3 Ways To Style A Pixie Cut

3 Ways to Style a Pixie Cut via A Beautiful MessMy friend Lauren is a darling. She has the sweetest pixie cut to match her equally sweet personality. Look at them eyes—they don’t lie. She’s been feeling a little bored with her pixie cut lately, so I jumped at the chance to help her switch it up a little and show her some easy styles to make her excited about that hair. Because it’s good hair. Really good hair.

Pixie cut before stylingHere is Lauren’s hair before styling. Her layers are a little longer than when she initially chopped her hair off. I personally LOVE this length!

Okay, let’s talk about the first look. Wanna?

Dry shampoo is great for textureStep One: To begin, I sprayed some dry shampoo under Lauren’s layers. She has pretty fine hair (ooooohhh, so fine), so this helped add some texture. I then chose large sections toward her crown and backcombed a little to give some extra volume.

Flip ends with a straightenerStep Two: I used a straightener to flip the ends of Lauren’s hair out (I use this GHD iron and I love it). I feel like you can possibly go too crazy with this step, so start off subtly and add more flippies where you need them.

Hair wax is great for styling a pixie cutUse hair wax to get a tousled lookStep Three: Use a little hair wax and pull at the ends of the hair. This helps the ends keep their texture and shape. Be sure not to use too much or your hair could end up really gummy. Finish this look with a couple squirts of hairspray!

Darling pixie cutDarling pixie styleSee what I mean? Total doll.

Alright, let’s get on to the second look, shall we?

Comb hair over to create a deep part
Step One: Use a comb and create a very deep part. 

Twist the hair and pinStep Two: Take a section of hair from the thinner side and twist. Pin with a bobby pin.

Use a small curling iron or wand to create textureStep Three: Use a small barrel curling iron or wand and wrap longer sections of hair around it. Don’t clamp the ends if you are using a curling iron— this just helps to add even more texture! Once you are satisfied with what you’ve curled, finish with a little hairspray. You can pull some hair over to cover the bobby pins if you like.

Darling pixie stylesLove this adorable pixie cutThis look is my personal favorite for Lauren! It’s so good on her.

Okay, time for the third and final look for this group of styles!

Add hair wax for holdStep One: Follow the first and second steps for look one. Once you have a little messy texture in your hair, grab some of that handy-dandy hair wax and rub a little through the front section of your hair. Again, not too much or the front of your hair could look kinda yuck.

Back comb and pin hair back with a bobbi pinStep Two: Give the back side of that section a little backcombing action. Once you’ve done that, smooth the front and pull back with a bobby pin. It helped me to twist the ends of Lauren’s hair when doing this so her hair stayed where I wanted it to.

3 Ways to Style a Pixie CutAdorable pixie haircutSeeing how easy and adorable these looks are almost makes me want to bring back my own pixie cut. It’s been a lot of years ago now, but I’ll never forget how freeing chopping all my hair off was! Maybe one day… xo. Katie

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Credits: Author and Photography // Katie Shelton. 

  • What’s an excellent pixie cut tutorial! Really like that. Also check these celebrities short hairstyles http://urbanhighfashion.com/pixie-haircut-ideas/

  • Ahhh, I’d love to see your ideas for asymmetrical thick curly pixies 🙂

  • These are lovely – the second one especially really suits her. My hair is a little longer at the moment, about cheek-length, but still so short I keep getting into a rut with it. I wonder if I could adapt these for slightly longer hair.


  • Oh my gosh, YES, styles for a pixie cut!! I’ve been hoping to see something like this. Awesome job, Katie!

  • Been having “Oh, I wish I could cut my hair and pull it off/have the confidence to do it!” So cute!

  • i love all of these! and you’re right– #2 is so so good on her!


  • Please tell Lauren that her smile is CONTAGIOUS! She just glows…and I could not help but smile back! And oh, how I wish someone would tame my short-haired-course-haired-prematurely-grey-bristle-broom-hairdo into something less, well, mushroom-cloud-ish. And on a humid day…Forgetaboutit! 🙂 You did a wonderful job – I will live vicariously through Lauren!

  • Thank you!! It is so great to see some ideas for short haired ladies! I hope to see more sometime in the future 🙂

  • These are great tips! It can be hard to think of different ways to style a pixie. Thanks, Katie ;).


  • What brand is that hair wax and where can I find it? Would it work to keep the ends of my curly hair sculpted?

  • As a shorthaired woman (the only haircut that really suits me- and frankly have the patience to deal with) thank you! Katie thanks a lot fot your ideas! It’s always nice when you can do so many things even with short hair (and I really need your magic spell so that some day I might be able to do my hair using all these things).

  • These are super easy three styles…love the first and last..she looks so cute and yet so chic with these styles…



  • Agreed! I love all of the hair tutorials on here, but can never put any of them to good use until now!

  • thanks for this!! more pixie love here: http://www.happyasannie.com/2014/04/pixie-cuts/

  • Yay! Yay! Yay! Thank you SOOOOO much for the pixie cut hair tutorials! I’m so happy to see some different ways to wear this cut. I have super short hair like Lauren and I will be trying out all three of these styles! Thank you so much!

  • Such a cutie! Makes me want to chop my hair!


  • This may be all the inspiration I needed to get a pixie cut again! I loved the short length, but hated feeling like I didn’t have styling options.

  • very cute!

    like the quiff best.


  • You are just too cute! I love these pixie cut styles on you! XO


  • These are all so cute. When I had a pixie cut it was almost exactly like this one, and I had NO idea how to style it!

  • Thank you so much for creating a post like this! Of all of the beauty blogs I follow, none have made a feature of short hair styling and it;s so great to finally see. I think a lot of people don’t really how versatile short haircuts can be and this really does show that off. Lovely!

    • I’m chopping my hair next week to a Pixie cut !!!! Can’t wait

  • I had a pixie for a little over a year before growing it out, and my favorite way to “change it up” was to tie a retro scarf on as a headband!

    <3 dani

  • Very cute…I love short hair on other people…sadly short hair does nothing for me at all!!!

  • YAY! I just got a pixie, so these are definitely what I need!

  • THANK YOU. No one ever does tutorials for pixie cuts, and I think it’s one of the hardest haircuts to switch up! 🙂

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