Part 1: Rocking the Pixie
Accessorize. Once I had a pixie cut, I went overboard with big earrings, chunky necklaces and accessories. Embrace it. You already look fierce, but with some gigantic hoops or a crazy ass scarf, you are unstoppable. I also, interestingly, over-compensated for my short haircut by rocking frilly, feminine things more often than usual. Ruffled skirts, pink sweaters and the like. You don't need to do this, because I can assure you: you will not look like a boy. I promise. Unless that's the look you are going for, in which case that's cool. But if you want a cute girly pixie cut and you bring along some pictures of cute girly pixie cuts, you will not look like a dude.
Experiment. Granted, you don't have as many options as our long-haired sisters, but there is still room to mix it up. Sometimes I felt awesome with a headscarf, but when my hair was really really short I sometimes felt like a newborn baby whose parents dressed me in one of those headbands with a bow on it. You know what I mean. Anyway, give it a shot. Rock a fauxhawk. Slick it back. Get some bobby pins up in it. Change up the color. Ditch the part. When I first hacked off my hair I kept parting it the same exact way I always had. Sometimes it made me feel like a little boy, dressed in his Sunday best, on his way to church. (I don't know, it's the visual that always popped into my head.) Try combing it all forward, going for a really deep sidepart or pulling the top part back into a poof if it's long enough. Even with my grown-out pixie, I comb my hair forward from the crown and then over to the side. Ya dig?
Be confident. Just rock it. You have a haircut that lotsa ladies would kill to have but are way too scared to take the plunge. Own it. Work it. I can't overstate this confidence part enough. Whether you buzz your hair off or are just inching closer to a pixie cut, you are freeing yourself from the constraints and trappings of the long hair standard. (By the way, I am also jealous of you long-haired vixens... I think my hair looks best above the shoulders but you ladies that can rock it halfway down your back... sweet!) Long hair does not a woman make. You can still be a sexy young thang with short hair. You can still be glamorous. You can be dressed up or dressed down. You do not need a ponytail or a top knot to be trendy. Once you learn this, you will become an unbeatable force. Break loose from the standard beauty paradigm. Be edgy. Be sweet. Be yourself & rock the hell out of that pixie cut.
A few of my favorite pixie cuts...
Pixie Cut Queen Jeannine says...
My love affair with the pixie started back in high school when I viewed it as yet another way to stand out in a crowd and define myself. I remember begging my mother to bring me to get my hair chopped at the posh new salon in town. She has always preferred my hair to be long saying things like “Oh, but you have such beautiful hair” (like it’s a shame that it’s short). She eventually relented and, picture in hand (probably Ashley Judd at that point), I went to my appointment at the fancy salon. Before the stylist commenced she made sure I knew what I was in for. With a thick Russian accent she warned “Now, you know this is verrry short!” Despite the concerns of those around me, I went home happy. That was the first time I had not only such a short haircut but also such an extremely intricate and textured one (my mall haircuts were far from complex).
When I got ready for school the next day my confidence eroded. Maybe it was too short? Maybe I needed to feminize it a bit? My solution was to throw a long scarf around my head like a headband, which would later become my standard high school look. My relationship with the pixie has evolved somewhat now, it being more out of convenience than about expressing my individualism. However, I do like that it’s not necessarily common and that it still insights some curiosity. Comments from women usually go somewhat like this “That must be so easy!”, “I've always wanted to go very short but never could do it!”, and “What does your husband think?” My answers are usually “Yes it is!”, “ You should do it- hair grows back!” and “My husband would prefer it long but it’s not his head.”
- Go to someone you trust and bring a good picture of what you want (front and back).
- Remember that hair does grow back.
- Believe me, you will not look like a boy.
- Oh my gosh, think of how quick it’s going to be to get ready in the morning?! Those extra 10 minutes are golden!
- Get a good texturizer or hair wax to define your layers.
- Live it up and enjoy the pixie--play around with it and try a faux hawk!
Want more? Check out Katie's cute style:
Katie and I are pixie cut buds. Most of our emails and correspondences include the question "How's the pixie doing?" and updates on whether or not we have mini-mullets forming and are due for a trim. It's nice to have someone else to talk to about the ups and downs of pixie cut life. Katie has super curly awesome hair, and I was secretly hoping she would send me a picture of her 'fro as it grows out. Maybe next time?
Lest you think I am delusional enough to think I own this trend, here is proof that hip ladies have been rocking the pixie cut for years.
Here are two of my favorite vintage cuts:
In my introduction to The Pixie Cut Series, I said that "Ever since I cut my hair short, it has been the #1 compliment I've gotten from strangers and also one of my top insecurities." I was relieved when the "Amen, sister!" comments rolled in here, on Facebook and by email. Turns out this is common. Even though my pixie cut elicited more compliments than any hairstyle I'd ever had, I was still plagued by constant worry that it wasn't cute or pretty enough. Well, let this blog series be a wake up call to anyone who's rocking the style: YOU LOOK AWESOME. YOU LOOK BOLD. YOU LOOK FIERCE. And? If you decide you've had enough of the pixie cut, that's ok too. Because hair grows back. Stay tuned for "Part 2: Growing it out", in which I walk you throw the growing out process and promise you that you will survive it, with your dignity intact.
The Pixie Cut Series
Part 1: Chopping it all off
Part 2: Rocking the pixie
Part 3: Growing it out
An Update- 8 Months Later