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The best celebrity pixie hair cuts and crops, from Florence Pugh to Oti Mabuse

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Searching for some short hair inspiration? These celebrity transformations are the perfect place to start.

There’s no point denying it; the pixie hair cut is bold, beautiful, and never goes out of style. It’s the look that seems to be everywhere at the moment, with many celebrities favouring an icy blonde hue to go with their trim. 

Whether you opt for something mega short, like Rihanna, prefer a punky crop, like Demi Lovato, are a fan of all things shaggy, like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, or fancy something softer and more layered, like Nicole Kidman, there are plenty of ways to wear a mini mane. And, with a good stylist, it really can be tailored to suit any face shape or style.

So, if you’re considering going for the chop, look to these A-listers for some serious pixie hair inspiration.

Which is your favourite?

  • Florence Pugh

    Months after she revealed she’d died her signature blond hair a deep brown in service of her role in Netflix’s The Wonder, Florence Pugh has unveiled another dramatic new look – and it’s safe to say we’re very into it. 

    Sharing her new look on Instagram, the Midsommar star posted two photos of her new choppy pixie cut beneath the caption: “I did a thing”.

    And we’re not the only ones who are loving Pugh’s new look – in the comments section, the star has prompted reactions from Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne and Gemma Chan

  • Dawn French

    The Vicar of Dibley’s Dawn French has, for as long as we’ve known her, worn her hair in a sleek dark bob. Now, though, the actor and author has embraced a whole new look, cutting her hair into a chic pixie and letting it shine a dazzling shade of silver.

    “Hair update: three shades of grey (working up to the 50),” French – who styled her new mini mane into a voluminous quiff for the Cheltenham Literary Festival – wrote on Instagram alongside a selfie.

    “I’ve chopped even more off. I’m thinking I’m giving it solid Jamie Lee Curtis. Husband says I’m giving it full Anne Hegerty… righto.

    “In your face husband, coz BOTH are Ishtar [goddess of war and sexual love].”

    No wonder so many fans are raving about the comedy queen’s hair, eh?

  • Courtney Love

    Courtney Love is the latest star to join the Pixie Cut Club, and she’s clearly feeling all the freer for it. Sharing a photo of her textured ‘do on Instagram, the singer-songwriter captioned it with the French word “LIBERTE!” – suggesting all of those “short hair don’t care” vibes have filled her with a sense of relief.

    “Looking amazing,” commented one fan.

    “Beautiful,” added another.

    And still one more commented: “This is epic.”

    Meanwhile, Josh Wood – aka the salon responsible for the transformation – shared the same photo on its own Instagram feed. 

    Captioning the post, stylist Pete Burkill wrote: “We wanted to create something versatile that can be styled in many ways so [we] opted for a longer textured pixie.”

    Anyone tempted to follow in Love’s footsteps?

  • Oti Mabuse

    With so many people getting excited for a new series of Strictly Come Dancing, it makes sense that all attention is on the BBC show’s stars right now. And Oti Mabuse – aka the first professional Strictly dancer to win the trophy for two consecutive years – has well and truly captured their attention with her chic new hairstyle.

    Sharing a photo of herself to Instagram, Mabuse revealed that she’s had her natural hair cut incredibly short and dyed this season’s hottest shade of copper to celebrate her birthday.

    “Hello 31,” she captioned it, adding: “2021, let’s have fun!”

    Amid the slew of heart and flame emoji reactions came a plethora of approving messages from Mabuse’s fans and famous friends alike.

    “Love this so much,” reads one such comment from Michelle Visage.

    “Beauty!” added fellow Strictly dancer Nadiya Bychkova.

    And Victoria Ekanoye raved: “Love this look on you!”

    We guess that, if glitterball trophies were awarded for hair makeovers, Mabuse would be lifting one up over her head right about now.

  • Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman’s mane of long red hair is almost as famous as she is, but the actor has seemingly embraced the ‘short hair don’t care’ movement this summer.

    Taking to Instagram, the actor shared a photo of herself from the set of her latest Apple TV+ series, Roar – and fans immediately honed in on her retro feathered pixie cut.

    “Wow!” commented one.

    Another wrote simply: “Omg you look amazing.”

    And one more, slightly more dubiously, added: “You let them cut your fabulous hair??? I hope that’s a wig, but you’re still beautiful.”

    At the moment, it remains uncertain whether or not Kidman has tricked us all with a wig, but there’s no denying that she suits this stylish mini mane down to a tee. Perhaps she’s soaking up all of the psychological benefits that come from going short, eh?

  • Yvonne Strahovski

    Yvonne Strahovski – aka Serena Joy of The Handmaid’s Tale fame – has been sporting long blonde hair for as long as we can remember. However, the talented actor unveiled a new look this week on Instagram when she revealed that she’s had her hair cut into a chic pixie crop.

