I Believe: The Power Of The Pixie CutMorgan Shanahan
I debated for a long time. I’d had a run in with the pixie cut in college: youthful, cheek-fat still intact, and it did not become me. Still, as I pored over photos of Mia Farrow and Michelle Williams I felt like this time, it would be different. I felt like this time maybe it would be all I hoped it would be. I felt like cropping my coiffure was going to be the answer to my bed-headed prayers, and somehow I found the confidence to believe that I wasn’t going to look like I had Mom hair, even though I am a Mom…but you know what I mean.
It’s actually not as easy as you might think to find a stylist willing to chop your locks to within an inch of your scalp. I was
told no, or gently talked out of it at least a couple of times. And then I was given the half-chop at least twice. On two different occasions, two different stylists agreed to pixie me only to leave me high and dry in their chair with a short bob or an a-line.
Finally, I called the closest salon to my house and blindly asked for an appointment with “someone who really loves doing pixie cuts.” Even still, Vanessa seemed surprised when I arrived and she discovered that I did not in fact have a pixie cut already. But she’s a woman of her word, and together we went for it. In the beginning we left a security fringe in the front — a long bit that kept me from feeling totally exposed, but by my first maintenance appointment I was ready to lose the bangs and go full-pixie.
I had no idea it would be so liberating. It turns out I am a short hair person. Like, all of a sudden I’m at home in my skin in a way I never was pre-pixie. I worried about feeling a little man-ish without my curls, but I’ve actually never felt more feminine. It’s not a lower-maintenance look per se (it requires product, has a tendency to stick up in the back like a chicken butt if you sleep on it wrong, and your average pixie requires monthly visits to the stylist to keep its shape) but it is a look that fits me better than anything I’ve tried out before, in my own humble opinion of myself…
So, if you’re considering going for a pixie, I can’t recommend it enough. Here are a few of the style’s greatest hits to inspire you.
20 Iconic Pixie Cuts 1 of 21
Including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and many more!
Mia Farrow 2 of 21
Fun Fact: Vidal Sassoon is often credited with Mia Farrow's iconic Rosemary's Baby pixie cut but the actress actually cropped her own hair with a pair of nail scissors. Farrow was recently quoted as saying "I intend no disrespect to Mr. Sassoon, but he had nothing to do with my haircut."
[image via MTV Fora]
Audrey Hepburn 3 of 21
Audrey Hepburn popularized the pixie cut in the late 1950s when she wore it in Roman Holiday.
[image courtesy of Paramount Pictures]
Elizabeth Taylor 4 of 21
Audrey brought it in to fashion, but Liz wore it first.
[image via RealBeauty]
Janet Leigh 5 of 21
Janet Leigh had a killer haircut in Psycho.
[image courtesy of Universal Pictures]
Audrey Two: Pixie Bride 6 of 21
Audrey showed her allegiance to the pixie by wearing it on her wedding day.
[image via Access-Fashion]
Julie Andrews 7 of 21
Good girl gone pixie.
[image courtesy of 20th Century Fox]
Jean Seberg 8 of 21
Goddard's muse was born to wear the pixie.
[image via CinemaClassico]
Twiggy 9 of 21
Twiggy swung into the sixties with her a-lined pixie.
[image via 8Tracks.com]
Goldie Hawn 10 of 21
Goldie Hawn defined the pixie of the 70's on Laugh In.
[image via HairBetty]
Madonna 11 of 21
The Material Girl didn't shy away from the pixie cut.
[image courtesy of Vanity Fair]
Linda Evangelista 12 of 21
If there was an icon of 80s & 90s pixie, it's got to be OG super model Linda Evangelista.
[image courtesy of Vogue]
Halle Berry 13 of 21
Who didn't wish they could trade heads with Halle?
[image via All Posters]
Princess Diana 14 of 21
The Queen of Pixie Cuts. Or should I say The Princess. (ba domp ching.)
[image via DianaForever]
Winona Ryder 15 of 21
90's It Girl with 90's It Hair Style
[image via People]
Pink 16 of 21
Pink puts a punk rock twist on the modern pixie.
[image courtesy of FabulousMag]
Ginnifer Goodwin 17 of 21
Ginnifer Goodwin has rocked an array of pixie cuts.
[image via CinemaBlend]
Rihanna 18 of 21
Rihanna is fierce with her close crop.
[image via MyMusic]
Emma Watson 19 of 21
Channeling Mia Farrow.
[image via BellaSugar]
Anne Hathaway 20 of 21
Say what you want about her but that hair is gorgeous.
[image via Justice Magazine]
Michelle Williams 21 of 21
[image via InStyle]