Pixie Cuts

Saturday, February 03, 2018

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Longer than the buzz-cut but shorter than the neck/shoulder-length bob, the pixie cut rests somewhere in the middle, but has remained a classic choice for women because of its edgy-but-vintage appeal. Celebrities, from Rihanna and Beyoncé to Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monáe, have sported the ultra-versatile look, speaking to its ability to go from everyday to luxe. In collaboration with Vonessa Smith, owner of Vonessa's Salon & Spa, Under The Dryer has got all the deets on keeping your short 'do pixie-perfect.

Smith notes that the task of getting her clients to step outside of their comfort zones is sometimes tricky, but it becomes downright daunting when it comes to cutting their hair. It does have its benefits, however. When it comes to shorter tresses, Smith argues that, because the upkeep of a pixie style entails regular cutting of “old hair”, that it is healthier and thus easier to maintain than other styles. “The less hair you have, the less you have to get up and fix in the morning,” she mused.

Nicole McLaren-Campbell, a long-time client of Smith's, noted that she chose the route of the pixie because of her active lifestyle. “I exercise a lot and it's just easier to maintain a shorter hairstyle versus a longer one. “As a bonus, because a pixie cut features longer, layered hair only on the top, when you sleep, the styling of the shorter, tapered hair on the back and the sides of the head is not compromised,” Smith pointed out.

At-home styling is just as simple, especially when it comes to maintaining healthy hair. Smith noted that, while she doesn't like to curl hair that isn't freshly done, pixie cuts allow their wearers to opt out of heat. She pointed out the versatility of the style and that, contrary to popular belief, clients don't actually have to visit the salon that often to be professionally styled, but playing with gels and other styling products are a good go-to for those in-between visits.

Client Barbara Barnaby echoed these sentiments, stating that those who know her often assume that she must be in the salon every day to maintain her tight curls. However, she insists that Smith's work is long-lasting or else, she is content to simply wear her hair straight in the interim.

For those who have not yet found the perfect pixie cut for themselves, Smith's advice is that, while you should play with styles and cuts, it is important for your stylist to take into account other variables like face shape, and features that you might want to bring out with a style; for example, a fringe or side swoop might bring attention to your eyes.

Another Vonessa's regular, Sherone Lewis, noted that her bleached 'do was as a result of Smith's coaxing, but that she was pleased with the flattering look. Smith emphasised the importance of understanding texture — something that might be important when you consider the rate of speed at which hair grows, the amount of time between touch-ups and shrinkage — which can alter the shape of hair depending on the moisture in it.

Vonessa's Salon & Spa
141C Constant Spring Road
Kingston 8, Jamaica

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