Journey to a Pixie Cut: Guest Post by Jasmine Smyth

Jasmine Smyth pixie cut

When I was younger I remember thinking to myself, “Why would a girl ever want to have short hair?” Thinking back to that now makes me laugh. If my childhood self could see me now she would be horrified.  My short hair is my favourite feature and I feel like it’s a big part of my identity too, I know that sounds like a stupid thing to say about a haircut, but that’s how it makes me feel. I’m excited to share how I went from short-hair loather to short-hair lover!

Women have been rocking the pixie for years: Madonna in “Papa Don’t Preach,” Demi Moore in Ghost and more recently Ginnifer Goodwin in Once Upon A Time. All of these ladies look amazing with their short hair—I don’t think there is any denying it. For me though, the cut that really made me want short hair was Frankie Bridge’s asymmetric crop, I loved it because it was feminine but still quirky.  After eventually plucking up the courage and braving the hairdressers, I had my hair chopped off and, well, as they say, “the rest was history.”

I wore the ‘Frankie’ for a few years and got braver with it as time went on. I experimented a lot with the cut and even had the shorter side shaved—something I never thought I would have the balls to do! I think I did eventually get to a stage with that style where I was bored and felt I’d exhausted it and that it was time for a change. I still loved short hair, but I told myself having a bit more length would be great, as I could create so many more styles.

To be honest, I was dreading having to grow out the cut but it wasn’t too painful. I just had to have my hair tucked behind my ears a lot to try to disguise the fact that the sides were different lengths! Within 6 months, I was back to having a bob, which only reiterated to me why I don’t like longer hair on myself. It doesn’t suit my face shape, it’s impossible to tame, and was I actually taking time to style it?

Er … no, no I wasn’t. Who really has time for that?

I couldn’t get used to having longer hair no matter how much I tried and enough was enough.

This time around I decided to go for an even shorter cut—the pixie. Since then I have never looked back. I think it suits my overall style perfectly. I like my hair to be super short at the back and on the sides, and I tend to switch it up with the fringe—sometimes I’ll have it longer, sometimes shorter, sometimes with more layers, and sometimes chunkier.  I like my cut to be really sharp, and unfortunately my hair grows so quickly so I have to go to the hairdresser every 4 weeks. I know that seems like a lot, but having short hair is a commitment, and one that I take very seriously!

When it comes to styling, there are pros and cons. Quite often, I’ll wake up and it’ll be sticking up all over the place (think finger in an electric socket and you’ve got the right idea). So most mornings, I do have to wash my hair.  However, once it’s dry I literally just run my GHDs through the fringe, add some paste for a bit of texture, and then spritz on a bit of hairspray, and voila! This is ideal for me as we’ve already established how lazy I am with hair styling (which I find strange considering I am more than happy to spend half an hour applying makeup each morning.)

I truly love my pixie cut, and I notice so many other girls these days who rock it too. If you’re reading this because you’re contemplating joining the pixie club, then I have just one piece of advice:

DO IT!

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