    “Short hair don’t care,” she captioned the shot, which captured her sweeping mini mane (complete with its darker honey tones) in all its glory.

    Considering Strahovski is about to star in The Tomorrow War, her first role in a big budget Hollywood film, it makes sense she’s in the mood to shake things up a bit. And, looking at the response from her fans on social media, her new ‘do has gone down an absolute storm.

    “Gurrrlll yesssssss!!!” reads an appreciative comment from actor Zachary Levi.

    “Yes mama!” echoes comedian Celeste Barber.

    And TV host Jenn Brown writes: “Omg LOVE!”

    Throw in a plethora of fire emojis, and it’s clear that this pixie crop is big news. Anyone else predicting a rush to salons right about now?

  • Rihanna

    Rihanna is seen arriving at Giorgio Baldi restaurant on May 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
    Rihanna debuted a pixie cut last night while out in Santa Monica.

    Rihanna stepped out in Santa Monica with a super sleek pixie last night – one which, thanks to its short sides and bangs, looked a lot like her iconic crop of 2012. 

    Of course, RiRi has been rocking a mullet for a wee while now (as fans will know from her Instagram feed), so it wouldn’t have taken much for an adept stylist to transform her look into a Pon De Replay pixie. 

    And, yeah, people on social media are already obsessed with the singer’s new look.

    “Rihanna’s new hair is giving me real total vibes,” wrote one fan on IG.

    “QUEEN,” added another excitedly.

    And still one more, amid a flurry of flame emojis, wrote simply: “Love the short hair so much.” 

  • Vicky McClure

    Line Of Duty season 6: DI Kate Fleming
    DI Kate Fleming is almost always working undercover in Line Of Duty.

    The first episode of Line Of Duty’s much-anticipated sixth season aired earlier this week, and viewers had a lot to say about it. Top of the list, though, was how much they were loving DI Kate Fleming (aka Vicky McClure)’s new haircut.

    “Best hair on TV,” tweeted one fan appreciatively.

    Another added: “Vicky McClure’s gorgeous hair is enough to make you go for a crop!”

    And still one more insisted: “The transition of Vicky McClure’s hair in all 6 series of Line of Duty is truly BAFTA winning.”

    Longer and softer than last season’s crop, the main focus of Vicky/Kate’s new S6 pixie is its dramatic side sweep. That and, of course, the smattering of copper highlights, which adds plenty of movement and texture to her mini mane. Just in case you were tempted to recreate it when the salons reopen after lockdown…

  • Demi Lovato

    Towards the end of last year, Demi Lovato unveiled a gorgeous blonde pixie haircut. Then, in January, they dyed it pink. Now, the singer has gone back to their brunette roots – and taken their hair even shorter.

    Lovato posted a short video on Instagram, captioned: “New hair”. Although they’re wearing a hat, you can see the front of their hair only just skims their forehead, creating chic baby bangs.

    Lovato’s hairstylist Amber Maynard Bolt, who was behind the trendy haircut, posted about the new look on Instagram, too.

    Sharing the same video as Lovato, she wrote: “I had the pleasure of executing this new look on this ever changing ICON.

    “Demi is proof that transformation can be done on and through so many levels… I was able to go from a level 10 back down to a level 3.5.”

  • Oti Mabuse

    Oti Mabuse might be famed for her gorgeous long locks, but the Strictly star has well and truly proven she can pull off any length or style.

    Taking to instagram to give fans an update on her new dance classes, she simultaneously unveiled a short pixie crop and side-swept fringe.

    “Your hair looks so cute!” wrote one fan in the comments.

    “Beautiful,” added another.

    And fellow Strictly Come Dancing pro Dianne Buswell wrote: “Cute hair, love that!”

    Cue Mabuse’s reply: “Di salon review. I’m keeping it then, thanks baby.”

  • Selma Blair

    Now that Legally Blonde 3 has officially got a release date, we can’t contain our excitement. For the upcoming movie, Selma Blair has announced that she will reprise her iconic role as Vivian Kensington and for her part, Blair has gotten a new cut and colour.

    Posting a gorgeous series of poolside images, Blair told fans “What an excellent day was had yesterday… basking in the golden light of nostalgia and today. The warmth and fun of all of the artists, writers, and glam and wardrobe crews…To be a character in this hollywood classic that Elle Woods brought to sparkling life… it feels good.

    “And then this perfect playful outfit (for the Vivian Kensington in all of us) arrived from Reese. By Reese. A lovely respite. I’m going to watch legally blonde with my son this week. Perhaps. If he will sit still.”

