Older Girl Beauty

Pixie Cut and the Plus Size Gal

I am in a severe hair quandary and I don’t know what to do. Well, I do, but I don’t know if I can pull the trigger or not. I am sick of my hair. I do not style it, it has no style on its own. I wear it in a ponytail pretty much every day of the week. Hell, I even wear it in a loose pony on top of my head (*in a scrunchie!!) when I sleep. So, I want to chop it off. I wanted to last year, but was talked out of it. I have used a short hair cut as an incentive to lose weight – “a short cut will look so much better when I am skinnier”. And then I pull up my hair in a pony and open another box of Milk Duds, so we all see how well *that* is working out for me.

So, I said “screw it, I’m finding a pic of a low maintenence pixie that I like and going to make an appointment”. And that is where I was stopped. If you google “pixie cut plus size” you get 152,000 results with a ton of articles asking, “Can I wear a pixie cut?”. Google results for “pixie cut”? 20,600,000. Seriously, a search on Pinterest for “Pixie Cut Plus Size” pulled up *4* results. There are approximately 63million, 463thousand and 12 pics on Pinterest and only 4* are of plus size pixie cuts.

Either no one likes the cut on plus size lovelies or there just isn’t that much out there to pin. I am leaning towards the latter because from all corners of the world – from the local Supercuts to the $$$ salons of NYC you will hear the same thing said to full face women, “It’s just not that flattering on you”. And we believe them, time and time again. And we end up with the past our chin bobs that make our face “look thinner and longer”, which is a lie because, uhm, my face is still round as it was before the chop (*even tho I do have really cute cheeks and amazing dimples!). As the magician’s say, “It’s just an illuuuuusion”.

And for the folks who say “well, it’s a cut that looks good on anyone”? You lie. That’s like saying “One Size Fits All”. It doesn’t. Just ask “the girls”. It’s like clothes – if I am looking to see how a piece of clothing looks on a model, I want it to be a model that is a similar body type to give me a good idea of how it might look on me. This is especially true of a haircut. As adorable as the pixie looks on Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan, it will not look the same on me as it does on these gamine beauties.

So, I don’t know. It should be a matter of if I like it, I’m going to rock it. Hell, I espouse that about things myself. Of course, as usual, it is much easier to give that advice than to adhere to it myself. But, I’m on the hunt for the right pic to take into the salon and then there will be some shearing. Whether it will be as short as I imagine in my mind, or if I put it off once again, is to be determined.

Now, I’m not looking for compliments or “oh, you can do it” comments. I am merely just venting that it is stupid that this is as difficult as it is turning out to be. But, I would gladly take any suggestions of looks that you have seen that you think I might ought to look at, too. Maybe I just overlooked something out in the big world wide interwebs. It’s possible, right?

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  1. retrodiva says:

    Okay, I did this back in the 90s, and I LOVED it. It was so easy to take care of, styling was minimal at best, and I just didn’t have to DEAL with it like I do longer hair. I eventually let it grow out because I was told, repeatedly and to my face, that I looked “so much better” with longer hair. I have nothing to add here, really, other than I feel your pain.

    1. Paula says:

      I don’t understand those “well-meaning” folks that are so helpful like that. I really don’t.

  2. Debbie Ashpes says:

    I took a picture of Ginnifer Goodwin to my hairstylist. While she is thin, she has a very round face so it gets the point across – plus she has the boy-cut pixie that I like.

    Also, while it only takes a minute or two (literally) to blow dry and style my hair each day, I do have to actually style it every day as I wake up with super crazy hair.

    Overall, I love my hair and have no plans to grow it out. I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t get a compliment on my hair from strangers. And it’s always fun to meet other short-hair girls. It’s like we’re in some secret club for cool girls.

    1. Paula says:

      I think you are right that Ginnifer really does work well for representing round faces.
      Is there a secret handshake I’m going to need to learn? 😉

    2. heather_kaye says:

      I’ve recently moved from my year-long Ginny Goodwin cut to a Michelle Williams style – they both work well on my round-ish face (strong jaw? broad cheeks? How am I supposed to be able to tell, Internet? But I know I have a high forehead!) and I wouldn’t grow my hair out for anything. Well, maybe obscene amounts of money, but they would have to be truly gross numbers…

  3. Plus size pixie cut right here. I literally rename any close up photo file “Plus Size Pixie Cut” in the hopes that when women search they will find proof that you can cut your hair!
    Go for it!

    1. Paula says:

      Oh, give me the link so I can see for myself! Naming your pics that is a great way to share!

  4. Gouldylox says:

    I’ve had a pixie most of my life and have loads of photos to prove it. I’ve also been heavy 90% of my life. I’m happy to help you find a cut you like! Let’s discuss. Tell me about bangs, what you’re willing to do to style it, how short you are thinking and such. I’ll be your guide to the pixie world.

