I’ve had a pixie cut for about six months now, so I thought I’d share with you what I think are its pros and cons. Oh, and if you’re considering the cut yourself, you might want to check out the post I wrote when I cut my hair, and my 8 ways to style a pixie.
The way it makes you feel. If you’re ready for it, it feels extremely liberating to get rid of all that hair. Also, especially if you’ve had long-ish hair previously, the reactions you get when you suddenly show up with an inch or two of hair, can be very amusing. Call it what you want: brave, gutsy, daring – it just feels good.
Easier everyday life. It takes me about three minutes to wash my hair, and that’s including conditioner. Depending on the style, I can spend as little as three minutes on styling it as well; dry with a towel, comb into shape, add a tiny bit of gel or spray, then leave to air dry. I also don’t have to fret about ruining my hairstyle if it’s windy or rainy, or having to tie up my hair to get it out of the way.
How it transforms your style. All my cute, vintage dresses suddenly look less sweet and girly, and more gamine. The short hair provides an excellent balance, and instantly makes any outfit look more stylish. Perhaps it’s because hair this short is quite a statement, so it gives the impression that you’re conscious about your personal style.
How it transforms your face. I’d heard people say how short hair gives a “lift” to the face, but didn’t really understand it until I chopped off my own hair. Still, when I did have long hair, I usually wore it up and away from my face, so perhaps I’d subconsciously realized it anyway. Short hair also puts all the focus on your features, so it really shows off brows and eyes. I’m very happy I decided to grow out my brows last summer, as they work so well with the pixie.
It can be rather high-maintenance. Depending on how fast your hair grows, and how long you can stand it before you desperately long for the scissors, you’ll probably have to cut it every six to eight weeks. My hair grows quickly, so I’ve had to work out some strategies for the weeks between the haircuts. When I get it cut, I usually ask them to make it very short. In the picture above I’d had it cut about two weeks ago. In the beginning I just keep it smooth and sleek, and then wear it more textured as it grows. After eight weeks, though, I either need a cut or a hat. Frequent cuts require both time and money, but you might find it’s still worth it; I certainly do.
Frequent hair washes. I can maybe stretch it to two days between washes, but only if I’m not meeting people on the third day. Every other day seems to be my usual routine, though I might have to wash it the very next day if I’ve applied a lot of product.
Less to play around with. Even though I can probably do at least fifteen different styles with my pixie, it’s still quite limited in comparison to when I had longer hair. Anything that involves braids, or teasing, isn’t doable, and on days when I really ought to wash my hair, but can’t/won’t, I can’t just pull it into a top knot or a braid.
People have odd ideas about females and their hair. This one isn’t really a con for me, but it might be for some of you reading this, so I thought I’d include it. We’ve all read articles about how men (and quite a few women) prefer women with long hair and yada yada yada. Here’s how I see it: anyone that aren’t okay with me having short hair, aren’t going to stay in my life very long. But in fact, every single reaction to my pixie has been positive, so maybe I got away easily.
Four pros and four cons… if this was a math equation, my blog post would be utterly useless for anyone considering the pixie, wouldn’t it? Fortunately, this isn’t math, it’s hair. And hair grows. If you’re still undecided, here are some questions for you: if you have long hair, do you normally wear it up or down? Are you comfortable with pulling all your hair away from your face? Do you have the time and budget to get your hair cut as often as it will require? Do you think a pixie will work with your wardrobe and lifestyle?
If you do decide to join the club, do your research. Look for hair dressers that really “get” short hair; it might help to find someone that’s up to date and not stuck in the 90s (I don’t care how in the 90s are now, 90s short hair was bad). Next, do research on what kind of pixie you want. I actually made a mood board to show the hairdresser – oh, how my students laughed at me! – with one half showing the style I wanted, and the other half with styles I definitely wanted to avoid.
Yeah, I’m a bit obsessed, but the hairdresser said it made her job a lot easier, and the cut turned out exactly how I wanted it. Since then I’ve even gone a bit shorter, especially in the fringe-area, and it looks wonderful. In short, the pixie and I are still very much in love.