Happy 2020, y’all. We have to admit that 2016 was a banger of a year when it came to hair. Can 2020 top it? We think so, especially if we all live the “new year, new you” mantra and get a serious chop. What could be more serious, more no-going-back-now, then the pixie cut? We were feeling a little nostalgic, as one does at the end of the year, so we thought we’d take a look back at some of our favorite pixie cuts of all time. We’ve even sprinkled in a few more recent chops that are simply reminiscent of years and style eras past.
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is: Will these cuts be stylish this year? You betcha. So book that haircut appointment you’ve been pondering once you’ve picked out one of these 13 timeless styles for your noggin.
1. Mia Farrow’s Sweet Boyish Pixie Cut
Mia Farrow’s high cheekbones and delicate features helped to offset the drastic length of her signature pixie cut. But that fact shouldn’t deter anyone from trying out a similar look. A cropped, boyish pixie cut like this one could ultimately make anyone look feminine and modern—just make sure to style it slightly with some mousse and scrunching to add volume and interest.
2. Charly Thorn’s French- and Vintage-Inspired Pixie
This sweet cut incorporates elements of vintage pixie cuts and more modern ones, especially with those choppy, razored baby bangs at Thorn’s forehead. The finely trimmed and well combed sides deliver the vintage appeal we’re craving.
3. Audrey Hepburn’s Classic Pixie Cut with Side-Swept Bangs
Audrey Hepburn’s name is synonymous with style, so it’s no wonder that her gorgeous pixie cut goes down in history as one of the best. If you have thick hair like Hepburn did, you may want to ask your stylist to take out some of the bulk, as volume in pixie cuts can sometimes work against you (think ’80s and ’90s mom hair). But leave enough of it to achieve a flourish of movement, and you’ll have a sweet and elegant look, just like the Tiffany’s-loving beauty.
4. Cute Vintage-Inspired Pixie Cut
We adore this super-short, cropped pixie cut. It has a French flair to it due to the close cut. That aura is further accentuated by the vintage-inspired denim blouse and coral one-piece swimming suit. We feel like we’ve been transported to 1960s Nice just looking at this photo.
5. Jean Seberg’s Perfect 1960s Pixie CutJean Seberg had the most perfect pixie cut of all time. The actress’s dark-blonde locks looked spectacular in that super-short state and added instant sophistication to any scene she graced with her presence. Here’s a front view of the cut with just the smallest sprinkling of side-swept bangs in front:
It’s perfection from any direction, no?
6. Jenny Shimizu’s Close-Cropped Pixie Cut
Jenny Shimizu’s ’90s-era pixie is high fashion and “short hair don’t care” rolled into one killer cut. Her hair is so short that it has no discernible part, but that makes it all the more daring and unique.
7. Jaime Rishar’s Messy Boyish Pixie Cut
Rishar’s slightly grown-out pixie cut puts a more relaxed spin on the close-cropped pixie cuts we’ve seen. Her dark-blonde hair is long on top and short on the sides, allowing for maximum flexibility with styling.
8. Vintage Pixie Cut with Headband and Long Bangs
If this doesn’t scream “French” and “vintage inspired,” we don’t know what will. We adore how this woman’s long bangs are framed by her striped headband, which adds a touch of whimsy to a haircut that’s sparse and revealing.
9. Christy Turlington’s Seberg-esque Pixie Cut
Christy’s channeling Jean Seberg here, and the result is mesmerizing. Her baby bangs are parted slightly to the side, resulting in a chic, tomboyish vibe. The smallest hint of a triangular side-burn near her ear injects an edgy aura into the cut.
10. Vintage-Inspired Blonde Pixie Cut
If you have thick hair, you’d do well to try on this darling pixie cut for size. (And for those curly-haired and wavy-haired women, take this as evidence that pixie cuts can work for you too!) This woman has paired a meandering side part with moussed front bangs. She’s also brushed back the rest of her hair to create a seamless line down her long neck. What a work of art.
11. Winona Ryder’s Sophisticated ’90s Pixie Cut
Winona was the sensitive badass we all wanted to be in the ’90s. No look of hers was more jealousy-inducing than her iconic pixie cut, which was cropped close to her head but allowed a few small chunks at her hairline and in front of her ears to break free. The haircut appears very low-maintenance, which is one aesthetic that will never go out of style.
12. Linda Evangelista’s Long Bleach-Blonde Pixie Cut
Linda Evangelista’s grown-out ’90s pixie cut reminds us of more recent ones belonging to Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart. But Linda was the original platinum-blonde pixie darling, and for that we tip our hat to her. We’re digging her ‘do’s longer strands and the dramatic side part.
13. Edie Sedgwick’s Rockin’ ’60s Pixie Cut
The iconic hairstyle of the Factory Girl is somehow devastatingly contemporary and charmingly of its era. Her strands are short but not startlingly so; her blonde doesn’t try to camouflage the fact that it’s not natural. In short, it’s a marvelous choice for women who want to walk on the wild side of the hairstyle divide.