The best celebrity pixie hair cuts and crops

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Kayleigh Dray

Blake Lively has been busy showing her black-brown, piecey pixie cut some love on social media.

There’s no point denying it; the pixie hair cut is bold, beautiful, and never goes out of style. It’s the look that has been particularly 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 Kristen Stewart, prefer a punky and boyish crop, like Madonna, or fancy something softer and more layered, like Michelle Williams, there’s 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?

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Blake Lively

The name ‘Blake Lively’ is almost synonymous with long, beachy waves. However, the actor has been experimenting with a series of new looks for her upcoming film, The Rhythm Section – the latest of which is a textured dark pixie cut, which she’s made a point of showcasing on Instagram. However, it remains unclear at this point whether or not she really has gone for a chop, or whether she’s opted to don a wig for this project. We guess only time will tell…

  • Katie Holmes

    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

    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

    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

    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. 

  • Kristen Wiig

    Comedy mastermind Wiig has a lot to smile about. Famous for championing more roles for women in the film industry with her work on the smash-hit film Bridesmaids and the all-female ensemble cast in the recent Ghostbusters re-make, she’s one heck of a lady.

    But another thing this writer and actress can smile about is her hair, thanks to this enviable crop. Full of volume, block-y texture and a plethora of expertly blended shades, you’ll see us waving about her picture in our local hairdressers by the weekend.

  • Cara Delevingne

    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 what we’re giving the singer extra pixie points for is her new blonde shade, which we have to say, suits her just as much as her natural brown. Also, can we just have a moment for that t-shirt? 


  • Kristen Stewart

    Joining the ranks of Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne, Stewart has stepped out with not just any ol’ pixie cut, but a leopard-esque, blonde-tinged version of the style.

    Seizing the colour of the moment, the Twilight actress and face of Chanel oozes androgynous chic with her uber-crop. 

  • 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: “Your mom's therapist friend she leaves your dad for.”

  • Zoe Kravitz

    Zoe Kravitz has never been afraid to experiment with her hair – but fans were still on tenterhooks when the actor and musician teased her new look on Instagram with a photo of a pile of blonde hair on the floor of a salon. She captioned it simply: “Oh sh*t: part 1.”

    A few hours later, the Big Little Lies star shared a selfie of her platinum-blonde buzz cut, and captioned it: “Oh sh*t: part 2.” 

    We echo the sentiments of Instagram users everywhere when we say that we “love it”.

  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry certainly isn’t afraid of experimenting with her look – so we weren’t too surprised to learn that the Chained to the Rhythm star had decided to go for the chop.

    On Thursday 2 March, she unveiled a platinum pixie crop on Instagram; think lots of layering on top, a sweeping side-parting, and shaved sides, for a little extra oomph.

    Thanking her hairdresser on Instagram, she wrote: “I wasn’t ready ‘til now.”

  • 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!!”

  • Kristen Wiig

    Kristen Wiig, who has never been afraid to experiment with her hair, debuted a bright blonde pixie crop during a teaser for the 19 November 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live.

    The Ghostbusters star’s new look appeared to have been inspired by Mia Farrow’s famous close crop, with blonde highlights framing her face in a cut that ends right at her ears. 

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  • Michelle Williams

    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.

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  • Lupita Nyong'o

  • Scarlett Johansson

    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.

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  • Anne Hathaway

    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!”

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  • Natalie Portman

    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.”

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  • Rihanna

    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.

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  • Audrey Tautou

    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.

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  • Audrey Hepburn

     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. 

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  • Emma Watson

    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.''

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  • Carey Mulligan

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

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  • Halle Berry

    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.

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  • Charlize Theron

    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.”

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  • Kate Moss

    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 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’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 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’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

    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 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 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 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 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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  • Lena Dunham

    The Girls creator debuted her pixie crop in 2015 during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. When he complimented her new look, she replied: "Thank you so much, I'm premiering it right now on the show.”

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  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry claimed that she had been inspired by Kris Jenner’s chic black pixie cut when she unveiled her textured mini mane on Instagram – but, as it later transpired, her look was achieved using a very realistic-looking wig. Which was a shame, really, as there’s no denying that Katy looked good with short hair.

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  • Zendaya

     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

    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

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

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  • Sienna Miller

     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

    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 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

    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 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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  • Elise Neal

    We have long been fans of Elise Neal’s soft and sweeping pixie cut; it frames her features perfectly, doesn’t it?

  • Cilla Black

    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

    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’ 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 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

    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

    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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  • Frankie Sandford

    Frankie Sandford – who makes up 1/5 of British girl group The Saturdays – is so famed for her pixie crop that fans were completely blown away when she added long brunette extensions to her hair recently. 

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  • Bex Taylor-Klaus

    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 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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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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