We get it: A pixie cut can seem like a daring style to try—especially if you’ve lived the better part of your life with long hair. But this super-short hairstyle isn’t just chic, it’s also gloriously low-maintenance, lightweight, and ideal for running around in the summer heat. That said, the pixie cut isn't one-size-fits-all. From Pink’s pixie-meets-faux-hawk to Zoe Kravitz’s platinum pixie, there are countless variations from you to pick from.
So, to help you get inspired and choose the pixie cut that's right for you, we rounded up our all-time favorite pixie cuts. Prepare to scroll, screenshot, and then take a trip to the stylist, because these celebrity looks will convince you to take the pixie cut plunge.
Alexa Demie's Wet Look
It doesn't get more stylist than this uber-shiny style on Alexa Demie. Pile on the pomade (or the product of your choosing) to achieve a glossy finish.
Florence Pugh's Blinged-Out Part
Florence Pugh's rhinestone-embellished pixie cut is very on-trend. While her cut is more structured, a bit of bling gives it a fun, laidback spin.
Bella Hadid's Ear-Length Pixie
Even though this temporary sleek style from the 2019 Met Gala did not last long, it goes without saying the supermodel looks unbelievable in an elegant pixie.
Jodie Turner-Smith's S-Waves
This is a nod to Old Hollywood glamour effortlessly worn on Turner-Smith. This style is serving vintage vibes, and we're here for it.
Charlize Theron's Polished Pixie
Theron has managed to entirely reinvent her look with a hair transformation. The sleek simplicity of her icy blonde pixie makes this style look timeless.
Erin Richards' Grown-Out Pixie
Who says your pixie has to stop at the nape of your neck? Absolutely no one, as stunningly shown on Richards. Her salt and pepper streaks, curtain bangs, and flipped ends make a killer combination.
Maggie Grace's Cool-Girl Cut
There's no other way to describe Grace's long pixie than cooler than cool. It's also a great way to keep your face-framing layers in play.
Cardi B.'s Swooped Pixie
While Cardi's 20198 VMAs look was a wig, we're convinced the rapper needed to take the plunge IRL.
Amandla Stenberg's Tight Coils
Dress up your pixie with finger coils like Stenberg and add a healthy amount of pomade for a long-lasting hold. Disclaimer: The patience this style requires is worth it.
Jena Malone's Feathery Pixie
Malone's voluminous layers add depth to her choppy cut. You have freedom to cut and layer as you please—a "perfect" pixie does not exist.
Kehlani's Glossy Texture
You can probably spot singer Kehlani's lustrous shine from a mile away. Rake a small dollop of hair oil through your pixie with a fine-tooth comb to achieve the same shine.
Kristen Wiig's Flipped Bangs
Play up your pixie with swooped bangs like Wiig. But take things a step further by adding a softly-flipped bang for extra flair.
Meagan Good's Curly Pixie
Good added feminity to this close cut with romantic, forward-facing curls, which is a tried-and-true way to pizazz a pixie.
Coco Rocha's Shaggy Bang
Canadian supermodel Rocha kept her sleek side part interesting with an exaggerated bang.
Gabrielle Union's Choppy, Blunt Cut
At the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party, Gabrielle Union showed off a super-short pixie with a deep side part. She kept structure by sprucing up her chop with choppy layers.
Teyana Taylor's Curled Pixie
For just one second, try not to stare at Teyana Taylor's unreal abs and look at her dope pixie. Mini barrel curls are a great way to give pixies character and flair.
Kerry Washington's Voluminous Cut
A grown-out pixie is always a good idea. To make the shape of your pixie super-flattering, longer layers and side-swept bangs are a no-brainer. It adds so much sass to this fun style.
Jourdan Dunn's Short, Choppy Layers
When it comes to pixies, layers, layers, and more layers are the way to go. Just look to supermodel Jourdan Dunn for proof.
Ruby Rose's Streaky Pixie
Who says you have to choose between a brunette or blonde pixie when you can do both? Ruby Rose shows the magic that happens when the two colors collide.
Viola Davis' Classic Cut
A timeless pixie cut, as shown by Viola Davis, will never not look amazing. A subtle change of color with soft highlights can make the style your own.
Pink's Platinum Short-Hawk
Interested in a buzzcut but don't want to go all the way? Pink, the hair chameleon that she is, showcases the beauty of shaved sides. Try a tapered cut paired with major volume in the middle.
Zendaya's Blonde, Wispy Pixie
Zendaya shows how color and cuts just go together. Her sandy blonde streaks and wispy bends showcase just how much fun you can have.
Halle Berry's Sky-High Spikes
Yes, your hair can look damn good sticking straight up—thank you, Halle Berry. If edgey looks don't intimidate you, show this look to your stylist.