    The cut and colour was done by celebrity hairdresser Chris McMillan, who also posted a picture of Blair’s new look. Alongside the image, he wrote” “#shorthair for fall @selmablair #cutandcolor”. He added: “I just love this girl A hairdressers dream come true.”

    Reese Witherspoon, who will be stepping back into the (pink) shoes of Elle Woods commented: “BLAIR!! So gorgeous!” 

  • Missy Elliott

    Missy Elliott has taken to Instagram to share a closer look at her mega-short pixie cut.

    “Welp, back to my short hair days!” she captioned the image, although she added that it was “just for a lil bit.”

    The musician’s cut was created by celebrity hairstylist Kellon Deryck, who also styles Megan Thee Stallion and the City Girls.

    And, as you’ve probably guessed, the 90s-glam ‘do has gone down a storm with Missy Elliott’s followers.

    “I fully didn’t recognise you at first! Good look!” commented one.

    “You just keep becoming more and more beautiful,” added another.

    And, in among the countless fire and crown emojis, still one more noted: “How is it that you keep getting younger? You truly did put your thing down, flip it, and reverse it.”

  • Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus has never been afraid to experiment with her hair, so we aren’t at all surprised that she’s debuted a new look in lockdown.

    The Wrecking Ball singer had her mum, Tish, cut in a shaggy pixie crop with a little mullet edge. To avoid any unfortunate DIY after-effects, though, she had celeb hairstylist Sally Hershberger on FaceTime to ensure it all went to plan.

    “I trained Tish well!;) @tishcyrus @mileycyrus #virtualhaircut lol,” Hershberger wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Cyrus’ haircut.

  • Kristen Stewart

    While many people have been forced to let their short haircuts grow out in quarantine, Kristen Stewart has been keeping her androgynous-chic pixie cut in shape. Not only that, but she’s dyed hers a bright neon orange – almost exactly the same shade as Milla Jovovich’s in the Fifth Element.

    “Who said you can’t be cute in quarantine!?” Stewart’s hairstylist, CJ Romero, captioned his Instagram post.

    In the picture, you can see Stewart’s “cosmic rust” pixie. And, in another post on Romero’s feed, he has explained how he mixed up the colour for her lockdown hair transformation – you know, just in case you’ve been inspired to switch up your own pixie at home, too.

  • Jada Pinkett-Smith

    Jada Pinkett Smith has never been afraid to experiment with her hair, and has recently been sporting a bright, buttery blonde head of curls. This week, though, she decided to update her look with a buzzed pixie cut.

    “Keep the beauty,” Jada Pinkett-Smith wrote on Instagram. “I’ll take the beast.”

    Her new ‘do  went down an absolute storm with her followers.

    “LOVE IT,” wrote one.

    “That cut and colour is HOT on you,” added another.

    And still one more insisted it was their favourite Pinkett-Smith ‘do to date. Mind you, it’s easy to see why: there’s just something so beautifully unapologetic about this fierce crop.

  • Hayden Panettiere

    Hayden Panettiere has ditched her signature long, blonde hair.

    The Nashville actress posted a picture on Twitter debuting her new look – a pixie cut with buzzed sides.

    Referring to her role as Kirby Reed in 2011 movie Scream 4, in which she had a pixie cut, she tweeted, “Channeling my inner #Kirby #Scream4 Thanks to my boys @anthonyleonard”. 

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Deborah Frances-White are appearing in conversation at the Southbank Centre in December.

    As Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has made one thing very clear: hair is everything.

    In that fateful episode which saw Claire (Sian Clifford) transformed into a pencil at the hands (or scissors) of Antony the hairdresser, PWB famously said: “Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t so we could actually think about something else occasionally. But it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day. We’re meant to think that it’s a symbol of power, that it’s a symbol of fertility. Some people are exploited for it and it pays your f***ing bills. Hair is everything, Antony.”

    It makes sense, then, that PWB’s changing hairstyle feels like a big deal to fans of the show. She recently swapped her chic wavy bob for a shaggy tousled pixie, which she debuted at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards, and her followers promptly fell in love with it.

    Anyone else have a feeling that ‘The PWB’ is going to be one of this season’s most requested haircuts?

  • China McClain

    China McClain – perhaps best known for her role as Jennifer Pierce in CW’s Black Lightning – surprised her fans when she took to Instagram to reveal that she had cut off her iconic long hair.

    “It’s gone by the way guys. I cut it off close to a year ago,” she wrote, alongside a shot of her beautiful new ‘do.

    But, while they were stunned by the transformation, McClain’s fans were 100% here for it.

    “Stunning,” wrote one, alongside a string of praise hand emojis.

