It originated in the Roaring Twenties, when women first became liberated, made an unapologetic comeback during the revolutionary 1960s, graced magazine covers in the androgynous, rock-dominated 90s—and, by all accounts, the choppy pixie cut is here to stay once more. We’re featuring the most daring and hip pixies, because we are sure that femininity can be plentifully achieved with short hair, too.
Pixie Cuts for Any Taste
We’ve got a bit of something for everyone today, from cool, daring haircuts for those with a punk flair at heart, to smart ideas on the best pixie styling for different face shapes. If you’re looking for a perennially cute short style that’s also easy to maintain, we’ve got 70 inspirational pictures all lined up here for you.
#1: Pixie Wedge
Finding a picture of a haircut you kinda dig, can be the foundation for getting your vision across to a stylist. Keeping the top and sides longer than a traditional pixie can add volume, and change the shape accordingly. These small changes make this pixie linger near the borderline of turning into a Dorothy Hamill wedge; a testament to why it will always be a classic cut.
#2: Feathered Pixie with Balayage Highlights
When in doubt, go with the highlights-and-layers pairing; it works for short haircuts just as well as with longer ones. Bonus: when you grow out this pixie, its original asymmetrical cut will remain interesting and edgy, as your hair is getting longer.
#3: Classic Pixie
The hairstyle you think of when you hear ‘short hair’, is the classic and timeless pixie cut. Sticking to the classic cut, you may at the same time go for a trendy hair color, such as this gorgeous silver blonde.
#4: Two-Tone Pixie
Normally, there is no such thing as any style being age specific, but a disconnected haircut could be too extreme for the working professional. Modern pixie cut hairstyles may seem too mainstream for someone requiring only a bit of sass, so if it’s the case, allow your stylist to add some “neat” texture throughout. Using a little pomade to emphasize the texture will do the trick in adding that missing spunk, and also a bit of shine.
#5: Pixie Bob
A long shaggy pixie cut is the perfect transition if you do decide to start the process of growing out your hair. Having more long hair in front will now give you more color options to play and experiment with.
#6: Classical Short Pixie in Pastel Blue
This is one of those edgy pixie haircuts that work particularly well for long faces. That’s mainly because of a well-known hairstyling tip: haircuts with bangs will draw attention away from the oversized forehead and direct it to other facial features, such as the eyes. Note how everything in the above photo, makeup and side-swept fringe included, bring the model’s gaze out.
#7: Choppy Gray Pixie
The number one reason to be smitten about the pixie cut is its brilliance in versatility. Knowing you can quickly grow out color with shorter hair, means making more confident color choices, and possibly experimenting with the symmetry of your cut.
#8: Imperfect Pixie
A bonus to waking up with a messy pixie cut, is that messy hair is in!! For the few who always seem to be rushing out the door every morning, a messy pixie is the ideal hairdo. Grabbing a dab of hair paste or pomade and running it through your hair takes less than 30 seconds, and takes your ‘just-rolled-out of-bed’ look to the next level.
#9: Bleach Blonde Pixie
Disconnecting a long, razor-cut top section from a significantly shorter undercut is anything but classic. Texture and movement in a haircut make it more enjoyable to style different ways, and help us discover new styling techniques and products we’ve never needed or used on longer hair.
#10: Finely Chopped Pixie for Thin Hair
Worried that your wispy locks can’t accommodate a bold short hairstyle? Quit your worries and try this wonderfully layered look for thin hair. The finely chopped layers will add both structure and volume to your look, while the thin highlights will bring out your expression at all times.
#11: Platinum Blonde Disheveled Pixie
As previously mentioned, finely chopped locks will look great on blonde hair, because it’s light enough to bring out every razor-sharp cut of every strand. This platinum version perfectly illustrates the point and also enriches it with the styling choice so daring you’d be hard-pressed not to notice it.
#12: Gray Blonde Pixie
When women choose to embrace their gray tresses and decide to go au naturel, a sassy, ash blonde pixie would be right to the point. The two-tone color with a subtle difference in hues helps to integrate gray, so that it looks fashionable and appealing.
