So, you’ve decided to get the snip! - no, not that one. You’re either crazy bored with your hair, like I was, or you’re going through a moment of temporary insanity – also me. Either way, you’ve decided you need a drastic change. Well, it’s safe to say I'm more than qualified to talk on this topic. I’ve been through the whole process of getting a pixie cut, living with it and going through the soul crushing experience that is growing it out. So, I’m here to tell you what to expect; the highs, the lows, the downright awful! Think of me as your pixie cut guardian angel.
High #1) You look noticeably older.
Now, dependent on the look you’re going for, this could potentially be a bad thing. However, for all my fellow baby faced gals out there, this is a huge milestone! Pixie cuts are supposed to frame your face and enhance your cheekbones or… something. Who cares?! You look at least a month older which is a big achievement. Go you!
Low #1) You literally have one hairstyle.
The thing with getting your hair cut so short is that you can’t really do much with it. So aside from straightening it and adding your own lil' spikes of some sort with styling, there's really only one other look to 'rock'. This look is something I like to call ‘duck fluff’. This is the hairstyle you will wake up with in the morning. For those that don’t know, ‘duck fluff’ is when your hair looks like it's literally trying to escape your face. It points up and out in every direction possible – fluffily, too.
High #2) Your sexuality will be up for speculation.
Personally, I found enjoyment in keeping people guessing! Someone will ask you if you’re lesbian or bisexual, at least once. I even had a girl come on to me at a party during my pixie cut-having-days, which has never happened before or since. Whether it was just coincidence or my hairdo, it’s flattering nonetheless! Embrace the mysteriousness.
Low #2) ‘Why?’ ‘I preferred your hair longer’
After making such a drastic hair decision, it’s inevitable for people to be confused. The most common ‘Why?’ is so infuriatingly simple yet who really has an answer for it? Within the first week of getting my hair cut, I was literally asked if the guy I was seeing at the time minded my new do'... How do you politely respond to that? People will give their opinion in a way that sounds like a compliment but it’s easy to detect the passive aggressive undertone. Rise above it!
High #3) Washing, drying and styling is SO much quicker!
If you’re anything like me, AKA lazy AF, doing anything to your hair is a literal chore. Possibly the best perk of having a pixie cut is that the time it takes to wash, dry and style is basically nonexistent. Once your hair’s out of the way, you get way more time to
do your makeup stay in bed. Priorities, peeps!
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Low #3) At times, you'll feel like a little boy.
On the one hand, you look older, sassy and more sophisticated. On the other hand, you look like you’ve just lost sight of your mum in the supermarket. In my case, pairing a pixie cut with a faithful membership to the itty-bitty-titty-committee makes for a very convincing pre-pubescent boy. Yay! If you want to avoid this, I’d advise maxing out on makeup. I, without a doubt, wore way more makeup with a pixie cut than I normally would. FYI, cat-eyes work an absolute dream with this haircut.
High #4) You’re pretty unique!
When I had my pixie cut, I didn’t personally know anyone else that had one. There are so many photos where all the other girls around me have long, luscious locks and I’m literally the odd one out – in the best way! I’ve never much liked blending in with the crowd and I love the idea of expression through appearance. If you’re more of an introvert or a little on the shy side, the pixie cut may be a little out of your comfort zone – which is exactly why you should go for it! Just prepare for comments, compliments, questions and the odd ‘can I touch it?’ followed by a lil’ pat. People are weird, idk. Hey – it makes for a great conversation starter!
Low #4) Growing it out
This is undoubtedly the worst part of the whole pixie cut experience. If you’re trying to get back to the #longhairdontcare way of life, or you’ve just left it a little too long between trims; prepare yourself. The sideburns and the mullet are real when growing out a pixie cut. At some point, you'll feel so intensely ugly that you'll want to get your hair pixi-fied again – stay strong! I promise it’ll get better. My advice to you is to make sure you stock up on bobby pins and all kinds of hair claws and clips. You’ll experiment with your hair more at this point than you probably ever will in your life.
Good hair day? Lol. You won’t have one of those for months.
Alas, at least there’s one thing we can all unanimously agree on, no matter the hairstyle: the salon mirrors make us all feel the ugliest we’ve ever felt. *shivers*