Short hair, especially pixie cuts, are having a major moment right now. There are so many hair styles to choose from, but you don’t have to commit to just one look. If you don’t think your hair can be versatile, here is proof that it is. Keep scrolling if you want learn how to style a pixie cut differently every day!
My name is Salirasa, I am a hair styling maven on Instagram and YouTube, and I want to dispel that myth about the lack of diversity for short hairstyles. Below are some of the coolest pixie cut ideas plus tutorials — proof that girls with shorter haircuts don’t have to sacrifice their creativity! Keep reading for insanely versatile pixie cut styles.
#1: Half-Braided Bangs
Want to try on this hairstyle? Follow these instructions:
- Brush your bangs in the direction you want them to stay:
- Take a section of your hair from the side you want to start on and divide it into three pieces.
- Bring the top piece over the middle and then the bottom one over the middle, just like a normal braid.
- Once you have done this, start adding hair from the top of your head to the upper piece and bring that over the middle. Then you take half of the bottom piece and bring it over the middle. This is where you create kind of a waterfall effect.
- Continue this until you reach the other side and secure the braid with hairspray or a bobby pin.
You have created an awesome eye-catcher with your short hair! Click here to open the video tutorial.
#2: Rocker Pixie Cut
Sometimes, you just need a quick fix for short hair. If you can do a French braid, it is the easiest way to get a totally different look with your pixie cut.
- Take a section of your hair in front and part it into three pieces.
- Start by bringing the left piece over the middle and then the right piece over the middle.
- Once you’ve done this, start adding hair to the sections.
- Bring the left piece over the middle and add some hair to that strand. Repeat the same for the other side. Continue until you have all your hair in the braid and no bangs.
- Secure the braid – wear an elastic or a bow.
Watch the video tutorial here.
#3: French Braids from Back to Front
How to style short thick hair if you need to hide your forehead? Here’s the best way!
- Start your braids at the middle of your head.
- Braid it from back to front.
- Secure them with hairspray.
Be sure to use a good one so every braid end stays in place. Check out the video tutorial.
#4: Formal Pixie Cut with Hairband
We know how simple and easy it is to style long hair with a hairband, but who says that you can’t use one to style your short hair?
- Brush your hair down and put the hairband on top of it.
- Then, simply twist little strands around the hairband and secure them underneath.
- If you have very fine hair with long bangs, secure it under the hairband with bobby pins.
Watch this formal hairstyle step by step here.
#5: Twist (Fake Braids)
If you like the idea of braids for short hair, but you are also short on time, here’s another great option. You can twist your hair!
- Separate your hair in the middle.
- Take a small section in front of your hair and twist it up.
- After every twist, add some more hair from the bottom and twist it up again. Continue until you’ve reached the back of your head.
- Secure it with bobby pins or elastics.
Watch the video tutorial.
#6: Dutch Braids
Another awesome style is the Dutch braid. This style is perfect if you are growing out your short hair and looks great even if your roots are showing.
- Start the braid with three pieces. Now, what makes it different from a French braid is that you cross all pieces under the middle and not over it. Start by bringing the left piece under the middle and then the right piece under the middle.
- Once you have the initial braid, start adding hair to the left piece before you bring it under the middle one.
- Add hair to the right piece before you bring it under the middle one. Continue until you’ve worked in all your hair.
- Secure the braid with an elastic.
Check out the video version of this hairstyle.
#7: Twisted Bangs
Hairstyles for short hair can look amazing for every occasion. To create this look, just follow these simple steps:
- Take two small parts of your bangs and twist them into each other.
- After every twist, add some hair before your twist them again.
- Close with a clip or a small clear elastic.
#8: Bobby Pin Art
It’s everywhere this season: bobby pin art. Use your bobby pins creatively and turn your hairstyle into a statement piece. You can create a headband like the one in this video, but with a little imagination, there are endless style possibilities. You can use simple black bobby pins, golden ones, or even colorful ones to match your outfit. If you have slippery hair, add some hairspray to the bobby pins before you fix them in your hair.
This video is showing how to do the hairstyle step by step. Rock your bobby pins!
