GO SHORTY

A lit­tle po­lit­i­cal and a lot fash­ion, the plat­inum pixie cut is def­i­nitely a thing, says Sarah Mur­ray

Fashion Quarterly - - Beauty -

First there was the lob, then came the bob — it seems the hottest hair lengths just keep creep­ing ever higher. Right now the trend is for the per­ox­ide pixie cut, which is about as short a crop as you can get with­out shav­ing your head. We’ve seen lead­ing ladies rock the pixie be­fore. It’s long been a favourite style of ac­tress Michelle Wil­liams, who once said she sported the ’do as a nod to her for­mer part­ner Heath Ledger. How­ever, ear­lier this year model and style icon Cara Delev­ingne, ac­tress Zoë Kravitz and singer Katy Perry all showed off rad­i­cal hair trans­for­ma­tions — all of the plat­inum va­ri­ety. They say two dra­matic hair­cuts is a co­in­ci­dence, but three is a trend. And we’re on board.

Cre­ative di­rec­tor of Welling­ton’s Willis York, Re­becca Brent, says the pixie cut has al­ways been a well-liked choice, but she be­lieves its re­cent surge in pop­u­lar­ity is due to the po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere. “At the mo­ment there’s a huge po­lit­i­cal shift hap­pen­ing, which of­ten cre­ates a shift in fash­ion and style. Woman are feel­ing em­pow­ered and cut­ting their hair su­per-short to re­flect that.” Whether it’s the postHil­lary han­gover or the re­cent world­wide Women’s Marches, change is in the air.

With the plat­inum pixie cut fast be­com­ing the hair­style of the day, how do we pull it off? Con­trary to what you might think, Re­becca says al­most ev­ery­one can try it — the key is know­ing that not all pixie cuts are cre­ated equal, so cus­tomis­ing yours to suit you is es­sen­tial.

“Those with an oval-shaped face are lucky enough to suit any style, while those with a round face suit a cut with a longer, off­set fringe [think Jen­nifer Lawrence]. If you have a square face, you’ll need tex­ture and height, and a heartshaped face looks cute with a pixie fringe.”

As for the plat­inum as­pect, Re­becca be­lieves there’s a blonde out there to suit us all. “I find short hair­cuts need to be bold for max­i­mum im­pact; the colour is what makes this look so strik­ing. This is a shade that should only be done by a pro­fes­sional, who will find one to suit your skin tone,” she says.

Of course, a hair­style like this does in­volve a bit of up­keep. “Reg­u­lar trims ev­ery four to six weeks will keep it look­ing sharp,” says Re­becca. “And colour­ing ev­ery six weeks will help avoid over-pro­cess­ing and break­age.” She also sug­gests in­vest­ing in qual­ity home hair­care to help main­tain colour and shine and neu­tralise yel­low tones.

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