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The pixie cut first became popular by model and fashion icon Twiggy in the 1960s. The hairstyle is spiky and short. This hairstyle has been reshaped and modernized on the runaways over the decades. You can often see this style worn by young Hollywood actresses and women on the cover of magazines. The pixie cut can be structured and shaped to compliment just about any facial shape. However, the women must be willing to have their hair cut extremely short for this look. Women with a pixie cut can style it to fit their current mood, whether that's a sleek or tousled look.

Wash the hair. Leave the hair damp and comb through it to remove all the tangles.

Trim the hair up to the nape of the neck. Remove one section of excess length at a time if working with long hair.

Comb two inches of hair out from the head. Hold the comb in place as it is your guide for cutting a short pixie cut.

Snip quick, short cuts along the length of the comb. Continue combing and cutting two inches out around the entire head. This creates the base for the pixie hairstyle.

Part the hair down the center. Pick up one inch of hair using the comb. Hold the scissors vertically and snip away at the ends of the section of hair to create spikes. Start on the right side of the head and continue to the left and backside.

Select a one inch section of hair. Razor cut the ends of each section. A razor gives the hair strands a separated, pieced together appearance. Start on the right side of the head and continue razor cutting on the left and backside.

Dry the hair with a blow dryer. Use your fingers for a spunky look or a comb for a smooth and sleek style.


Rub a dime size of pomade between your palms and apply it to the hair by pulling it up and out. This gives your short hair some style and texture.


Consult with a professional hairdresser before trying to cut your own hair.

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