EZ Beauty: The Pixie Cut Makes a Comeback

Pamela Anderson

Are you ready for a dramatic new look? From Pamela Anderson’s recent big chop to acting legend Dame Judi Dench’s longstanding short crop, the pixie cut is experiencing a peak in popularity. But if the thought of losing all your length sends you into the apprehension zone, take heed: the haircut is more versatile than you may realize and can work on a range of ages and faces (and not just the gorgeously gamine Audrey Hepburns and Mia Farrows of the world).

“I often hear clients say ‘my face is too round for short hair,’ but short hair gives me the ability to be more precise and I can use the hair to mold the face,” says Kristjan Hayden, Creative Director at Aveda Canada.

Halle Berry
Halle Berry

Any haircut or style is dependent on your texture and lifestyle (are you game for keeping up the regular four- to six-week maintenance trims?). Generally speaking, those with longer faces would do well with a bit more length on the sides than on top, and those with round faces should opt for the reverse.

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis

A super short pixie could just be the saving grace to your hair woes in general. “As we get older our hair texture changes and it’s wiry and loves to stick out. Sometimes the hair looks better and tidier when short,” says Hayden. “A lot of pixie cuts have some sort of bang and volume in the crown. That is textbook. And it’s easy to get volume in the crown when the hair is physically lighter.”

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres

A good stylist will know how to shape your pixie to give you the most flattering look, and the right styling product can make all the difference. Don’t reach for those pomades or heavy waxes–surprise, Hayden says a softer interpretation can be achieved with spray.

Products for Perfect Pixies
Products for Perfect Pixies

“A volumizing spray I use on almost everyone is Aveda’s Pure Abundance Style Prep. I spray a lot on the roots when I need that volume. It’s a drier hairspray and not too sticky or shiny. Aveda Air Control is a good light, finishing spray that you can use for texture and to just piece out the hair,” he adds.

Aveda Air Control Hairspray, $24, and Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep, $24, available at Aveda.com and salons that carry Aveda products