Created by ARROJO Studio SoHo colorist Meagan Behrent at the Best of the Best Show in Atlanta, we love the orangey hue in this pixie razor cut by Nick Arrojo. Orange is not normally a desirable hair hue, as it is most often associated with the brassy tones one finds when blondes go bad, but this is something different entirely. Dimensional, bright, edgy and deliberate the color works with the cut, makeup and styling to create a look bathed in high fashion modernity. Steal the professional Goldwell color formula in the notes.
Whenever I return to the pixie after a stint of longer looks I encounter an equal mix of admiration and horror. What might surprise you is that these reactions are not divided by gender. For every woman who looks at my crop and wistfully utters, “I wish I could do that,” there’s one who asks why I cut off my hair as if I’d chosen to loose a limb. And, for every man who tells me I looked better “before” there’s one who tells me with a combination of surprise and admiration that I pull off short hair really well. But my experience is contradicted by every article I’ve read on the subject. Women, even those with short hair, seem determined to believe that men don’t like it. What gives? Click the notes for my theories. –– Laura MartinClick for StyleNotes →
We love the brute toughness of a classic pixie, but going short doesn’t mean looking like a man. This highly textured example is full of femininity: eyebrow grazing fringe, soft edges, and piece-y face framing bits that give the style beautifying appeal. The golden blonde on top gives way to a silvery, ashy, almost blue beige blonde that is as sultry as it is trendy. Click through for simple steps to creating this look.
When Vidal Sassoon cut Mia Farrow’s long locks into a cropped pixie cut for Roman Polanski’s psychological horror movie, Rosemary’s Baby, it became the most famous haircut in history. Filmed for the world to see, it changed the perception of femininity. The short style was a shocker. It ushered in a new era for fashion and beauty.
Before the 1960s, women were conditioned to wear their hair longer; it was ‘set’ for hours at the salon, and the style was kept day after day. Going short meant liberation from the fetters of set styles, and from the preconceived ideas of beauty. Suddenly women were wearing short hair, A-line dresses, military-inspired suits, and other aspects of mod-inspired androgyny. Not only was it fashionable, the look fitted the lifestyle of a new generation of women who wanted to go to work, and play hard –– which left little time for roller-setting at the salon.
Seeing Mia, an alluring film star, lose all that length and expose her natural beauty –– wide eyes, angular cheekbones, elegant petiteness –– inspired a new beauty consciousness. Hair and fashion became intrinsically linked. Woman wanted to feel the power of transformation. Nowadays, individualism reigns, and women can wear any kind of cut, color, shape, or style. Yet it all began with that luxurious, eye-catching crop. Learn more about it below.