40 Cool, Low-Maintenance Pixie Cuts You Can Definitely Pull Off

zoe kravitz with pixie cut

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A "pixie" cut refers to a style that is short on the sides and back and slightly longer on top—usually with short, wispy bangs styled to the side. Pixie cuts are surprisingly versatile and, unsurprisingly, fairly low-maintenance. They also encompass several different looks, and have come a long way since the classic, Twiggy-style pixie of the 1960s. "The pixie has evolved over the last few years," says Arizona-based hair stylist Erin Powers. Modern pixie cuts look lovely when styled and slicked back, but celebrities have proven you can also wear the trend messy and undone.

Anyone can wear a pixie cut, especially if you're looking for a timeless style that requires minimal effort for maximum chicness. There are, however, some lengths that look better on certain face shapes. "A great pixie haircut is based on not just face shape but also the shape of the client's head," says Karie Bennett, founder and master artist at Atelier Salon in California. "Since a short haircut is basically influenced by bone structure, it’s important to consider that before you decide on length and shape."

Meet the Expert

• Erin Powers is a hairdresser with more than 16 years' experience, based in Tucson, Arizona.

• Karie Bennett is the founder of Atelier Salon in San Jose, California, and has more than 30 years of experience in the hair and salon industry.

Ahead, we share 40 celebrity pixie cuts to inspire your next haircut, along with styling tips from Powers and Bennett.

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Curly

Ruth Negga - Pixie Haircut

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If you have naturally curly hair, a pixie cut à la Ruth Negga will be perfect for you. Just make sure you're equipped with a good curl cream to keep those ringlets on lock.

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Micro-Bangs

Halsey - Pixie Haircut

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A piecey, platinum pixie isn't for the faint of heart, but the results are major. "I think the key point to identifying a pixie is that it should open the person up," says Powers. "It’s very lightweight, like Halsey’s platinum blonde pixie." Take notes from Halsey and add face-framing micro-bangs for extra impact—and make sure you have a good molding gel and hair straightener to work with. 

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Close Crop

Cynthia Erivo - Pixie Haircut

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If you prefer relatively low-maintenance hairstyles, a close crop like Cynthia Erivo's is probably your best bet, especially if you have a thick, natural texture. (Bonus points if you go white-blonde too.) See more celeb-approved inspo here.

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Slicked-Back

Shailene Woodley - Pixie Haircut

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Remember Shailene Woodley’s pixie cut phase? (Same, we miss it.) She’s back to sporting a longer style, but back in the day, she was the queen of “sleek and slicked back.” Take a page from her book and style it with ease with an epic styling gel and your favorite hair straightener

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Platinum

Anne Hathaway - Pixie Haircut

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Is it just us, or is Anne Hathaway's platinum-pixie moment highly underrated? Anne's 'do proves that even if you're a natural brunette (Mia Thermopolis, anyone?), you can get your dream look with the right tips, products, and colorist.

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Retro

Ruby Rose - Pixie Haircut

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Try something relaxed and retro-feeling if your hair texture allows it. A cut that’s cropped on the sides and longer on the top will give you plenty of opportunity for style experimenting—and wispy bangs in front will give people all the cool greaser vibes (in a good way). Leather jacket sold separately. 

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Accessorized

Cara Delevingne - Pixie Haircut

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Cara Delevingne has always had an affinity for pixie cuts, but her white-blonde variation has to be one of our favorites. With a contrasting black ribbon and spiked pieces on the top, this look makes a major statement (both on and off the red carpet—we'd wear this style to the office).

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Pastel

SuRie - Pixie Haircut

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A pixie cut could be the perfect opportunity for you to experiment with a new, bold hair color you might be nervous to try otherwise—like singer-songwriter SuRie's pastel-hued 'do. If you don’t like it, you know it’ll grow back soon and you can pay your hairstylist another visit—and if you do like it, you’ll join the ranks of some of our favorite hair dye-partial celebrities.

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Side Bangs

Bella Hadid - Pixie Haircut

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Bella may have only sported this look for a "camp" theme, but we think the haircut is anything but. With face-framing pieces and sleek side bangs, we vote Bella brings this back year-round (or at least for the next Met Gala. Please?)

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Fringed Bangs

Andy Allo - Pixie Haircut

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A closely cropped cut like this pairs perfectly with micro-fringe bangs, an equally bold trend worth experimenting with. Pair it with a deep side part and extra-short, trimmed sides, like Andy Allo.

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Buzzed

Adwoa Aboah - Pixie Haircut

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This might technically not be a “pixie cut” under the standard definition, but we love the idea of buzzcuts catching on in the beauty world. Think of a buzzcut as just a bold, riskier step up from a pixie—but obviously, consider how much you’ll miss styling your locks (if you won’t at all, shave away!) and how a buzzcut will complement your face shape before you pull the trigger. 

