British model Dame Lesley Lawson shot to fame in the 60s and 70s. Better known as Twiggy, she made androgynous short hair very famous and started a ‘Twiggy Hairstyles’ trend. Okay, so here’s what happened! Famous photographer Barry Lategan launched Twiggy’s modeling career by taking an iconic picture of her sporting a short blonde pixie cut. As a result, short hairstyles are known as twiggy hairdos because of that iconic image! Scroll down to check out some incredible short hairstyles to support the twiggy trend!
Before You Get Started
- Twiggy hairstyles started out as a classic pixie that enhanced Dame Lesley Lawson’s elvin features. You can make a Twiggy work for your face shape in the following ways:
Round: Cuts that have volume at the crown or cheekbones with side-swept bangs.
Square: Layered cuts with a tousled effect that balances sharp angles at the forehead and jawline.
Oval: Almost everything looks good on an oval face. However, avoid cuts that lengthen the face.
Oblong: Voluminous cuts with blunt edges to round out the length of the face.
- Maintenance of these styles requires regular trimming. Both bobs and pixies need a trim every 2-3 weeks. However, shaggy cuts can wait 4-6 weeks and asymmetrical cuts last 6-7 weeks.
- Texturizing sprays can help add movement and glam to these styles. Spray them from arm’s length on damp (not wet) hair. While the spray sets in, use styling combs or scrunch with your fingers to get the desired style.
Dame Lesley Lawson did not initially want the pixie cut that kickstarted a trend. She revealed on a podcast that she had visited an upscale salon in Mayfair intending to get a shampoo and set. The stylist requested to give her a short haircut and she was too shy to decline because it was a posh place. The rest is history.
Twiggy Hairstyles – Top 15:
1. Messy Pixie
Sharon Stone rocks this versatile hairstyle with confidence. She has combed her locks to the front for a face-framing effect to achieve a more feminine look. All you need is a good quality hairspray to recreate this simple look.
2. Long Undercut Pixie
No one sports this edgy hairstyle better than Miley Cyrus. However, pastel or platinum highlights require quite a lot of styling, time, and maintenance. To keep your styling time short, use a good-quality color spray while dividing the bangs with your fingers to create this bold look.
3. Pointed Pixie
Iman rocks this edgy hairstyle with elegance. The pointed and flicked-out ends accentuate one’s facial features, making it ideal for every face shape. Spritz some hairspray on the layers and bangs to achieve this look.
4. Angled Bob
Halle Berry has always had excellent taste in fashion and chooses hairstyles that show off her gorgeous cheekbones. This time is no different as she rocks this fantastic chin-length angled bob with grace. You can use a heating-styling tool for straightened side bangs. Spread multiple layers throughout the bob to create a flirty look. Lastly, apply an anti-frizz serum and sea salt spray to mess it up a bit like her.
5. Short Shag
Why not give a short shag a chance just like Jessica Alba did on the red carpet? The layers soften your facial features and will turn heads at any event. Recreate this look with a curling iron and texturizing spray for a voluminous look. Blow-dry your hair to create the messy shaggy effect.
6. Pixie Crop:
Actress Natalie Portman is no stranger to quirky, short hairstyles, and here she’s owning her unique look with a carefree, tousled pixie crop. To steal Natalie’s boyish style, spritz wet hair with texturizing spray and roughly blow dry hair to give the un-done look.
7. Pixie Cut:
Embracing that grown-out-crop stage with ease, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson looks gorgeous off-duty with a simple and sophisticated side-swept hairstyle. To duplicate the look, start with a volumizing spray, then blow-dry from back to front using your fingers to rake the hair and smooth the ends with a round brush when hair is almost dry.
Pixies with long layers are ideal for fine hair. On the other hand, choppy layers will complement thick hair. Ask your stylist to customize the cut for your face and head shape.
8. Short Bob:
Keira Knightley is never shy to take a risk when it comes to her hairstyle. With a straight, side-parting and hair cut to roughly the same length, the Anna Karenina actress totally pulls off the girl-next-door look with this pretty bob. A perfect mix of classic and chic.
9. Short Bob With Bangs:
It’s not often the short bob with bangs are considered a versatile style, but that was before Katie Holmes made it her signature look. Shorter at the back and longer in the front, this hairstyle is very versatile, and can be adjusted for any occasion. The side-swept fringe gives her style a mysterious edge and elegantly softens features.
If you thought there was only one way to wear a pixie, think again! Miley Cyrus’s mini-mohawk suits her boyish and edgy look, and the spikes of hair atop her head add a touch of glamor. If you’re brave enough to cut your hair, style it in a Mohawk way and try a drastic color change, find a hairdresser you trust and go for it!
11. Romantic Bob:
We can’t get enough of Carey Mulligan’s wavy bob. This romantic and unstructured hairstyle for thick hair works particularly well for wavy hair. Whimsical and chic, this low maintenance and effortlessly stylish hairdo gives your look an alternative edge while keeping it feminine.
12. Tousled Pixie Cut:
How cute is actress Ginnifer Goodwin with her short layered pixie cut? Keeping it natural, Goodwin has chosen a very simple pixie cut and complemented it with a side layered fringe. To create a piecey look like Ginnifer’s, spritz your fingers with hairspray and work the product onto individual sections to add definition. The result is a gorgeous no-fuss look.
13. Grown-Out Pixie:
Amelie actress Audrey Tautou looks absolutely gorgeous with her pixie crop a little grown out and curled up. This twiggy short haircut has the perfect vintage vibe with a fresh, modern appeal. To recreate this Audrey-Hepburn-ish look, apply a texturizing gel to damp hair and touch up pieces with a curling iron for a polished yet effortlessly messy-chic look.
14. Side Parted Blonde Bob:
Michelle Williams is the epitome of chic style from head to toe. Since parting with her long locks as a tribute to late former fiancé, actor Heath Ledger, Michelle has embraced her short hair and briefly rocked a blonde pixie cut. Flattering enough, this twiggy hair style is easily manageable with a supply of light hairspray or anti-frizz serum.
15. Neat And Tidy Pixie Crop:
Anne Hathaway’s sports a super-short pixie cut that frames her face beautifully. The boyish but sophisticated ‘do can also be surprisingly feminine and very flattering for oval, square, and heart-shaped faces. Quick and easy to style, this short look is perfect for women who are always on the go.
Did you know that Twiggy retired just four years after her first modeling year? Instead, she went on to become a celebrated stage and film actress. This 60s icon made short androgynous hairstyles so popular that they are still trendy today. And they are not just about style, but can be used to make a statement. These short hairstyles can be easily styled with any outfit for any occasion. And they make hair maintenance a dream! From a pixie crop to a neat and tidy pixie cut, these hairstyles are chic and timeless. So, if you are thinking of chopping off your tresses, twiggy hairstyles are the way to go!