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Take it all off! Not your clothes, silly -- your hair. Ditching long locks for a pixie cut is a fab way to freshen up your look, as well as cut down on your styling time. When looking for the perfect 'do, why not choose to emulate fashion maven Posh Spice, also known as Victoria Beckham? This trendsetter made waves on both sides of the pond when she debuted a micro pixie at the Marc Jacobs fashion show in 2008. Get the lowdown on how to achieve this bold look and whether or not it'll look good on you.
Don't be mistaken, not every pixie cut is the same. Whether you're getting your hair cut by a stylist or doing it all on your own, you need to know the nitty-gritty details on what makes this 'do work. The Posh pixie, or the "Poxie," is super reminiscent of Mia Farrow's trendsetting crop in "Rosemary's Baby." Cut close to the head, this multi-layered style leaves little to hide behind, thanks to razored bangs that hit high on the forehead. The all-over wispiness of this look is a result of razoring the layers to create texture.
Can You Wear It?
The bad news is, a pixie this short doesn't look great on every gal. Because this style is so revealing, it looks best on ladies who have oval or square-shaped faces with fine features. That doesn't mean this look can't be rocked effectively by someone with larger features. It just means bigger features are going to be more accentuated. You can offset this by dyeing the pixie a bold color like black or platinum blond. Know that this look will also accentuate the height of your forehead. Gals with high foreheads will want to opt for a pixie cut that has longer bangs. The good news is, the Posh pixie works on both curly and straight hair, although curly hair may need more product.
Make the Cut: Part One
Before you embark on a do-it-yourself pixie, be aware that this is a cut that requires precision. One false move and you could have a funny-shaped style.That said, begin with freshly washed, damp hair. Make a horseshoe shape that runs from the outside corner of one eye back to the crown, and then ends at the outside corner of the other eye. Create another part from temple to temple with about 3 centimeters of hair. Blunt-cut the hair in this section across the forehead, following the natural fall of the hair. Repeat this step toward the crown of the head, using the first section as your guide, until the entire horseshoe section is cut. With the back hair, make a radial parting from ear to ear. Begin with a section closest to the part. Hold the section vertically and blunt-cut it with a graduation of 90 degrees, while following the round of the head. Repeat this step around the back of the head to the ear on each side.
Make the Cut: Part Two
Now that you've don the bulk of the cut, it's time spruce up the front and thin out any excess weight. Comb the hair above each ear straight down and blunt-cut at your desired length. Comb the hair at the temple forward and blunt-cut to open up the face. Create a diagonal part that runs from crown to temple. Hold a section of hair with horizontal fingers at a 45-degree angle and use the front as your guide to remove any excess weight. You can also add texture at this point by holding a 1.25-centimeter section of hair horizontally and cutting notches into the ends of the hair to create points. Blow hair dry and add a little pomade or styling cream to accentuate texture.