    Another, clearly a mega fan of McClain’s close crop, added: “SLAYYYYYY QUEEN! YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!”

    And even actor Storm Reid chimed in, commenting: “Hair is fire sis.”

    Amen to that.

  • Ciara

    Ciara
    How to cut a pixie cut at home

    Ciara isn’t just a singer, songwriter, dancer and model: she’s a short hair icon, too. The musician debuted a dramatic 90s-style pixie cut at the 2019 ACE Awards, featuring choppy, textured layers and a slight (albeit very blunt) fringe.

    “Chop it awf,” Ciara captioned a video of herself with the short ‘do on Instagram.

    Naturally, her fans reacted positively – with many praising her for bringing back Toni Braxton’s iconic pixie crop of the Nineties.

    “You giving me Toni Braxton,” one person commented, while another dubbed her “Ciara Braxton”.

    Of course, Ciara being the hair chameleon we know and love, there’s every possibility that this ‘do is a wig. But, when it looks this good, we’ve no doubt that people will be showing a pic of her mini-mane to their hairdresser and requesting the exact same look for summer: after all, the best way to stay cool is to go short, isn’t it?

  • Gabrielle Union

    Gabrielle Union is a full-time legend, so naturally folks were excited when she shared photos of her new pixie chop to Instagram on 13 June.

    “Golden buzzer glow up. Who’s next? #agt,” she captioned the photo.

    Hmm, we have a feeling that the answer is going to be pretty much everyone. Who could resist a modern twist on the classic Twenties crop (think a chin-length cut styled into soft, deep waves), after all?

  • Brie Larson

    People have a lot to say about the events of Avengers: Endgame – particularly when it comes to Brie Larson’s hair. In the first Captain Marvel film, Larson’s take on Carol Danvers had long flowing blonde locks. 

    When it comes to Endgame, though, she has a brand new haircut: a short, textured pixie cut style that immediately shows the world that she means business. It was a careful decision on behalf of the film’s hair and make-up teams: in 2012, the comic book character upon which Larson’s character is based was essentially “rebooted” by DeConnick, who rebranded the character with a military-looking costume. She also focused on Captain Marvel’s history as a fighter pilot and borrowed the swagger and attitude of record-setting pilot Chuck Yeager for the character – which meant that she swapped Carol’s middle-parted hair of the earlier comics for the shorter ‘do we see in Endgame.

    Essentially, Carol shedding the hair on-screen is just the next step in her evolution of the character. And, whether Larson decides to replicate the look in real life or not, this is certainly one iconic pixie cut that’s going to be inspiring Marvel fans for years to come.

  • Ida Marie Nielsen

    In Vikings, Ida Marie Nielsen’s Margrethe had long blonde waves. Now, though, the actress has broken free with a pixie cut – and, as seen in her most recent Instagram Stories post, dyed it bright yellow, too. B

    In the caption she wrote: ‘Yellow hair, don’t care,’ before thanking her hairdressers for making her look ‘incredibly original’.

  • Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington debuted a chic and classic pixie cut at Vanity Fair’s star-studded Oscars party in February 2019, much to the delight of Scandal fans.

  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry’s hairstylist, Rick Henry, recently shared a photo of the Firework singer on his Instagram, revealing that she has swapped her blonde bob – last seen at the season finale of American Idol – for a super-short (and very purple) pixie cut.

    “First show of the European leg [of Perry’s Witness tour],” he captioned the shot.

    “Introducing… Blueberry Crush!”

    Perry shared the picture on her own feed, writing: “Just call me the purple Teletubby, OK?”

  • Alanis Morissette

    Alanis Morissette poses backstage at the hit musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' on Broadway at The Music Box Theatre in 2018.
    Alanis Morissette poses backstage at the hit musical 'Dear Evan Hansen'.

    Alanis Morissette’s poetic lyrics and brutal imagery were a big deal to women everywhere when Jagged Little Pill hit airwaves in 1995: it lent power to a burst of rage that felt, somehow, uniquely female – because it wasn’t about being difficult, or contrary, or simply ‘angry’. No, it was about being a woman in a misogynist society, making your voice heard, and refusing to let anyone silence you.

    And, with her album recently transformed into a musical, it seems oddly fitting that Morissette has stepped out with a jagged little pixie cut.

    The musician, who is well-known for her longer locks, debuted her new short hairdo while posing for photos backstage at the Broadway play Dear Evan Hansen.

    She teamed her new look with some seriously vintage glasses (complete with a gold chain), along with a white short sleeve dress and a skeleton purse.

    Hmm. Anyone else suddenly feeling the urge to go short and blast out a rendition of You Oughta Know?

  • Katie Holmes

    Katie Holmes
    Katie Holmes poses with a sweet pixie.

