leave-In Conditioner ($21.50), which can be used on wet hair before styling to control unruly hair.  After applying the product, you can either leave your hair wet or blow-dry it to keep your hair silky and smooth. You also have the option of using a styling mousse, such as Angelo David’s Foaming Sea Silk Styler ($21.50), to keep hair in place without weighing it down or leaving it rigid and stiff.

Even though shorter hair can be much less of a hassle when you want it to be, you still have other options when it comes to styling, such as changing the texture with a straightening or curling iron.  You can start by using a styling cream or texturizing spray, such as Wella’s Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray ($16), before you use a curler or straightener, and complete the look with a fixing hairspray, such as John Freida’s Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hair Spray ($5.99), which will keep your sleek style in place.

3. Own It

As cool and fearless as pixie cuts come across, the only way to pull it off is with a ton of confidence. Pisacreta says a pixie cut is “a huge commitment. You just have to think of the outcome because of the re-growth process—it’s a lifestyle.”

It’s important to take some time to think about whether such a dramatic cut is really right for you. Even if you’re dying to get a pixie, its worth waiting at least a week or two to see if you still feel the same way after some time and consideration. If you have longer hair and you’re considering a pixie cut, it may be a good idea to shorten it in stages if you’re a little bit hesitant. Then, if you ultimately get a pixie cut and decide you hate it, it won’t take as much time to grow back into the bob you liked before you got the pixie cut. 

The great thing about embracing the new lifestyle of a pixie cut is that without hair to hide behind, there’s extra emphasis on your face and all your features.  For this reason, makeup can become your new best friend (if it wasn’t already!). With less hair in your way, you can make an even bigger statement when you try the latest beauty trends, and you can play up your best features in a more effective way than ever before!

In addition, certain accessories and clothes work particularly well with pixie cuts, such as long earrings and backless dresses and tops, since ordinarily these types of trends are overshadowed by longer, more distracting hairstyles. Pixie cuts also have the effect of making you look edgier overall, which can be important to consider when it comes to your fashion decisions. For instance, a bright, floral sundress may come across as sweet and feminine on its own, but when paired with a pixie cut, it becomes bolder and more intriguing, while pieces such as leather jackets and combat boots can look harsh alongside a pixie.  A good way to balance out your look on a day-to-day basis is to always incorporate a feminine piece into your ensemble, such as a pair of bright heels, a cute skirt or lacy top.


Going through these three steps before you get a pixie cut will enable you to carefully consider your decision before you step into a salon. What’s most important is to take time to evaluate the pros and cons, because once you make the bold decision to get a pixie, there’s no turning back. Style challenge accepted!