Rocking a pixie cut takes confidence and a little spunk. If you’re thinking about getting your hair cut into this variation of a crop, check out the examples in our guide below.


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What Is a Pixie Cut?

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At some point, every woman has considered chopping her hair off. Not just to the shoulders or a chin-length bob.

We’re talking the ultra-short, 2 minutes to blow dry it, no-ponytail-in-sight pixie cut. 

Many women find themselves too afraid to actually go through with The Big Chop. But others are out here absolutely slaying with super short hair and pixie cuts.

So what draws some women to say goodbye to long locks and opt for a pixie while others just can’t seem to do it?  Maybe it’s about confidence.

You might have always wondered what you’d look like with short hair. It could be about the undeniable lure of this edgy-sexy-expressive cut. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the ease of washing and styling this cut.

In any case, if you’re ready to go pixie-short, you have more options than you realize. There are hundreds of variations on this cut. We found 30 of the best pixie haircuts to create a lookbook of ways to wear this style.

You’ll see examples ranging from super short and sleek to those that incorporate choppy, shaggy layers on top with interesting fades and bang lengths. You might even find some hair color inspiration in the examples below. In the words of Peter Pan, “Here we go!”

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30 Ways to Wear a Pixie Cut

When it comes to pixies, the options are endless. Below are the top 30 ways to rock this style and what to ask for at the salon. 

Featured Pixie Cut: Ultra Short Crop

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This cut is appealing because it takes the pixie crop to the limits – the hair is almost shaved on the sides and ultra-short on top. The bangs are also short, giving the cut a mod vibe.  

Short Top Crop

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Just because the sides are kept short in a pixie doesn’t mean you can’t keep some length on top. We like the longer bangs in this example, giving you more to style and play around with. 

Under My Umbrella, Ella, Ella

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Rhianna’s “umbrella” here is a cute pixie cut with a much longer top and side-swept bangs. Since the styling options are more variable here, this cut is perfect for anyone who’s a little unsure about giving up all their length.

Short All Over

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Pixies don’t have to be tapered and faded. You can always opt for a short-all-over cut like this, where the top and sides are about the same length. Keep the bangs choppy and short for this edgy look.

Featured Pixie Cut: Inspired by Tinkerbell

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If you walk into a salon and say you want Tink’s signature crop minus the bun, it’s going to come out something like this. We love the long top and bangs that can be styled to either side and worn straight or curly. 

Greaser Crop

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To get this pixie cut, keep the top and sides long enough to slick back with some gel or pomade. Don’t you know a rumble ain’t a rumble without me?

Sleek Molded Pixie

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If you’d prefer professional and polished over edgy, this sleek molded look is for you. Use medium to firm-hold styling products to keep your hair lying flat in the direction you part it.

60’s Inspired

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Channel your inner Ms. Helen Crump with this 60’s inspired crop. Heavy side-swept bangs up front give way to a gently tapered top into medium-length sides on this timeless pixie 

Staggered Fade, Long Top

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Have your stylist cut staggered layers like stairsteps into the shorter sides of this cut. The top and bangs are kept much longer so they can be worn over to the side.

Featured Pixie Cut: Clean Cut Crop

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Short side bangs and a longer top give a clean-cut vibe to this pretty cut. The sides are kept short, but we’ve seen variations with longer sides that look great, too.

Side Swept Short Cut

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Have your hair cut short on the sides and back, but leave the top long enough to style forward with bangs. Switch it up by parting it over to the side or slicking the top back. 

Longer Crop

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Here, the hair is cut to a longer length than many similar styles. But it’s still comparatively short on the top and sides, keeping it in the pixie zone. Bonus: Your hair will be long enough to style with clips and barrettes when needed.

Posh Pixie

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Raise your hand if you and your friends always called out which Spice Girl you were. Yep, us too. Victoria brings a little twist to the pixie cut with a longer back and face-framing pieces.

Barely There Pixie

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This version of the pixie keeps the top and sides similar in length, and they’re so short, it’s almost shaved. Gradual fading on the back and sides keeps this style looking neat and sleek.

Featured Pixie Cut: Undercut Crop

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With or without the bold streak of color, this undercut style is pretty hardcore. The sides are shaved up to about the temples, and the top is left long enough to be worn to the side or slicked back.

Stacked Pixie

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Long top, long side-swept bangs, and a stacked back with gradual layers cut in make this style unique. The added volume at the back adds a little spunk to the classic pixie cut.

Keira’s Long Crop

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Keira Knightley rocked this slightly-grown-out crop at a Sundance film festival and we just can’t forget about it. It’s longer than many pixies, but there’s nothing chin-length about it. Long, side-swept bangs soften the look.

The Hard Part

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The hard side part sets this one apart. The style goes from a medium-length top to shorter sides for a clear contrast.

Cropped Quiff

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Keeping the bang section of the top much longer allows you to pull off a quiff, where the hair up front is voluminous and styled back for height.

Featured Pixie Cut: Colorful Crop

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If you’ve got a bold streak in you, pair a long-top pixie with bright peekaboo colors and an icy blue on top.