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Long Bangs and Volume

Jennifer Lawrence - Pixie Haircut

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No one proves how glam a pixie haircut can really be quite like Jennifer Lawrence, who sported the 'do during her Oscars campaign along with gorgeous Dior gowns on the red carpet. The key is to get long, wispy side bangs and longer pieces on top that you can style and tease to give the illusion of volume (all while keeping it closely cropped in the back).

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Side Part

Maria Borges - Pixie Haircut

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We love the subtle side-part in Maria Borges's closely cropped 'do. See shorter hair as an opportunity to up your makeup game too: This pink-lip and cat-eye combination is killer.

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Volume Up Top

Rihanna - Pixie Haircut

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The queen has spoken. Once Rihanna does something, the world takes note—and her pixie phase launched a million copycats. No one does it like RiRi though, and she kept enough length at the top to successfully style it a whole bunch of different ways. (If you're reading this, RiRi—bring back the pixie!)

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Classic

Zoe Kravitz - Pixie Haircut

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Obviously, one of our favorite beauty inspirations needs no introduction, but her iconic haircut might. "A classic pixie is very short and cropped," notes Powers. A closely cropped pixie cut like this requires relatively frequent trims, but when the end result is as sleek, chic, and face-framing as Zoe’s ‘do, it’s definitely worth it. 

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Long in Front

Rinko Kikuchi - Pixie Haircut

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Take notes from Rinko Kikuchi: You can easily add next-level volume to your pixie cut with long pieces in the front. All you need is a good teasing regimen—our favorite tips, right this way.

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Slicked and Parted

Emma Watson - Pixie Haircut

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Emma Watson gave us major Mia Farrow vibes back when she had a pixie cut. We love the way you can easily style a pixie by simply parting it on the side and slicking it back—you'll look like a movie star, and it'll only take you a few minutes to pull off.

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Length and Layers

Hikari Mori - Pixie Haircut

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"Pixie cut" isn't synonymous with "nearly bald." In fact, "as all styles do, the pixie has a lot of personalities now. It can be a little longer, grown-out looking, have a longer fringe, be a little shaggy," says Powers. Hikari Mori demonstrates that you can have plenty of length and layers to work with, even if you make the chop—her low-maintenance style is perfect for people who just want to straighten out some kinks and run out the door.

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Grayish-Purple

Ginnifer Goodwin - Pixie Haircut

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Like we said, getting a pixie cut is the perfect time to experiment with a hair color you've been too previously nervous to pull the trigger on. Take a page from Ginnifer Goodwin's book and go for a pretty pastel that skews almost gray (the perfect complement to your favorite colorful eyeliner).

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Face-Framing Bangs

Kate Hudson - Pixie Haircut

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Kate Hudson's pixie cut is pretty much perfect. The bangs frame and flatter her facial feature to a tee—and with a piecey cut like this, you can keep it relatively low-maintenance (except for the occasional trim), depending on your hair texture.

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Modern Bowl-Cut

Zendaya - Pixie Haircut

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This might be a wig, but the pixie inspiration remains. We love the way Zendaya's blunt bangs veer into "bowl-cut" territory—while still remaining as chic and sleek as ever (this is Zendaya, after all). A similar cool, blonde hue is optional, but highly recommended.

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Sideburn Strands

Lily Collins - Pixie Haircut

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For the ultimate girl-next-door haircut, look no further than Lily Collins (who's taken on much darker roles than this sweet style might suggest). To get the look, ask for short side bangs and long sideburn strands you can style however you want.

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Chestnut Hue With Matching Brows

Michelle Williams - Pixie Haircut

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Michelle Williams has sported a pixie cut in nearly every hair color imaginable, but this warm chestnut hue has to be one of our favorites. Remember that your eyebrows may become more of a focus if you chop your hair off—and if you're dyeing your pixie, it's a good idea to match your brows within a shade range or two to your new hair.

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Waved

Janelle Monae - Pixie Haircutt

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Getting a pixie cut with bangs of varying lengths is the perfect way to leave room for experimenting. Take Janelle Monae's pixie cut: It's made instantly more red carpet-appropriate with the simple addition of a styled curl in the front.

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Razored Bangs

Angela Bassett - Pixie Haircut

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You might already know this, but here's another public service announcement: Spiked hair isn't just for boy banders. Get Angela Bassett's favorite look with some good styling mousse—and keep the length long and razored, for more texture, so you can switch it up by day (or whenever you're not in a spikey mood).

