Feathered Hairstyles: Short Cropped Pixie

A pixie cut can enhance soft, delicate features.

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Sick of your long, luscious locks? Give yourself a style 180 with a short-cropped pixie. This style is ultra chic, but be forewarned that if you're not confident in your facial features, you won't be able to hide behind your hair. If you're ready to take the plunge, you're in good company. This trend has been spotted on numerous celebs. Whether it's a cute-cropped cut like Hayden Panettiere or Ashlee Simpson's pixie heard 'round the world, chopping off your long locks will give your look a new life.

Short and Boyish

If you're ready to go all out and let go of your feminine waves in favor of something more androgynous, take a page from Emma Watson's book. The moment "Harry Potter" filming finished, the starlet debuted a short, almost crew cut. While some women might think this kind of cut eliminates the femininity behind soft, long locks, it actually does the opposite for Emma. It shows off her small, girlish features with hair that's barely an inch long.

Volume on Top

If you want the look of a pixie with the versatility of long hair, try a pixie that's cropped on the sides and longer on top. This look is great for women who are fashion chameleons. Whether you're feeling ultra feminine or edgy and tough, this haircut works both ways. Pop singer Rihanna wears her pixie curled and voluminous on top like a faux hawk or straight and swooped to the side for a soft, feminine face frame.

Modernized Retro

Twiggy popularized the pixie in the 1960s with her signature blonde locks, doe eyes and long lashes. But even today that style has stood the test of time. Ashlee Simpson shocked beauty editors everywhere when she chopped her long, red hair and tweeted a picture of her new blonde pixie. This cropped cut has chic, modern accents like longer face framing pieces near the ears and side-swept bangs. This style works best on women with delicate features and fine, soft hair that will accent the detail in the asymmetrical layers.

Texturized and Super Short

Not everyone likes Victoria Beckham's sexy and severe sense of fashion, but she's managed to balance out her crisp, fitted clothes with an unkempt, natural looking pixie. If you've got defined or severe features like the Spice Girl turned fashion icon, ask your stylist for a super short, piecey pixie that will show off your hair's natural texture. To enhance the texture, blow-dry your hair and apply a molding paste to give it a spiky, messy look. If you have curly hair, you'll want to skip this one because it could look puffy and frizzy rather than fashionably undone.

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