First it was Anne Hathaway, then Miley Cyrus. But when the Queen of Cool, Beyonce, chopped her locks we knew it was time to pay attention. Now, Allure is calling these short-hair styles the hottest of the season, and countless models, celebs and it-girls are clamoring to replicate the style. But is it really so easy? Seeking answers, we turned to renowned stylist and creator of Rahua haircare, Fabian Lliguin.
1. Why do you think the pixie is so hot right now?
Long hair has been in fashion for a few years now, and while the look is beautiful, it requires a high level of commitment to look its best all of the time. Besides – let’s be real – women get tired of the same look after a while. During the summer months a few celebrities took the plunge, and if you’ve ever gone short, you know the feeling of freedom that it provides. It’s a confident cut that gets people talking, so it is fashion in the purest sense. It’s also an extremely easy cut. Just wash and wear really. Add some styling cream or wax for an edgier version of the pixie and voila! Just act soon before every woman in town has one!
2) Is it easier for certain face shapes to pull off, or is this a fairly universal style?A pixie style is easy to achieve for almost everyone, but the cut has to work with the type of hair, curly girls, for example, will have a hard time. The cut should also complement your features and bone structure. The most important factor is the stylist – they must be very well trained, or the results can vary drastically.
3) Can you give us a way to dress it up a bit for night?
A deconstructed pixie is great, more modern take on the traditional look, perfect for a night out on the town. Using Rahua wax, apply to the edge of your hair around the face to create definition, direction, and texture. Mess it about a bit. If you have fine hair, then backcomb (tease) the crown area for volume. For a more formal style, add some spark effect with a small hairpin or jewelry.
4) How do you care for this type of cut?This cut does require some maintenance. Be sure to cut it often, every 3 – 4 weeks, to avoid it becoming unruly. As long as you’re on top of your appointments, the cut really is a great wash-and-wear style. If you have fine hair skip heavier products reaching instead for a light conditioner.
5) Are there any products that are "musts?"
Depending on your hair type, you may want to try a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. A good hair wax is essential to add dimension and interest to the cut.