Spring Hair Awakening: The Pixie

We're well into April now, which means we can officially pull off our hats and hoods, and shake our hair out into the sunlight. But, our spring hair awakening is not just a matter of unveiling the same old 'dos that got us through winter. We want our hair to be as pretty and new as the season itself. This first DIY in our month-long series is all about cropped tops, but we'll be rolling out hair inspo throughout the month, featuring all different textures and lengths of tresses.
Think your short locks mean you can't do anything fun for spring? Think again. Short hair can be incredibly versatile — and, since there's less of it, it's easy to create that wow-factor in just a few moves.
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We called in hairstylist Reagan Baker from NYC's Whittemore House Salon to show us some tricks for styling our pixies, and she did not disappoint. From ultra-texturized prettiness to a boho braid fit for a fairy princess, this DIY will help you get your pixie blooming in no time. The bonus, though? These looks actually do work on hair of all lengths.
Click through for your pixie-perfect how-to.
Photographed by Lauren Perlstein; Modeled by Monica / APM Models; Makeup by Michelle Coursey; Styled by Haley Loewenthal; Hair by Raegan Baker.
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The Braided Fringe
Having short hair doesn't mean sacrificing braids. In fact, all you need is a tiny bit of length on top to get this gorgeous boho plait.

Tanya Taylor Blouse.
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Start with a deep side-part. "The further to the side your part is, the more dramatic of a braid you'll be able to create," says Baker.
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Start the braid all the way in the back, at the apex of your scalp.
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Braid forwards, following your part. Do an inside-out braid, "So that it looks like it's laying on your scalp," says Baker.
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Once you reach your forehead, rather than adding hair from both sides as you braid, only take hair from the side closest to your hairline. This will create that defined edge. Tie the end of the braid off with a clear elastic, or a fasten it with a small bobby pin.
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Add a small French braid to the hair on the other side of your part, and secure it with a bobby pin.
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"It's okay to have short hairs coming out of the braid, because you have a pixie and that's just going to happen," says Baker. "Don't worry about doing it perfectly. Braids look better when they're a little disheveled." We couldn't agree more — this is the messy pixie plait of our dreams.
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All Volume, All The Time
A great, super-easy way to amp up your pixie is by adding some playful texture.
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To begin, prep your hair with a dry texturizing spray. "You don't want any softness left," says Baker. "It should be like straw." Blowdry your hair after the product is in to set it.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist Texturizing Spray, $28, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Backcomb your hair with a fine tooth tail comb. You can also use your fingers for a more subtle look. "Tease it until it's super huge," says Baker.

Timo Weiland Dress.
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Next, using your fingers, work your hair forwards. "Play around with the shape until you find a look that is working," Baker instructs.
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And, that's it — a perfectly tousled, high-impact look that's not going to budge.
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