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What to Know Before Getting a Pixie Haircut

Short Hairstyles

What to Know Before Getting a Pixie Haircut What to Know Before Getting a Pixie Haircut What to Know Before Getting a Pixie Haircut

So, the time has come and you’re contemplating your next big hair move. As far as hairstyle trends go, pixie cuts definitely top the charts. Known as one of the most life-changing haircuts you can get, there’s a lot to think about before a stylist chops off your flowing locks. In fact, pixie hair can be so dramatic that you might even question what you’re doing while you’re sitting in your stylist’s chair. Should you really go through with it? Don’t worry! If you’re concerned about whether or not this popular hairstyle is right for you, we’re here to help you sort through the process before that first cut is made. Below, you’ll find everything about pixie haircuts, including what to ask your stylist at the salon, short and long pixie cut ideas, and more!

5 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN GETTING A PIXIE HAIRCUT

When you decide to cut virtually all of your hair off, you want to make sure you get it right. Before you book your pixie haircut appointment, keep the following in mind.

#1. Start long

It’s normal to be nervous about getting such a drastic haircut. Even if your strands aren’t super long to begin with, the thought of trimming them down to just an inch or two long can be intimidating. The trick to ending up with pixie hair that you love is to start on the longer side (who said you can’t have a long pixie cut?) because you can always snip it shorter to fit your preferences. If you cut your hair too short to begin with, however, you’ll be stuck trying to grow out your look for at least a few weeks.

#2. Speaking of growing…

A pixie haircut can start to grow out a lot faster than you might think—which means that if you want to change it, it won’t take too much patience. It also means that to maintain your look, you’ll need to schedule regular appointments and get trims every few weeks.

#3. Styling it will take some getting used to

If you’re only familiar with styling long locks, it might be a tad difficult to get the hang of styling a pixie. Just be patient and stock your vanity with a styling hair cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream.

#4. Washing and drying will be easier than ever

Washing, drying, and styling long hair can be a real process—that’s not the case with short haircuts like the pixie, though! Prepare to save a whole lot of time on your hair care routine. Score! Hop in the shower and wash with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner.

#5. Your face will seem more front and center

When you don’t have long tresses to hide behind, all attention will be on your face. Cue the on-trend makeup looks!

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR STYLIST BEFORE GETTING PIXIE HAIR

With any haircut, you should never just plop down into your stylist’s chair and let them go to town—after all, you want to make sure you’re happy with the final result. And pixie haircuts are certainly no exception! Without proper communication, it’s possible that you may not end up with something you like. Since nobody wants that kind of unpleasant salon experience, ask your stylist a few questions before committing to pixie hair. 

QUESTION #1. What pixie cut will complement my face best?

You may see a pixie haircut on your favorite celebrity, but the same way that their hair color might not work on you, there’s a chance that their haircut won’t either. Typically, if you have an oval face shape, you can get away with just about any pixie haircut, whereas if you have a round face, an angled bang can help give you a more balanced look. Have a square face? Try a shaggy pixie that will help soften your angled features. More of a heart-shaped gal? A soft bang can help round out your ‘do for a feminine and totally chic look. Your stylist will be able to help you settle on the perfect pixie haircut for your face shape.

QUESTION #2. When are you least busy?

While a Saturday or Sunday appointment may be most convenient, they’re usually also the busiest due to being the most convenient for just about everyone. When things get busy in a salon, there’s a chance that your hair could pay the price. To make sure that your stylist is focused and not rushed, get an idea of their schedule so that you can both get the most out of it.

QUESTION #3. When can I make my next appointment?

Since your newfound pixie hair will grow faster than you think, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and book appointments in advance to ensure that your short ‘do maintains its crisp style.

Editor’s note: Don’t rely solely on your words, you can also bring an inspiration photo with you to show what you’d like your final cut to look like.

5 PIXIE CUTS TO TRY

Pixie hair is definitely not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal—there are so many variations to choose from! Below, we’re sharing five of our favorite pixie cuts to try.

PIXIE CUT #1. LONG PIXIE

Like we mentioned above—pixie hair doesn’t have to be short! If you want to ease into this hair trend, consider trying a long pixie cut. Now, this cut certainly won’t mean you have long flowing locks, but it’ll give you a little more length to work with. Think long layers with lots of movement that flow into side bangs.  

PIXIE CUT #2. SHORT PIXIE

A short pixie is a great option for those who are searching for a low maintenance cut. With strands that tend to not be longer than an inch all around, you can practically roll out of bed and out the door!