    Katie Holmes has returned to the spotlight – and she’s done it with a stunning new pixie cut, too.

    During an appearance at the FAO Schwarz pop up store in New York City’s Bergdorf Goodman, the actor revealed that she went for the chop as part of a new movie role, telling PEOPLE: “It’s for a role. I’m getting ready to play a woman in a movie called The Doorman.

    “She’s an ex-Marine and she’s a warrior. I’m excited. I’m training. I’m sore.”

    Her stylist added that it took three trips to the salon to perfect the cut, explaining: “We were trying to find a balance between something feminine but kickass… and it kind got shorter and shorter and shorter.”

    We’re big fans.

  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry
    Katy Perry shows off her ice-blonde pixie.

    Perry has stepped away from her signature jet black locks for a bleach blonde makeover, and we can see why. The songstress has given herself an edge with an extra short fringe, and in the process highlighted her piercing eyes. 

    She first shared her updated look with her followers on Snapchat and her ‘do is now even rumored to be portrayed in Taylor Swift’s new video, Look What You Made Me Do.

  • Evan Rachel Wood

    Evan Rachel Wood
    Evan Rachel Wood adds her own twist to the pixie crop.

    Not all pixie cuts are created equal, as Wood expertly shows with this dramatic style.

    Having worked a shorter look for a while, the actress and musician clearly decided to take things up a notch at this year’s Costume Institute Gala where she let loose with high volume and a faded blue twist on the pastel coloured hair trend.

  • Janelle Monae

    Janelle Monae
    Janelle Monae knows how to accessorise a pixie.

    If there’s one thing a haircut like this is perfect for, it’s rocking a hair accessory. Without all those extra locks, an ornate hair piece like this can really shine – something that Monae clearly knows all too well by exhibiting this gold, gilded beauty.

    We love the musician’s history of experiential styles (we all remember the giant quiff), but this might just be our favourite yet. 

  • Cara Delevingne

    Cara Delevingne
    Cara Delevingne dazzles with a purple pixie.

    With her tiny, impish features and mischievous eye-twinkle, there’s no doubt Delevingne was born to rock a pixie cut. Although, being a global supermodel probably doesn’t hurt when trying to pull off this ‘do either. 

    Since having the chop, the actress hasn’t shied away from experimenting with colour, opting for an icy blonde shade before testing out this magical looking lilac. 

  • Frankie Bridge

    Yes, we know that this certain The Saturdays star has always been famed for her short hair, so a picture of her in a pixie cut gallery could be called ever-so-slightly predictable. But, when it looks this good, who are we to say no? 

  • Lena Dunham

    The star and creator of HBO’s Girls has always been brilliantly bold with her look – but fans were definitely surprised when she unveiled a punky new pixie cut on Instagram.

    Describing her new style in her inimitable way, Dunham captioned the shot: “Zero prep required with my new ‘do.”

  • Zoe Kravitz

    Zoe Kravitz has never been afraid to experiment with her hair – but fans were still obsessed when she unveiled a close-cropped cut that’s just shy of a full-on buzz cut. Particularly because of those mini bangs…

  • Dawn O'Porter

    Dawn O’Porter’s chic dark bob and heavy fringe may be iconic, but the TV presenter and vintage fashion expert decided to go for the chop in February 2017 – and unveiled a seriously retro pixie to her fans on Instagram.

    “It's so short,” she wrote. “But I have my safety blanket (fringe). I've been a mega fan of Vidal Sassons 5 point cut for so many years. This isnt an exact version but right for me. I didn't even know I was going to do this last night. Just woke up and did it.

    “Felt so right getting it done at @edenbyedensassoon by @shaydempsey1. Thanks for being brave with me, Shay. Gulp!!”

  • Michelle Williams

    Michelle Williams
    Michelle Williams unveiled a longer, more layered pixie.

    Michelle Williams first debuted her pixie cut in May 2010.

    She later revealed to Elle magazine that she had a very personal reason for going for the chop, explaining that it was a tribute to her late fiancé, Heath Ledger, who passed away in January 2008.

    "I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it," she said.

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    Lupita Nyong'o
    Lupita Nyong'o knows how to rock a pixie.

    Is there a makeup or hair look that actress Lupita Nyong’o can’t pull off? We are obsessed with her fierce pixie.

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson
    Scarlett Johansson is the queen of the mini mane.

    Scarlett Johansson was warned not to cut her hair short by almost everyone she knew, but she wasn’t prepared to give up on her pixie crop dreams.
     
    “Everybody kept saying, 'Don't cut your hair! You might hate it!'" she told Refinery29.
     
    “[But I asked myself] Why am I letting other people tell me what to do?”
     
