Cardi B Debuts a Layered Pixie Cut—and 3 New Piercings

She's now on board with a rising celebrity haircut trend.

cardi b at the met gala 2024
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Cutting your hair shorter for summer might be a bit cliché, but it’s a recurring hair trend for a good reason. “If you don’t want to be bothered by your hair, cut it,” hairstylist Kinda Wright-Horn plainly tells Marie Claire. While bobs, bixies, and broccoli cuts (yes, it’s a thing) are all viable options that lead to easier air drying and styling, 2024 is shaping up to be the year of the pixie cut trend—just look to Cardi B for proof.

The rapper debuted a new, slightly shaggy pixie cut within an Instagram Story on Tuesday, June 25. It's not just perfectly on trend—it's also very in line with her style. "Every pixie cut should be versatile,” explains Wright-Horn. “You should be able to wear it down, spike it up, or curl it.”

With a bit of a bang and layers down the sides and back, Cardi's rendition lends itself to endless styling options. And if we know one thing about the "Bongos" singer, it’s that she likes to experiment with her look.

cardi b takes a photo with a tousled pixie cut and three new piercings

On Instagram Stories, Cardi B showed her followers a first glimpse at her new pixie cut.

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She’s tried almost every length, style, and color. We’ve seen her with pink, blue, and ombre hair. She’s had bangs. In fact, just last week, her hair was butt-length and embellished with over 25 little coquette-style bows.

But hair inspiration isn’t the only beauty example the mom of two has to offer. Per her latest social media post, we can now expect earring content from the creator, too. “I came here for one thing,” Cardi says via Instagram Stories, pointing to celebrity body piercer Harrison McCall. “Look what he did to me,” she laughs.

Cardi B wearing her hair in a slicked back bun at the Balenciaga fashion show.

Cardi B has always been experimental with her hair. She's tried everything from slicked-back buns (shown here), to long waves, to now, her pixie cut.

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With that, she turns her ear to the camera and debuts a new upper and lower helix piercing and a conch piercing. "The conch refers to the center 'bowl' of the ear," Sarah Lacy, a registered nurse, and Associate Director of Piercing Research and Innovation at ear piercing studio Rowan, previously told Marie Claire. "Like the helix, this part of the ear comprises cartilage."

I’m not saying you need a pixie cut to get a conch piercing, but Cardi was onto something by pairing the two together.

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar,,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.