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The pixie is one of the hottest hairstyles of the moment. The pixie flatters most face shapes, works with almost all hair textures and better yet, it looks great on women of all ages, whether you’re 15 or 80.

In this photo gallery, I feature my all-time favorite pixie hairstyles on older women. I include edgy and classic pixies and help you figure out if a pixie hairstyle would work with your hairstyle and hair texture.

Keep these tips in mind before you jump on the pixie bandwagon:

  • Does your personality fit this cut? Short cuts such as these invite attention. If you are the sort who hides behind her hair or hates attention, think twice before hitting the salon.
  • Do you mind salon visits? If you are lazy or hate going to the salon, a pixie might not be for you. It’s one of the most high maintenance cuts. You’ll need a trim every 4-6 weeks to keep your hair looking fresh.
  • Are you a risk-taker? If you hate your haircut, it may take months or even years to grow back.
  • If you are by nature risk-averse, then consider getting a shag or a bob first before going all the way with this short-short cut.

Denise Welch in 2 Versions of the Pixie

Easy Short Hairstyles for Women Over 60

Pixie haircuts that hug the skull look great on some women, but not everyone. If you want edge, give your hair texture by using pomade or molding paste to get a spiky, cool look like Denise Welch’s hair on the right. For a very trendy stylish look like Welch’s hair on the left, wear your bangs a bit longer so you can brush them back. Or forward, or however you like.

Pixies with longer bangs allow more flexibility in styling.

Glamour Magazine Editor Cindy Leive in Her Signature Pixie

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 Cindy Leive, editor of Glamour Magazine. Larry Busacca (l), Laura Cavanaugh (m) for Getty Images

Your body type actually matters when it comes to whether or not you’d look good in a pixie. Here are some basic guidelines on who looks good in a pixie:

  • Women with long, elegant necks.
  • Petite, thin women like Glamour Magazine editor Cindy Leive, pictured here, also look great in this cut (think “Amelie”).
  • Tall, thin women can pull off this cut (think Charlize Theron, Jamie Lee ​Curtis and Audrey Hepburn, who was surprisingly very tall for her day). But body type does matter. If you are tall and have a boyish figure, you could look like a pinhead with a pixie cut.
  • If you’re carrying extra weight and have a small skull, the pixie might not be right for you either. You need more body up top to balance out your body below the neck.
  • Some experts claim women with round faces should not wear a pixie, but that’s not true. Some of the most gorgeous women with round faces wear pixies, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

In the end, rules are meant to be broken, so don’t fret if this site (or others) tell you that a pixie won’t look good on you.

The Super Edgy Pixie

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 Judi Dench lets her hair go platinum white. Karwai Tang for Getty Images

What I love about this hairstyle on Judi Dench is it’s edgy and cool and could suit a woman at age 15, 25, 40, 65 or 85. Plus, I love that she keeps her hair naturally gray.

More and more women are embracing their gray hair color. There are many reasons to let your gray hair go. If you have a naturally gorgeous gray coloring and you don’t want the hassle and expense of covering up gray, it’s an excellent option for you. Perhaps you just want to embrace life as it develops, wrinkles, gray hair and all.

Tabatha Coffey’s Super Stylish Pixie

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 Tabatha Coffey in her signature platinum pixie. Beck Starr (l) and Astrid Stawiarz (r) for Getty Images

I love the pixie on TV star Tabatha Coffey. The pixie is her signature look and is perfect for her role as a super powerful figure on TV. She’s intimidating and the pixie fits her personality beautifully.

I also love the long, side-swept bangs on Coffey, which give her a ton of flexibility when it comes to styling, according to stylist Anh Co Tran in Allure Magazine.

“Keeping it longer on top gives you that versatility to sweep it to the side, part it in the middle, pull it back, or create waves,” says Co Tran. “It’s also flattering for almost everyone. You can play down a square jaw or round face.”

Best Hair Texture

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Cultura for Getty Images

Pixies can work on all hair textures — even curly! But super curly hair may grow out crazy cut super short. Consult with your stylist before she snips and make sure your hair can take this style without having to resort to a ton of styling products.

Funky Cuts Must Fit Your Personality

 Angela Bassett. Dave Kotinsky for Getty

Who can wear this look? Anyone with guts, really. This cut is more about attitude than your face shape, according to stylist Matt Fugate of the Glo website. This cut works best on coarse, thick hair. Fine hair will just fall flat without the help of a ton of styling product. A good stylist is adept at funky hairstyles and knows to follow the shape of your head rather than just your face shape when cutting a short, edgy style.

Jamie Lee Curtis in a Pixie

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 Jamie Lee Curtis. Tibrina Hobson (l) and JB Lacroix (r) for Getty Images

While almost all pixie hairstyles look great on oval, square and heart-shaped faces, this particular style looks great on round face shapes because it adds lift at the top of the head, elongating a round face.

