Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Few haircuts can claim descriptors like "classic," "cute" and "cutting-edge." The pixie is one such style, being a versatile cut with an edgy vibe. If you are looking to chop it all off but still want to keep a bit of style potential, ask your stylist to hook you up with long bangs that play up your femininity.
The Long and Short of It
The basic blueprint for a pixie cut with long bangs is the same across the board. Across the crown and back of the head, your hair is snipped short and cropped so that it's spiky rather than flat along your scalp. Up top and in the front you've got a bit more style leeway. Bangs can start as far back as the middle of the top of your head or much closer to the hairline for a less sweeping look. The fade between the long and short layers is also up to you. More streamlined, conservative looks have a gradual transition from short to long, while edgier, more contemporary looks have a dramatic shift from long to short.
Go For the Sweep
Side-swept bangs are functional and romantic, and the feminine swath of hair is a welcome contrast to the more brassy and bold pixie style in the back. If you want to keep everything on the short side, opt for an angled bang that comes just below the top of your eyebrows. You won't be able to stuck the strands behind your ears, but they still add some overall length to the look. For something a little longer, go for bangs that cradle your face down the jawline.
If chunky side-swept bangs seem too heavy for your tastes, go the wispy route instead. Choppy, thinned out bangs that cut across your eyes complement the similarly spiky texture of your pixie 'do. Wispy, weightless bangs can be styled haphazardly so that the strands criss-cross across your forehead and give you a messy, just-rolled-out-of-bed look. For added dimension, ask your stylist to throw in some highlights to create the illusion of depth among the short, airy strands.
Such dramatic contrasts in length in a single hairstyle can lead to disaster if you aren't careful. One potential downfall to avoid is the reverse mullet. If your keep your hair cropped from the back of your neck to the crown of your head and then quickly transition to long, straight bangs, you run the risk of looking like there's a party up front and business in the back, especially if you highlight the cropped locks with lots of gelled spiking action. A more subtle transition will guard against the dreaded backward mullet look.