One Pixie Cut, 4 Holiday Looks

Myth: Having short hair means your 'do doesn't have a lot of options for holiday fabulousness. Sound like something you've been told? Don't listen to that. Cropped hair can go places other hair lengths can't. And, in terms of 'tis-the-season party style, this means you've got a whole world of volume and texture at your fingertips. We wanted our pixies higher and more eye-catching, and to play around with everything from punk-inspired shapes to ultra-pretty mod 'dos. So, we called in Ricardo Dinis, Aveda's Global Artistic Haircutting Director, to show us how to transform a short pixie into all kinds of holiday gorgeousness.
Chloe, our model for this adventure, has the sides of her head buzzed, and a long fringe on top. That longer top piece is the key to versatility. Check out the four looks we created with her ‘do and let us know if you're feeling inspired to take your crop from cute to holiday-perfect.
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Hair by Ricardo Dinis; Photographed by Erin Yamagata; Makeup by Gabrielle Korn.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
For our first look, Dinis channeled Twiggy, and then gave her a modern, andro-chic twist. Begin by blowdrying your hair down and to the side, using a paddle brush. The dirtier your hair, the more volume it’ll have. Use your head as a molding surface to guide the hair as you blowdry it, brushing it flat against your scalp.

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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Flip your hair in the opposite direction that you blow-dried it, and create a deep side part. A pro-tip: “The side part shouldn’t go straight back,” Dinis instructs. “Instead, it should be on a slight diagonal.”
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Use some heavy-duty hairspray to smooth out any frizz or cowlicks. Dinis is partial to Aveda's Control Force Hairspray.
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The finishing holiday touch? Add some gold bobby pins in a stack somewhere amidst your fringe. It’ll look great on either side of the part.
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This is a great day-to-night style. Office-appropriate, with a festive flair.
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The final look is ‘60s-inspired, yet totally contemporary. “It would look even stronger worn with an androgynous pantsuit,” says Dinis.
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To create this fun, funky headband look, start by blowdrying your hair straight back, using a paddle brush to guide it.

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Using a thin straightening iron, straighten the ends of your hair. Make sure there’s no bend in your locks whatsoever — they should just stick straight out.
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Gently work some pomade in, and push the strands back. Then prepare to place a stretchy headband on your head.
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Push the headband about half an inch up from your forehead. It’s okay if some of the hair you pushed back comes forward. The wilder, the better!
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If it starts to droop, add some hairspray. The key to rocking this style is confidence — but you knew that.
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What’s the point of having a pixie if you’re not going to turn it into a mohawk every now and then? Start by blowdrying your hair upside-down, working your fingers through it as you go.

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Flip back up, and work some matte-finish pomade up into your hair. Create a mohawk shape with your hands, working the product in and up. “Pretend you’re a little kid in the bathtub making a mohawk out of shampoo,” Dinis says.
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If there are any strands that just won’t adhere to the shape you’re creating, use a bobby pin to connect them to the strands that are obeying.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
You could just stop there, but why? Stick a fun holiday-themed accessory in the 'do. We used this bow pin to make Chloe look like she’s a present. You can place it just about anywhere you want as long as you make sure the pin is concealed.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Dinis fastened the pin to the side of Chloe’s head so that it looks like the bow just fell from the sky and landed perfectly in her hair. Hey, it could happen.
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Ta-da! An edgy way to look festive and party-ready.
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If you’re too cool to be excited about the holidays, but want to look nice for the parties anyway, we’ve got the perfect ‘do for you. Slicked back and ultra-shiny, it’s the chicest nonchalance ever. Start by combing your wet hair straight back.

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Blowdry it back on a low setting so that the sleek shape is maintained.
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Spray it with some glossy high-shine spray for a wet look (since it’s too cold out to actually go to the party with wet hair).
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Since this style is so simple, you can really go all-out with your makeup here. A bold red lip and a shimmery, smoky eye, perhaps? Why not?
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This hair isn't going anywhere — no matter how much fun you end up having.