#13: Tapered Pixie Cut
A tapered pixie is a less extreme pixie version compared to a bolder, disconnected, undercut pixie. A taper gives a softer touch to your conventional short cut.
#14: Tapered Pixie with Long Bangs
There’s nary a hue of red missing from this pixie cut, which happens to work amazingly well for thick hair. When you’ve got an ample mane to show off, but want to keep it short for maintenance purposes, go all out with the coloring, keep that fringe long, and never stop exploring the styling options.
#15: Long Tapered Pixie Cut with Side Bangs
Buttery blonde hair is all well and good, but the latest color trend involves a more ashy finish. Give your long choppy pixie cut a trendy edge with a matte blonde hair color that lets your dark roots show a bit.
#16: Pixie with Cherry Highlights
Cherry-colored accents in the bangs added to a rich brunette base are a way to modernize your pixie and enhance the color of your eyes. Natural wave and messy texture make this pixie cut marvelous.
#17: Blue Hue Pixie
The rooted balayage in bluish and gray hues profoundly enhances the movement of your mane. Rocking a rooted balayage on a short hairstyle is one way to showcase your bold, fearless personality.
#18: Undercut Pixie
If you are confused in trying to decide whether you want a softer style opposed to a rough, edgier look, do both! An undercut is the current trend in bringing out your inner bad girl, while still maintaining the lady-like side of you.
#19: Ashy Blonde Pixie with a Messy Touch
You can find ample variations among modern sassy pixies, from the more classical and demure, featuring exclusively natural hair colors, to the most trendy and brash. Our top favorites usually include a bold choice in coloring, since nothing says ‘edgy’ quite like short messy silver hair on a twenty-something!
#20: Long Red Pixie Cut
The phenomenal haircut AND wicked color make this red pixie cut daring, yet manageable for everyday wear. Keeping the color fresh and vibrant is less complicated on shorter do’s. Applying a color mousse or toning shampoo is much simpler and less demanding on short hair than it is on longer tresses. This simple maintenance step will assist in maintaining the dynamics of your color.
#21: Platinum Pixie
Short hair does not mean limited styling options. Just like any other style, a pixie can be as mod and messy, or as sleek and classic as you want. Choosing the right styling product with the right degree of hold, and the right finish allows just as much versatility, if not more.
#22: Rose Gold Pixie
A wispy, rose-gold pixie cannot be more angelic and appealing to the eye. Both the cut and the color are soft, they’re both vintage and modern, 2 inThey work harmoniously together making this lovely style look fresh and contemporary.
#23: Chick Undercut Pixie
The disconnected, choppy pixie cut is, in essence, a ‘chick undercut’. It may seem unusual that an undercut and a choppy pixie can be integrated into one style, but that’s the power of creativity of one amazing stylist with a vision.
#24: Ravishing Red Pixie
If you’re gonna go short, you should go red while you’re at it! A bright crimson hair hue is the perfect way to brighten up your pixie cut. Make sure to invest in a color-enhancing hair mask that protects your color and keeps your color-treated strands from getting dry and brittle.
#25: Feathered Pixie
Finding a product to highlight your edgy pixie cut just the way you like may be tricky. It might be a good idea to get small samples of different pomades, pastes, or gels to see which works best for you. There are matte or shine-finish products with different degrees of holding power. Choosing a few favorite styling products for the looks you wear often would be wise.
#26: Lavender Pixie-Bob
Modern choppy pixie cuts are all about blends… Blends of lengths, textures and hues result in swoon-worthy hairstyles you can’t pass unnoticed in the street. This lavender pixie-bob is one of those.
#27: Contemporary Pixie
Contemporary hairstyles have become more versatile in color, specifically in terms of tone. Your pixie cut style can be as warm and golden, or as frosty platinum blonde as you want. Having a picture of the exact tone of blonde you want cannot be any clearer for your stylist.
