beauty secrets | the evolution of a pixie cut

long pixie cuts

I’ve been rockin’ the pixie cut for almost six months now, and as I look back at my outfit posts featuring the pixie cut, I see some highs and lows and definitely know a little more about which pixie chop is best for me.

Though I must admit that I proceeded with caution with the pixie cut (Not too short! Give me some fringe around the face to play with! I need to be able to tuck something behind my ears!), I’ve learned that with a pixie cut, you have to go short to get the best look.

You aren’t really supposed to be able to tuck anything behind your ears with a pixie! That’s what a bob is for.

long pixie cuts

The look on the left (from June 10) was the first outfit post I did post-pixie. I’m kind of floored that this cut on the left is the same as this cut — you always look better straight out of the stylist’s chair!

The look on the right (from June 24) haunts me. There’s just way too much hair on the sides and a bit of poofery happening. I’m feeling borderline helmet here. We live and learn, yes?

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Go easy on styling product, especially with fine hair. Look for low-hold, low-shine pomades or waxes, and apply a pea-sized amount to your hands and fingers.
  • Invest in a good small/medium metal round brush to use during blow-drying. This is key for volume at the crown and for shaping fringe up front.
  • You have to get your hair cut shorter in the beginning. Remember, it grows out, and even if you are going every four weeks, you will acquire some shag, especially around the ears.
  • Keeping with the point above, forget the hair around the ears! Cut it short. You will look more mushroom / crazy short bob than pixie if you keep it long.

medium length pixie cuts

As you can see from both pictures above, I’m still holding on to the side-swept bangs and glorified pixie-bob.

While I love softness in this look (particularly in the picture on the right), it’s still too long to call it a proper pixie.

What’s great to see, though, is how my shorter pixie may grow out. I’ve heard that phase gets very awkward and frustrating!

The look on the left is from July 8 and the look on the right is from July 17. This is the same haircut just aged by a week!

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • When you have a pixie-bob, play with it a bit more! Use a flat iron or curling iron to add waves, and dress up the long locks with pins.
  • With longer hairs like this — and a bold attitude — consider a fun side shave. I haven’t been able to commit to this, as I feel a little too girly to pull it off, but I admire the badass look of a side shave + long hair.

medium length pixie cut

Aw, a trim! The look on the left could be perfected with shorter hair around the ears (are we seeing a theme here), but the poofery isn’t quite there so this cut was very fun while it lasted.

The look on the right was my attempt at swooping my bangs off my face in some sort of hip fashion. My fringe was too long to spike, but with the right amount of hairspray, anything can be swooped!

The look on the left is from July 22 and the look on the right is from July 29.

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned

  • Know what shape you want your bangs / fringe to be. If you will be spiking your pixie most days, opt for shorter bangs that require less product. If you prefer to wear your bang down and soft, don’t let your stylist cut them too short or risk them not sweeping to the side the way you like.
  • Experiment with styles! So what if your hair is too long to spike? Maybe you can make a fun swoopy thing that you think is cute. Hair is all about fun and creativity; in the end, it’s just hair.

medium length pixie cuts

Here’s a basic before and after of a look from September 23 and a look from September 27.

If you can’t tell, I fancy the side-swept bang and finally went in for the shorter side hair — can you see the difference it makes in thinning out the hair around the ears? It seems to make my face appear thinner, too.

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Take pictures as you cycle through the weeks post-pixie! You can better see how your hair grows and edit your style from there.

medium length pixie cut

These two looks, from October 4 and October 11, were taken the same weekend as the post from September 27 above!

I must say that this has been my favorite cut in my pixie cut journey thus far. The bangs are soft and feminine and the perfect length; they can spike somewhat easily (hairspray becomes a good friend).

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • When you love your pixie cut, take a lot of photos!

long and very short pixie cuts

Here we go again with this swoopy hair thingy (left, from October 15). I’m going to retire that look; seeing it now, I see that it’s kind of a silly style with the longer hair, but hey, that’s hair styling for you!

The style on the right is new as of last Saturday and the debut of the style on the blog was November 18. I’m still figuring out how to style this ultra-short, buzzed-and-razored pixie.

I have extremely short, spiky layer on top that make it easier for me to — you guessed it — spike my hair.I may or may not have had a few meltdowns post-cut because I was overwhelmed by how short it was, but I’ve had some very good hair days with this style, too.

This tutorial has helped me figure out how to get the spike I wanted without sacrificing the softness in the front. I hope to get photos of that style on the blog soon!

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Get rid of the swoopy thing when you’re in need of a cut. It will only accentuate the long ear hair that is growing straight out (thanks, fine, straight locks!)
  • Don’t be afraid to go ultra short! I didn’t communicate with my stylist that I just wanted to replicate my previous cut, but I’m glad she cut me this short — it’s made me figure out how to spike without losing some girlish edge, and I know that as this cut grows out, it may be the perfect length every week (as long as those damn ear hairs don’t poof out).

That’s it, folks! If you’re interested in learning more about what products I use to style my pixie, stay tuned for an updated post to come.

For now, you can reference this post on the best pixie styling products I used during the beginning of my pixie haircut journey! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • I love the way you look with the swoopy thing. It’s casual but chic, and more modern. The last photo is actually my favorite, I think you look amazing with your new hair cut! It’s lvoely to see more of your beautiful face :)

    • Thank you Lilly! It’s those dang ear hairs that bug me when I do the swoopy thing with long hair. It’s been almost a week since I’ve gotten the shortest cut and I am figuring it out … hope to have more pics next week and maybe some makeup looks? I am catching up on all my blog-reading now, too … I hope you have some new makeup looks soon as well! Love seeing YOUR gorgeous face :) xoxo

  • sarita coren

    It’s so funny how we are all our own worst critic! I think you look super cute in ALL these photos. Not many gals can rock a pixie cut like you can, Lady! I’m totally serious. You pull it off because it brings out your face shape. It’s a great look swooped or spiked. I’d say it’s a keeper. I can’t wait to see what creative styles come out of this last super short cut. Brave, brave woman. PS I also appreciate how you don’t shy away from the selfie. You go girl <3

    • Aren’t we? But seriously, ear hair, LOL :) Thank you for reading and complimenting me! That makes me feel good. I don’t think I’ll be growing it out for a while, though I do get hair envy every once in a while with those girls who can do the fun milkmaid braids and curls (I used to do that!). And HEY you can rock a selfie, too, I’ve seen it!

      I’m slowly becoming unburied and hope to get on that Bite Beauty post you wrote and comment. Hooray for Thursday! xoxo

  • Plum Pretty Sugar
    • You are too sweet :) I hope you get a chance to see tomorrow’s post, too! :) xoxo

  • Sophie

    I have that thing where it is just too long to be considered a pixie. However, im scared to loose my long bangs and do the super short spiked one. Should I go for it? I just don’t want to regret it later on. (I’m in middle school btw)

    • Hey Sophie! Share a picture with me here … you can upload via Disqus! Using my imagination, I think you could keep your bangs but go a bit shorter around the ears / back. Right now I’m growing my bangs more so I can play a bit with styling, and I’m re-growing my hair around my ears so it looks softer and I can tuck it behind. Just go for the short look if you want to experiment with spiking — but know that you will likely be spiking every day, and if that’s not your true personality … like if you are more girly, like soft looks around your face … it may drive you crazy. But I am so glad I did it because it was fun!