How To Turn Your Pixie Haircut Into Perfectly Messy Waves

by Brit + Co
Brit + Co

So you just cut off all your hair, and you're like, “Now what?” Or, maybe you're considering taking the plunge but need the extra encouragement to go there.

One of the most fun things about a pixie haircut, in my opinion, is how versatile short hair can be with just a few tricks up your sleeve. When I first cut off my hair, I wondered if I'd still be able to curl it and have that wild look that I love. If it was a concern of mine, chances are it's a concern for others — so let's get it!

Turns out, curling short hair is super easy to do, as long as you have the right curling iron and a little know-how. This ultimate guide to short hair styling could be the nudge you need to actually hack it off. Trust me — it feels good!

Start curling.

I like to start on the thicker side of my hair, and prefer to curl my hair away from my face.

Start by placing the iron at the base of your first section, then hold the ends of your hair out while you twist the wand to feed the rest of the strands in. Leave around a half inch of hair out at the ends for a more beachy look.

Keep the sections consistent.

Try to keep each section roughly the same size for the best results.

Continue on the other side.

When you're finished with the first side, move over to the other side of your head and curl away from your face.

Add texture.

Add your favorite sea salt spray once your curls have cooled off.

Now, rough it up.

An asymmetrical or really short haircut really lets you get playful with your styling game. Take your fingers and shake them through your waves to create a wild, unkempt finish.

This hairstyle is definitely an easier one, but feel free to play around if you want to take it to another level. Try adding a bunch of different-sized curls to really amp up the texture. Remember — no rules!