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10 Gorgeous Ways to Wear a Straight Pixie Cut

Apr 29 2010 - 10:00am

Whether your hair is straight because you were born that way or because you've processed it, a pixie cut is a great way to work with straight texture, get rid of damage, and make a dramatic change. It's also one of the prettiest wash-and-wear styles around. But picking out a pixie that will work on your hair type and bring out the best in your face shape can be hit or miss. To help you get the right pixie, I've put together a variety of the best celebrity cuts, breaking down who they work on and why. See which looks might just be for you now.

The Messy Pixie

Keira Knightley [1] looked amazing with this short bedhead style, and if you have an elongated or rectangular face with fine to medium hair, it can look great on you, too. The long, side-swept bangs balance the face and give a little extra roundness while accentuating the eyes.

The Rocker Pixie

Kristen Stewart [2]'s mussed, grown-out pixie is the ultimate in disheveled cool, and it looks beautiful framing oval- or heart-shaped faces with medium or thick hair.

The Short and High Pixie

If you've got petite features and an oval face like Rihanna [3], a close cropped pixie with some edgy volume at the front will be dramatic and call more attention to your face. This is also a great cut if you don't want to go completely short all over.

The Posh Pixie

Leave it to Victoria Beckham [4] to create her own pixie look. If you have stick-straight hair that's fine to medium, this style will really enhance your texture. Because of the angularity of the cut, though, this one isn't a great idea for those with square or rectangular faces.

The Swoop Bang Pixie

This irresistibly pretty cut that Ciara wore works best on fine to medium hair, and looks great on oval, heart, and rectangular face shapes thanks to its smooth, longer layers.

The Piece-y Pixie

Winona Ryder [5]'s soft, textured pixie is gorgeous on square or rectangular face shapes, where the face-framing pieces help soften the look, while the side parted bangs break up harsh angles. Because of all the layering, though, this is best on medium to thick hair.

The Cropped Pixie

Ginnifer Goodwin [6]'s pixie is short, sweet, and works beautifully on round- or heart-shaped faces because of the closely-cropped sides. The choppy bangs also balance the face, adding a touch of angularity.

The Ingenue Pixie

Carey Mulligan [7] blond color may not be everyone's favorite, but her chic cut certainly is. This rounded pixie is a flirty, retro style that's decidedly feminine, and it works best on those with delicate features or oval faces with medium hair.

The Mop Top Pixie

Agyness Deyn never fails to look edgy but pretty, and this fashion-forward pixie/bowl cut is definitely for those who're a little punk. This look really softens square faces or long faces, but it also works on oval. If you've got cowlicks or fine hair, though, you might be better off avoiding this one, since styling will be extremely time consuming for you.

The Pouf Pixie

If, like Katherine McPhee, you have an oval, angular, or long face, a wedged pixie with volume at the top and sides will soften your features and give you a little extra balance.


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