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Pixie Haircut: Short and Chic

nicole-ari-parker-wears short textured pixie haircut with caramel highlights in crown

The pixie haircut is making major waves.

The pixie haircut has been around for a long time, but it is making major waves this year with celebrities who have taken it all off. Beyoncé, and other celebrities like Tia Mowry-Hardict, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Ari Parker and Halle Berry have given many ladies the style inspiration needed to go with a pixie haircut as well. They show some different ways you can style the pixie to make it your own

What’s especially great about this look is that it is quick and easy and low maintenance. With this haircut you can literally get up and go!  Go to the salon bi-weekly to maintain the shape of the cut and be sure to schedule regular visits for color to keep the look fresh. And if you want a bit more flair and volume, add some subtle highlights, or a bold new dimensional color. So ladies if you are looking for a great fresh and simple style to change up your look and take a break from the weaves . . . the pixie haircut is the way to go!

Tia-Mowry-Hardict in a Pixie Haircut with flips in the crown for spiked look, dark brown hair color

Tia Mowry-Hardict shows diversity in styling the short pixie haircut by styling it with this edgy and elegant look that can easily transition from day to night.

Tia Mowry-Hardict wears elegant pixie haircut, wrapped to the shape of her crown with wispy bang, dark brown hair color

Tia Mowry-Hardict sports the chic pixie haircut with a smokey eye. Here she opts for sleek styling with a little body.

rihanna-pixie-haircut with slight volume in the crown for fullness with black hair color

 Rihanna shows less is more when she wears the pixie haircut with simple black color and minimal styling.

Beyonce-debuts pixie haircut blonde with dark roots pulled back from face with little volume via instagram

Beyonce opts for a drastic change in her look by going short with a blond pixie haircut.

HALLE BERRY at Variety’s 4th Annual Power of Women Event in Beverly Hills with pixie haircut black hair color with texture for volume and edginess

Halle Berry wears this pixie haircut and tons of texture.

Anne Hathaway with pixie haircut, dark brown hair color, with fullness and bangs side swept away from face Anne Hathaway wears a pixie haircut simply sytled with a pompadour style.

Who Can Wear a Pixie Haircut

The go getter, mover and shaker, or the bold type who’s strong and confident, is usually a perfect personality match for this look. The best hair textures for a pixie haircut are medium to thick hair. Hair product and styling techniques combine to give you the option to play with turning up your volume and texture if you choose to do so.

The pixie haircut can be worn by many women, but you need to consult with your hair stylist to decide if this is the right look for your face shape and personality. This cut is highly versatile and can be tailored to show off your naturally beautiful features like bone structure, cheekbones, smile or eyes.

Who Should Avoid a Pixie Haircut

If your hair is fine and thin, this is not the most desirable cut for you. Thin hair tends to lay flat and the shortness of the pixie cut can excentuate that. But if you do choose to give it a shot, this is the time to consider adding color to create texture and dimension to your hair. Work with a hair stylist who is knowledgeable with thin hair and can customize the look for you.

If your hair is long, a pixie haircut is also not your next best idea. The drastic change is traumatic for most after the “wow I love it” phase has passed, and many ladies long for their ponytails back. Transitioning to a pixie cut is a safer way to go. You have the option to wear some adorable mid-length cuts before diving to a style as short as a pixie haircut. But if you do decide to take the leap, be sure to think it through; This is not a decision to be made hastily!

If you are looking to change up your style with a little sass, the pixie cut is a great way to do it! Once you get your new do, complete your makeover with some new makeup, new nails and a tailored new outfit! Go get’em girls!

Santresa Watkins
Contributing author Santresa Watkins has been licensed since 2002 and owner of Metamorphosis Salon in Charlotte, NC since 2011. She works to continue her education to enhance her styling techniques and knowledge of the hair and beauty industry and sharing that knowledge. She stands on the mantra “be your own kind of beautiful” because we all have our own unique style and beauty that we should let shine from the inside out.

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