“All those little pieces help emphasize the cheekbones and eyes; it’s almost as if you build in cheekbones with this cut,” says stylist Jimmy Paul in Allure Magazine.

Not everyone can get away with a pixie. This look works best on petite women with wavy or straight hair. The cut can make a long face look even more oblong.

Don’t be a Helmet Head

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 brown pixie. Getty Images

Fine hair can fall flat and limp in any hairstyle. The secret to getting good body lies in the product.

There are ways to add life to your hair. Here are the best tips on how to take care of fine, oily hair.

Side-swept Bangs

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 Sharon Stone. Paul Archeleta for Getty

Here, Sharon Stone shows off a short hairstyle that also includes side-swept bangs. Bangs are great for older women because they can take years off your look, and they bring attention to your best features. They can be high-maintenance, however. You have to get them cut every few weeks.​

Learn more about bangs in this photo gallery of the best bangs.

Another Version of the Pixie

 Jamie Lee Curtis. Frazer Harrison for Getty

The pixie, pictured here, works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair.I find the pixie doesn’t work as well on fine, straight hair because the hair falls to close to the scalp, looking a bit like a helmet. If you have fine hair, you may need lots of product to add body. The pixie works best on women with heart-shaped, square and oval faces. It’s a good cut for women with round faces, too, just make sure to keep the bangs long and style them forward or up to create the illusion of length.

Kris Jenner’s Short, Edgy Haircut

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 Kris Jenner. Dave J Hogan and Karwai Tang / Getty Images

It takes guts (or what we call “chutzpah” here in New York) to get a super-short, edgy haircut but as you can see on Kris Jenner the results can be very, very cool — and even sophisticated.

Don’t miss photos of Kris when she was younger in my gallery, Caitlin Jenner’s Transformation: Photos of Her Over the Years.

Love this Cut

From left: Pascal Le Segretain and Andrew H. Walker for Getty

Pixies are wonderful cuts, and they don’t have to be boring as Tilda Swinton proves here. Have the top of hair cut longer than the sides, slick it back or wear long bangs.

Super-Short and Edgy

 Annette Bening. Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

If you have long-ish hair and you’re considering going short, try this tip from the book, Confessions of a Beauty Editor, by Allure’s Linda Wells (buy it from Amazon).

Take a picture of yourself in front of a dark or light background depending on your hair color (if you’re blonde, choose dark, brunette, choose light). Take a Sharpie and “cut off” your hair to see how you’d look shorter. We suggest starting longer then gradually going up so you don’t waste your picture.

Makeup Considerations

 Randee Heller. Valerie Macon

You’ll find you may need to change your makeup when you get a pixie haircut. Your face is on display, you’re attracting attention with your edgy haircut, so I recommend either going with a bold lip (think bright pinks or reds) or a bold eye (long lashes and an amazing eyeshadow color)

Glasses are Wonderful Paired With a Pixie

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Taxi for Getty

Just because you’re a Woman of a Certain Age who wears glasses, you are not doomed to bifocals, glasses hung from chains around the neck and the pastel frames you bought for $40 back in 1988. Pick the right eyeglasses and frames and you could actually shave years off your look. Pick the wrong ones (or stick with the dated look you’ve adopted) and you can add years to your look.

You Gotta Get Bangs

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Rick Gomez for Getty

In her book, How Not to Look Old, which came out a few years ago but is still super relevant and super cheap online (buy it from Amazon), the late great author Charla Krupp tells women they gotta get bangs.

“Once you reach a certain age, you look better with bangs,” she writes. “Almost everyone does.”

She’s right. I’m a big fan of the bang, even though I’m growing mine out now, because they can also take years off your face by hiding a wrinkled forehead, bringing attention to your eyes or your lips instead of your fine lines and by making an otherwise boring haircut look fresh.

Florence Henderson’s Lovely Pixie

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 Florence Henderson. Getty: Steve Granitz (l) and Jon Kopaloff (r)

The great news is almost everyone can get away with a short hairstyle, like this wonderful pixie on actress Florence Henderson (born February 14, 1934).

Some styles work better with certain face shapes and hair textures. For example, your haircut should give you the illusion of having an oval face shape. So if you have a round face you’ll want to elongate it, just as someone with a square face, would want to soften their jawline and someone with a long face (me! me!) would want to make their face appear wider.

I love this look on Florence Henderson because it’s not dowdy, flatters her face shape and brings attention to her beautiful eyes (which look to me to be done, but I don’t judge).

In my article, How to Tell if You’d Look Good With Short Hair, I share tips to find your best short hairstyles. Don’t miss my “Sharpie tip.”

Easy Short Hairstyles for Women Over 60

Easy Short Hairstyles for Women Over 60

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