Deciding to get a pixie cut is a big decision. Celebrities like Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Lawrence—just to name a few–are all famous for chopping off their precious locks. There seems to be a certain sense of power and freedom that comes from making such a bold style move.
I’ve had varying hair lengths throughout my life, but last spring I decided to go shorter than I ever had before. That’s right ladies, I’m talking about the alluring yet frightening choice to get a pixie cut. Before my pixie cut (shown below on the left), I had kept my hair somewhere between shoulder and chin length for several years—I’d never cut it above my ears.
Ultimately, I decided that the pixie cut wasn’t my best look and have since started to grow my hair out (current photo above on right). But, I don’t regret my decision at all. In fact, it’s my personal opinion that every woman should be bold and try the pixie cut at least once. To help you decide if now is the right time, here are five questions to ask yourself before you get a pixie cut.
How drastic of a change am I ready to make?
This is the key question to ask yourself before yielding to your stylist’s scissors. A pixie cut will be unlike any other cut you’ve gotten in the past, especially if you’ve been a long-haired girl for years. If there are already a lot of changes happening in your life, it might be best to hold off until things have settled down.
Why do I want a pixie cut?
For me, it was all about the need for a change and being ready to try something completely out of my comfort zone. I’d wanted to take the plunge for a couple years but didn’t have the guts to do it until last spring. I started talking with my stylist about how my hair would look in pixie cut a few haircuts prior to actually doing it. That helped us both determine when I was ready.
What new products and tools will I need to invest in?
This is an important topic to discuss with your stylist. He or she knows your hair best and will help you pick out the right products and tools. For example, if you currently have shoulder length or longer hair and routinely use a 1-inch curling iron to achieve effortless beach waves, chances are that curling iron won’t do your pixie cut much good. With my cut, adding a pomade was the most important investment for me.
Am I prepared to go through the awkward grow out phase?
Most women I know, including myself, look to celebrities for their hair inspiration. What we often fail to remember is that celebrities have endless funds and staff to help them achieve amazing hair results. They can transition from a pixie cut to a long, thick ponytail in no time thanks to expensive hair extensions. for us ladies in the real world, growing your hair out takes time and the in-between stages can be frustrating (headbands and bobby pins are your best friend).
If I hate my new cut, how will I cope with it?
This is another very important question to ask yourself before you make that hair appointment. If you’ve never made a drastic hair change, I wouldn’t recommend cutting it all off at once. Make the transition over a period of a few months so it’s not such a shock to your system. But if this isn’t your first rodeo and you find changing your look empowering, go for it and don’t look back.
If you can answer all of these questions and your resolve is still firm, you’re ready to join the pixie ranks. Now go make that hair appointment with your stylist ASAP!
Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant. If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.
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