Celebrity Pixie Hair Cuts and Crops, from Florence Pugh to Oti Mabuse

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

There’s no point denying it; the pixie hair cut is bold, beautiful, and never goes out of style. It’s the look that seems to be everywhere at the moment, with many celebrities favouring an icy blonde hue to go with their trim.

So, if you’re considering going for the chop, look to these A-listers for some serious pixie hair inspiration.

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Florence Pugh

Months after she revealed she’d died her signature blond hair a deep brown in service of her role in Netflix’s The Wonder, Florence Pugh has unveiled another dramatic new look – and it’s safe to say we’re very into it.

And we’re not the only ones who are loving Pugh’s new look – in the comments section, the star has prompted reactions from Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne and Gemma Chan.

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“I’ve chopped even more off. I’m thinking I’m giving it solid Jamie Lee Curtis. Husband says I’m giving it full Anne Hegerty… righto.

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“In your face husband, coz BOTH are Ishtar [goddess of war and sexual love].”

No wonder so many fans are raving about the comedy queen’s hair, eh?

Oti Mabuse

With so many people getting excited for a new series of Strictly Come Dancing, it makes sense that all attention is on the BBC show’s stars right now. And Oti Mabuse – aka the first professional Strictly dancer to win the trophy for two consecutive years – has well and truly captured their attention with her chic new hairstyle.

“Hello 31,” she captioned it, adding: “2021, let’s have fun!”

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Amid the slew of heart and flame emoji reactions came a plethora of approving messages from Mabuse’s fans and famous friends alike.

“Love this so much,” reads one such comment from Michelle Visage.

“Beauty!” added fellow Strictly dancer Nadiya Bychkova.

And Victoria Ekanoye raved: “Love this look on you!”

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We guess that, if glitterball trophies were awarded for hair makeovers, Mabuse would be lifting one up over her head right about now.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman’s mane of long red hair is almost as famous as she is, but the actor has seemingly embraced the ‘short hair don’t care’ movement this summer.

“Wow!” commented one.

Another wrote simply: “Omg you look amazing.”

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And one more, slightly more dubiously, added: “You let them cut your fabulous hair??? I hope that’s a wig, but you’re still beautiful.”

At the moment, it remains uncertain whether or not Kidman has tricked us all with a wig, but there’s no denying that she suits this stylish mini mane down to a tee. Perhaps she’s soaking up all of the psychological benefits that come from going short, eh?

Yvonne Strahovski

“Short hair don’t care,” she captioned the shot, which captured her sweeping mini mane (complete with its darker honey tones) in all its glory.

Considering Strahovski is about to star in The Tomorrow War, her first role in a big budget Hollywood film, it makes sense she’s in the mood to shake things up a bit. And, looking at the response from her fans on social media, her new ‘do has gone down an absolute storm.

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“Gurrrlll yesssssss!!!” reads an appreciative comment from actor Zachary Levi.

“Yes mama!” echoes comedian Celeste Barber.

And TV host Jenn Brown writes: “Omg LOVE!”

Throw in a plethora of fire emojis, and it’s clear that this pixie crop is big news. Anyone else predicting a rush to salons right about now?

Rihanna
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Rihanna stepped out in Santa Monica with a super sleek pixie last night – one which, thanks to its short sides and bangs, looked a lot like her iconic crop of 2012.

And, yeah, people on social media are already obsessed with the singer’s new look.

“Rihanna’s new hair is giving me real total vibes,” wrote one fan on IG.

“QUEEN,” added another excitedly.

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And still one more, amid a flurry of flame emojis, wrote simply: “Love the short hair so much.”

Vicky McClure

The first episode of Line Of Duty’s much-anticipated sixth season aired earlier this week, and viewers had a lot to say about it. Top of the list, though, was how much they were loving DI Kate Fleming (aka Vicky McClure)’s new haircut.

Another added: “Vicky McClure’s gorgeous hair is enough to make you go for a crop!”

And still one more insisted: “The transition of Vicky McClure’s hair in all 6 series of Line of Duty is truly BAFTA winning.”

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Longer and softer than last season’s crop, the main focus of Vicky/Kate’s new S6 pixie is its dramatic side sweep. That and, of course, the smattering of copper highlights, which adds plenty of movement and texture to her mini mane. Just in case you were tempted to recreate it when the salons reopen after lockdown…

Demi Lovato

Sharing the same video as Lovato, she wrote: “I had the pleasure of executing this new look on this ever changing ICON.

“Demi is proof that transformation can be done on and through so many levels… I was able to go from a level 10 back down to a level 3.5.”

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“Your hair looks so cute!” wrote one fan in the comments.

“Beautiful,” added another.

