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How to: Style (and Grow Out) a Pixie Haircut

Mon, 8 July 2013 11:57AM

After much decision making, I’m getting a pixie cut (yay!). I’m looking for a longer pixie but I’m nervous about styling it and also growing it out. Do you have any tips? Thanks, Laura-Mary.

Hi Laura-Mary,

Well done, you! We adore a good pixie crop here at PRIMPED, and there’s no time like the present to try this on-trend style.

Check out some of our favourite celebrity variations of late …


Ginnifer Goodwin


Michelle Williams

However, you’re right. Depending on your current hairstyle, a pixie cut can be a big change, and there will also be an adjustment period while you get used to your new ‘do, particularly as you find your way when it comes to styling it yourself. Never fear – I turned to celebrity and editorial hairstylist Anthony Nadar from RAW Anthony Nadar, who spends his time back and forth working between New York and his Sydney-based salon, for his top tips.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Cut: Trust your stylist’s opinion when it comes to cutting your pixie, as they will know what will suit your hair type and face shape. “The most important factor I look at when I’m giving a client this type of cut is to feel the texture of the hair and also the head shape, as strange as that might sound,” says Anthony. “In regards to the density and thickness of the hair, you want your stylist to give the hair fullness by adding texture. Be aware of hair that is on the finer side because the secret here is ‘less is more,’ otherwise the hair will look so fine that it will look (and feel) like baby hair.”

Styling: A pixie crop gives you more freedom, and allows you to play with a wide variety of styling products depending on what look you want to achieve. “You can give your hairdryer a break for the time being if you desire and just add in the product of your choice instead, as it will dry throughout the day and you can run your fingers through it for extra oomph,” says Anthony.

“If you want a little more dimension and definition, ask your colourist for a shoe shine – don’t worry, no need to take your old shoes to the salon! It’s actually a technique that touches the ends of the hair on top, or all over, which gives you a hint of colour and more styling options, too.”

Tool Kit: Like any new ‘do, a pixie crop requires certain products and tools to get the style just right. Here’s what Anthony suggests to include in your kit:


  • Hairdryer: “Get your hands on a hairdryer that is has Tourmal Ionic in-built in the motor,” says Anthony. “It’s a feature that comes into play when drying your hair, as the cuticle doesn’t over-dry and resists brittleness and cracking, helping the hair to maintain shine and softness.” Try the Anthony Nader WAHL Megastar 7000 hairdryer, $99.95, from Sydney Salon Supplies.
  • Mini Flat-Iron: “These are ideal for curly, or unruly hair that doesn’t do what it’s told.” They are small enough to grab smaller, finer sections of hair.
  • Sea Salt Spray: “I absolutely love this product, as it instantly dirties up the hair and gives more texture for the long day ahead,” says Anthony.
  • Clay Paste: “This is perfect for all types, especially for finer hair as a tiny pea-sized drop will give your flat locks a fuller look, and it’s also perfect for creating a textured, choppy finish.”

Grow it Out: As Anthony put it so succinctly, this is the million-dollar question. “You still want to look fabulous while your hair is in the growing out stage. Think Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams. I would recommend getting those top layers down as fast as you can by not taking to the shears so often, and asking your stylist to create a blunt bold base line at the base of your neckline,” instructs Anthony. “Doing this will keep the hair shape looking neat and it will also, as strange as it sounds, give the illusion of the hair looking longer and thicker as the top layers are reaching the neckline.”

“It is still super-cute to keep some shorter layers framing the face and even cuter to start tucking the soon-to-be longer side-triggers behind your ears.”

Style a Growing-Out Crop: This can be a little tricky, but Anthony explains that you have more than a few options so you can be the envy of your girlfriends. Where do we sign?

  • A clean, modern centre part never fails, and on any occasion you can slick hair down and tie into a low ponytail at the neck area.
  • If you’re feeling like you want to add a little sexy to your day or night ‘do, create a deep side part, which will then slither over one eye and also give your hair extra body.
  • If you have any annoying strands around your face that you just want to disappear, go for a boho-inspired braid from ear-to-ear. You will now have a casual and chic red-carpet look.
  • Top knots are also quick and fun and will add on a few more centimetres in height that you’re longing for.
  • Try a headband or silk-patterned scarf. They are really fun to play around with and also can add a touch of sophistication to your overall style.