Anne Hathaway's Side-Swept Bangs
Heavy, side-swept bangs will add an element of dimension to your pixie cut. Take a texture tip from Anne Hathaway and layer your bangs for a fuller look.
Ginnifer Goodwin's Glossy, Sleek Style
An inky, jet-black shade will give your cut a moody, mysterious, and effortlessly cool vibe. The contrast of Ginnifer Goodwin's dark and glossy strands coupled with bold brows to match against her olive skin tone is so gorgeous.
Katy Perry's Choppy Pixie
Long in the front, super-short in the back, and faded on the sides, Perry's pixie is a choppy, feathered dream. To define the sections, rub a dab of pomade between your fingers, then rake and twirl random pieces of hair.
LeToya Luckett's Side-Banged Pixie
Luckett's long, side-parted bangs take the usual severity out of pixie cuts and adds an element of softness to her face. Slick down the sides with a mix of styling cream and gel, and let your front bangs hang freely.
Cara Delevingne's Ribbon Band
When you're out of ideas for styling your super-short pixie, remember your childhood friend, the ribbon headband, is still nearby to help you break up your hair. Slide a thicker band over a textured cut and tie it in a bow at the base of your neck.
Zoë Kravitz's Bleached Brilliance
Zoë Kravitz's bleached blonde pixie cut is the epitome of elegance.
Miley Cyrus' Frosted Tips
One thing to note about pixie cuts: you'll look like you have frosted tips when your roots start to grow out. But Miley Cyrus proves that embracing grow out might just be the way to go.
Janelle Monáe's Hair Pins
One of our 2017 class of Fresh Faces brought her A-game to our celebration in L.A. by adorning her pixie with adorable bird pins.
Sarah Paulson's Brushed-Back Look
Trust Sarah Paulson to pull off even the edgiest of short cuts. Try sweeping your hair straight back instead of pinning it off to the sides when it grows out for this look, and add some lowlights like hers to keep things interesting up top.
Ruth Negga's Close-Cut Curls
When you have naturally curly hair, your pixie cut is bound to be blessed with even more texture—just like Ruth Negga's look.
Taís Araújo's Angled Bangs
The signature angled pixie bangs look especially adorable when they're piece-y and separated like Brazilian actress Taís Araújo's. Ask your stylist to thin out your bangs if you're dealing with thicker hair to achieve the same effect.
Jaime Pressly's Eye-Skimming Bangs
It's not every day that you see a pixie cut paired with blunt and even eye-skimming bangs, but Jaime Pressly's making the case for something more structured than the wispy, windswept styles of the past.
Angela Bassett's Spiky Texture
Angela Bassett's feathery baby hairs keep this punk-style pixie feeling fresh.
Kris Jenner's Rocker Style
Kris Jenner's not a regular mom, she's a *cool* mom, so it makes sense that she'd opt for this rocker-chic cut (that looks purposefully uneven).
Evan Rachel Wood's Retro Flip
Evan Rachel Wood looks like a modern-day flapper with this curled up and flipped back style.
Emma Watson's Baby Bird Bangs
While Watson no longer rocks this look, her pixie and baby bangs will always take up real estate in our heads—and on our inspo boards.
Sami Gayle's DIY Cut
Blue Bloods star Sami Gayle goes the longer route with eye-sweeping, uneven bangs that are a dreamy style to flag for at-home bang trimming inspiration.
Michelle Williams' Layers
Michelle Williams' oh-so-perfect cut is how you grow out your pixie right: It's swept in front of her eyes and expertly layered.
Keira Knightley's Choppy Ends
More piece-y and textured cuts help draw attention to stunning facial features. Need proof? Look to Kiera Knightley.
Rihanna's Retro Glam
Is there anything that Rihanna can't pull off? Serious question.
Nicole Richie's Flicked Back Hair
Slick paste through your bangs to style them in an edgy, architectural style.
Jennifer Lawrence's Long Fringe
Rocking a pixie cut like this one on Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect opportunity to up your accessory game.
Jennifer Hudson's Edgy Fringe
To achieve this rocker-chic cut, blow dry your bangs in front of your face to add some dimension, instead of slicking them back from your forehead.
Lily Collins' Grown-Out Bangs
When you're growing out your bangs, round-brush in the opposite direction of your natural hair progression to achieve Lily Collins' voluminous swoop.
Robin Wright's Multi-Tonal Strands
Robin Wright knows the power of a cut that doesn't require too much time to style in the morning.
Kate Mara's Assymmetry
Mara mixes it up with one side of her hair waved and the other straight and slicked back behind her ear.
Winona Ryder Close-Cut Pixie
Pour one out for Winona Ryder's style choices in the '90s. Her pixie cut was a must-have cool girl style from the era.
Chelsea Hall is the Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers celebrity style, fashion trends, skincare, makeup and anything else tied into the world of fashion and beauty
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