Jenna Mahoney

Blond Pixies

A new crop has been springing up on the red carpet: the platinum pixie.

What is it, exactly?

A pixie cut generally refers to hair that is short on the back and sides, with a longer fringe on top. The layered cut also has a lot of depth and is easy to dress up or down.

Wondering if this cut is right for you?

Effortlessly cool, this layered, cropped hairstyle looks best on oval- and heart-shaped faces -- think Michelle Williams and Emma Watson. It also flatters a face with strong features and delicate structure, like indie darling Carey Mulligan and the ultimate inspiration, Mia Farrow.

Ready to get on board? Bring a picture of your favorite look at as many angles and styles as possible. That way, your stylist will know exactly how much versatility you'd like to get. Ditto for the length. If you're afraid to go so short, ask your stylist to cut heavy, layered bangs that sweep from the crown across the forehead.

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Jenna Mahoney is a beauty, travel and lifestyle editor and writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work has appeared in such publications as Allure, Self, Fitness, Shape, New York Magazine, and online at and

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