Pixie Hair: The Best Pixies Right Now

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Find Out What Face Shapes & Hair Textures Work With a Pixie Haircut

Michelle Williams pixie haircut. Chelsea Lauren (l) and Frazer Harrison (r) for Getty Images

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 appears on this list of the Hottest Short Hairstyle Trends.

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 two 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.

Michelle Williams' Sexy Pixie

Here, actress Michelle Williams shows off a version of the pixie. 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."

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Kate Mara's Perfect Piecey Pixie

Kate Mara. Jamie McCarthy for Getty Images

When actress Kate Mara cut off her hair into this adorable piece-y pixie in the summer of 2015, people loved it. Well, except her Dad.

Mara told Kelly Ripa on Live With Kelly and Michael, “I got one sort of negative thing said to me. I text messaged my dad the other day saying I miss you, and his response was, I miss your hair. So, thanks Dad!”

Her hairstylist, Mara Roszak, told People that Mara "immediately owned" her new hairstyle. “A pixie is something that is a major decision to do; the person has to be prepared...she has such beautiful bone structure and features, so I knew going pixie would be perfect on her. It’s something she’s always wanted to do and the response has been amazing.”

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Charlize Theron's Platinum Pixie

Charlize Theron. Jason Merritt for Getty

When Charlize Theron showed up at the 2013 Oscars with this pixie haircut, the Twittersphere went crazy. Theron's new haircut was immediately named a "best" look of the Oscars. The question is, can you get away with a pixie haircut if you aren't as gorgeous as Charlize. Absolutely. This cut looks great on most face shapes.

The pixie may seem like a wash-and-go type of haircut, and it is. However, you will need trims every five to six weeks. This cut is also best for women without kinky, curly hair, says celebrity stylist Rodney Cutler in Glamour Magazine.


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    Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway. Jason Merritt for Getty

    Anne Hathaway cut her hair in this pixie and kept it short for years, until the summer of 2014, when she started growing it out.

    Keep these tips in mind before you jump on the pixie bandwagon:

    • Do you mind salon visits? If you are lazy or hate going to the salon, a pixie might not be for you. It's one of the most high maintenance cuts. You'll need a trim every 4-6 weeks to keep your hair looking fresh.
    • Are you a risk-taker? Chopping off hair into a pixie can be a blast if you are up for anything, but if you are by nature risk averse (hey, I am, so I get it), then consider getting a shag or a bob first before going all the way with this short-short cut.
    • Does your personality fit this cut? Short cuts such as these invite attention. If you are the sort who hides behind her hair or hates attention, think twice before hitting the salon.
    • Consider your hair texture. Pixies can work on all hair textures -- even curly! But super curly hair may grow out crazy cut super short. Consult with your stylist before she snips and make sure your hair can take this style without having to resort to a ton of styling products.

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    Rihanna. Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

    Rihanna is known for changing her hairstyles every few months. She's back to having long hair, but she has had a pixie cut at least twice in her career.

    Ursula Stephen, Rihanna's stylist, tells Elle UK magazine why she and Rihanna decided to lop off the singer's long hair into this pixie cut for the MTV VMA Awards in September, 2012, "We were craving what we have done before. But wanted it to be a bit different."

    The last time Rihanna's hair was short was in 2008, but it was longer on top. To get this look on black, afro-textured hair, Stephen tells Elle, you should "relax, wrap and flat iron your hair to create this look. If you hair is naturally straight or just has a slight wave you will be able to go straight for the cut."

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    Denise Welch: 2 Versions of a Pixie Hairstyle

    Karwai Tang (l) and Max Mumby/Indigo (r) for Getty Images

    Not everyone looks good in super-short hair, however. Women who are petite look great with super-short cuts. Avoid this style if you are very overweight. You want more hair to balance out your body. It's also not a great look for women with long faces or super curly hair.

    Older women look great in pixie hairstyles. 

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    Mia Wasikowska

    Mia Wasikowska. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

    You'll find you may need to change your makeup when you get a pixie haircut. Your face is on display; you're attracting attention with your edgy haircut, so go with a bold lip (think bright pinks or reds) or a bold eye (long lashes and an amazing eyeshadow color).

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    Faith Hill

    Faith Hill. Jon Kopaloff for Getty Images

    When Faith Hill debuted this pixie hairstyle at the CMA Awards on Nov. 5, 2014, the reactions were mixed. Some people loved it, some people preferred Hill with her signature long hair.

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    Popular Pixie Hair

    Nora Zehetner. Frazer Harrison // Getty Images

    "All those little pieces help emphasize the cheekbones and eyes; it's almost as if you build in cheekbones with this cut," says stylist Jimmy Paul in Allure Magazine of a pixie haircut similar to Nora Zehetner, pictured here.

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      Halle Berry

      Halle Berry
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      Here's what Halle Berry had to say to the blog Stylelist about her pixie haircut:

      "I am my best self when I have super short hair. That’s when I feel most like me and most confident. I’ve had long hair until I was about 18 or 19, when I first started acting. I would go to auditions and see every other girl in the room with long, curly hair - whether it be natural or weaved in. I remember thinking this isn’t working for me. I have to somehow be different from these girls, so I cut all my hair off. I went to my manager’s office and he almost had a heart attack. He said, 'You’re never going to work. You are no longer commercial.' And I said, 'That’s exactly it. I look like every other girl and they’re never going to notice me.' Two weeks after I did that, I got my first acting job. It was 'Living Dolls' on ABC. They even said I was different. And it felt like me," Berry reportedly said.

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      Audrey Tautou

      French actress Audrey Tautou. Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images

      Audrey Tautou is the most famous modern celebrity with a pixie (except maybe Halle).

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      Ginnifer Goodwin

      Actress Ginnifer Goodwin. Getty Images left by Michael Buckner, right by Frederick M. Brown

      When Ginnifer Goodwin cut off her shoulder-length hair into a pixie, it was big news on beauty blogs. Other celebs followed suit and now there are enough gorgeous pixie cuts for a few photo galleries.

      Since she debuted her hair in its pixie form, Goodwin has since grown out the top of her hair, keeping the rest short. This popular pixie style is super versatile, according to stylist Anh Co Tran in Allure Magazine.

      "Keeping it longer on top gives you that versatility to sweep it to the side, part it in the middle, pull it back, or create waves," says Co Tran. "It's also flattering for almost everyone. You can play down a square jaw or round face."

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      Kris Jenner's Pixie Hairstyle

      Kris Jenner. Getty: Dimitrios Kambouris, J. Countess

      She's the matriarch of the controversial Kardashian family (love 'em or hate 'em, they aren't going away) and she has worn her hair in a pixie for years.