Six years ago, I did what most wish they could do: I lost 10 pounds, all in 1 hour. From a haircut.
OK, it wasn’t really that much weight, but considering my hair is as thick as the Amazon jungle, it sure felt like it.
Once I got used to having such a small amount of hair from my new pixie, it didn’t feel like such a big change. Except I soon realized there were many more lessons to come, things that no one warned me about. Things most of us don’t speak of when we read articles from In Style about the pixie trend. Things we fail to mention when we encourage a girlfriend to join the pixie army.
Through the years, I’ve experimented with multiple styles with this cut— you can check out my earlier hair evolution here. Its versatility is one of the things I love best. More recently, I’ve done the curly pixie, the asymmetric pixie, the super-short pixie, the faux-hawk, and the Miley (long on top with shaved sides).
Thus, I consider myself an expert of sorts on what’s best, what to expect, what to change, etc. NOTE: my hair is naturally curly, so you may find different products work better for your pixie.
1. You’re gonna save money! When I first got my cut, I had to retrain myself not to use a healthy glob of shampoo and conditioner in the shower. It’s been great to have the same bottles for the last 6 months.
If you color your hair at home, you’ll also save cheddar by needing much less dye. Previously, I had to use 2 boxes for my long tresses but with the pixie I didn’t even need 1 full box. I never tried it, but you may be better off buying the haircolor at a beauty store so you can ration it out better and save even more.
2. You’re gonna spend more money! For years, I had long hair and could go months in between cuts. Because of this, spending the occasional $50 was no biggie. But with short hair, the growth is very apparent. I now get my hair did every 3-5 weeks, including it in my monthly budget (but it’s so very worth it, especially with the fantastic stylist I have).
3. Get used to a whole new set of styling products. You’ll likely need a whole new set of products for your new do: I went from using gels and creams to waxes and pastes. I’ve found the stiffer the better (that’s what she said) and that the best products are found in the men’s haircare section.
My hairstylist got me hip to Woody’s Clay and it’s been my favorite the past few years. It’s perfect for creating chunky pieces or the always fun faux-hawk. I also discovered Old Spice Richochet Fiber Wax is great when I want a smooth pixie or a slightly textured, messy do. And it has a soft scent, not manly or cologne-ish at all. To top it all off, I love a good hairspray and Aussie takes me back to the days I really loved hairspray (AKA the early 90s).
4. Your eyes will really pop now. This is something I heard a lot from people when I first got my hair cut short, but didn’t understand at first. It makes sense, especially if you also had long hair that you often wore down and in your face. To maximize my eyes, I’ve invested in good-but-cheap makeup brushes that serve a purpose–not just a fluffy brush for any and all shadows. And don’t use those sponge applicators they include with the shadows. Just don’t.
My weapons of choice: Maybelline Full ‘n Soft mascara in Very Black, Mirabella Eye Definer liner in Foil, Nyx Micro eye brow pencil in Ash Brown, Real Techniques lash/brow groomer (fine metal teeth is a must), e.l.f. professional eye shadow brush, Sonia Kashuk smudge brush, e.l.f. countour brush, and an e.l.f. blending brush.
5. Your skin also needs to be on point. I know, this should be something I cared about sooner. But I’m glad I stopped tanning and began wearing sunblock when I did because with a pixie cut, your skin is front and center. You can no longer hide beyond a full mane of hair. So this forced me to get stricter with my skincare routine, really tackle that adult acne, and spend a little more money on better quality skincare products.
6. Invest in a few good hats. I say a few, but I really have about 10. Still, you’ll find that a hat will become your new best friend. When I had long hair, I only wore a when I’d be outside a while (or those vicious polar vortex moments we get here in Ohio). But now, I wear a hat every day of winter (except for those lovely warm winter days we get here in Ohio).
They’re are also a great accessory to tie in to your look. Right now, I’m actually growing my hair out a little to get my curls back, so hats are a godsend during this awkward growing period.
7. People will ask you crazy questions. “Aren’t you worried people will think you’re a lesbian?” “Was your boyfriend okay with your haircut? My boyfriend/husband would never go for it.” A: Why would I care if people think I’m a lesbian?! B: Why do I care what the old man thinks? It’s my head, my hair! But aside from these questions, I’ve received many more compliments from people on the cut—and lots from strangers! So there’s been a nice balance.
Have you ever had a a pixie haircut? What did you think of it? How do/did you style yours? What tips would you give for this do?