Want to take your bob a step further? The pixie cut 2.0 is what all the cool girls are asking for this summer


Bored of bobs? Same.

Since our beloved hair salons reopened, it seems that the nation has used the lifting of lockdown as the perfect excuse to chop all their hair off. But much like Zara’s cult summer dresses, the bob has become a little (*whispers*) generic.

Want to take your post-lockdown haircut game to the next level? It’s all about the pixie cut 2.0.


Besides, is there any better feeling than taking the scissors to your old ends in pursuit of a newer, fresher you after this sh*tshow of a year? Whether you’re used to having your hair short but want a bit of a refresh, or whether you want a change from long, swishy hair, pixie cuts are summer’s hottest hairstyle.

We know it seems like a daunting prospect because it’s one of the shortest styles around but it could well change your life. Alongside spending much less time blow-drying and styling, it will help to emphasise your bone structure, frame your face and make your cheekbones and collarbones pop. It’s the perfect low maintenance, casual hairstyle if you want to look chic with very little effort this summer.

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So what does the pixie 2.0 look like for summer 2021? According to Bobby Collier, King of the pixie cut at Larry King South Kensington, we should be looking to Gwyneth Paltrow circa ’98 for inspo.

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“Lockdown has forced a lot of people to grow out their pixie and having come through the other side of the dreaded “in between” stage, we are seeing a lot of people embracing the length on top and going for an all-round softer look,” he explains.

Bobby notes that with more length on top, the pixie 2.0 is more versatile than it’s super-short and edgy predecessor because you can flip it from side to side to create new looks. “You can maintain the length on the sides and sometimes tuck the extra length behind the ear to create some great silhouettes,” he said. “The ‘nape’ has to come in and hug the neck for a great profile and head shape but this can also be left for a softer edge.”

When it comes to styling, he suggests plumping for texturising sprays and creams to give the look a real 90’s grunge feel. “Larry King Velvet Texture Clay and Redken Windblown are some of the products I’d use.”

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The only bad news is that to maintain this pixie cut is a real commitment, and usually means a haircut or reshape every 4-6 weeks but after a year away from the hair salon, we’re happy to spend as much time in the hot seat as possible.

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