5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pixie Cut

5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pixie Cut

Don’t make the big chop until you've read these five things that could change your mind.


By: Sarah James

The pixie is a trending cut that’s been gracing the heads of many lovely celebrities. I myself have been debating chopping off my chest-length hair for months now, yet can’t seem to make the cut. Just when I think I’ve garnered the courage to chop (well over) a foot of my hair off, I change my mind again. Let’s face it: Going for the pixie cut is not for the faint of heart.

If you are considering trying out the pixie cut, here are five factors to consider before making the big chop.

1. Facial Features
Although there's a short hairstyle to fit every woman, a true pixie is one of the shortest. Think about your facial features, your ears, your neck — are those features you feel comfortable showing the world 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

If you prefer to have the option of longer hair around your face, a pixie may not be for you. This is actually the biggest challenge for me, as I use my long hair as a “curtain” at certain times — for example, dropping my kids off at school when I don’t have a lick of makeup on!

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2. Styling Time
The good news? With super short hair, styling time decreases dramatically. Bad news? Unlike longer hair, which you can throw into a quick ponytail on those rushed mornings, you will need to spend a few minutes styling your hair every day. Short hair can also equal insane bed head.

3. Products
Styling products are must-haves for shorter haircuts. Waxes and pomades add texture, movement and shine, and also keep frizz and puffy hair at bay. I’m sure I’ll be trying tons of new products when (and if) the time comes.

4. Accessories
Many women mention feeling different about their clothing necklines and jewelry once they make the chop. You might also feel the need to amp up your makeup a little bit. A bold, punchy lip color looks gorgeous with a pixie cut.

5. Confidence
When all is said and done, the one piece of advice I’ve heard the most is that your confidence matters most. If you rock a pixie with an assured smile, the compliments from friends, family and strangers will roll in.

Have you tried the pixie cut? Share your story with us in the comments below. If a short cut isn’t for you, try one of these medium-length haircuts.



Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightlineand in The New York Times.

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I wish I had this article to read before I chopped off my hair. Even though it wasn't a true-pixie cut, it was SHORT. I never felt confident with short hair as I do with my (once again) shoulder length hair. I will keep this article if I ever think again I want to go under the shears-then stop! Pixies are very cute- on women other than me ; )'

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