#28: Tousled Pixie with Undercut
There’s no better way to achieve a natural sun-kissed look with hair coloring than balayage—and that’s a fact. And since au naturel seems to be the style of choice for this model, it’s no wonder that she’s also sporting a medium-length tousled pixie. All in all, the entire style has ended up looking wonderfully casual!
#29: Tapered Pixie with Maximum Volume
A fem taper is strong in the hair game, especially if you find the right stylist to create a flattering silhouette with maximum volume on top. Using just a bit of mousse makes a tousled taper simple and almost effortless for every day hair wear.
#30: Sassy Pixie for Fine Hair
One of the biggest advantages of a shaggy pixie cut is its suitability for any age and any hair type. For fine hair it’s a true windfall. Your hairstylist may suggest using a razor on the tips of your hair to build layers around the crown. This will create a shag effect that is super chic and fun!
#31: Shaggy Pixie with Balayage Highlights
This cute pixie features a neat brown undercut underneath long, razored, bleached layers. The contrast of light and dark, long and short, neat and shaggy once again results in a wow short hairstyle we are tempted to try.
#32: Long Honey Blonde and Black Pixie
The pixie with long choppy layers is the most feminine of short haircuts. You can scrunch those pieces with mousse or curl them with a flat iron getting different looks for different moods.
#33: Cropped Tousled Waves and Side Bangs
Buzzed pixie cuts aren’t your only option. If you would like to still have some length, there are ideas for you. Her layers are long enough to be styled straight or curly. The latter option is brilliant for making your mane appear thicker and flirtier, too!
#34: Purple Textured Crop
Bring all of the attention to your facial features with a cut that has layers around your forehead. Work with your stylist to come up with a flattering finish. Her textured purple pieces enhance her beautiful brown eyes and mimic the lines of her lips.
#35: Green and Purple Hairstyle with Bangs
Modern pixie cuts may include funky undercuts. There are fantastic elements in her ‘do no matter where you look. The buzzed side contrasts with long bangs, and the color contrast is amazing, too.
#36: Pastel Pink Mohawk with Undercut
There is a lot of edge packed into her cropped hairstyle. The salmon pink mohawk would have been enough, but she’s given it her own twist by adding a buzzed undercut. If it’s your thing, add a nose piercing and black eyeliner, and you have one cool style.
#37: Spiked Blonde Mohawk
Grab some hair gel and create a gravity-defying ‘do by making the top layers of your hair stand straight up. If you want more of a classic finish, use the product to slick the sides and back down or brush the sides back.
#38: Silver and Brown Pixie
Short pixie haircuts are sometimes known for not being the most versatile of styles, but hers shows how you can put your unique spin on it. The silvery blonde undercut pixie features the tapered black bottom to create a surprising contrast with the feathered silver top.
#39: Black Spiky Crop with Teal Bangs
Cropped hairdos are blank canvases just waiting for a splash of color. She has added a new dimension to her spiky black pixie by throwing a shot of teal through her side-swept bangs. It’s up to you if you want to coordinate your mane with your clothes.
#40: Brunette Pixie Cut with a Sweeping Fringe
When it comes to shorter hairstyles, the thing to remember is that layers can make or break your ‘do. They are what create shape, texture, and volume. She has it down pat with her strategically cut mane. There are all sorts of lengths blended in one cut that give different textures on the sides and top.
#41: Spiky Cut for Fine Hair
Before you rush out to get a new pixie hair cut, start by researching different images. Short pixie cuts for fine hair can be very appealing and flattering. Case in point: her crop with muted purple and green streaks. It’s unique, dreamy, and very inspiring.
#42: Short Gray Hair with Buzzed Nape
The best hairdos are the ones that are striking from any angle you view them. The buzzed areas with a shaved line that distinguishes the longer hair from very short one create a dynamic short look. It will require some maintenance, but it’s absolutely worth it.
#43: Purple Long Top Undercut Pixie
Experiment with contrasts of elements in your crop. The light and dark parts, the longest and shortest ones create a dramatic look that can be softened by your favorite pastel hair color if you wish.