    The finished result is effortlessly chic and elegant, so we imagine Scarlett is very pleased she ignored all the naysayers.

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway
    Anne Hathaway opted for a sweeping fringe with her pixie.

    Anne Hathaway’s elfin crop was voted one of the most influential celebrity haircuts of all time, and it’s easy to see why.

    Speaking about how her life changed once she opted for the pixie, Anne told Glamour:  “People are warmer to me. Also, I'm a fairly shy person, and [in the past] on days when I didn't want to deal with the world, I'd wear a hat and pull my hair around me and hide. I can't do that now. I have to be me all the time.”

    She added: “And it's changed my habits, because if I was having a bad skin day, I could have a good hair day. Now I have no hair, so I have to take better care of myself because I'm all face!”

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman
    Natalie Portman looks brilliant with a pixie.

    Natalie Portman famously shaved her head for her role in V For Vendetta – which grew out just in time for her to show off a beautifully gamine pixie cut on the red carpet at the premiere.

    She said to Black Film at the time: “I was excited to have the opportunity to throw vanity away for a little and go around with no hair.

    “Making a dramatic change that isn't reversible is always a worthy experience, and that sort of gave me the courage to do it.”

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Rihanna

    Rihanna
    Rihanna has always been able to rock any hairdo.

    Rihanna constantly strives for change when it comes to both her music and her hair, which means that she’s rocked a number of styles over the years. One of our absolute favourites, however, was this layered and sweeping pixie cut – it definitely added an edgy, modern day twist to the Audrey Hepburn-esque style.

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Audrey Tautou

    Audrey Tautou
    Audrey Tautou shows us that curls work as a crop.

    Audrey Tautou is proof that every woman should take the plunge and get a short haircut at some point in their lives – mainly because she made the pixie her own when she kept her natural waves in the mix. Eternally chic style.

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Audrey Hepburn

    Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn was one of the original pixie converts.

     If we were to list the most iconic pixie haircuts, Audrey Hepburn’s romantic crop would definitely take the number one slot. Utterly fearless, the short style was truly daring for the time – and signified a fearless woman who didn’t need to hair to hide behind her hair. 

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Emma Watson

    Emma Watson
    Emma Watson debuted a pixie crop on the red carpet.

    Emma Watson celebrated the end of her time as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise by chopping off her long brunette hair. Her layered pixie gave off a ‘70s free spirit vibe – and encouraged countless women to go short, too.

    Describing the experience as liberating, Emma famously said at the time: “It felt amazing. I love it. I missed all that experimentation that most teenagers go through.

    "I've wanted to do this since I was about 16, so as soon as I had the chance I was like, 'Right. This is it.''

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Carey Mulligan

    Carey Mulligan
    Carey Mulligan went for a long, fluttery pixie.

    Carey Mulligan’s bold and heavily-textured pixie cut proved once and for all that short hair could be just as exciting as long. 

    Image: Rex Pictures 

  • Halle Berry

    Halle Berry
    Halle Berry has always looked great with short hair.

    Halle Berry has rocked a number of hairstyles over the years, but it’s her signature pixie crop that has become iconic.

    So it’s unsurprising that the X-Men star feels more confident when sporting a mini mane.

    “I love short hair—that’s me, that’s who I am. I just feel confident and feel like my best self when I have short hair,” she told ELLE.

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Charlize Theron

    Charlize Theron
    Charlize Theron with a mega short pixie.

    Charlize Theron left fans stunned when she stepped out at the 85th Annual Academy Awards with a brand-new pixie cut. But, despite being surrounded by the flowing locks of her fellow A-listers, Charlize had no regrets about going for the chop.

    “It's the most freeing thing,” she said. “I highly recommend it. I think every woman should do it.”

    Image: Rex Pictures

  • Kate Moss

    Kate Moss
    Remember when Kate Moss had a pixie?

    In 2001, the supermodel ditched her long locks for a pixie cut that was easier to fit into her jet-setting diary.

    Her hairstylist James Brown called, "very easy to maintain. She washes it, blow-dries and goes."

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  • Jennifer Hudson

    Jennifer Hudson
    Jennifer Hudson added her own twist to the classic pixie.

    Jennifer Hudson is famed for switching up her look on a regular basis, but the Oscar-winning actress is definitely a fan of her shorter ‘dos.

    Raving about her pixie cut to the press, she said: “It’s so easy! Then I get to explore myself and find my new swag with this!

    “You know, it changes your wardrobe, your style, your flavour, so I’m getting used to it!”

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  • Keira Knightley

    Keira Knightley
    Keira Knightley left us all wanting a longer, feathery pixie.

