We all have that itch, right? It can’t just be me who intermittently wants to cut off all of their hair and be done with it. I’ve been entertaining the idea for about a year now and I’m about to take the dive! But, is a pixie cut right for you? You’ve found your way to this blog post so I’m guessing that yes- you are at least a little interested. I’m glad, because then I can share with you my list of pros and cons of getting a pixie cut. These should help you decide if a pixie cut is right for you!
Let’s get the nasties out of the way, shall we?
More frequent Shampoos
Short tresses means more frequent shampooing, and no more relying on dry shampoo to get you through day three of no washing. Because your hair is so much more closer to your scalp which generates oil throughout the day, your hair will just appear greasier between washes… That’s just the nature of the pixie.
New Learning Curve
While you may be used to throwing your hair up in a fast pony or top knot on bad hair days, you no longer have that luxury with a pixie cut. You will have to rediscover how to blow dry and style your new hair. Along the same vein, you may need to do a product overhaul as your old products may not be becoming on your new do. That’s kind of ok though, because who doesn’t love a good Ulta haul every once in awhile?
Frequent Salon Trips
Depending on how fast your hair grows, you will find you may need to hit the salon for a trim every three to six weeks to keep the desired shape and texture of your pixie cut. But, if you love your stylist it’s really not so bad 😉
Less Diversity in Styling
While there are still a lot of options to style your new pixie (faux-hawk anyone?), there still aren’t near as many options as you had with your long hair. Although, there is something to be said for minimalism. Less options means less time wasted trying to decide what hair style you want that day.
Beauty Standards Can Rear it’s Ugly Head
Some people may question your sexuality based on your new short hair, they just will. The amount of people who find it appropriate to ask you if you are a lesbian may astound you. And not to mention some men aren’t attracted to this sometimes boyish hairstyle. So if you thrive off your feminine beauty, this may not be the right style for you.
Windy day? No problemo! No long tresses means less hassle and fretting with your hair. And just no longer feeling the weight of all that hair is so freeing! The act of chopping off your hair is a brave thing to do (it REALLY is!), and the adrenaline rush is one of the best things about the pixie!
Less Hassle Day to Day
It may take you a week or two to find your way through, but once you do you will find that getting ready in the morning is so much easier! While blow drying long hair can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, a pixie is dry in sometimes just three minutes! Toss in some gel and spritz a little spray and your good for the day! Just carry a comb and a travel size hairspray to get you through a day out on the town and you are good to go! Imagine how much time you will have for activities!
Again, the chop is a gutsy move to make, and the confidence that can come with it is worth it all on it’s own. Feeling lighter and more open to the world is the best feeling ever.
Hair fried from years of blow out, straighteners and curlers? Or how about from bleaching it and coloring it? A pixie is a fun way to start anew. But now that your hair is short and healthy- take the opportunity to really take care of your hair! Use a heat protectant, wear hats to protect your hair from the sun and towel dry with care. This is especially important if you know you will want to grow it back out.
More Freedom in Wardrobe and Makeup Choices
Something about the pixie opens up new options in makeup and clothing choices. What was once too girly or feminine now looks very appropriate with a chic pixie, so have fun playing dress up in your prettiest, frilliest dresses. Also, if you ere towards the androgynous look, your pixie ties it all together to give off that perfect Audrey-gamine look. Also makeup can be much more daring- fling that wing out just a touch more, make that lip just a bit redder. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
Are you Shy?
If you are shy or find that you enjoy hiding behind your hair from time to time, this may not be the look for you. You will have to face your face in that mirror everyday knowing that it’s mostly face and not hair you are looking at. On the plus side- nothing makes your bone structure pop quite like a pixie can.
Face shape is a big thing to consider. Pixies traditionally look best on square, heart shaped and oval faces. Talk to your stylist about whether they think your face shape will fit a pixie or not. But some rules were made to be broken.
The Grow Out
Keep in mind the average time it takes to grow your hair out back to shoulder level is 18 to 20 months… That’s a year and a half. With that in mind, you also want to look up some styles you would be comfortable sporting during the awkward growing out stages. It doesn’t go from chic pixie to cute bob- there’s a whole lot of in-between. Prepare thyself, and all will be well.
As you can see, a lot of these pros and cons are all in how you look at it, and each con can be a pro in it’s own way. When it comes down to it, all that really matters is that you are happy with yourself at the end of the day- and your hair doesn’t account for that in the long run. So you do you, beauties.
Do you have a pixie? Post in the comments! I’d love to see it and hear our best and even your worst experiences! Thanks for stopping by!