So What Is a Pixie Cut?
A pixie cut is a short hairstyle where hair is cropped into layers, usually to create a tousled effect.
The pixie cut hit the scene in the 1930’s but became popular in the 1950’s when the actress Audrey Hepburn wore the style in her debut film Roman Holiday. The hairstyle is shorter on the sides and back of the head, while more substantial and longer on top.
There are considerably different ways to wear this hairstyle to make it your own!
What Pixie Cut Works Best for Your Face Shape?
Oval shaped faces are the ideal shape. They can pretty much wear any haircut and style with no issues. Get creative with your pixie wig, experiment with messy textures, and your fringe options!
To offset the roundness of your face, use angles. Try a pixie haircut utilizing an angled side-swept bang. Also, wearing a straight pixie cut will keep your face from looking round.
To be sure we don’t emphasize the length of your face, part your pixie haircut to the side for balance. Wavy hair can also give more width and balance.
The shag is back! The piecey texture will help balance out your jawline and add great definition.
Bangs will make your pixie wig stand out. Framing your eye with a swooping bang is the way to go. Going short in the back and sides is ideal.
Lots of volume at the top of your cut is ideal. Side cropping will fatter you also.
Let’s refurbish that wig!
Most times, once the wig gets old, we tend to trash is. But, I am here to show you a way to refurbish your wig and get longer wear out of your hair extensions! Let’s start off by being sure you have all the items needed to cut your wig into a short pixie style.
Items You’ll Need
You will need this to be sure your head is steady; haircutting requires many angles and positions!
- Styrofoam head/blockhead
You will need this to act like your head (you cannot cut your wig while it is on your head). Be sure the head is a similar size your head size. If it is too small, measure your head, and then add tape to the styrofoam/blockhead until it is your size.
These are needed to pin your wig down onto your styrofoam head/blockhead
These a scissors specifically created for haircutting. You will get more precise lines using shears versus everyday scissors.
- Hair clips
To hold the sections, you have already cut out of the way, etc.
- Comb and brush
- Spray bottle with water
This is to ensure the hair remains saturated throughout the haircut.
- Flatiron/hot tool
To style hair after the haircut
- Preferred hairstyling products
How to Measure your Head
- Forehead to Nape
Start the tape from the center of your front hairline, and extend it to the nape of the neck.
- Ear to Ear
Place the end of your tape a half inch above the crease of your ear (where your glasses sit). Then bring the tape across your head to the other side, without touching your ear, at the same point.
Begin at the center of your front hairline. Run the tape around, behind your ears, around the nape, back to the middle of your forehead.
Temple to Temple
Begin at the temple, bring the tape measure around the back of your head to reach the other temple.
Now that we have the essential tools let’s begin the haircut!
Cutting The Back
Begin with damp hair that is no longer than shoulder length.
Beginning with shorter hair will make it easier to complete this haircut. If your wig is longer than shoulder length, chop of the remainder of the hair before starting this haircut. No need to worry if it looks uneven of rugged, you will be taking off more hair and evening things out throughout the haircut.
Correct the hair at the nape: Create a V shape with your middle and forefingers, and close them at the hair against the nape of your wig.
Tip: Mark off on your wig where you want your hair to fall while you wig is on your head.
Once placed on your styrofoam/block head you will know where everything will need to fall. Bring the fingers down to where you want to cut, now cut right below them.
Repeat the process going along the hairline, be sure to hold your fingers at a slight angle. Work with thin sections, do not cut past your knuckles.
Separate the front hair from the back, Just behind the ears, part vertically, brush the hair in front forward. If the hair does not stay forward use your clips to clip the hair away.
On the back center of your head, cut a vertical section. Pinch the section between your fore and middle fingers. Slide your fingers down and snip the hair in front of your fingers. Cut a horizontal section of the vertical section you just cut.
Grab a horizontal of hair across the vertical hair section you just cut.
Slide your fingers down to the cut hair of the vertical section. Cut the horizontal, so it matched the vertical. Continue to cut horizontal and vertical sections. Working your way towards the right side of your head, then repeat going towards the left side.
Stop when you get to the vertical section right before the ears.
Blend the hair by combing it upwards and snipping it using a fine tooth comb, cut the hair that is sticking out of the comb; you will not be able to cut every piece of hair which is fine; this is not a uniform haircut.
Cutting The Sides
Using the same technique, you did cutting the back, cut the hair on the sides. Pinch thin horizontal and vertical sections of hair between your middle and forefinger. Do one side completely then move to the other side.
Bring some of the cut hair to use as a guide into the uncut hair sections. Feather the hair around your ear. In this case, use your measurements to mark where your ear will be. Once known draw ears, so you know where to cut the wig. Comb the hair over the ears. Then cut into the hair around the ears, pointing the shears upwards.
Use the natural hairline around the ears as a guide. Move back to front, then front to back.
Cutting the Top Portion of The Hair
Grab a vertical section of hair between your fore and middle finger. Be sure to include a little hair from your back section, and angle your finger upward. Cut the hair sticking out from your fingers.
How much you angle your fingers determined how much length you’d like to have at the top. The further the angle, the longer the hair will be. Continue cutting and blending the top into the sides and back. Continue at the back of tour crown, angling as before.
If you have any hair left, measure it against already-cut strands on the tip of the angles.
Cutting The Bangs
Comb your bangs forward, then cut them at length suitable for you. Grab hair between your middle and forefinger, Slide your fingers down to where you’d like to cut, then cut the hair left below your fingers.
Work across the bangs from one side to the next. Blending the bangs into the top portion of your hair
Grab a vertical section of hair between your middle and forefinger, bring the hair upward and check it against previously cut hair. Angle your fingers down, and cut the hair that is sticking out. Work from one side of the bang to the other.
If Your Bangs are Too Thick
Consider thinning your bangs, grab a thin piece of hair upwards and gently glide your scissors along the shaft, making short, tiny snips. Repeat this technique whenever you think the hair is too full on your wig bangs included. Now comb, dry, and style hair as desired!
Now that you have decided your best cut, and cut your hair into a pixie wig let’s talk products! Products play such much into our finished looks. Below are a few suggestions to make your pixie wig your own!
They are used to add just what they are named, volume.
A Paste of Wax
This wax is flexible; it gives you texture all day
Hairspray comes in handy when you need a little hold; it is also good to add a little definition and shine!
Old Wig, New Wig
All in all pixie cuts are low maintenance and versatile hairstyle!
By cutting a wig into a pixie cut, you can create numerous looks depending on your mood and occasion, without having to go out and purchase more hair once your extensions are worn.
Wigs also give you the same opportunity to customize, so let’s grab an old wig and refurb it into a pixie cut!