How To Do Your Short Hair A Little Differently For New Year's Eve

It's easier than you think to switch up your pixie cut for a party. Here are several ideas!
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It's easier than you think to switch up your pixie cut for a party. Here are several ideas!

One of the main reasons other women give me for why they’re afraid to get a pixie cut, besides “I don’t have the right facial structure/weight to pull it off” (wrong, by the way), is that you apparently can’t do anything with it. Everyone else is doing intricate Pinterest braids with their hair for New Year’s Eve while you’re stuck with the same old boring ‘do. Right? Wrong (again).

Honestly, I’ve done so much more with my current four inches of hair than I ever did when it was butt-length. My pixie cut works for me because I can leave it the way it is when I wake up and it looks fine, but it’s also not that hard to change it up when I get bored.

I’m not just talking about constantly changing my hair color. I don’t often have occasion to get all fancy, but the holiday season gave me the urge to actually do something nice with my hair.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with showing up at a party with a sexy dress and insane bed head. That’s always fun. However, if your pixie cut is too short even for rumpled bed head or you just want to make it look like you put some effort in for once, I have one word for you: accessories.

The week before Christmas, I went to Forever 21 and stocked up on some cheap hair bows and headbands. Then I attempted to get creative with my hair.

The first look I wanted to try involved crazy toilet paper curls. Annie explained how to do them here. I tried it myself back when I was a blonde, but this time I wanted to see how they would look with darker hair and some hair accessories.

This requires some planning the night before. Basically, you’re going to take a square of rolled-up toilet paper and then twist a strand of hair around it until you get to the root. Then tie it tight.

My nail polish is Light Blue (creative name!) from Forever 21’s Love & Beauty line.

My nail polish is Light Blue (creative name!) from Forever 21’s Love & Beauty line.

It took me a while to do the whole top of my head (about two 40 minute-long episodes of Top of the Lake), but probably not as long as it took Annie. That’s one of the perks of having short hair.

I didn’t do a great job because I had a beer to go with each episode.

I didn’t do a great job because I had a beer to go with each episode.

The next morning, untie all the little toilet paper knots/impatiently rip bits of toilet paper out of your hair while screaming. I recommend having your coffee first. At this point your hair will look like this.

I didn’t do the sides or back because the hair there is too short.

I didn’t do the sides or back because the hair there is too short.

I wanted it to look more tousled, so I ran my fingers through it a bit first to relax the curls. Obviously a decent amount of hairspray would be good at this point to help the style last through the night. 

A pretty hair accessory is your final touch. My favorite was this giant velvet bow.

My lipstick here is Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Brazen Berry.

My lipstick here is Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Brazen Berry.

For maximum adorableness, make sure to pull one curl down the center of your forehead while making a BOING sound effect.

Little bows look really cute too. I like to just stick one haphazardly on the side of my head.

Oh, what’s that doing there?

Oh, what’s that doing there?

I also like to pair it with my CBF.

Yes I’m wearing a tiny bow but I can still beat you up.

Yes I’m wearing a tiny bow, but I can still beat you up.

Are the bows and curls a little young? Sure, but it’s actually the perfect look to adopt while spending time with your family over the holidays. Your older relatives will immediately go into nurturing overdrive when they see you and stuff you with way too many cookies. It’s a really good plan, trust me; I do this every year.

Still, if you really want a more sophisticated look, I recommend this next one. I call it the Cray Gatsby (I don’t really). 

Tease the curls a bit more for maximum “caught in a thicket” body, then take your sparkly headband and place it right at your hairline.

Pair it with perfectly arched brows and a red lip--mine is Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Striking.

Pair it with perfectly arched brows and a red lip--mine is Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Striking.

It’s not crazy to wear a headband on your forehead--it’s GENIUS. Do not wear this style to your family’s holiday party; nobody will get it. This is solely an office holiday party hairstyle--but only if you work at the xo offices. (I hear they’re very avant-garde there.)

If you’d rather be boring, you can push the headband back and wear it the mainstream way.

Whatever, I wore headbands before Blair Waldorf made it cool.

Whatever, I wore headbands before Blair Waldorf made it cool.

I spent a few minutes tucking a few errant curls into the headband and I was ready to go. Easy glamour. OK, the curls took ages but you could do that part faster if you don’t mind using heat tools.

A better angle.

A better angle.

Not into curls (or just unable to do them)? That’s cool, I’ve got you covered. 

This hairstyle is the fastest and easiest of the lot. After stepping out of the shower, comb your hair back while it’s still wet. You’re gonna want to slick some gel in there to make it stay all night--I recommend Short Sexy Hard Up Hair Gel for maximum hold or Lush Dirty Hair Cream for an amazing scent (and awesome hold without any stickiness to boot). I just gave the latter to my boyfriend for Christmas and he loves it. I’m currently plotting to steal it back.

My eyeliner is Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner from the Sephora Collection. It’s glittery!

My eyeliner is Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner from the Sephora Collection. It’s glittery!

You could just leave your hair like this. Paired with a black cateye and nude lips, I think it’s a sexy, minimal look that makes cheekbones really stand out. 

Not a minimal person? Headband time!

Don’t plant it on too tightly; I like to push my headband forward a bit for some volume in the front.

Don’t plant it on too tightly; I like to push my headband forward a bit for some volume in the front.

There. Look how fancy and pulled-together you seem now. And it only took two minutes! Who needs Pinterest-worthy fishtails anyway?

Of course I want to see everyone’s holiday and New Year’s Eve hairstyles in the comment section, short hair or not. Anyone who incorporates bows or headbands gets an upvote from me--HUGE honor.