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Glam

Jada Pinkett Smith - Pixie Haircut

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"One thing about a pixie is it transcends age groups," says Bennett. While many young celebrities are wearing the look, it looks just as chic on the older set. Here, Jada Pinket Smith proves how a pixie cut is really done. She's been rocking hers for years—take a page from her book and style a pixie cut slicked back with a deep side part. (And similarly glam, twisted sideburns are easier than they look to achieve when you have a good styling gel.)

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Bobbed Pixie

Katie Holmes - Pixie Haircut

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If there was a happy medium between a "bob" and a "pixie," this would be it. (But for the intents and purposes of this article, we'll let it fall under the latter.) To get the look, ask your stylist to keep some longer pieces in front so you can style them and wear behind your ears as you please. A Katie Holmes-approved side part is the perfect finishing touch to this sleek 'do. For shine like Katie, try Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine ($31).

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Blonde With Roots

Elsa Pataky - Pixie Haircutt

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If you already have blonde highlights and natural roots or undertones, a side-swept pixie cut could be the perfect way to show off some dimension. Or, if you'd like to dip into both new blonde highlights and a new pixie haircut at the same time—Elsa Pataky's iconic, dirty-blonde 'do might be the perfect place to start.

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Two-Tone

Katy Perry - Pixie Haircut

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Looking for an edge? Keep your sides short with your natural (in Katy Perry's case, darker) hair color—and go full-on with bleach-blonde highlights on the top for a cool, unexpected (and Katy Perry-approved) contrast.

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Piecey Texture

Audrey Tatou - Pixie Haircut

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French actress Audrey Tatou has been known for her iconic, cropped cut for most of her career—and we can see why she's stuck with it for so long. If you have thick, coarse hair, a piecey pixie could work perfectly for your texture and face shape. For this look, "you’ll need a good texturizer with medium hold, most likely," says Powers, who adds that her personal favorite is R & Co. Sand Castle Dry Texture Créme ($29).

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Short and Layered

Halle Berry - Pixie Haircut

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No pixie haircut roundup would be complete without the 'do that launched dozens of box-office blockbusters. A good styling gel for your layered pieces will have you feeling like Catwoman yourself.

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Long on Top, Cropped on the Sides

Charlize Theron - Pixie Haircut

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"Long on the top and short on the sides" is a good rule of thumb. Charlize Theron's blonde 'do leaves enough long pieces on the top to style for events—while keeping it as closely cropped and low-maintenance on the sides. Best of both worlds.

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Shaggy

Yasmin Sewell - Pixie Haircut

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If you have a naturally wavy hair texture, Yasmin Sewell's shag is the perfect, low-maintenance style (especially for those who love hopping out of the shower and running out the door). Just make sure you have a good texturizing spray in your back pocket. 

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Modern Mullett

Coco Rocha - Pixie Haircut

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No, you don't have to be a supermodel to pull this off. Coco Rocha's cut is something we'll call "mullet-chic"—business in the front, but a (refined, grown-up) party in the back.

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Wispy Bangs

Sienna Miller - Pixie Haircut

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As far as we're concerned, no one did model-off-duty beauty better than Sienna Miller during her pixie-cut days. Match a warm skin tone with shaggy blonde hair for an instantly chic, effortless (in appearances, anyway) style you can achieve with nothing but a hair straightener.

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Sleek and Styled

Robin Wright - Pixie Haircut

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If you have naturally fine, easy-to-style hair, Robin Wright's effortless pixie is perfect for you. With the right layers and face-framing bangs, ladies with thin hair will have something to celebrate: a low-maintenance style you can simply shake and walk out the door with.

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Mesy Texture

Natalie Portman - Pixie Haircut

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Maybe it's bedhead, maybe it's movie-star magic. In any case, Natalie Portman's messy-yet-styled pixie cut is like if no-makeup makeup was a hairstyle. Two words: effortlessly chic. To style the look, Bennett advises "rough-drying the hair completely, and then using either a light pomade or a styling cream. Something that picks up the texture, but rides on the outside of the haircut, so you maintain the volume at the root." Try OUAI Matte Pomade ($24) for a similar result.

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Straight Across Fringe

Alina Sueggeler - Pixie Haircut

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Face-framing, straight-across fringe will make a statement—and give you ample extra hair to work with to change up your style. And when you have a short cut, you won’t stress about the commitment of “straight-across bangs” as much (since, you know, they’ll even out faster than if you had longer tresses). 

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Dramatic Side Bangs

Julianne Hough - Pixie Haircut

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For extra-dramatic side bangs like Julianne Hough's, ask for extra-long pieces in the front of your pixie cut and a deep side part. You can experiment and style it a million different ways.

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Wispy

Saskia de Brauw - Pixie Haircut

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If you have naturally thick hair that’s relatively easy to work with, you’ll love something low-maintenance, like Saskia de Brauw's shaggy 'do. You can roll out of bed and achieve a wispy, piecey pixie with a simple texturizing spray

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