33 Short Shaggy, Spiky, Edgy Pixie Cuts and Hairstyles

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Razor Cut With Long Bangs

Razor cut with long bangs

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Q&A with Style Creator Carly Rae Coady

Hairstylist @ Harlow Salon in Nashville, TN

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This haircut screams edgy and feminine at the same time. What’s great about this look is that it has the strength of a short pixie, but the versatility and softness through the top to allow the client to style many ways. The copper shade pairs well with the strength that is in redheads, but at the same time, they (to me) represent all that is unique in beauty.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I definitely love any type of texture, ESPECIALLY in a short look, so I love to cocktail Bed Head’s Joyride Powder Balm with Sfactor Creamy Molding Wax to create soft control and to allow the manipulation of the hair working from roots to ends. I used TIGI Copyright Color for the red. From my experience their longevity for red hair color is unparalleled.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This works best on oval or elongated face shapes as it does not lengthen the appearance of the face. If you’re into effortless style, this is perfect for you because you can let it dry naturally or have a quick blow dry and go with the right product. Copper tones are best on naturally warm toned skin, so if you’re on the cooler side, a cooler red may work best!

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

This look is all about that strength but at the same time, effortless style. Embrace that and run with it! Be willing to play with the product as your main styling tool.

Wavy Asymmetrical Pixie With Pastel Red

Wavy asymmetrical bob with pastel red

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Q&A with Style Creator Travis Kimpel

Hairstylist @ Kelly Cardenas Salon in Chicago, IL

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about it is that it’s an asymmetrical look while still being very feminine. This particular guest loves having her sides pretty clean, but she gets body and versatility with the length and layers on the longer side.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

For this look, we took Angelique to white blonde all over first. Even though her natural color is pretty light, there was definitely some delicate hair fabric that needed love. I recommend Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue as it restrengthens with quinoa extract, protects against heat damage, and seals the cuticle to prevent color fade.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This works best for medium hair types that aren’t too curly. Asymmetrical looks are definitely not for just anyone, so I recommend it for personalities that like to have fun with their hair and probably someone who is also in an artistic field professionally.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Make sure your stylist goes over the proper blow dry procedure to keep your style looking awesome. I used Paul Mitchell’s 413 brush with the Neuro Grip blow dryer and flat wrapped the hair before using a smoothing iron to curl.

Faux-Hawk Fade with Purple Highlights

Faux-hawk fade with purple highlights

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Q&A with style creator, Mahri Jones

Owner+Hair Maven @ Parlor Salon in Richmond, VA

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a punk-inspired, disconnected and faded faux-hawk! I love how bold and strong it is, yet it maintains softness around the perimeter. Most of my cutting lately has been inspired by strong shapes and soft nuances. I like to blur the line between “masculine” and “feminine”.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

Before any other products, I ALWAYS recommend a heat and color protectant that adds moisture. My favorite is Unite’s 7 Seconds Detangler. After that, I use a root-boost enhancing product to give hold from the base like Unite’s Expanda Volume (adding in Expanda Dust, for finer hair that needs extra lift). Then I recommend a pomade to piece out to your desired shape. Right now, I’ve been loving a mix of R+Co’s Badlands and Continental. Finish up with a strong hold hairspray (I use R+Co’s Vicious) and you are good to go!

What type of person would this look work best for?

This look is definitely for a creative person that is confident in owning their look. Someone that wants to make a statement, without looking like a teenager. Someone with a story to tell.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Start slow and know your own parameters. If you know you’re the kind of person that doesn’t handle change well, do not jump into a style like this! Start with something shorter, then move to a tighter fade, then start playing with shapes. My inspiration is drawn from the contours and shape of the head.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

I did not do the color, but if I had, I would recommend a color protectant and a pigmented conditioner (made by your professional colorist/stylist) to maintain the color between appointments.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Pixie

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Pixie

Instagram @austinprice_hair

Relive Hollywood’s golden age with this very short cut. Stylist Austin perfectly mimicked a classy look that is a timeless flatterer for all women.

Edgy & Chic Short Curls

Edgy and chic short curls

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Q&A with style creator, Whitney Green

Hairstylist @ Warren Tricomi in New York, NY

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is an edgy and chic style. What I love about this hairstyle is that anyone can rock this look, you just have to have self-confidence, rock it and own it.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

With the correct haircut, a strong firm pomade and a little oil serum combo will easily achieve this look. Don’t forget to add your stronghold hairspray as well for the finishing touch.

What type of person would this look work best for? (Hair types, face shapes, skin tone, lifestyle, personality, etc.)

Now many people may say this look is not made for certain face shapes, skin tones, etc., but I believe this hairstyle is multicultural that can really create a whole new look for someone. Another cool thing about this hairstyle is that if done properly, it can be worn both in the nightclub or in the office. It covers all the bases!

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Short hair does require more maintenance. In order to keep this look looking fresh and chic, just be prepared to visit your hairstylist at least once a month.

Long Undercut with Shadow Root

Long undercut with shadow root

Instagram @cutbyivis

Q&A with style creator, Ivis Hernandez

Hair Artist @ Against The Grain in Spring, TX

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is an undercut with a shadow root and hand painted balayage highlights. My favorite things about cut are that it’s super easy and fast to style and it’s slightly versatile. It’s a short haircut, but looks very sexy and sassy.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I would recommend a texture cream before the blow dry, then spray wax, dry shampoo or even a pomade (but nothing too sticky) to bring out the texture and dimension of the hair. Finish it off with a soft to medium workable hairspray.

