The pixie is becoming more and more popular as more women get their hair cut into this boyish-yet-still-feminine-style. In fact, the pixie is so popular, it not only made No. 1 on my list of the Hottest Short Hairstyle Trends, it also made my list of The Year's Hottest Hairstyles.
And it's no wonder the pixie is so popular. It's edgy, yet feminine. It can be cute, sexy, sophisticated or funky.
In this gallery, I share my favorite pixies of the moment. You'll find out the secrets to each cut and how to style them, plus learn what face shapes and hair textures can get away with a pixie.
While many pixies are traditionally short all over, the modern pixie tends to be choppy and texturized with longer bangs that give you a ton of styling options. You'll see examples of the choppy, texturized pixie throughout this gallery.
Will the Pixie Suit You?
There are 2 things to keep in mind with the pixie: face shape and hair texture. Here are a few rules of thumb when it comes to the pixie, although keep in mind I firmly believe beauty rules are meant to be broken:
- The pixie works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair.
- If you have fine, straight hair, you run the risk of hair falling to close to the scalp, looking a bit like a helmet. If you have fine hair, you may need lots of product to add body.
- The pixie works best on women with heart-shaped, square and oval faces.
- the pixie is a good option for women with round faces, just make sure to keep the bangs long and style them forward or up to create the illusion of length.
How to Style the Pixie
Depending on your hair texture, a pixie could be super low-maintenance or require a bit of effort in the morning. Some women have the perfect tousled hair texture that just seems to fall into place without much product or even the need to shampoo it often, these are the women who admit readily their pixies take seconds to style. Yet for every one of these women is another pixie wearer who insists her pixie is high maintenance requiring lots of product and daily shampoos.
For women with fine, flat hair, you'll need to create texture with product. Women with coarse or frizzy hair will need to soften their hair with leave-in conditioners.
I give you the full scoop on the products and tools you'll need for your pixie in my list of The Best Hair Products for Pixie Hairstyles.
Michelle Williams's Sexy Pixie
Here, actress Michelle Williams shows off a version of the pixie she's worn for years. But when she first cut off her hair, she wasn't so sure she liked it.
Williams said in Elle UK that she's "grown into it," saying, "I feel like myself with short hair. And it's been a really long time since I had long hair, five years. Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends. Straight men across the board are not into this hair! I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it."
As of late 2015, Williams has grown her pixie out.