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The right pixie cut for your face shape

Chrissy Callahan is a freelance beauty/fashion writer and editor. She has written for a variety of different websites and covered everything from NY Fashion Week to interviews with top industry professionals. For the latest beauty and fa...

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Pixie cuts are all the rage these days, but do you have the right look for the cut? We're talking to a hairstylist to find out what pixie will work for your face shape and how to style yours once you've made the cut.

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Before making the big cut, it's important to figure out what face shape you have. Lucky for you, we have a handy guide to help you out. Once you're all set with your face shape, there are a few things to consider before you head to the salon. We got Matrix Celebrity Hairstylist George Papanikolas to offer some of his best tips for what pixie cut to choose for your unique face shape and how to style your new 'do.

An oval face

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According to Papanikolas, you're pretty lucky if you've got an oval-shaped face. "They can wear pretty much any haircut, and they will look great," he says. Since you're free to play around with different cuts and styles, get creative and experiment with heavy fringe for your pixie or messy textures.

A round face

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To offset the roundness of your lovely visage and add "just the right amount of angles," Papanikolas recommends asking your stylist for a pixie with an angled side-swept bang. Wearing your pixie straight will also help keep your face from looking even rounder.

A long face

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If you're rocking a long face, a pixie cut should be approached with caution, Papanikolas says, as it might draw too much emphasis to the length of your face. The ideal cut for you? A short bob. But if you're absolutely set on a pixie, you can make it work as long as you part it on the side to balance things out. Wearing your pixie wavy can also give more width and balance.

A square face

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Papanikolas suggests a shaggy pixie for ladies with a square face. The piecey texture will help balance out your stronger jaw line and add nice definition. As with all pixies, make sure you visit your salon every four to six weeks for a trim to maintain the shape.

A heart-shaped face

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If your face features a heart shape, bangs will really make your pixie stand out. Papanikolas recommends framing your pretty eyes with a flattering swooping bang. Also, feel free to go pretty short in the back.

A diamond-shaped face

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Shine bright with a pixie cut featuring lots of top volume. Another tip Papanikolas offered? Side cropping will flatter your high cheek bones and the angles of your face.

Pixie product picks

Now that you've cut your hair into a pixie, it's time to arm yourself with some top-notch hair products to style your new 'do. Lucky for you, we've selected a few of our faves!

Something sleek

For times when you want to polish your pixie, reach for a product that will keep your look flat and sleek.

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Our pick: Matrix Total Results Heat Resist Iron Tamer (, $16)

A volumizer

You're not resigned to boring hair days if you cut your hair into a pixie cut. In fact, pixies can have a lot of fun with their locks. The key? Volume. Play with the height and texture of your pixie with a volumizer that will instantly transform locks.

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Our pick: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Teasing Dust (, $23)

A paste or wax

Mold your sassy pixie a number of ways with a flexible wax that will give you loads of texture and all-day hold.

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Our pick: Fudge Urban Matte Wax (, $11)

A spray

Just because your hair's short doesn't mean you won't need some hairspray. For those gals rocking pixies with bangs, a spray will come in extra handy to add hold. Or if you're simply looking to add some definition and shine, spray will do wonders.

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Our pick: Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray (, $5)

An accessory

Show off your short 'do with some flashy hair accessories to add extra flair to your look. Bobby pins and headbands are always a fun way to switch things up.

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Our pick: Remington Metal Headband with Flowers (, $10)

A brush

Think chicks with pixies don't experience hair knots? Think again. The longer your pixie is, the more potential for knotting, so arm yourself with a brush that'll get you out the door in no time, knot-free.

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Our pick: Knot Genie Peaceful Pink Knot Genie Brush (, $20)

More hairstyle tips

Hairstyles for round face shapes
Hairstyles that will make you look thinner
What would happen if you quit shampoo

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