Maybe it’s because I’m getting tired of growing out my bob, but I’m loving short cuts right now. I’ve always been a fan of a well-executed pixie, but some seasons the shape gets too blunt and boyish for my taste and other times too piecey and wispy. The pixies this season are both soft and structured with enough length to wear down or tuck back, a clean, tapered back, and soft textured fringe. The images above are all of the same cut, showing how easily such a shape transforms with just a touch of product. Pair it with a pale blonde base and you could even change up the color for the ultimate chameleon affect. Click the notes to learn more about the cut.  –Laura Martin


Step: This shape is cut starting in the nape which is tightly tapered using a tight graduation technique. Leave the hairline natural or refine with the edge of an un-gaurded razor.

Step: Sides  cut with slight overdirection to gradually build length near the face. A traveling guideline keeps this buildup from forming a bulky side.

Step: Top is cut square, with a travellng guide, each section pulled back into the previous. Corner between sides and back is slightly round and texture is added with tipping or point cutting to create a blended, head-hugging shape.



 Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter . 
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