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Time to try a Pixie Crop

Have you ever considered having a pixie crop? Whatever your face shape, there's a crop for you! Leading hair stylist Royston Blythe tells us how and shares some top tips to help you get the most from the style.

In 1966 Twiggy made the Elfin Crop an iconic hairstyle that has re-surfaced over the years, guaranteeing front page headlines for some of the world's most beautiful women including Kate Moss, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway - the list goes on! Pixie inspiration is endless.

Chopping off your locks for an Elfin-style look can be a daunting thought. Although, if you are wanting impact or have no choice but to eliminate the frazzled effects of long term chemical abuse then the źĎelfin crop' would be the way to go.

Royston Blythe gets Pixie Perfect with these crops. ďIt is all about using powerful colouring techniques and face shaping variations to ensure that each style is personalised to the features of our individual client.Ē

ďHere, by running honey blonde tones in ribbons through the hair we have ensured this daring cut stays feminine; the fringe that sweeps across the forehead encourages a soft & girly look. The face is framed with lighter and brighter layers of colour that add warmth to paler skin tones and leave your hair with a natural and sun-kissed feel, eliminating any harsh and masculine looks.Ē

Oval face shapes are able to pull of pretty much any hairstyle, any form of a short Pixie crop will enhance their features.

Square face shapes need softer, wispy layers around the front and a little height at the crown to balance out harsh angles.

Long face shapes need minimal height and a glossy sweeping fringe that will mask a larger forehead and give the illusion of a shorter face.

Heart face shapes need a little height to give the illusion of a slightly longer face - try a smooth, glossy look that allows your eyes to magnify.

Round face shapes need long layers and a high crown to pull of a pixie. It is the height that is the face slimmer!

How to maintain your Pixie Crop

Product Tip
A deep nourishing and cleansing shampoo that does not add weight is essential for this style. We love Kerastase's Elixir Ultime Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Beautifying Oil Masque from the fabulous Elixir range, it has an Argan oil rich solution that is known for its healing, repairing and shine-boosting qualities.

Professional Trick
Blow dry your hair to the direction you wish it to fall, a fast & furious blow dry with a salon professional dryer such as Parlux will give a flyaway-free finish. By alternating between hot and cool heat you will set the hair perfectly.

Styling Tool
You will need a small round brush to shape and smooth a short hairstyle, this will allow you to get a good grip of the hair and eliminate kinks.

Maximising the style
Shine gloss maximises shine potential without adding weight, we love L'Oreal Metallic Gloss.

Finishing Perfection
Wax - perfect the look for longer by texturizing with a cream wax, giving definition without stickiness, try L'Oreal Clay Ball.

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Author: Royston Blythe

Royston Blythe is one of the UKís most in-demand hairdressers from clients, celebrities and the media alike.

After making a name for himself for his stunning work in areas including fashion shows, wedding hair, education and stage work, Royston established his salon group in 1989 with his partner Nick Malenko. Together they have led the Royston Blythe Salon Group to international acclaim.

Royston is an International Ambassador for industry leaders LíOreal and travels the globe as an educator, advisor, competition judge and spokesperson for the brand.

He is in constant demand from the UK and international media, and has worked with GMTV, Wedding TV, Sky One, and Fashion TV, as well as with the leading consumer magazine titles including OK!, Tatler, Hello, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.

His work has also been seen on the London catwalks alongside top designer Christian Lacroix, at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, and of course on a host of well-known stars of film and television.

The extensive catalogue of competition successes is a testament to the talent and skill of Royston, his partner Nick and their team of dedicated staff.

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  Love the pixie cuts I can never get anyone to give me one. Guess they think my hair is too fine.  

Stevie Marshall
  How can I get the style and color I want if these images canít be copied or forwarded?  

  Fab style - but I have really wavy curly hair how would I maintain the sleak straight look without to much work ?  

kerrie jones
  I love the new RoystonBlythe salon in my home town of shrewsbury leave eveytime feeling wonderful thank you to my wonderful stylist nick  

Jen Edwards
  Are Pixie crops easy to style ? I do a lot of outdoor activities often getting caught in summer and winter downpours !  

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