The sleekness of a smooth-styled pixie taps into the softer side of a shorter cut, resulting in a timeless finesse that embraces light and wispy textures with ease. Channel your inner Joan of Arc with this elegant look, which is proof that less really can be more. Powerful women the world over have been sporting this cropped chop since the late 1950s, but today it truly feels as fresh and brave as ever.
What the smooth pixie lacks in length it makes up for with grace and personality, exposing the neck and delicately framing the face to create a sexy, modern elegance. It's easy to style but layering must be precise and requires diligent upkeep by an expert. Visit your stylist equipped with imagery of pixies you admire, and the two of you can work together to bring your vision to full fruition.
For ultimate control when styling this look, New York City stylist and L'Oréal Professionnel Ambassador Drew Schaefering says to smooth your hair flat to the head by lightly distributing a molding gelee and then blow drying. "Use a comb to dry hair," he says. "The teeth will keep it flat and offer more control than a brush will, giving it a cleaner and neater finish." As a final touch, add a tiny bit of styling wax for shine and definition.
A one-inch flat iron will help create clean lines, while a spritz of root-lifting spray at the back of the crown will add just a touch of drama, accentuating cheekbones-just use a quick spritz at the roots and loosely style with your fingers.