Want to Try a Pixie Cut? Here’s What You Need to Know
Superstar Beyonce Knowles debuted a new supershort hairdo earlier this month.
The 31-year-old singer’s pixie cut has been a popular look among celebrities for decades now. Celebrity stylists say the drastic hair change is sure hit for Knowles, as it's ideal for busy moms.
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While the pixie may seem like an easy wash-and-go cut, it’s not a style that will suit everyone. From hair type to budget, there are a lot of things to keep in mind before making such a drastic change.
Wondering if the pixie is the right haircut for you? Several celebrity stylists reveal what you should consider before taking the plunge:
Seek Someone Who Specializes in Cropped Styles
“If you see someone with a short haircut that you love, ask them for the name of the person that cuts their hair,” says Eugene Smith, senior stylist at Ted Gibson in New York City. This is especially important for ladies with wavy hair as this requires more precision than those with fine, super straight tresses. “If you have wavy to curvy hair, be prepared to put a little effort into it,” he adds. “A pixie cut with straight hair, on the other hand, tends to be effortless.”
Shy? Think Twice
Wallflowers, be warned. The pixie cut is made for those with bold personalities because, as Smith says, “there’s no hair to hide behind." Also, having a super short cut means knowing how to style it quickly on the go, while putting more emphasis on your other features. “A pixie cut is all about owning the look,” says New York City-based celebrity stylist Angelo David Pisacreta. “There is a sense of freedom and empowerment of having your hair short and styling it very quickly. Cutting your hair short means more attention will be directed to the face. This is why confidence in owning the look is key in pulling it off.”
Know Your Face Shape
The best way to determine whether the pixie will look amazing on you? Take note of your face shape, an immediate indicator of how short you should go. “Pixie cuts tend to look best on oval, square, and heart-shaped faces,” says Ryan Richman, stylist at Prive Salon. “Women with heart-shaped faces can pull off shorter pixie cuts as it brings attention to the eyes and away from the long jaw line. Additionally, heart-shaped faces tend to have wide foreheads. Adding some side-swept bangs will help narrow it.” If you have a round face, Richman suggests opting for a longer style with some height on top to elongate the face, providing slimming results. Square-faced ladies should ask for soft layers to make the features appear less harsh.
Do the Pixie Test
Another way to determine whether the style will flatter your face is by doing the so-called pixie test. “Pull your hair back in a tight ponytail and see how your face pops with hair off of it and off your neck,” says Ray Salazar of Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills. Also, take note of your facial features. If they’re on the small size, chances are you’re the right candidate for the pixie. However if your features are larger, your neck is short, or you have a bigger figure, chances are the pixie will only widen your features.
If your hair is damaged from constant use of heating tools and dyes, stylists say the pixie is a stylish way to give your hair a fresh start and promote growth of healthier-looking locks. “If your hair is fried and over- processed, the only way to true salvation is to cut it off,” states Hollywood-based stylist Janine Jarman.
Have the Funds
Contrary to popular belief, a pixie isn’t always a wash-and-go cut. Rather, depending on your hair type, it may require frequent visits to the salon to maintains its effortless-looking shape. “The pixie cut is high maintenance because it needs to be kept up,” says Salazar. “This cut needs to be shaped at least every four weeks to maintain its shape.” If you’re constantly on the go or prefer a low-maintenance look, Salazar recommends keeping hair an inch or longer below the shoulders.
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Know What You Love...and Hate
When heading to your consultation, don’t just bring photos of what you love. Show your stylist what you don’t like, as this will give him or her the best vision of how you want your hair to look. “Whether it’s a longer fringe, shorter over the ears, a choppy nape, lighter ends, or darker all over, bring references of all the things you love, as well as what you hate so the cut is a success,” says Jarman. She also suggests trying on short wigs before your consultation, as well as prior to the actual cut day to make sure you're completely comfortable with the look before saying goodbye to your tresses.
Embrace the Awkward Stages
A common complaint among those who ultimately get tired of their pixies is the dreaded growing-out stage. However, stylist Susana Romero of Salon AKS in New York City says this is a great opportunity to discover new styles. “The evolution of this type of hair cut will be more interesting,” she states in reference to Beyonce’s new ‘do. “Don’t fear the grow out period. It will allow you to experience different lengths that you would have never tried before.”