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Pros & Cons of a Pixie Cut


I've had my hair short since high school and I love it. Up until fifteen I had hair past my shoulders and one day I just went to the hair dresser and I got a layered bob. After that it just kept getting shorter and shorter. Over the last seven years of having short hair I've accumulated some pros & cons.  Enjoy.

PROS

Not having to brush tangles out my hair 
I remember when I had long dark hair I would HATE brushing it! Hair would get everywhere and wet hair would cling to my face *cringe*. With short hair I don't even need to run a comb through it.

 I can experiment
Short hair grows out quick, so if I want to try an undercut or a different color I don't fret because I know it will grow out or I could whack it off again.

I feel beautiful
I remember when my hair was long I tried to hide behind it. I would try to hide my cheeks and my shoulders because I felt uncomfortable in my skin (like any other high schooler). Once I cut it off there was nothing to hide behind anymore, and I grew into it. I got used to putting myself out there, and in turn has given me loads of confidence.   

 It's stylish as hell
Pixie cuts add an extra level of chic, class, and sophistication to any look. 
I love getting inspiration from women like Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, Edie Sedgwick, Agyness Deyn, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams (the list goes on).

ANYONE can pull it off
"I love your hair! I wish I could pull it off"
Sound familiar? Don't listen to your peers, your spouse, your hair dresser, the magazines, just listen to yourself! If you want a short hair, long hair, or no hair, don't let somebody tell you what they think would look good because that is up to YOU. Grow it out or chop it off! If you're happy that's all that matters.

CONS

The remarks
"Why don't you grow out your hair?" "Your hair was so pretty when it was long."
"I miss your long hair." "Why did you cut off your hair?!" "Did you get your haircut AGAIN?"
No, stop it, shut up. 
I get these comments from mostly just women. I am usually polite and brush it off, but if I am feeling particularly cheeky I like to ask them "would you ask a man the same question?". Oops.

Bad hair days
If your hair doesn't want to style, it won't. No amount of pomade, hairspray, or fussing will fix a bad hair day (thankfully you can just rinse it & try again!). My tactic for avoiding bad hair days before they happen is getting a good haircut. Find a stylist that "gets" short hair and let them know about your hair quirks (cowlicks, curls, etc) and how you plan to style it.

Growing it out
Out of the dozens of posts about "Pros & Cons of a Pixie Cut", this con always makes it on the list.
Unfortunately it's true (in my case). I've grown my hair out twice to a chin length bob and dammit it was hard! The urge to chop is a strong one, so to avoid this pitfall make sure you don't watch ANY Audrey Hepburn movies and don't even PEEK at a pixie cut Pinterest board!
I am exaggerating a bit, but if you're adamant about growing it out I'm going to let you know the first 6 months are the hardest. 

& That's all! No ponytail envy here folks.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments

Thanks for reading!

18 comments

  1. I love your hair! What salon do you use in Portland?

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    1. Sarah at Bishops Hawthorne is great, Beth at Salon Joie De Vivre is also great!

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  2. Hi Sarah. Your skin looks flawless. What skin products do you use?

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    1. I plan on making a separate blogpost on that topic!:)

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  3. Haha i was looking through your IG when i decided to chop off my hair. Best decision ever!

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  4. My hair keeps getting shorter and shorter. I love it. I live in South Texas. It's super-hot and very windy here. I don't have to think about my hair getting blown around and it's much cooler than having it stick to my sweaty neck. Yuck!! It's now about 1/4" on the sides and back and around 3/4" on top. Styling takes less than 2 minutes. Other than my husband not liking it I see no downsides and he can just keep his opinion to himself. :)

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  5. So true about finding the right stylist. I've had the same one for years, but now that I have a pixie, I find the stylist isn't good at cleaning up my hairline or cutting around my ears. I'm going to my husband's stylist tomorrow since she does such a awesome job at his fade.

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  6. I am with you...I've had short hair since I was 5! Every time I have grown it out I feel dumpy; that grow out period is horrible! After I get it cut I get so many compliments on how I look! It feels authentic to me, and I think short hair is sexy as hell! I love your hair and your photos are often inspiration pics that I bring to my stylist. Beautiful!

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    1. Maybe I could use more exclamation marks next time ;)

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  7. Totally relate to all of this!

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  8. Thanks for this awesome blogpost!
    I've had short hair for almost 2 years now and I love your blog and instagram page! You are truely inspiring and everytime I feel insecure about myself because of a rude comment about my haircut I look at you posts and instantly feel better about myself!

    You are doing a great job and I am totally with you when you are saying that it changes your attituted and confidence about yourself!

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  9. My hair was past my shoulders, and I chopped it off into a pixie yesterday. Most people have given me great compliments, but a few tried to talk me out of it. It's my hair, and I'll do what I want. My cousin commented today that I look like Audrey Hepburn. Made me feel glamorous AF!

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  10. I love short hair also. I have had basically the same pixie cut since the end of my first marriage in 1997 (chopped it off as a f**k-you to my hair-obsessed husband). I have been cutting it myself for all these years. Yes, I am a habitual hair hacker. For the most part, it looks pretty good, but with a haircut that is so short, you really do need someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to cutting. A bad haircut on short hair is impossible to hide, unlike a cut with longer hair. Also, with a pixie cut, you really cannot just climb out of bed, pull it up or back with a fastener, and go. I get really sick of having to wash or wet it every morning and then go through the whole drying and styling routine. Wash and go hair does not really apply to a pixie, unless you have really great hair with lots of body and perhaps some wave/curl. Also with pixies, as you age (like me @61 y.o.), sometimes you want to just hide behind your hair. I think that is why so many women keep their hair long as they age. Things like sags and jowls and wrinkles, etc., are impossible to hide when you have a pixie. But all in all, I love pixies.

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  11. I'm cutting all my hair off in the next couple weeks! Thank you for easing some of my nervousness about doing it!!

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  12. I just started following you on Instagram, after finding you on Pinterest. I too have short hair, not quite as short as yours, but close, and I love it!! My hair dresser loves to cut it, and I will never grow it out. You are truly an inspiration for the pixie.

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  13. Hej Saro ! Masz przepiękny kolor...jakiej farby używasz i czy dostane ją w Polsce ? Pozdrawiam serdecznie :)

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  14. I've wanted a pixie cut for years and years, but never had the guts to try it. Over the past 6 months, my hair has been getting shorter and shorter and now my chin length bob is getting chopped in two days. This list is super helpful; I just need to keep reading the pros so I don't chicken out. :)

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