Changeable, cool, and fresh: the pixie cut will be one of the hottest short hairstyles in 2021.
There are few haircuts as timeless as the pixie cut. It's surprisingly versatile and fits any hair structure. Rihanna and Léa Seydoux have brought the pixie back to life and with their new hairstyles helped make it one of the most sought-after haircuts of the summer. We call him the "modern pixie".
Of course, many others have pioneered the look in the past. Linda Evangelista, Audrey Hepburn, Zoë Kravitz, Halle Berry, and Charlize Theron are proof that you can achieve amazing results with the big cut.
"It's a cut that is all about confidence," said Luke Hersheson, CEO of Hershesons. "It's not a cut that you should try because you broke up with someone or you want to change your life, but one that you should do when you really feel like you want it. You have to get into the haircut really feel good because it exposes you and you feel more exposed - especially if you have had long hair for many years."
While many of us cannot exactly be called "confident" after a year of lockdown, we are in the mood for change - this is what has led to this wave of short haircut requests in salons across the country. "During a lockdown, people were put into situations where their hair wasn't actually doing what they wanted, and we learned to live with those things, which automatically makes one more receptive to change," added Hersheson, who says that "risk-taking" has become a real salon vibe. "There is a general feeling of trying everything at the moment. Life is too short."
The modern way of wearing the pixie cut, as Rihanna and Seydoux prove, is a tousled texture, a finish that is the combined result of the haircut itself and the correct use of products. First and foremost, says Hersheson, the hairstyle needs to be cut properly. "It shouldn't be cut in a precise, old-fashioned way, but rather with razors and freehand so everything is chopped up and feels 'chopped up'," he says. "Your hairdresser has to feel these shapes and not worry about both sides being symmetrical."
After that, it comes down to the products you use to improve the texture and create the disheveled effect. Hersheson is a fan of styling creams like his own "Almost Everything Cream" to define hair and give it more grip. "When most pixie cuts are freshly washed, they tend to fall pretty flat, soft, and fluffy. The cream gives the hair a finish like a day-old out-of-bed look.