#44: Shaggy Pixie-Bob
Is this what you think of when you normally envision pixie haircuts? The long blonde pixie cut isn’t quite typical. It’s more of an outgrown pixie or a cropped bob. Since this cut has more length than a buzzed style, you can appreciate the messy layers and side-swept bangs.
#45: Silver ‘Do with long Spikes
You’re going to turn many heads with a style like this. Leave a part of your fringe covering your eyes. Then apply some strong hold gel to the other layers and style them up towards the sky.
#46: Bright Lilac Pixie with Choppy Fringe
Whoever said that unicorn hair was only for those with long locks obviously hasn’t seen this cute short ‘do. It’s positively striking. The bright purple color and the short, choppy layers create an eye-catching look.
#47: Layered Blonde Hairdo with Blunt Bangs
Pixie cut styles can be just as edgy as any other trendy hairdos. You also have lots of freedom in terms of how avant-garde you want to go. Her layered look is a good starting point. The blunt bangs and angled layers are an interesting combination – dynamic and easy to pull off.
#48: Red Layered Bangs and Buzzed Back
The modern short haircut expertly mixes lengths, textures, and finishes. With short hair you get the edgiest look even if it’s quite simple, like a buzzed nape and longer V-cut bangs.
#49: Blonde Crop with Long Top
Taking a razor to your entire head can be a little scary. If you’re curious about a buzzed look, but you would like to keep some of your length, try a cropped back and longer top. She has plenty of inches to experiment with.
#50: Choppy Pixie Cut with Side Bangs
Asymmetrical short hairdos are interesting and quite simple to pull off. Her fun pixie haircut with choppy layers and long bangs is just one example. The elements are all distinct yet they flow together.
#51: Rocker Pixie
Every rocker chick prefers edgy haircuts for two reasons: 1) Obviously, they’re fun to play with and, 2) accessories are so much more amusing to try on and explore with so much neck and ear exposure. May your accessories match the coolness of your hair!
#52: Edgy Pixie Cut in Lavender
It’s layered, features an undercut and also illustrates the ultimate flavor of the hour: a lovely shade of lilac, derived from the rainbow hair trend. You don’t need to be neither hardcore, nor a tree-hugging hippie to make this style work. All it takes is a bit of personality, as well as the quirky/relaxed wardrobe to pair it with.
#53: Black and Blue Shaggy Pixie Cut
If you’re all about testing the waters when it comes to new extravagant hair colors, a splash of teal is a great path to take. A thick wave of color is an easy way to give your usual pixie cut a new life and vibrancy. Not a fan of blue? Opt for fuschia, purple or any other bright shade that strikes your fancy!
#54: Long Wispy Pixie with Bangs
Prove that blondes really do have more fun with a chic long pixie cut that screams “beach babe.” Add some long layers in the front — this will allow for more styling options and variety. Throw in a deep side-part and you’ve got yourself a windswept ‘do that is perfectly imperfect!
#55: Caramel-Toned Long Pixie
Add caramel-colored highlights to your layered chocolate hairstyle. It’s a quick and easy way to refresh and brighten an otherwise dark and dull look. Backcomb slightly and finger comb the style for a messy-yet-fabulous finish.
#56: High-Top Asymmetrical Pixie
Get punk rock with your look by trying a chic undercut. Leaving the top portion of your hair long and getting short tapered sides, you allow for a convertible pixie cut that can be worn sleek and bob-like or sky-high and voluminous.
#57: Short Choppy Pixie
Refresh your look by making a bold statement with a soft, chestnut pixie cut. Featuring the super-short jagged bangs and all-over finely chopped texture, this cut shows off your cute facial features and bone structure as there are no long layers to hide the face.
#58: Funky Blue Pixie with Layered Bangs
Embrace the strong features your square or diamond shaped face comes with, by adopting a daring, short pixie cut. Afraid that it might make you look frumpy? With the right choice of color, like the icy blue, you’ll appear anything but!
#59: Curly Caramel Brown Pixie Bob
Check out the back view on this haircut, to get a grasp of just how easy it is to maintain. It features a relatively precise cut and shape, which will be a breeze to grow out. And, as far as the styling goes, it doesn’t require more than washing, conditioning, air or towel drying, plus an (optional) dose of holding mousse.
#60: Fauxhawk Pixie
Another Mohawk-inspired look, this spiky pixie cut works amazingly well with highlights. These underline the daring nature of the haircut and also create a great contrast with the short cut and darker color tones on the sides of the model’s head.
#61: Asymmetrical Long Pixie for Round Faces
All too often, women with soft facial features will shun pixies, or any other short cuts, out of a fear that they’ll leave their visage exposed in all the wrong places. Well, if this look doesn’t prove them wrong, nothing likely ever will. The model is sporting a look with an up-swept fringe and asymmetrical strands, longer on one side, which is very flattering for round faces. But the icing on the cake is definitely her bold, vibrant purple hair color. How’s that for edgy?
#62: Shaggy Pixie Cut in Red Hues
This style is possibly more reminiscent of a hobgoblin than of a pixie, thanks to its versatile fiery color. We love how the model experimented with various shades, from rich auburn to hot, hot, hot orange-tinged red. Also, check out the shape of her face: this is one cut for heart shaped faces, due to the way the bangs conceal the wide forehead.
#63: Growing-out Pixie for Curly Hair
Growing out and perfect for going out—that’s what this messy pixie hairstyle is all about. The model’s hair is naturally curly, which might lead you to believe that the haircut will lose structure as time passes. However, thanks to the smart original cut, which followed the hair’s natural lines, its new length only enriches the look, instead of detracting from it.
#64: Perfect Choppy Pixie Haircuts with Temple Undercut
They say there’s nothing as cool and forever trendy as simplicity; and, whoever ‘they’ are, they’re right. This style features several simple ingredients: pitch-black hair, a sharp choppy bowl cut, a laser-precision undercut, and, of course, the model’s lovely facial features. It all blends into a look that’s both classic and present-day, suited for office settings and for the skate park half-pipe.
#65: Curly Top Pixie with Short Tapered Sides
Those of you with crazy curly hair do not have to settle for a life of heavy long locks. Try a short, edgy pixie cut that’s tapered on the sides and long up top. This will help to keep your wavy mane under control while giving your overall look some sass.
#66: Feathered Pixie With a Splash of Color
The blonde hair has just got bold with a few strong fuchsia brushstrokes of courage, er, color. This unexpected pop of pink makes a statement without going overboard.
#67: Shaggy, Asymmetrical Pixie Cut
There’s hope for those with thin, wispy locks that seem to have a mind of their own. A messy pixie cut is the perfect solution for working with those flyways and showing them who’s the boss. Make sure you include staggered, short layers to give the look some shape and body.
#68: Pixie for Wavy Hair
Pixie cuts work for wavy manes, too! Keep your locks slightly long up top for some styling flexibility. Brush your waves to the side and give them a spritz with a light-hold hair spray. Not only will you be ready in minutes, but you’ll also look smashing!
#69: Short Black Hairstyle for Curly Hair
What’s that—a shaggy pixie haircut? Wasn’t this style supposed to be all precise, with spikes, and layers? It can be, but this photo demonstrates that it also works miraculously well and low-maintenance on naturally curly hair. This particular style has got a bit of a grown-out fauxhawk thing going on at the top of the head, but it’s toned down by the stylishly wavy sideburns that frame the model’s face so beautifully.
#70: Choppy Asymmetrical Black Pixie
Need more proof that African-American ladies can sport pixie cuts without a problem? Check out the brunette beauty here. She has worked a wonderful auburn toping, as well as a long layered fringe into her look. The ample side-swept bangs add a touch of sophistication to this otherwise consummately contemporary look.
Wondering why we haven’t told you much about how to style these sassy pixie hairstyles? That’s because, when it comes to pixie cuts, the styling issues are taken care of by your stylist’s scissors beforehand. In other words, if you want to go messy, shaggy, spiky, cute, and short, just make sure you choose the right haircut for your type of hair and face. Add a dashing color and a bit of styling product, and you’ll be all set—both for wild nights on the town, as well as for efficient days at work.