So if you’re thinking about getting a pixie ,ask yourself these questions before you take the plunge:
1. What kind of pixie cut are you into?
Before you schedule an appointment, gather your inspiration. Make sure you have photographs to show your stylist so that you’re both on the same page.
2. Would that cut compliment your face shape?
Even if you love Emma Watson’s 2010 pixie cut, you may have a totally different face shape than she does. Oval, round and heart face shapes can usually pull off a pixie, says Donna Tripodi, master stylist at Eva Scrivo Salons in NYC. “That said, most shapes can handle short hair,” she adds. “You just have to find the right balance.”
3. How long have you known your stylist?
Your face shape, bone structure, hair texture and lifestyle all need to be taken into account by your stylist, so it’s ideal to go with someone who knows you well. If you’re on vacation or otherwise away from your normal stylist, read lots of reviews.
4. Are you ready for the upkeep?
If you love being able to go several months between cuts, this may not be the best lifestyle move for you. “The pixie cut requires very frequent trims; I recommend every four to six weeks,” says Lee. The downside: This can get pricey. The upside: At least you won’t be spending as much money on blowouts?
5. …as well as the time it will take to grow it out?
Not to be a downer, but one of the most frustrating things about a pixie cut is having to grow it out if you get sick of it (or, worse, if you hate it right away). Some folks think all they’ll need to do is let it grow, but unless you want a mullet (seriously) or split ends, you’ll need to go in for regular trims.
6. Should you try bangs first?
If all these nosy questions are leaving you a little unsure, try a short fringe first, which is kind of a gateway step to the overall look. After a couple weeks, you’ll know for sure if you’re ready to go for it.