And fellow Strictly Come Dancing pro Dianne Buswell wrote: “Cute hair, love that!”

Cue Mabuse’s reply: “Di salon review. I’m keeping it then, thanks baby.”

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Now that Legally Blonde 3 has officially got a release date, we can’t contain our excitement. For the upcoming movie, Selma Blair has announced that she will reprise her iconic role as Vivian Kensington and for her part, Blair has gotten a new cut and colour.

“And then this perfect playful outfit (for the Vivian Kensington in all of us) arrived from Reese. By Reese. A lovely respite. I’m going to watch legally blonde with my son this week. Perhaps. If he will sit still.”

The cut and colour was done by celebrity hairdresser Chris McMillan, who also posted a picture of Blair’s new look. Alongside the image, he wrote” “#shorthair for fall @selmablair #cutandcolor”. He added: “I just love this girl A hairdressers dream come true.”

Reese Witherspoon, who will be stepping back into the (pink) shoes of Elle Woods commented: “BLAIR!! So gorgeous!”

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“Welp, back to my short hair days!” she captioned the image, although she added that it was “just for a lil bit.”

And, as you’ve probably guessed, the 90s-glam ‘do has gone down a storm with Missy Elliott’s followers.

“I fully didn’t recognise you at first! Good look!” commented one.

“You just keep becoming more and more beautiful,” added another.

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And, in among the countless fire and crown emojis, still one more noted: “How is it that you keep getting younger? You truly did put your thing down, flip it, and reverse it.”

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has never been afraid to experiment with her hair, so we aren’t at all surprised that she’s debuted a new look in lockdown.

Kristen Stewart

While many people have been forced to let their short haircuts grow out in quarantine, Kristen Stewart has been keeping her androgynous-chic pixie cut in shape. Not only that, but she’s dyed hers a bright neon orange – almost exactly the same shade as Milla Jovovich’s in the Fifth Element.

In the picture, you can see Stewart’s “cosmic rust” pixie. And, in another post on Romero’s feed, he has explained how he mixed up the colour for her lockdown hair transformation – you know, just in case you’ve been inspired to switch up your own pixie at home, too.

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Jada Pinkett Smith has never been afraid to experiment with her hair, and has recently been sporting a bright, buttery blonde head of curls. This week, though, she decided to update her look with a buzzed pixie cut.

Her new ‘do went down an absolute storm with her followers.

“LOVE IT,” wrote one.

“That cut and colour is HOT on you,” added another.

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And still one more insisted it was their favourite Pinkett-Smith ‘do to date. Mind you, it’s easy to see why: there’s just something so beautifully unapologetic about this fierce crop.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

As Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has made one thing very clear: hair is everything.

In that fateful episode which saw Claire (Sian Clifford) transformed into a pencil at the hands (or scissors) of Antony the hairdresser, PWB famously said: “Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t so we could actually think about something else occasionally. But it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day. We’re meant to think that it’s a symbol of power, that it’s a symbol of fertility. Some people are exploited for it and it pays your f***ing bills. Hair is everything, Antony.”

It makes sense, then, that PWB’s changing hairstyle feels like a big deal to fans of the show. She recently swapped her chic wavy bob for a shaggy tousled pixie, which she debuted at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards, and her followers promptly fell in love with it.

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Anyone else have a feeling that ‘The PWB’ is going to be one of this season’s most requested haircuts?

China McClain

“It’s gone by the way guys. I cut it off close to a year ago,” she wrote, alongside a shot of her beautiful new ‘do.

But, while they were stunned by the transformation, McClain’s fans were 100% here for it.

“Stunning,” wrote one, alongside a string of praise hand emojis.

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Another, clearly a mega fan of McClain’s close crop, added: “SLAYYYYYY QUEEN! YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!”

And even actor Storm Reid chimed in, commenting: “Hair is fire sis.”

Amen to that.

Ciara

Naturally, her fans reacted positively – with many praising her for bringing back Toni Braxton’s iconic pixie crop of the Nineties.

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“You giving me Toni Braxton,” one person commented, while another dubbed her “Ciara Braxton”.

Of course, Ciara being the hair chameleon we know and love, there’s every possibility that this ‘do is a wig. But, when it looks this good, we’ve no doubt that people will be showing a pic of her mini-mane to their hairdresser and requesting the exact same look for summer: after all, the best way to stay cool is to go short, isn’t it?

Gabrielle Union

“Golden buzzer glow up. Who’s next? #agt,” she captioned the photo.

Hmm, we have a feeling that the answer is going to be pretty much everyone. Who could resist a modern twist on the classic Twenties crop (think a chin-length cut styled into soft, deep waves), after all?