PIXIE CUT #3. LAYERED PIXIE

Hello texture! If you have thin or fine hair, consider a layered pixie cut. This will help create the appearance of more volume. Trust us, there’s a reason those with thinning hair often have short, layered strands!

PIXIE CUT #4. SHAGGY PIXIE

A shaggy pixie works with just about any hair texture and pixie length. It’s also perfect for those who feel as though they may end up wanting to grow out their hair, as the shaggy layers will camouflage any uneven length. You can play them up with a texture balm or spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray.

PIXIE CUT #5. UNDERCUT PIXIE

Want an edgy pixie cut? We recommend trying an undercut pixie. The cut typically involves longer layers at the top of your head that slightly drape over a shaven section on the bottom of your mane. The stark contrast between the two lengths also creates the illusion of fuller hair!

5 TIPS FOR STYLING YOUR NEW PIXIE HAIRCUT

Made the chop? Congrats! Now, it’s time to add a few new pixie hairstyling tips to your repertoire.

TIP #1. Add volume

Apply a hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, to damp hair, then quickly blow-dry your strands, using your fingers to comb through as you go.

TIP #2. Use texturizing products

To achieve modern toughness while maintaining a certain feminine charm, invest in a few texturizing products. Whether you opt for a balm or a spray, these products can help manage frizz and add some grit for an undone look.

TIP #3. But don’t use too many products!

You don’t want to weigh your short hair down. The more products you use, the higher the possibility that this could happen—and this could ultimately end up making your hair look greasy. Remember: With a pixie haircut, less is more, especially if you’re used to working with longer locks that require more product.

TIP #4. Change up your part

The beauty of short hair is that you can change up your hair pretty effortlessly because there isn’t much hair to fall on one side or the other. You could even go part-less and just amp up the texture for an entirely revived look!

TIP #5. Keep bangs soft

Since your pixie hair is an attention-grabber on its own, pairing it with super geometric, straight-across bangs could look a bit harsh. Just trust us: In this case, the wispier the better.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COLORING YOUR PIXIE HAIRCUT

You have your heart set on getting a pixie cut—or maybe you’ve already gotten one. Now you know what to ask your stylist for and how to style it, but what about your hair color? If you’ve taken a peek at your social media feeds lately, then you’re likely well aware just how popular platinum blonde hairstyles, including pixies, are. From the runway to the everyday, these sheared-off, bright haircuts are the ultimate accessory to your very best street style. Want to rock this ultra-modern, totally beautiful hair color along with your pixie haircut? Follow these five tips if you’re considering a platinum blonde pixie cut.

#1. Set up a color consultation

Platinum may seem like a simple color choice, but there are actually many different variations to the shade. From ashy platinum and icy platinum to pearlized platinum and baby-lit platinum, there are a lot of slight variations to consider—and your colorist will be the perfect person to answer all your questions.

#2. Be prepared for the process to take a while

Going platinum is a huge undertaking—meaning it’s best left to a professional. What’s more, the darker your starting color, the longer it’s going to take to achieve a platinum blonde shade. If you’re a brunette, we’re talking about multiple sessions—and hours and hours—of sitting in the salon chair before you’ve reached your desired level of blonde. Patience is key!

#3. You should cut before you color

There’s no point in coloring your whole head of hair only to chop it off, right? That's why it makes sense to have your hair cut into a pixie before you think about coloring it. Plus, going into your hair coloring appointment with your pixie cut already in place will make it much easier for your colorist to determine how best to dye your strands.

#4. Use color-safe products once you’ve dyed your hair

Once you’ve achieved your perfect platinum, you’ll want to make a few changes to your hair care routine. The thing about platinum is that it’s really high maintenance. Reach for products formulated for blonde color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner. The EverPure Blonde system gently cleanses, conditions, and balances blonde hair, neutralizes brassiness, and deeply hydrates over-processed hair. Apply the shampoo to wet hair and gently massage it into a thick lather, then rinse thoroughly. Follow up by applying the conditioner, leave it on for one to two minutes, then rinse.

#5. Add a hair mask to your weekly hair care routine

Caring for your platinum hue doesn’t stop with shampoo and conditioner. Once a week, use the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment, a color-refreshing hair treatment for blonde, colored hair. The treatment helps neutralize unwanted brassiness and nourish over-processed hair. After shampooing with the above shampoo, apply the hair mask to wet hair and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.

And just like that, you’re prepared to get the pixie haircut you’ve seen so many celebs and models rocking these days. Now get out there and enjoy your new short ‘do! For more short hairstyle ideas, here are 5 Cute Braided Hairstyles for Short Hair.