    Keira Knightley’s cut her hair into a pixie for a film role, but the Pride & Prejudice star made sure the style was well and truly her own with an edgy ombré colour overhaul.

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  • Mia Farrow

    Mia Farrow
    Mia Farrow made us fall in love with the pixie.

    Mia Farrow first appeared on the silver screen with a cascade of thick hair – but, for Rosemary’s Baby in 1968, the actress allowed Vidal Sassoon to trim her locks to within a mere inch of her head. The look became one of the most iconic of all time, and really helped to propel the pixie cut into the halls of follicle fame.

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  • Winona Ryder

    Winona Ryder
    Remember Winona Ryder's pixie crop?

    Winona Ryder’s rebellious attitude was often reflected in her personal style – and never more so than in her pixie cut, which she’s had on-and-off since she was a 12-year-old.

    In an interview with Allure, she explained: “I used to always trim it myself. I enjoy having short hair a lot. I've obviously gone back and forth a lot, but I don't know if I can really pull it off anymore.

    "The in-between stages are awful."

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  • Kaley Cuoco

    Kaley Cuoco
    Kaley Cuoco's pixie was one of the most-requested.

    The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco debuted a very short layered crop hairstyle in 2014 – which was a pretty big deal for the actress, as she’d been sporting long blonde tresses for over two decades.

    She told Women’s Health at the time:  “I haven’t had my hair cut in over 20 years. I was ready for a change -- I felt like I needed to reinvent myself and that cut was awesome.

    "And I kept seeing people cutting their hair shorter and shorter, and I thought, it’s only a few more inches, and I talked to my hair dresser and we cut it. I loved it, I didn’t want to stop. I am surprised I did not shave my head."

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  • Ginnifer Goodwin

    Ginnifer Goodwin
    Ginnifer Goodwin has always flown the flag for pixie cuts.

    Ginnifer Goodwin loves her pixie haircut so much that she’s had a wig clause written into all of her film and television contracts.
     
    She told InStyle: "I find it hard to express myself when I’m growing out a very bad character haircut. 
     
    “As long as I can wear a wig, I can be any character and in real life I can be myself.”

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  • Twiggy

    Twiggy
    Twiggy put the pixie on the map.

    Twiggy took the plunge with a pixie haircut in 1966, later describing it as the haircut that launched her career.

    Speaking to the Mail Online, she said: “I was a bit shocked initially, as I didn’t know what [my stylist] was going to do — and I’m not sure he did either. 

    “Thank goodness I took the plunge!”

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  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Jennifer Lawrence
    Jennifer Lawrence cut her hair into a pixie for the best reason.

    Jennifer Lawrence was famed for her tumbling tresses, so I came as a surprise to fans when the Oscar winner cropped them into a pixie.

    However she had a very good reason for doing it.

    She said: “I just did it to make Francis [the director of the Hunger Games] mad. I did it just to annoy him. He totally thought it was me giving him the finger.”

    The real-life Katniss Everdeen was kidding, obviously – she had to crop it short to give it time to heal after all of those on-screen hair transformations.

    “It's just fried from being dyed so much,” said Jennifer.

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  • Rita Ora

    Rita Ora
    Rita Ora switches up her hair all the time.

    Rita Ora often switches up her look with wigs and extensions, but fans were enamoured with her platinum pixie crop, complete with long layers and a soft, face-framing fringe. What did you think of her short hair ‘do?

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  • Zendaya

    Zendaya
    Zendaya looked great with her faux pixie.

     Zendaya unveiled a pixie crop at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, which completely divided opinion; some fans loved it, others slated her for her new “Kris Jenner hairstyle”.

    The entertainer confidently shot down her critics, posting a range of selfies captioned “short hair don’t care”… before revealing that she was, in fact, wearing a wig.

    What do you think of her faux pixie? 

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  • Victoria Beckham

    Victoria Beckham
    Victoria Beckham went for a very different kind of pixie.

    Forget the fashion designer's iconic posh bob (or 'pob', as we prefer to call it); in 2008, it was all about Victoria Beckham's textured pixie cut.

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  • Madonna

    Madonna
    Madonna opted for a boyish crop in the 80s.

    In 1986, the world became obsessed with Madonna’s bleached blonde and boyish pixie crop.

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  • Sienna Miller

    Sienna Miller
    Remember when Sienna Miller had a pixie?

     Back in 2006, Sienna lopped off her blonde locks into a pixie crop – although she later admitted she wasn’t a fan of her mini mane.

    She told People: “I took a picture of Winona Ryder into a branch of [salon chain] Toni & Guy in an effort to achieve her pixie cut, but when I walked out I looked as if I had a helmet on.

    “My boyfriend at the time opened the door and closed it in my face.”