Miss Mischievous

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There are definitely some mischievous fairy vibes with this variation of the cut. Longer bangs and face-framing pieces can be styled to the side or forward to change up the look.

Pixie Pompadour

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Tons of height up front give this a totally different look while keeping the trademark short sides and back. Style the top backward and set with a firm-hold styling product to keep it in place.

Playfully Short

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Longer face-framing pieces give you a little more hair to work with as you style this cut. The top and sides are kept short, with the hair being styled to one side on top.

Messy Chopped Pixie

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The ideal style for any woman that’s on the go, a messy version of this short cut gives you freedom to wash and go without much styling. This pixie cut works especially well with wavy or curly hair.

Featured Pixie Cut: Kick Butt Crop Cut

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You know this is a kick butt ‘do. The extra length on top can be slicked over to the side to keep it out of your face when you’re busy taking care of business.  

Feathered Crop

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Women of all ages can sport the pixie style cut. This version features some light feathering on top to soften the edges of the style. 

Perfect Pixie

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Carey Mulligan pulls off a pixie like nobody’s business. We love the soft-yet-structured style here, where the hair is styled forward to frame her face. 

Mama Crop

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Easy to care for? Check. Short enough to avoid your baby pulling your hair out? Check. Stylish and flattering? Oh yes. This is a beautiful style for any face shape, hair texture, or hair color. 

Fresh and Polished

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We’re getting serious Audrey Hepburn vibes from this soft, polished cut. The extra length on top gives you a little more hair to style and play around with for different looks. 

Featured Pixie Cut: Fringe Binge

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Get your fringe fix with this pretty and voluminous cut. Side-parted bangs frame the face while medium-length sides taper down to shorter lengths. 

Things to Consider

Before you get a super-short snip, there are a few things you need to think about. Going short is a big decision. Make sure you’ll love the results by considering these things first. 

You might be losing a security blanket. Thousands of women admit to using their long hair as a security blanket. It’s easy to hide so-called imperfections, flabby arms, big ears, or sloping shoulders with long hair. But once you strip away the length in favor of a pixie-style cut, there’s no hiding anymore.

For some, that can be unsettling at first. But many women consider it empowering and love the feeling of shedding their keratin security blankets. 

Short hair means fewer style options. While there are a multitude of ways you can style super-short hair, some of the old-style options you’ve leaned on for years will suddenly be impossible.

Ponytails, braids, buns, and the like aren’t possible for most pixies. Keep your hair long on top if you’d like to reserve the right to bun it up every now and then. 

It takes a long time to grow back. On average, hair grows about half an inch each month, or 6 inches per year. Growing hair out from pixie-lengths is going to take a while, no matter what hair, skin, and nail vitamins you take or how cleanly you eat. Be prepared for the grow-out if you don’t dig the crop. 

Pixies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. This is a standout cut, one that many people have never had the nerve to try. While supportive friends and family (and anyone who appreciates bold style) are sure to like it, prepare to hear some comments like, “Why did you cut your beautiful hair?!” Just smile and move on. 

It takes some getting used to. After a major cut, it takes a little time to get used to the changes. You’ll find yourself brushing your hair and getting surprised when the brush prematurely “falls out.”

You might find yourself pumping a huge amount of shampoo into your hand when all a pixie length needs is about a nickel-sized amount. You’ll use less styling product, too. 

Regular trims are required. If you like the cut and want to keep it looking tidy, you’ll need to get it trimmed every few weeks. At very short lengths, even a small amount of growth in the hair will look more obvious. Hit the salon every four weeks or so to avoid a grown-out look.

Should You Get a Pixie Cut?

Deciding on a pixie-length cut is pretty exciting. You might feel a little nervous about making the change, especially if your hair is currently long. It’s totally normal to have second thoughts, even once you’re sitting in the stylist’s chair.

But how can you tell the difference between normal uncertainty and signs that you’re just not ready for such a major change? The best thing you can do before getting a bold cut like this is taking some time to think it over.

Give yourself a time period – say, two weeks – to mull it over and look at different photos of the cut you want. There are tons of apps and websites that allow you to “try on” different hairstyles. This gives you a sense of how you might look with the cut.

If you still want to get the haircut after your waiting period, the next step is consulting a good stylist. Show them your inspiration photos and talk about how that cut would work for your specific hair texture, type, and face shape.

Your stylist may have recommendations to make the cut better suit you. So, should you get a pixie haircut? If you’ve thought it over and want to take a walk on the short side, we say heck yes.

Your new cut will speak volumes about you before you say a word. Pixies convey confidence, boldness, and unconventional beauty. Sounds like you, right? This just might be your new signature haircut.

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Author: Debra Carpenter

Debra is a Nashville-based content creator and strategist. As the daughter of a long-time hair stylist and salon owner, she’s spent most of her life as a guinea pig for new color and cut techniques. Writing for respected publications like Forbes and HuffPost, she’s committed to bringing her passion for great hair to the masses.