If long hair has been your thing for as long as you can remember, 2021 just might be the year you make a change. Take me, for example. I've had long hair my whole life (with the exception of one not-so-chic VB-inspired bob), but something about how wonderfully undone and effortlessly stylish short hair can be means the idea of chopping it all off is really starting to appeal to me.
It might have something to do with the blunt bobs I've been seeing around, but I've never been more inspired to chop all of my hair off and go for a shorter style. And while a bob might seem like the obvious choice right now, going even shorter is equally as chic—and it seems I'm not alone in thinking so.
Yes, that's right. I'm talking short, short. Pixie-cut short. From near-on buzz cuts to pretty cropped curls, the pixie cut is actually far more versatile than you might at first think, and it seems to be the style du jour. All it takes is a bit of styling paste (rumour has it that American Crew Defining Paste, £15, is the best around) and a can of Elnett, and the world is your oyster.
But I get it, a pixie cut is quite the commitment, and there's no doubt that a lot of research needs to go into choosing the right style for you. Before you embark on a pixie-cut journey, it's important to consider a few things, including how much time you really have to dedicate to styling your hair every morning and also whether or not you rely on your hair as a comfort blanket. (Trust me—it's a thing.)
If, however, you're already totally set on the idea of a pixie cut being your next big hair step, keep scrolling for all of the inspiration you might need.
I'm seriously swooning over Rowan's messy pixie cut teamed with a very on-trend padded headband.
Zendaya's pulled-forward, caramel pixie demonstrates just how versatile this short style can be.
The short and icy crop is the edgiest pixie of them all, and Zoë Kravitz shows exactly how it should be done.
The fluffy texture of Joey's super-cropped pixie proves that sometimes shorter is better.
Maria Borges's crop is impossibly stylish—note how fabulous a pixie looks with statement earrings.
Cutting your hair off short doesn't mean you can't experiment with colour. Take inspiration from Ruby's pretty pastel 'do.
Lupita's swept-back sides give the ultimate pixie-esque finish.
Make way for the queen of the pixie cut. Halle Berry, we salute you and your impeccable hair (even if you have since grown it out).
When Anne Hathaway chopped off all of her locks for a movie role, no one expected something so chic to come out of it. This side-swept style suited her down to the ground.
Rose McGowan's side-parted, bleach blonde crop is perfectly complemented by her statement lip.
Curly haired girls, rejoice. Alia's curly crop is giving us all of the retro hair inspiration we need.
If anyone can convince you to try a grey pixie cut, it's Agyness. I am loving this silver style.
Sitting somewhere between a buzz cut and a pixie crop, Cara's ice-white hair is high on my inspiration list.
Effortlessly cool as always, Scarlett's highlighted pixie cut is long enough on top to create countless styles.
If you're already toying with the idea of going for the crop, this textured style from Ciara should be enough to encourage you to take the plunge.
Worried that a pixie cut is just slightly too edgy for you? This sleek, parted style shows just how sophisticated a choice it can be.
As if Audrey's French-girl style wasn't cool enough, she chopped her hair into this loosely curled crop, and my heart skipped a beat.
Side-swept pixie? Check. Oversize gold hoops? Check. Appointment booked for haircut? Check, check and check.
Jennifer's layered pixie cut was every hair dream wrapped into one.
Embellished hair accessories never look better than when they're teamed with a short crop, as demonstrated wonderfully by Janelle Monáe.
Jada's voluminous laid-back style is a perfect example of how the pixie can be styled out on cosy days in.
Could Emilia look any chicer? I think not.
If Jourdan could trade her long locks in for a shorter style, anyone can.
Eliza's brunette, undone hairstyle shows just how low-maintenance a pixie cut can be.
Michelle's icy white crop is still one of Hollywood's finest hair moments.
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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