    1. Paula says:

      I want no bangs, unless you call long, sideswept front that can still be tucked behind my ear bangs – nothing blunt! I am thinking above the ears.
      Your pics are super helpful!

  5. Erin Ortiz says:

    I’ve had the same thoughts before, well if I were thinner x, y, and z would look so much better. Eventually I just said screw it. I wear what I’m comfortable in, I chopped my hair off, etc. If it doesn’t look good, it will always grow back 🙂 I will say that short cuts are harder to maintain because they need to be trimmed more often. I’m growing mine back out just for the fact that I find it annoying to have to have a trim every five weeks.

    1. Paula says:

      Yeah, I definitely want a cut that is forgiving a bit because I *know* I don’t keep any kind of a regular schedule, for sure.
      And you’re right – it will always grow back. 😉

  6. Phyllis Lamb says:

    Dame Judi Dench is the queen of the pixie cuts. I usually take her hair cur pictures to the hairdresser when I get mine cut.

    1. Paula says:

      I love Judi Dench – I want to be as awesome as her and Helen Mirren when I grow up!

  7. Pink Sith says:

    I had “short” hair in the 1990’s a cut similar to *shudder* Madonna on the True Blue album. I am just not a fan of Pixie cuts on ANYONE skinny or full figured. (Sorry all people commenting above and below me) Sure it’s easy and all that, but honestly, I am just not able to to commit to that cut for a long long time and I’m not prepared to get trims that often. – Signed a Plus sized woman that wears her long hair in a ponytail or headband almost every day and likes it!

    1. Paula says:

      I absolutely hear you. To each their own. I’m just so TIRED of my ponytail and I feel like it is such an effort to fix my hair when it is down (*it is not just air dryable and walk out the door) and then the “oh, we never see you with your hair down” comments get on my nerves.

  8. Amanda Lee Savage says:

    I cut my hair really short for the same reason: I wasn’t styling it, I was just pony-tailing it and calling it a day, (and honestly, I’d just always kind of wondered what I’d look like with short hair.) I didn’t realize that a short hair cut would still require quite a bit of styling to look right unless it was very very short. So if you’re going to do it, go all the way. My mom was a plus sized woman with a shorter pixie style cut, and she looked elegant as hell. When she grew her hair out, she looked weird. I, on the other hand, realized that looking funky won’t inspire me to get off my butt and style my hair, so I’m aiming for a slightly-lower-than-chin-length bob, with very tapered ends, so it doesn’t poof. Just make sure your cut works for your lifestyle!

    1. Paula says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks about cutting for just that reason. The last big cut I had was that very bob, but looking back I think it made my face round and I don’t know that I ever went back for a trim to keep it that short, I just went full back in to growing that out.
      I definitely want it Paula-proof! 🙂

  9. Paula says:

    Oh, thanks for that link! She really is cute! 🙂

  10. Paula says:

    These are super helpful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Becca says:

    I am a plus sized beauty that suffered from severe migraines due to having 15 lbs of hair on a screwed up neck. I did it. I chopped it all off in a pixie-ish cut. I had it shaved to a #3 in the back and blended up to about 2″ on top with long sideswept bangs. I LOVED IT! Round face and double chins. But I loved it, and that’s all that mattered. 1 year later and it is a short layered look that is going in TODAY for a shave and a pixie. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Just do it. If you don’t like it, give it 6 weeks and it will have grown out.

  12. Crystal Handwerk says:

    Would love to see what cut you did!! 🙂 I agree with you, that so many people would say why do you want/did you cut ur hair? ur husband likes long hair! ect… but ya know what i think that us women get so defined with having long we almost get lost in ourselves. Since i cut my hair from a lil past shoulder lenght to an aline, ive started to learn more about me and be happy with me and not just with my hair. I plan on going shorter one more time before i grow it back out. Once i know who i am and how i feel when i dont have all that hair, i can learn to be me with long hair. 🙂

  13. Nurse P says:

    My only concern for the pixie is amount of hot dogs that I have on the back of my neck. I hate them! As self conscience as I am I feel that I wouldn’t want to expose them. How do you ladies for about it?

  14. Sarah says:

    Three weeks ago I went from middle back length Brown hair to a short red pixie and three people have told me I look younger with it (I’m 40). I love it! I look forward to styling my hair now when I never styled my long hair. My husband is getting used to it.

  15. Liz W says:

    I feel you. I don’t think I’d like the back of my neck. Not only the rolls but some roughness/ darkness thanks to PCOS.

    But Texas summers are brutal and I wear my hair in a bun half the time anyway- which makes it look fantastic when it’s down, but it’s usually not down 10 minutes before I reflexively put it up again.

    Bobs don’t help – I totally get the triangle head effect.

    I kind of wanted to chop and bleach it like Agyness Deyn sometimes has it but I’m worried I’ll end up looking like Guy Fieri. 🙁
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