Pixie Shag Haircut Tutorial 

This cut tutorial can be watched on our YouTube channel Free Salon Education. 

The pixie shag cut is a fun current twist on short bobs, crops and pixie cuts. It has a disconnected layer and a shaggy mullet shape to Keep it on trend and fun! 


Get ready! 

Tools used to create this look- 

  • Cutting comb 
  • Scissors 
  • Razor 
  • Clips 
  • Blow-dryer 
  • Paddle brush 
  • Irons 
  • PM cloud Whip 


Hair cut sectioning. 

This hair cut is sectioned a little differently. 

Matt usually likes to keep his cut sectioning minimal. But he decided to break the sectioning down in this cut to keep it fairly simple to understand. We change our over direction and keep disconnection so having a clear map to execute this cut is important. 

Pixie cut fringe sectioning. 

Our first section is our triangular fringe section.  

Create a centre part in the middle of the head after combing the hair back. It does not matter where this line ends. Use your comb to find where the hair naturally wants to fall forwards. This will be the top triangle point. The other points are at the edge of the eye brow. Twist and clip away. fringe

Tip- Triangular sectioning in the hair cut is great to offer up versatility. We can move the hair in different parts or have a full fringe. 

Top sections. 

We're working with the parietal ridge.  

To guide our sections, use the corner of the fringe section as a starting point. Then, follow the low parietal ridge towards the centre back. Clip away. Repeat this sectioning on both sides of the head. top haircut section

Side sections. 

Take a vertical line behind the ears. 

The side sections are created like this so your line follows the hair line in the back. This splits our densities in the sides and the back. The two densities need to be cut separately because they require different cutting. 

The Back sectioning. 

The hair in the large back section then can be split down the middle. 

Split the hair on the occipital bone on a slight diagonal forward. Below this line we are going to cut with a pivot of our fingers. We want the middle back short and the outer edges longer behind the ears. This pushes the hair towards the front.


Cutting the back 

Start the back in the nape using a slight diagonal forward. 

Pivot the fingers to create length behind the ears. With straight out elevation. The following sections are took slightly down to the previous guide. 

Above the occipital 

Once we get to the curved portion of the head our guide changes from a travelling guide to a stationary guide. This is because we want a slight graduation, which gives a complimentary side profile. 

Working on the other side of the back. 

The opposite side needs to balance and reflect our first section for symmetry. Repeat with the same technique and rules. Be aware of your body positioning! If your elbow is elevated too high it can cause the cut to go off balance. 

Cutting the sides. 

Take a horizontal section along the parietal ridge. 

This will be our guide, pull directly out from the head and cut from short to long using the back as a length guide. Take another horizontal section below this section and take up to stationary guide and cut across. Work down the sides pulling the hair up to the stationary guide. 

Work in the same manner on the opposite side. Ensuring body positioning is correct for symmetry. 

Cutting the top sections. 

We are working from the crown area forwards with our top sections. 

Take a vertical line at the crown. Use the previously cut back and side sections to indicate cutting length. Pull the hair vertically up and cut in a straight guide-line.


The second section in front of this is taken slightly back towards this guide and cut. Then, every section in front of the second will be over-directed back to create length at the front and disconnection at the sides. 

Again, were working with symmetry!! Repeat this process on the opposite side. 

Fringe dried first. 

We actually blow-dry the fringe area prior to cutting. 

This is to see where the hair sits once dry. The hair is blow-dried with a compact Sam Villa Blow-dryer. Also, we use a Sam Villa paddle brush and a flat wrap technique. This creates movement and shine. We're working with no part and natural fall. Drying the whole cut. 

Ironing hair. 

Smooth the ends to see the weight. When ironing take diagonal sections as if you were cutting. Keep the tension with your finger and iron with one pass on each section to minimize damage and be thorough. 

 ironing pixie

Fringe cutting. 

The fringe is cut with a slide cutting technique. 

Hair is pinched to create tention and the using the scissor half closing slice out hair. Etch into the triangular section to reveal the eyes. Lift the hair with the comb and deep point-cut. Be aware of only cutting into the fringe section. 

Personalizing cut. 

Cut into lines in the hair. 

Pull the hair out in the sectioning and the direction of the haircut. This keeps our basic shape but takes away bulk and gives a lighter effect. Deep point cut directly in to the hair to avoid disturbing our shape whilst removing bulk. 


We used Paul Mitchells Cloud whip. This is a cream based slight hold paste. Work through the hair and piece out the texture for an edgy look. 

And finally. 

We used the Twist razor on the 100% cutting blade to break into pieces and texturize. This can be done using your creativity on how you would like to interpret this look. Our overall result was a pixie bob, but this can be created on a shorter scale too. 




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