Photo: Courtesy of Zara.
Perfectly tousled pixie with plenty of androgynous edgeThe experts:
Stylist Meg Walsh and colorist Kate Gregury of Eastern Confederate
What to ask for:
"This [cut has] tight, round graduation on the sides with short square layers on top and a textured straight fringe," says Walsh. "But, if anyone came in and said that, it would just be annoying. The best way to describe this might be to say you'd like the sides to be short, sitting softly just around the top of the ear but not above, and the back to be quite tight and slightly tapered. (Although it's best to let the stylist decide how tapered it should be at your nape, to create the most flattering profile.)
For the top, it's a bit longer than the sides and layered with a good amount of texture. As far as I can tell, this cut doesn't seem to be razored, but texture can be achieved with either scissors or a razor, though I do recommend using a razor sparingly. The last thing I would ask for is slightly textured straight bangs [that are] just below your eyebrows. All of this being said, it is definitely a good thing if your stylist still asks questions, and it's best to walk into the appointment open to input about how to make the hairstyle work best for you. Sometimes a certain length or weight might work well on the person in the picture, but would need to be altered for your facial features and bone structure."
For the color, Gregury notes that this hue creates depth via several neutral brown shades. "There is a dark brown shadow at the root, with a medium neutral brown base and lighter brown [shades] subtly feathered through the ends. The client should ask for a lot of dimension to the base [as well as] subtle highlights that will not create a line while it grows out. The best way to achieve this look would be with a demi-permanent color at the base, as it blends and fades more naturally, but that decision should be left up to the stylist."