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How to: Style (and Grow Out) a Pixie Haircut
Mon, 8 July 2013 11:57AM
After much decision making, I’m getting a pixie cut (yay!). I’m looking for a longer pixie but I’m nervous about styling it and also growing it out. Do you have any tips? Thanks, Laura-Mary.
Well done, you! We adore a good pixie crop here at PRIMPED, and there’s no time like the present to try this on-trend style.
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However, you’re right. Depending on your current hairstyle, a pixie cut can be a big change, and there will also be an adjustment period while you get used to your new ‘do, particularly as you find your way when it comes to styling it yourself. Never fear – I turned to celebrity and editorial hairstylist Anthony Nadar from RAW Anthony Nadar, who spends his time back and forth working between New York and his Sydney-based salon, for his top tips.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Cut: Trust your stylist’s opinion when it comes to cutting your pixie, as they will know what will suit your hair type and face shape. “The most important factor I look at when I’m giving a client this type of cut is to feel the texture of the hair and also the head shape, as strange as that might sound,” says Anthony. “In regards to the density and thickness of the hair, you want your stylist to give the hair fullness by adding texture. Be aware of hair that is on the finer side because the secret here is ‘less is more,’ otherwise the hair will look so fine that it will look (and feel) like baby hair.”
Styling: A pixie crop gives you more freedom, and allows you to play with a wide variety of styling products depending on what look you want to achieve. “You can give your hairdryer a break for the time being if you desire and just add in the product of your choice instead, as it will dry throughout the day and you can run your fingers through it for extra oomph,” says Anthony.
“If you want a little more dimension and definition, ask your colourist for a shoe shine – don’t worry, no need to take your old shoes to the salon! It’s actually a technique that touches the ends of the hair on top, or all over, which gives you a hint of colour and more styling options, too.”
Tool Kit: Like any new ‘do, a pixie crop requires certain products and tools to get the style just right. Here’s what Anthony suggests to include in your kit:
- Hairdryer: “Get your hands on a hairdryer that is has Tourmal Ionic in-built in the motor,” says Anthony. “It’s a feature that comes into play when drying your hair, as the cuticle doesn’t over-dry and resists brittleness and cracking, helping the hair to maintain shine and softness.” Try the Anthony Nader WAHL Megastar 7000 hairdryer, $99.95, from Sydney Salon Supplies.
- Mini Flat-Iron: “These are ideal for curly, or unruly hair that doesn’t do what it’s told.” They are small enough to grab smaller, finer sections of hair.
- Sea Salt Spray: “I absolutely love this product, as it instantly dirties up the hair and gives more texture for the long day ahead,” says Anthony.
- Clay Paste: “This is perfect for all types, especially for finer hair as a tiny pea-sized drop will give your flat locks a fuller look, and it’s also perfect for creating a textured, choppy finish.”
Grow it Out: As Anthony put it so succinctly, this is the million-dollar question. “You still want to look fabulous while your hair is in the growing out stage. Think Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams. I would recommend getting those top layers down as fast as you can by not taking to the shears so often, and asking your stylist to create a blunt bold base line at the base of your neckline,” instructs Anthony. “Doing this will keep the hair shape looking neat and it will also, as strange as it sounds, give the illusion of the hair looking longer and thicker as the top layers are reaching the neckline.”
“It is still super-cute to keep some shorter layers framing the face and even cuter to start tucking the soon-to-be longer side-triggers behind your ears.”
Style a Growing-Out Crop: This can be a little tricky, but Anthony explains that you have more than a few options so you can be the envy of your girlfriends. Where do we sign?
- A clean, modern centre part never fails, and on any occasion you can slick hair down and tie into a low ponytail at the neck area.
- If you’re feeling like you want to add a little sexy to your day or night ‘do, create a deep side part, which will then slither over one eye and also give your hair extra body.
- If you have any annoying strands around your face that you just want to disappear, go for a boho-inspired braid from ear-to-ear. You will now have a casual and chic red-carpet look.
- Top knots are also quick and fun and will add on a few more centimetres in height that you’re longing for.
- Try a headband or silk-patterned scarf. They are really fun to play around with and also can add a touch of sophistication to your overall style.