Brie Larson
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People have a lot to say about the events of Avengers: Endgame – particularly when it comes to Brie Larson’s hair. In the first Captain Marvel film, Larson’s take on Carol Danvers had long flowing blonde locks.

When it comes to Endgame, though, she has a brand new haircut: a short, textured pixie cut style that immediately shows the world that she means business. It was a careful decision on behalf of the film’s hair and make-up teams: in 2012, the comic book character upon which Larson’s character is based was essentially “rebooted” by DeConnick, who rebranded the character with a military-looking costume. She also focused on Captain Marvel’s history as a fighter pilot and borrowed the swagger and attitude of record-setting pilot Chuck Yeager for the character – which meant that she swapped Carol’s middle-parted hair of the earlier comics for the shorter ‘do we see in Endgame.

Essentially, Carol shedding the hair on-screen is just the next step in her evolution of the character. And, whether Larson decides to replicate the look in real life or not, this is certainly one iconic pixie cut that’s going to be inspiring Marvel fans for years to come.

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In the caption she wrote: ‘Yellow hair, don’t care,’ before thanking her hairdressers for making her look ‘incredibly original’.

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“First show of the European leg [of Perry’s Witness tour],” he captioned the shot.

“Introducing… Blueberry Crush!”

Perry shared the picture on her own feed, writing: “Just call me the purple Teletubby, OK?”

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette’s poetic lyrics and brutal imagery were a big deal to women everywhere when Jagged Little Pill hit airwaves in 1995: it lent power to a burst of rage that felt, somehow, uniquely female – because it wasn’t about being difficult, or contrary, or simply ‘angry’. No, it was about being a woman in a misogynist society, making your voice heard, and refusing to let anyone silence you.

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And, with her album recently transformed into a musical, it seems oddly fitting that Morissette has stepped out with a jagged little pixie cut.

The musician, who is well-known for her longer locks, debuted her new short hairdo while posing for photos backstage at the Broadway play Dear Evan Hansen.

She teamed her new look with some seriously vintage glasses (complete with a gold chain), along with a white short sleeve dress and a skeleton purse.

Hmm. Anyone else suddenly feeling the urge to go short and blast out a rendition of You Oughta Know?

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Katie Holmes has returned to the spotlight – and she’s done it with a stunning new pixie cut, too.

During an appearance at the FAO Schwarz pop up store in New York City’s Bergdorf Goodman, the actor revealed that she went for the chop as part of a new movie role, telling PEOPLE: “It’s for a role. I’m getting ready to play a woman in a movie called The Doorman.

“She’s an ex-Marine and she’s a warrior. I’m excited. I’m training. I’m sore.”

We’re big fans.

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Perry has stepped away from her signature jet black locks for a bleach blonde makeover, and we can see why. The songstress has given herself an edge with an extra short fringe, and in the process highlighted her piercing eyes.

Evan Rachel Wood

Not all pixie cuts are created equal, as Wood expertly shows with this dramatic style.

Having worked a shorter look for a while, the actress and musician clearly decided to take things up a notch at this year’s Costume Institute Gala where she let loose with high volume and a faded blue twist on the pastel coloured hair trend.

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If there’s one thing a haircut like this is perfect for, it’s rocking a hair accessory. Without all those extra locks, an ornate hair piece like this can really shine – something that Monae clearly knows all too well by exhibiting this gold, gilded beauty.

We love the musician’s history of experiential styles (we all remember the giant quiff), but this might just be our favourite yet.

Cara Delevingne

With her tiny, impish features and mischievous eye-twinkle, there’s no doubt Delevingne was born to rock a pixie cut. Although, being a global supermodel probably doesn’t hurt when trying to pull off this ‘do either.

Since having the chop, the actress hasn’t shied away from experimenting with colour, opting for an icy blonde shade before testing out this magical looking lilac.

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Yes, we know that this certain The Saturdays star has always been famed for her short hair, so a picture of her in a pixie cut gallery could be called ever-so- slightly predictable. But, when it looks this good, who are we to say no?

Lena Dunham

Describing her new style in her inimitable way, Dunham captioned the shot: “Zero prep required with my new ‘do.”

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“It's so short,” she wrote. “But I have my safety blanket (fringe). I've been a mega fan of Vidal Sassons 5 point cut for so many years. This isnt an exact version but right for me. I didn't even know I was going to do this last night. Just woke up and did it.

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“Felt so right getting it done at @edenbyedensassoon by @shaydempsey1. Thanks for being brave with me, Shay. Gulp!!”

