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Our Favorite Pixie Hairstyles

The pixie haircut offers a lot of versatility. Pixie hairstyles, ideal for several hair types including thick or curly hair, have been the rage among celebrities such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Hudson, Noomi Rapace, and Beyoncé. We’ve put together 5 easy pixie hairstyles you can create at home that are great for work, play, and even the red carpet.

Our Favorite Pixie Hairstyles

The Front Twist

An easy way to add a bit of fun to your pixie, the front twist gives the illusion of a French braid without you having to create an actual French braid — and it keeps the hair back from your face, which makes it the perfect, chic style for the gym or any time you’re on the go.

  • Create a side part.
  • Grab a section of hair next to the part, from the heavier side.
  • Split that section into two.
  • Cross the front piece over the back piece with one twist.
  • Grab another section from the front and add it to the front piece and another section from back and add it to the back piece.
  • Cross front to back, twisting again.
  • Continuing adding hair and twisting, front to back until you reach the end near the ear.
  • Secure your Front Twist with two bobby pins, making an “X.”
  • Spray lightly with hairspray.

Our Favorite Pixie Hairstyles

Textured Look

A textured or piece-y look can be playful, sophisticated or even edgy, making it one of the most versatile ways to wear style your pixie haircut. To create the textured pixie hairstyle:


  • Begin with damp hair.
  • Apply Ion Thickening Styler to amplify your hair’s natural body and increase its shine.
  • Blow dry your pixie, using your fingers to work the styling product through the hair, creating lift and texture.
  • Once dry, set with a light spritz of hairspray.

Our Favorite Pixie Hairstyles

The Faux Hawk

With a pixie cut that features longer and/or layered tresses on top and closely cropped sides, you easily can rock the Faux Hawk. Wear it boldly colored in a gorgeous contemporary shade like blood orange or go a bit more subtle and style it more like the pompadour rocker look of the 50s. To create the Faux Hawk look:

  • Begin with damp hair.
  • Apply a root lifter at the roots (bangs and top) to help create volume and lift.
  • Blow dry your hair back away from the face, using a small round brush, lifting up to create the Faux Hawk look.
  • Set your Faux Hawk with a finishing spray.

Our Favorite Pixie Hairstyles

Sleek Pixie

Choose a sleek and runway-ready pixie style by opting for the wet look. It’s easy to achieve this popular look without your hair feeling stiff.

  • Wash or wet your hair.
  • Lightly dry hair with a towel until it’s about 60-percent dry.
  • Smooth your damp pixie with a boar bristle brush.
  • Apply a pomade with your fingers, working it throughout to distribute the product evenly.
  • Brush the “wet” hair back from your face and you’re ready to go.

Our Favorite Pixie Hairstyles

Tousled Curls

Soften your look with some tousled curls. This is a great alternative if you typically wear your pixie cut spiked up or pulled forward to frame your face. You can create light, tousled curls with a 1/2-inch or 1-inch barrel curling iron. Remember, the larger the barrel, the looser the curl.

  • Begin with dry hair and be sure to use a heat protection product.
  • Create loose curls throughout the longer top sections, following the lay of your cut.
  • Apply pomade to your fingertips and gently fluff the curls.
  • Work the pomade throughout to create a tousled look.

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