How to Cut a Pixie Style Haircut

Updated April 17, 2017

The pixie haircut is a style that first emerged in the 1960s and was made popular by fashion icon Twiggy. This short, spiky hairstyle has resurfaced on fashion runways and magazines as a trend that has lasting power. The hairstyle can be structured to just about any face shape and customised to your personal style. It can be worn soft, spiky, tousled or sleek.

Comb your clean, damp hair thoroughly until there are no tangles.

Cut the hair up to the nape of your neck, if you are beginning with longer hair. This first cut does not have to be tidy as you are just aiming to remove excess length.

Comb the hair out 2 inches from the back of your head. Hold your comb in the hair. This this will be your guide for cutting.

Snip along the length of the comb using short, quick cuts. Once the hair is cut, comb another section out 2 inches and trim along the comb as before. Continue cutting in this manner around the entire head. You now have the short base for creating the pixie style.

Comb your hair from the centre to the left side. Using your comb, select a 1/2-inch section of hair.

Hold the scissors in a vertical position and snip into the section of hair to create spiky points. Continue until the entire side has been point cut. Repeat on the other side.

Comb your hair from the centre forward. Select a 1/2-inch section of hair.

Slide the hair razor along the section of hair. This will create a "piecey" look to the style. Continue selecting and razoring 1/2 sections from the centre of the head.

Style your pixie cut as spiky or smooth as desired.


Pomade is the perfect texture for styling short hair. Rub a dime-sized amount between your palms and style hair by tousling and pulling out and up.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair scissors
  • Mirror
  • Comb
  • Hair razor
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Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.