8 Ways to Style a Pixie Haircut with Bangs

A new season is as good an excuse as any to change up your hairstyle, and with the sweltering summer months just around the corner, you might be looking to shed a few layers as a cut. If you’re nodding right now, you might consider a pixie haircut with bangs. Pixies are a timeless take on shorts, and adding a bit of fringing to the front is the perfect way to modernize the look.

Rising temperatures make the ultra-short cut even more alluring. “Pixies are a perfect summer option because they’re light and airy — nothing to take off your face in the heat or humidity,” notes Antonia Wazir, hairstylist and global Mizani curl specialist. Plus, less hair means less time spent melting in front of the mirror. “You’re not stuck in a damp bathroom with a hair dryer and heated tools, sweating it out before you leave,” adds Devin Graciano, hairstylist and product development manager at Goldie Locks, on the look of the elf.

Beyond the logistics, rocking a pixie cut with bangs is a surefire way to ooze easy glamor that’s sure to turn heads — and few cuts are as versatile. There truly is a pixie for every mood, whether you’re feeling bold and daring or chic and elegant. Larry Sims, celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Flawless by Gabrielle Union, recommends that you just keep your face shape in mind. He also says to go to a professional for the cut and opt for a style that you can maintain at home with minimal heat, to ensure “hair integrity”. But have fun with it because, as Sims says, pixie haircuts are “effortless, sexy, and fly-away — all at the same time.”

If you’re sold on pixie haircuts with bangs, then scroll down for eight versions that are perfect for summer.

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The bowl cut

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The bowl cut gets a bad rap, but this super chic version with its layers and wispy bangs is sure to mess up everything you thought you knew. Take Storm Reid’s haircut as evidence.

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The asymmetrical pixie

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There’s no one way to rock a pixie with bangs, and this asymmetrical half-shaved cut on Halsey is inspo for an edgy variation. Fully embrace the uneven aesthetic by wearing it with an asymmetrical fringe.

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Fluffy layers

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Lean towards volume and texture with a pixie cut like this that is heavy on the fluffy front bangs. Wazir says dense, thicker hair can be tricky because it tends to “puff out,” but a pixie is totally doable with some extra texture.

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Baby Bangs

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Add a pinch of edge to an otherwise tricky 60s-style pixie cut by adding choppy bangs like the one seen here. “Zoë Kravitz showed us how a cropped, short pixie haircut adds alluring confidence to an already beautiful woman,” Graciano notes.

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Side swept bangs

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For a sleek yet classic take on a pixie cut, opt for side-swept bangs and even layers — a variation Graciano favors for being so timeless.

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With textures

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Sims assures that pixie haircuts aren’t just for straight hair. “Any texture can give a pixie look,” he told Bustle. Joey King proves that curly bangs add depth and a bit more glamour.

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The jerky shag

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You can also opt for a shaggy pixie for more texture. “I love a razor-cut pixie that looks choppy and spiky,” says Wazir. For this, she says to cut the sides and back short enough that the magnification still looks chic. “Otherwise, you can end up creating a helmet head effect,” she explains.

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The Bixie

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For a longer, cooler version of a short haircut with bangs, consider a “bixie” – where a pixie meets a bob. Rowan Blanchard shows off his version of the ‘do, which is heavy on the layers and I do not know what vibes.

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