Should You Get a Pixie Cut? 5 Important Considerations

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I see a lot of posts in our Facebook Group from women who are considering getting a pixie cut, but aren’t sure if it’s right for them.

There are a few things to consider before you take the plunge:

What type of pixie cut is right for your face shape? Some people say that certain face shapes can’t pull off a pixie, but I think everyone can pull it off. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of how. Check out this great article for the 14 best pixie cuts and bobs for different face shapes.

What type of pixie cut is right for your hair type? In addition to face shape, the thickness and texture of your hair are important considerations before deciding what type of pixie you want to get. If you have thick, curly hair, you’re going to want a different cut than someone with fine, straight hair.

Who should cut it for you? This is a big deal and something many women don’t really think about before going into a salon and asking for a pixie cut.

First off, you don’t just want to go in and say “I want a pixie cut.” That’s way too vague. Figure out exactly what style you want first, bring lots of pictures with you, and be prepared for the stylist to make some modifications based on his or her own expertise, opinions, and what will look best on your head and face.

You may want to consider just going in for a consultation first, and not actually getting it cut right away. Travel to a other salons and meet with a few different stylists before choosing the person you’re most comfortable with. A pixie cut is a drastic change, especially if you’ve had long hair all your life. You want to choose a stylist who will cut and maintain it well, because you’re probably in this for the long haul.

Make sure the person you choose has plenty of experience cutting pixies. You may even want to ask them  for pictures and references. If they are offended by that, then chances are, they aren’t the right person for the job anyway.

Should you color it? One of the best things about pixie cuts is that they’re tons of fun to color! Because you cut your hair so often, changing the color is not a big deal. You really don’t have to worry about doing long-term damage as much as a person with long hair would. If you’re gonna go short, you may want to consider applying a fun fantasy color like pink or blue. This is your chance to try something crazy! You can always cut it off and start over if you hate it, right? Speaking of which…

You might not like it. Inevitably, there are a few people who occasionally take the plunge into pixie land and immediately want right back out. You may fall in love with your pixie cut and never want long hair again. Or you may like it for a while but then decide you miss ponytails, braids, and top-knots too much to stick it out. Or, you might absolutely hate it from the get-go. In any case, the grow-out process is long and grueling. Before you cut it off, consider whether you will have enough patience to deal with it, should you ever decide to grow it out again.

Check out these posts for the pros and cons of having a pixie cut:

10 Reasons to Keep Your Pixie Cut
10 Reasons to Grow Out Your Pixie Cut

Ultimately, the decision is yours. But if you’re looking for some tips and inspiration to help you make said decision, join our Pixie Cut Support Group on Facebook. There, you can post your pictures and ideas and receive feedback from lots of other women around the world!

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