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Is there a makeup or hair look that actress Lupita Nyong’o can’t pull off? We are obsessed with her fierce pixie.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson was warned not to cut her hair short by almost everyone she knew, but she wasn’t prepared to give up on her pixie crop dreams. “Everybody kept saying, 'Don't cut your hair! You might hate it!'" she told Refinery29. “[But I asked myself] Why am I letting other people tell me what to do?” The finished result is effortlessly chic and elegant, so we imagine Scarlett is very pleased she ignored all the naysayers.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway’s elfin crop was voted one of the most influential celebrity haircuts of all time, and it’s easy to see why.

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Speaking about how her life changed once she opted for the pixie, Anne told Glamour: “People are warmer to me. Also, I'm a fairly shy person, and [in the past] on days when I didn't want to deal with the world, I'd wear a hat and pull my hair around me and hide. I can't do that now. I have to be me all the time.”

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman famously shaved her head for her role in V For Vendetta – which grew out just in time for her to show off a beautifully gamine pixie cut on the red carpet at the premiere.

She said to Black Film at the time: “I was excited to have the opportunity to throw vanity away for a little and go around with no hair.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson celebrated the end of her time as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise by chopping off her long brunette hair. Her layered pixie gave off a ‘70s free spirit vibe – and encouraged countless women to go short, too.

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Halle Berry has rocked a number of hairstyles over the years, but it’s her signature pixie crop that has become iconic.

So it’s unsurprising that the X-Men star feels more confident when sporting a mini mane.

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow first appeared on the silver screen with a cascade of thick hair – but, for Rosemary’s Baby in 1968, the actress allowed Vidal Sassoon to trim her locks to within a mere inch of her head. The look became one of the most iconic of all time, and really helped to propel the pixie cut into the halls of follicle fame.

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder’s rebellious attitude was often reflected in her personal style – and never more so than in her pixie cut, which she’s had on-and-off since she was a 12-year-old.

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In an interview with Allure, she explained: “I used to always trim it myself. I enjoy having short hair a lot. I've obviously gone back and forth a lot, but I don't know if I can really pull it off anymore.

Kaley Cuoco

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco debuted a very short layered crop hairstyle in 2014 – which was a pretty big deal for the actress, as she’d been sporting long blonde tresses for over two decades.

She told Women’s Health at the time: “I haven’t had my hair cut in over 20 years. I was ready for a change -- I felt like I needed to reinvent myself and that cut was awesome.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin loves her pixie haircut so much that she’s had a wig clause written into all of her film and television contracts. She told InStyle: "I find it hard to express myself when I’m growing out a very bad character haircut. “As long as I can wear a wig, I can be any character and in real life I can be myself.”

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Twiggy took the plunge with a pixie haircut in 1966, later describing it as the haircut that launched her career.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence was famed for her tumbling tresses, so I came as a surprise to fans when the Oscar winner cropped them into a pixie.

However she had a very good reason for doing it.

She said: “I just did it to make Francis [the director of the Hunger Games] mad. I did it just to annoy him. He totally thought it was me giving him the finger.”

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Back in 2006, Sienna lopped off her blonde locks into a pixie crop – although she later admitted she wasn’t a fan of her mini mane.

She told People: “I took a picture of Winona Ryder into a branch of [salon chain] Toni & Guy in an effort to achieve her pixie cut, but when I walked out I looked as if I had a helmet on.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes opted for a layered pixie cut with plenty of texture when Suri Cruise was first born, as she found it easier to maintain with a baby.

She told Into The Gloss: “I went with a pixie cut when my daughter was really young. It was easy—I mean, it was really easy.”

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Shailene Woodley joined the ranks of stars with pixie cuts in 2013, after her appearance in The Fault In Our Stars.

Julianne Hough

When Julianne Hough debuted her pixie cut, a lot of people were surprised she had cut off her long blonde locks. However the actress and dancer was unperturbed by the reaction, telling E! News: "I've had short hair before [and] I got extensions for a little project I was doing and I was just ready to take ‘em out. “I decided that day. I was like, you know, just cut it off."

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus’ short blonde pixie cut was a very dramatic change from her Hannah Montana days, helping to separate the actress and singer from her Disney persona. Miley later admitted that it was 60s icon Twiggy who served as her short hair inspiration, and that her mini mane had helped her feel more in control of her own identity.

Goldie Hawn

Much like her daughter, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn is just as famous for her blonde tresses as she is her acting abilities. But the comedy star bravely went for the chop in 1968, transforming her long locks into a shaggy pixie for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

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Bex Taylor-Klaus – better known to Netflix junkies as Audrey from the Scream TV series – has sported a dark elfin crop ever since she appeared as Bullet in The Killing.

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Tais Araujo chose a chocolate brown pixie cut for her sleek and classic red carpet style at the Cannes film premiere of The Immigrant – it just sums up everything we love about Old Hollywood glamour.

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