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  • Posted by: connor 777 Master Fan // Mon, 8 July 2013 12:32pm

    great tips Hayley I think michelle Williams looks cute

  • Posted by: Claire88 Master Fan // Mon, 8 July 2013 05:56pm

    I think Ginnifer’s pixie cut looks really cute and suits her well. I am not adventurous enough to have such short hair, good luck Hayley if you decide to have the big chop!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 8 July 2013 10:27pm

    Growing out a hair cut can be helped with styling products and accessories.
    I doubt I will go for a pixie cut, a layered shorter style perhaps.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 9 July 2013 08:59am

    Ive considered getting a pixie cut myself but i honestly think i couldnt pull it off. What a shock it must be to the system to go from long hair to super short :)
    These are all fantastic tips Hayley, short hair sounds like alot of fun to style. It may be short but there are so many possibilites.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Tue, 9 July 2013 01:03pm

    Michelle Williams is adorable!

  • Posted by: jessica88 Newbie // Tue, 9 July 2013 11:33pm

    Headbands and pretty thin scarves on a pixie cut look awesome. Michelle Williams looks adorable.

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Thu, 11 July 2013 10:32am

    I had to grow out a pixie cut a few years back, it felt like it took forever. Michelle is rockin’ her hair style :)

  • Posted by: inaj Devotee // Thu, 11 July 2013 09:57pm

    Ginnifer and Michelle looks great! I am too scared to chop my hair that short..

  • Posted by: lindasayz Enthusiast // Thu, 11 July 2013 10:28pm

    I think this look is great for those who do love short hair.. I have never had short hair. I just dont like it and it doesnt suit me. But these ladies wear it well

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Fri, 12 July 2013 10:25am

    the though of having to grow out a pixie cut just boggles my mind – what a drainer!!

  • Posted by: alanakateh Master Fan // Mon, 15 July 2013 02:06pm

    I am loving both the hair and make-up on those two lovely ladies! Wish I could copy Michelle’s do, but I just don’t have the time to style it every morning :(

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Mon, 15 July 2013 03:39pm

    I love the pixie cut on ginnifer, Michelle as well as Emma Watson, but I’m far too scared to give it a go, I love my long hair too much :)

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Tue, 16 July 2013 10:10am

    The pixie cut seems as though it would look great as it grows out too. But I would never have the confidence to sport such a rocking ‘do

  • Posted by: MsSparkles Master Fan // Wed, 17 July 2013 08:37am

    I would never be brave enough!! These girls look great though!

  • Posted by: mioche Enthusiast // Thu, 18 July 2013 04:19pm

    I have had every hair cut, colour, style imaginable and I always go back to short. Recently cut my very long (middle of my back) hair off into a little shoulder length bob and am considering cutting it short at the back but longer at the front this Saturday! I love the feeling of short hair. What do you think girls, should I go the chop?

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 24 July 2013 03:53pm

    For growing out I can highly recommend a bandana!

  • Posted by: Daria Master Fan // Wed, 24 July 2013 04:12pm

    Both of these girls are suited to the pixie cut. They look gorgeous!

  • Posted by: TLOVELAI Enthusiast // Mon, 5 August 2013 12:25pm

    should be one of those things on your “things to do before you die” list…. chop off all your hair! if you arnt brave enough to go straight to a pixie..cut it in stages as i did..every few weeks i went shorter and shorter… eventuating at pixie! loved it!

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Tue, 6 August 2013 08:56pm

    its a great look but i just don’t have the jawline to carry off something like that

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 11 August 2013 06:27pm

    great tips, ginnifer looks so cute

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Sun, 22 September 2013 09:06pm

    I keep wanting a cute pixie or bob but I love my hair!

  • Posted by: Miss Makeup Master Fan // Thu, 24 October 2013 02:20pm

    Great tips! I have decided to chop all of my hair off and go for a pixie cut, I am super nervous!

  • Posted by: missselin Master Fan // Tue, 10 December 2013 10:09am

    I love Michelle Williams. Pixie-cuts are cute!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 16 May 2015 07:57pm

    Hair accessories can help when growing out hair.

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