How to Cut an Undercut Pixie

How to Cut an Undercut Pixie

“An undercut pixie is not for the faint of heart,” says Teresa Romero, creative director for Sam Villa and artistic/education director for Jose Luis Salon (@_teresa_romero). “Almost any texture can support the disconnection, movement and versatility, but the execution can cause many stylists to panic. Knowing where to start and which tools to use can be daunting.”  

To keep anxiety at bay, follow this easy approach for cutting an undercut pixie that involves creating a map for pre-sectioning. It takes patience, and (as always) bone structure, growth patterns, natural texture, and the guest’s styling routine must all be considered. Get a glimpse of the process here

“Leave the hair longer at first; you can always go back and remove more length . . . and texturize once the hair is dry,” adds Romero. 

Side profile of an undercut pixie haircut styled with volume on top.

No-Panic Step-by-step Undercut Pixie

1. Follow the natural bone structure. Section the top and center hair back from the sides and areas behind the ear. Secure with a Sam Villa Hair Grip. 

A client’s hair is parted in preparation for an undercut pixie haircut.

2. Using a #4 guard on a clipper, cut hair below the section line. Then repeat on the other side of the head.  

A hairstylist uses clippers on their client to create an undercut.

3. The top and center section will be disconnected from the sides and area behind the ears. Comb the top forward and cut into a deep V shape. 

A hairstylist cuts their client’s bangs into a V shape.

4. Repeat step 3 on the opposite side of the head. 

A hairstylist lines up their client’s bangs with the cheekbone to create a V shape.

5. Elevate the top section straight up. Add layers to this area and the center back. Make sure to keep the top and center back longer than the sides.   

A hairstylist creates layers to achieve an undercut pixie for their client.

6. Comb the top forward and use a Sam Villa Signature Series 14 Tooth Point Cutting Shear to add texture, cutting across the top right to left.  

A hairstylist adds texture to their client’s pixie haircut with point cutting sheers.

7. Repeat step 6 and start cutting from the left and going to the right—a crisscross pattern. 

A hairstylist finishes up an undercut pixie with point cutting sheers.

“Practice on a mannequin so the next time a client sits in your chair and asks for a pixie you won’t panic,” says Romero. 

Credit: Hair/Photographer - Teresa Romero, Sam Villa Creative Director; Model - Misha Pahl. 

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