The Perfect Pixie How-To with Ruth Roche

by Anne Moratto | June 23, 2017
Hair/Ruth Roche Makeup/Bethany Townes.
Hair/Ruth Roche

Makeup/Bethany Townes.

Ruth Negga, Zoe Kravitz, Rita Ora and other confident celebs are wearing the pixie power cut.  Ruth Roche, Global Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, shares a technique that combines using a razor and shears to achieve the perfect balance of length, weight and texture.

Roche specializes in design/finishing trends and business.  She is the winner of multiple North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) awards and has contributed to Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.  Her clients include Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Amy Adams, Pink, Jenna Fischer, and Mariah Carey and she maintains a loyal clientele at Cutler Salon in NYC.

Tips for Cutting a Short and Sweet Pixie

  • Roche suggests using a Sam Villa Signature Series Razor to cut the interior and fine tune with shears after drying hair.
  • When cutting around the ears, use only the tip of the razor blade to create a soft clean line.
  • Cut a curved line into the front sections by ears so hair can be worn forward or pushed back.
  • In top section, alternate cutting hair from short to long and long to short in vertical sections for a variation in length and texture.
  • Many sections will not connect  - long and short and blunt and feathered areas living together is what creates the unique texture and shape.
  • The bigger the section, the bolder the texture…smaller sections will yield softer texture.
  • To tighten the nape area, skim the surface with a razor.
  • Dry with Pureology Smooth Perfection Shaping Control Gel and Light-Weight Smoothing Lotion to add hold and slip for the fine-tuning with the shears.
  • Use a combination of slide cutting and notching with shears to finesse final shape and texture.
  • Finish with Pureology Colour Stylist Density Definer and Cuticle Polisher for defined hold, shine and texture. 

“This pixie is short and sweet – the nape is tight, soft length spills over in the back and the front and crown areas are short and textured,” says Roche.

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