What type of person would this look work best for?

When choosing your color, use colors that best compliment the client’s skin tone. Medium or medium to coarse hair works best for these cuts. Straight, wavy, or curly hair can all wear this look, it just depends on how much time they are willing to spend on their styling time.

Oval, square and heart face shapes wear a short style best, but really as long as you have the confidence and personality to match, anyone can rock it.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Realize that while this is a low maintenance style at home, it is higher maintenance in the salon. I recommend short hair like this come into the salon every five to six weeks for maintenance. Choosing the correct styling products are also important to take into consideration.

Magenta Red Highlights

Magenta red highlights

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Q&A with Style Creator Anjelii Loconte

Hairstylist @ GD Beauty Bar in El Dorado Hills, CA

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a fun look! My favorite thing about this look is that it’s edgy, but a full-time mom who has three kids can rock it and still feel sexy and classy

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I would recommend a volume spray or mousse to create volume and add grit to the hair before blow drying. Finish this look with a dry texture spray or a wax to piece and polish.

What type of person would this look work best for?

Honestly, this look is for anyone who wants to have an easy to maintain style, and someone who wants to feel and look different. I love a woman with confidence who is comfortable rocking this look!

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Make sure the client is ready to have and maintain this look, as well as to have a good time with it!

Unique Layered Movement

pixie cut with movement

Instagram @wwesleyjohn

Q&A with style creator, Wesley Hanlon

Creative Director @ Sassoon Salon and Academy in Toronto, Canada

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look has a rounded, head-hugging shape. The great thing about it is that the short layers through the top are different lengths. This creates movement and a lot of texture, which is what I love most about it.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I used Craft Clay from Sebastian which gives lots of texture and separation. You can also finish with a bit of light dry hairspray to hold the look.

What type of person would this look work best for?

The look is great for anyone with confidence. The haircut can work well on straight or wavy hair textures. The color is just hints of warm highlights to add even more texture.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

If you’re ready for short hair and your hair type is similar to this model, go for it.

Impressive Silver With Side Swept Bangs

Impressive silver with side swept bangs

Q&A with Style Creator Vanessa Williamson

Hairstylist @ Rendezvous Hair Salon in Columbus, OH

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is an incredibly classy short hairstyle that is not only professional, but extremely low maintenance. My favorite thing about it is the versatility. It has enough length in the front to be worn to the side, in a pompadour, wavy, or without any styling at all. It makes it incredibly attractive to the guest for all of these factors.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I try to live by the rule that most styles can be created by only using three products. For this particular style, I used Kenra Blow Dry Spray to protect from heat and reduce drying time in half. It also leaves the hair shiny and manageable. The second product that I used for this look is Moroccanoil Light. I used this so that the client’s hair would not only feel like silk, but also to help treat her lightened hair from the inside out. The third product that I used was Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray. This is my HOLY GRAIL of texture products. It isn’t heavy, it leaves beautiful texture in the hair, and it smells divine!

What type of person would this look work best for?

This style looks amazing on many different types of clients. My entire philosophy as a stylist is to empower each guest to be the most confident version of themselves, period. That is all this style requires. Confidence! It does not matter your hair type, face shape, skin tone or lifestyle.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Make sure to always book in advance so you can be in the salon every four to five weeks to maintain! Other than that, be prepared for the endless compliments that it receives. This client gets stopped on the streets by people praising her beautiful hair!!

A Boyish Look for Thick Hair

A boyish look for thick hair

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Q&A with Style Creator Holly Seidel

Hairstylist @ Winslow Salon in Kirkland, WA

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a boyish or androgynous haircut. I love this little edgy look! It’s cut with a longer, very texturized top. You can wear this with side-parted bangs around the face or all slicked back and up for a “borrowed from the boys” or tomboy look.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I would recommend a product with hold and definition. Rock Hard Gel (although feels like more of a cream) from Oribe is great for this style.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This style actually works very well on medium to pretty thick hair. Straight to slightly wavy hair will work best for this style as it’s meant for very little styling. This style will show off your face and features and works great for many different face shapes. Any lifestyle works as this haircut goes between edgy/trendy to conservative, depending on how you style it!

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Going short can be scary the first time, so if you are considering this cut make sure you are ready to let go and trust your stylist to create the perfect look. The more confident you are in your hairdresser, the better your result will be!

Smokey Pastel Colors

Smokey pastel colors

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Q&A with Style Creator Elissa Wolfe

Hairstylist @ Axis Hair Salons in Vancouver, BC

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a smokey pastel look on a long pixie. I love this look because there is so much movement in the color and the longer layers on top. I think this is the most versatile a shorter crop can be and have some fun color too!

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I used Joico Metallics to make the pastels, but any direct dye or semi-permanent color mixed with conditioner will do! I recommend some volumizer before blow drying for movement and then a texturizer to mess up the layers once dry.

What type of person would this look work best for?

Fine to medium density hair is great for this cut! Any skin tone can wear these colors because of the metallic undertone to the pastels. They compliment all skin types! I think this cut definitely requires a strong personality to pull off the statement both the cut and color makes. It’s fun but still professional, so any woman can pull this off going to school, the office or anywhere!

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

I recommend doing a hair strand test before trying to create these pastels as they require a lot of lightening first. A good, clean blonde base will allow for these pastels! If you’re wanting to have chopped hair, make sure you go for maximum versatility. Keep length in the front and on top to give you lots of styling options.

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