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  • Agyness Deyn

    Agyness Deyn
    Agyness Deyn had a platinum blonde pixie.

    The platinum blonde pixie was Agyness Deyn's signature hairstyle for many years – and it’s easy to see why, isn’t it?

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  • Katie Holmes

    Katie Holmes
    Katie Holmes looked great with this pixie crop.

    Katie Holmes opted for a layered pixie cut with plenty of texture when Suri Cruise was first born, as she found it easier to maintain with a baby.

    She told Into The Gloss: “I went with a pixie cut when my daughter was really young. It was easy—I mean, it was really easy.”

    However, as it turns out, pixie cuts aren’t to everyone’s taste.

    She said: “I missed my long hair. Especially after a long winter, all I want is sexy, summer hair.”

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  • Elsa Pataky

    Elsa Pataky
    Elsa Pataky has long championed the pixie.

    Spanish actress Elsa Pataky went for the chop in 2012, opting for a beachy pixie cut that required minimal styling on a day-to-day basis. It framed her heart-face perfectly, didn’t it?

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  • Shailene Woodley

    Shailene Woodley
    Shailene Woodley has a cute, punky pixie.

    Shailene Woodley joined the ranks of stars with pixie cuts in 2013, after her appearance in The Fault In Our Stars.

    “I love it. It’s so easy, man,” she said at the Elle Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills. “I’ve always wanted to cut my hair … so it’s exciting to be able to just be free and chop it off.”

    Clearly it made a big impression on the star, as she’s still sporting her cropped hair now.

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  • Cilla Black

    Cilla Black
    Cilla Black shook up the 60s with her pixie.

    Cilla Black shook up the 60s with her deep copper pixie cut – and it’s just as much requested in the salons today as it ever was.

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  • Julianne Hough

    Julianne Hough
    Julianne Hough has a gorgeous pixie.

    When Julianne Hough debuted her pixie cut, a lot of people were surprised she had cut off her long blonde locks.
     
    However the actress and dancer was unperturbed by the reaction, telling E! News: "I've had short hair before [and] I got extensions for a little project I was doing and I was just ready to take ‘em out.
     
    “I decided that day. I was like, you know, just cut it off."

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  • Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus said her pixie was inspired by Twiggy.

    Miley Cyrus’ short blonde pixie cut was a very dramatic change from her Hannah Montana days, helping to separate the actress and singer from her Disney persona.
     
    Miley later admitted that it was 60s icon Twiggy who served as her short hair inspiration, and that her mini mane had helped her feel more in control of her own identity.

    Tweeting a photo of her haircut to fans, she said at the time: “Never felt more me in my whole life."

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  • Tyra Banks

    Tyra Banks
    Tyra Banks gave us this edgy twist to the pixie.

    Tyra Banks had been dreaming of short hair for ages before she got the chop – and she shared the finished result proudly on social media.

    “Snip #NotTooShort” she captioned the image, later adding: “It’s about time. Mom, I finally did it.”
     
    The model’s mini mane definitely suits her, doesn’t it?

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  • Goldie Hawn

    Goldie Hawn
    Goldie Hawn has always made pixies look incredible.

    Much like her daughter, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn is just as famous for her blonde tresses as she is her acting abilities. But the comedy star bravely went for the chop in 1968, transforming her long locks into a shaggy pixie for  Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

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  • Rose McGowan

    Rose McGowan
    Rose McGowan looks great with a pixie.

    Actress and director Rose McGowan cut her hair into a jagged pixie cut to prove a point about femininity.

    Speaking to Elle, she said: "I never really got haircuts, because my whole life as an actress, people would tell me, 'Rose, you can't cut your hair because then, nobody will want to f**k you, and then you won't get parts.' And the sick thing is, I believed them.

    “But once I finished Dawn, and it was selected for Sundance, I realized, why should I care what people think about how I look? Why should anyone care how I look more than what I'm doing? It's bulls**t."

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  • Bex Taylor-Klaus

    Bex Taylor-Klaus
    Bex Taylor-Klaus has always had a chic pixie.

    Bex Taylor-Klaus – better known to Netflix junkies as Audrey from the Scream TV series – has sported a dark elfin crop ever since she appeared as Bullet in The Killing.

    Speaking about her look, she said: "I've had really short hair for a while. I'd dress in baggy clothing. I'd always have fun with having the shock value of being different, whether it's punk, goth or androgyny.

    "It's always entertaining."

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  • Tais Araujo

    Tais Araujo
    Tais Araujo looks great with short hair.

    Tais Araujo chose a chocolate brown pixie cut for her sleek and classic red carpet style at the Cannes film premiere of The Immigrant – it just sums up everything we love about Old Hollywood glamour.

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