The pixie is a classic short hairstyle and we see it becoming more and more popular as far as haircut trends go. The bixie, the mixie, and even the shixie encourage everyone to clip all their strands. If you’re seriously considering getting a pixie, we’re here to help. Before you get the cut, discover which pixie haircut works best for your hair type. Whether you have straight or curly hair, there is a pixie that will best accentuate your strands. We reached out to a few experts who know a thing or two about the style. See what cuts they recommend below!
Why should you consider your hair type?
Before we dive into the best cut for your hair type, let’s explain why it’s important to consider your hair type. It’s true that any hair type can rock the chop, but certain iterations can better accentuate your natural hair texture.
Anna Johnson, Atelier Aveda Cut and Color Specialist, comments: “The most important thing about hair type is choosing the hair length. Fine hair may look great with shaggy sides with strands above the ear, but thick hair looks voluminous and unflattering. Wavy and curly hair looks super cute in a pixie mullet. But straight hair with length at the nape of the neck looks dated very quickly.”
Freelance creative colorist and Moroccanoil Global Color Ambassador, Greg Gilmore notes that this haircut looks best with straight hair. “Texture should be taken into account because if the hair is not naturally straight, then other procedures should be used, such as straightening. But curly pixies are a thing too and as long as the hair is an inch or two all over it can still be considered a pixie.”
That being said, any good barber will know how to work with your texture to give you the pixie haircut of your dreams!
This article originally appeared on maneaddicts.com
#1 Best Pixie Haircut for Straight Hair: Classic pixie
Anna is all about the classic pixie haircut for straight hair types. “Think of Audrey Hepburn or Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby – a timelessly classic cut that opens the face,” she says. “It works well with straight hair because the short length allows for too much texture through the top due to the short layers. The bangs fall nicely on the forehead and give the desired piecey look.”
Greg notes that you can keep short hair straight or create a more tousled look. “Simple and straight with a little ruffle of the bodice works so well for the wearer. It can be soft with wavy pieces or bone smooth for a slimmer look,” he says.
#2 Best Pixie Haircut for Wavy Hair: Pixie Shag
Greg notes that those with wavy hair have a good advantage “because they’re the easiest to maintain a short haircut. You can wear it in waves with its natural texture, or straighten it effortlessly with a 1/2 inch flat iron.”
For your wavy hair type, Anna suggests a modern pixie shag that “leaves length along the perimeter with either a short or curtain bang. The delicate parts around the hairline create an ultra-feminine shape and harmonize beautifully with the trendy curtain bangs. Wavy hair of this length does not need a blow-dry to style. A quick finger style and scrunch with a light curling gel like Aveda’s Curl Gelée with an air dryer is all that’s needed for a flawless finish.”
#3 Best Pixie Haircut for Curly Hair: Undercut
Those with ringlets will benefit from an undercut pixie, according to Anna. “An undercut takes all the hair on the sides and back and trims it short and completely separate from the top hair,” she says. “Fun and edgy, this cut takes care of the volume and width that curly hair can have. The length on top should extend between the top of the cheekbone and the jawline as desired. This length allows the curl on top to fully form and weigh itself down.”
As far as styling goes, Greg says you should “stay about three to four inches long to account for the shrinkage that curls can have in their natural state.” Otherwise, they can opt for thermal straightening to get a sleek and straight pixie look.”
#4 Best Pixie Haircut for Kinky Hair: Natural pixie
The best pixie haircut for kinky hair will enhance your natural texture, not work against it. For this reason, Greg recommends going to a salon that is knowledgeable about your natural texture. “Tangled or curly hair is best suited with a chemical straightener if the wearer prefers to wear their hair straight most of the time. If not, they can go to a stylist who is experienced in straightening natural hair. You can also consider a natural pixie style that could consist of comb coils or small twist outs for texture, depending on the length.”
Anna notes that this hair type is very versatile when it comes to the pixie. “A lot of different lengths work for coily hair,” she says. “The goal with a coiled pixie is to have the weight build up from the bottom up so the hair has an upward movement. This triangular shape showcases the gravity-defying nature of curly hair. It should be cut dry to enhance natural texture and never fight.
#5 Best Pixie Haircut for Thin Hair: Layered pixie
To add volume and dimension to your hair, go for a layered pixie cut. Also think about the length. “Thin or fine hair needs to consider how long the hair should be so as not to show skin through the hair, especially on the sides and back,” says Anna. “The girth should be kept tight and clean to maximize the look of fullness through the ends. The bangs shouldn’t extend past the eyebrows or they may look too see-through. For some clients with thin hair, longer layers through the top are good for coverage, while others benefit from lifting the layers.
Greg suggests going shorter, but only if you’re comfortable. “The longer it is, the more limp it can be,” he says. “I would suggest three inches or less for the best pixie results.”
#6 Best Pixie Haircut for Thick Hair: Bixie
Overall, Greg mentions that thicker hair types can wear almost any pixie haircut. “Thick hair has a number of options and can afford to have more length,” he shares. “I like shorter sides for thicker hair and a nap with a longer top for nice bangs across the forehead that give the cut an ultra-feminine feel.”
Anna champions this hair type for the bixie haircut. “This long pixie look allows enough length for the hair to lay down, but is also heavily layered to reduce the weight,” she says. If you “go shorter than this length, expect the cut to be high-maintenance as hair grows in and out between appointments.”