#9: Zigzag Part
If you usually wear your hair side-parted, you can change your look by changing your part to a zigzag in the middle. You can add two French braids on both sides, but only add hair to the upper strand. This will create a boho-inspired festival look for summer, which is perfect for asymmetrical pixie cut.
Find more tips in the video tutorial.
#10: Sleek Pixie Cut with Glitter
Be an eye-catcher at every party with this simple way to style your short hair.
- Part your sleek hair in a zigzag and add stickers.
- Place a lot of them in front and less in the back.
The video tutorial is avaliable here.
#11: Pixie Faux Hawk
Here is one way you can try on rocker pixie cut for a night out.
- Blow dry your hair with a round brush to the front.
- When almost dry, change the direction of blow drying to the back and style all your hair backwards to create more volume of your mohawk pixie cut. You can also add some Puff.ME powder or other volumizing products if your hair is fine or thin.
- Set it with some hairspray and add a stylish accessory to one side.
Click here to open the full tutorial.
#12: Wedding Pixie Cut Updo
Here is the cute way to style a short pixie cut for wedding or prom, including an elegant updo.
- Simply curl all your hair with an extra-small flat iron for short hair.
- Then, create a loose Dutch braid by crossing the strands under the middle strand instead of over.
- Set it with some hairspray and add some small fake flowers.
Watch the video tutorial.
#13: Side Braid on a Scene Pixie Hawk
Here is a small side braid for a unique pixie style.
- Part your hair on the side.
- On the smaller side, create a French braid but only add hair from the top to the upper strand.
- Braid down towards your shoulder to create that special scene look. You can curl your hair on the other side. Always curl it away from the face to create a cool style.
That’s how I do it.
#14: Asymmetrical Criss-Cross Braids
This is an awesome way to give a special look to your bangs.
- Blow dry as usual.
- Then, part your hair from left to right, twice.
- Start the first braid on the right-hand side, keeping all other hair back with clips.
- Create a French braid by only adding hair to the upper strand. Braid it down towards your left eye. Set it with some hairspray.
- Take the left-hand side and braid it in the direction if your right eye. Remember to only add hair to the upper strand.
Don’t forget to watch the video tutorial.
#15: Festival Hair
This is a combination of braids and twists/rope braids.
- Take a small section in the middle of your hair and braid it in a Dutch braid to the front.
- Secure it with a clear elastic.
- Divide the end in two and twist them backwards along the each side of your head. You can either cut the elastic (careful not to cut your hair) or, if your hair is as short as mine, you can leave it.
- Now twist the leftover hair on both sides and secure with bobby pins and some hairspray.
- Add some accessories for a magical look.
Check out the video tutorial.
#16: Want Top Buns? Add Clip-Ins!
Sometimes you want to go with the trend but getting top buns with a pixie cut is impossible, right? Wrong! All you need are some clip-in extensions.
- Part your hair in the middle and braid French braids all the way back to where you want your top buns.
- Secure the braid with elastics.
- Clip your extensions to the end of the braids. Be careful to clip them from the inside of the bun, so you can’t see the clips afterwards.
- Wrap the extensions around the ends of the braids to create top buns. Secure with bobby pins or elastics.
Here you can watch the tutorial.
#17: Dutch-Braided Mohawk
Dutch-braided mohawk on a pixie? It’s not impossible but it depends on your hair structure if it will hold or not.
- Take a small part of your bangs.
- Part it in three and cross the right one under the middle.
- Then the left one under the middle. This is the initial braid, after that you add hair to the outer strands every time before you cross them under.
That’s it! Watch my video tutorial for details.
#18: Accessorize Your Sleek Pixie
If you have a pixie cut with bangs and want to be versatile without much effort, get a bunch of accessories! The style possibilities are endless. Even if you have no time at all, simply add a self-secured hair jewel and you will have all eyes on your pixie. By the way, you can use flat iron for pixie cut! Watch the video tutorial!
There are plenty of hairstyles you can rock with a pixie cut. From Classic to Edgy you can find everything on my Instagram. Click through the videos and get inspired!