Inspiring Hair Cut: Short to Long Pixie

A short nape and sides combined with a long top and fringe give the pixie the perfect balance of boyishness and femininity. The shorter lengths can blend seamlessly into the top or the two areas can be disconnected with the longer lengths falling over the tapered sides and back. Bangs may sweep over the eyes or tumble dramatically to the chin. Whatever variation you choose, you’re sure to fall in love with the combination of flirty and refined styles. Get the look in a few simple steps. –– Laura Martin

Step: Bring your stylist a few pictures of this type of shape. You’ll need to specify three things: length in the front, length at the sides and nape, and blended or disconnected sides. The looks pictured top left and bottom right are examples of blended shapes, the variations shows top right and bottom left are disconnected.

Step: If you chose a blended shape a solid color will keep the look united. For a disconnected version you can emphasize the disparity in lengths by placing a darker color underneath or minimize the difference with a single hue.

Step: To style this shape, add a dime of hair creme and wrap dry with a paddle brush, pushing strands back and forth around the head to create smooth, seamless movement. Finish with a dab of defining cream worked into ends.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA