fat girls and the pixie cut

Do you ever have those times where you’re starting to feel violent toward your hair?  Like if it falls in your face one more time, you might do something drastic?  That’s been me for the last little while.  My hair has been in a holding pattern (not to be confused with this) for several months.

(sorry for the dirty mirror…)

As my bangs grew out and I went back again and again for a tried and true (but ultimately, boring) cut, I started thinking.  What if I finally just cut it all?  Like, really really cut it all?  Went for the haircut that is most dreaded by those of us with round faces? That one that everyone says a fat girl shouldn’t get?  The pixie…

(clockwise via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4)

I started doing my research.  I collected photos on Pinterest of celebs with cute cuts.  But everyone had a pointy chin!  How was that going to look on me?  As I’ve gained weight over the last year, I’ve settled firmly into double chin land.  I didn’t think that should stop me (in fact, maybe it should be all the more reason to go for it…) but I wasn’t seeing any photos of girls who looked like me with this particular cut.  I was scared.

Enter Rachele from The Nearsighted Owl.  She is my true inspiration for the pixie cut.  I love her style and she so confidently rocks her cut in its many incarnations.  Mostly I love that she’s an excellent cheerleader for fat girls in general and particularly for fat girls who want short hair.  We need more!

(check out Rachele’s blog here)

So last Wednesday, I put on my big girl panties and did it!  I love it.  I joked all night that I was going to have phantom hair syndrome… I’ve never not had hair long enough to be in my face.  It’s totally different from anything I’ve ever done before and I think that’s enough of a reason for me to take the plunge.

So, if you’re thinking about going short and you need some inspiration, I totally recommend checking out Pinterest, Rachele’s blog, Rebecca’s blog (she just got a daring new do!), and the FY Fat Haircuts Tumblr.

PS. If you’re someone who thinks, “I could never pull that off because of ___ or until I ___,” just get over it.  As I was checking out, two very slim girls commented on how cute my cut was, and then said, “But I have such a round face, I could never…” Usually I’m not one to challenge a stranger, but I simply pointed to my face and said, “I think I’ve got you beat there,” as I walked out.  To each their own, but if that’s really the reason, I can think of better things to worry about.

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  • http://letsalldocolouringin.blogspot.com/ Jen

    Yay! Well done on going for it – it looks great. I’m still not sure short hair would suit me so I did what you did and went for a safer cut last time I went to the hairdresser’s but I did go a *little* more daring so I’m happy with that. It’s too cold in the UK at the moment for pixie cuts! :) Jen x

    • Mari

      I think it’s all in the daring… when I really thought through all the reasons I was hesitant for doing it, I knew I would really be shying away from who I want to be if I didn’t do it. If that makes sense.

  • http://www.nearsightedowl.com Rachele

    Looks great! Thanks for saying such nice things about my hairs :)

  • http://www.nearsightedowl.com Rachele

    Looks great! Thanks for saying such nice things about my hairs :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513770678 Carie Bosch

    dude, you sold me. :)  and you’re gorgeous to boot, LOVE the hair.  mine’s alot thinner but i’m doing it anyway.  (and that’s alot of WHY i’m doing it, because it sucks and it doesn’t do anything.  i’m 36 years old and i wear pigtails everyday.)   so THANK YOU!!!! 

    • http://www.brownbettystyle.com/ mari

       awesome! thanks for the compliment.  The best part (in my opinion) is that I can roll the windows down in my car and I don’t have to worry a bit about how it looks when I get out.  No hair whipping around!  It’s the most wonderful thing in the world.

  • Cori Renee

    Wow this post gave me the courage I need! Thanks :]
    btw, you’re really cute :3

    • http://www.brownbettystyle.com/ mari

       Yay! I’ve been experimenting a lot over the last couple of months, so I’ll do an update post soon!  So glad to bring more fat pixies on board :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000131595031 Kristin Bad-Horse Taylor

    This haircut is definitely the haircut that suits you. It looks wonderful! 

  • Prnssvespa

    Thanks ladies!  I’ve always had short hair and when I gained some weight as I got older and had a couple of kids I grew it out.  These cuts are perfect and you all look very lovely!  I’m going to chop it all off!

  • Alien

    Wow, you look so much better with the pixie! You look a lot more feminine c:

    I’m getting a pixie within the next week, and I’m nervous… But this definitely inspired me c:

  • Aihanako

    Awesome I’m 45 and have been wanting a pixie for aslong as I can remember…. Thanks!!!

  • Cateringirl

    Love the cut..super cute on you!! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662881943 Kim Swartz

    Yup I have been thinking for two years that I am too ____ for a short hair cut and I will cut it off when I ____. YUP I HAVE. But I found your post! I am another notch closer to cutting it off… 

  • gasmama

    Thank you. That’s what I needed to know!

  • Samantha

    Oh my god thank you. Here’s my excuse to get the pixie cut I’ve been longing for. GOGOGO! Before someone can stop me!

  • Kelly McCall08

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve gained a lot of weight in the past year and I’ve been freaking out because, like you said, there hasn’t been pictures of bigger girls with a pixie cut. I think after seeing all this, I am going to do it. Thank you so much.

  • Lisegreen

    I love this, thank you! I have been cutting mine shoter and shoter over the last few weeks, now its a pixie, I ove it. I get really weird with my hair, and bleach it, highlight it, then dye it all black again, my poor hair. lately my hair was just bugging, on my neck, etc. and like you, I chopped it! actually went to a cousin who gave me a BOB and a bob on my round face did not look good, so there I went.. I am sure it is uneven and crazy looking but I am going on vacation, Portland. OR. cant wait! this thursday, and do I want to spend 30+ on a cut when I could be spending that on fun? I wish I found this site before i cut it, maybe it would look different? thanks for your site!!!

  • Sabathiel

    Omg…thank you so much! I’m a lil ‘fluffy’ & wear glasses and wasn’t sure that the pixie cut was suitable for me. Thanks to you, I now know differently :) …attitude & self love/acceptance has a much bigger part than I realized.
    I’ve hidden behind the same long-layered, almost waist length hair for 15yrs and I really want a change. Maybe the pixie is a little drastic of a change, but I’m totally in love with the cut and will be donating my hair to ‘Locks of Love’ afterwards. It’s a win-win situation for all involved hopefully.
    Thank you again!

    • acrusch

      Please do it! I’m getting ready to do the same thing. My hair is just barely long enough to “locks of love” it but it’s also my excuse for doing the Pixie!

  • Adelinefrancis06

    Inspirational! :) Thanks!

  • RachelG1322

    Thank you :) I’ve never had the confidence to try something like this but you gave me that determination to try! Thank you for being a cheerleader for curvy girls everywhere!

  • http://twitter.com/SerenityKimchi Gina ???

    my sister gave me a bad haircut, so i wondered if i could pull off a pixie. thank u for inspiring me to do it… :D i will do it asap!:D

  • meulinmew

    I’ve wanted to get a pixie cut for the longest time now and the only time I ever actually said something about it someone said to my face that fat girls don’t look good with short hair. This makes me feel sooo much better.

  • Suzanne

    Thank you, I have wanted a pixie cut for ages, but have been too scared, you do rock the cut, and I’m off to get one tomorrow. Thank again Suzanne

  • Vintage_pearls

    You go girl! I recently did the same and it looks good on me too even with my weight and round face. You rock that cut!!!!

  • Femme DeMortis

    Fabulous, simply fabulous! You have inspired me!!

  • Jazzy

    You’re such an inspiration, I was scared to do it but now I’m so going for it! Btw I think this looks great on you (:

  • Pretty Stuff By D

    Any time I went to a run of the mill salon they told me that the styles I wanted were not intended for my stature.  There was even a few times I felt  the stylist just wasn’t comfortable and the cut was spiralling out of control.  If this happens stop them and pay for the cut put on a hat or a clip and find a place recommended by family or friends.  Bring in lots of photos but do not expect a mirror image and know that it takes time to wear a new do to get used to it and learn how it will work.  BUT FOR HEAVENS SAKE LIFE IS SHORT REPRESENT YOUR SELF HOW YOU SEE FIT.  I wanted blonde they all said no…but I could not listen.
    I now see a stylist whom is perfect for me she is young and tends to be right on schedule with my changes.  <3  good luck & good hair good 

  • Judit

    Awesome, it looks so lovely!!! I’ve been wanting a pixie cut for ages now, and finally today I got the courage to get it. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=541202493 Tabby Bond

    I just wanted to say thank you for this..I have been wanting the pixie cut for the longest time and I was terrified because I am chubby and I have an oval shaped (but chubby) face.  Your hair looks amazing and I am going to go for it!!  Thank you!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73800052 April Befort

    just do it. trust me. and it actually motivated me before to drop some weight, the different look gave me a renewed sense of self

  • Kimberlyrknight

    So glad that you posted this, I have been thinking the same thing! 
    Your hair looks awesome!

  • Emilia

    I was so glad that i’ve found this post ! Simply wonderful ! Thank you ! You gave me the courage to finally chop off all my hair today and I was surprised that fluffy face could actually pull of a pixie cut well, I was so happy with my new cut and i feel so much lighter on my head ! Thank you, u truly inspire me :) 

  • Lynn

    You look FANTASTIC pixie!

  • Toaddy

    Thank you!! I’ve been getting haircuts that never seemed short enough because I was never sure how it would look or if it would look bad or whatever and now NOW I’m just gonna go for it. You’re the coolest!
    Best wishes~

  • Ana

    I was afraid that making my hair too short would just make me look extra chubby, but I’ve been cutting my hair shorter and shorter just to see if I’ll look okay. Having lost 20 pounds and using this for confidence, I’m getting one in a few days! ((But I’m not telling mom ;D ))

  • margo

    I am a big girl and I always cut my hair super short it is like a stress relief for me and I have wigs when I want long hair, I always get compliments, I cut it myself and sometimes have “accidents” but I just feel short hair is the true me.

  • MissMouthy

    You’ve inspired me! Thank you!

  • RRuin

    You look great in the pixie cut!

  • Lisa

    OMG! Sooo hip and stylish ! You look great!

  • inquisitive

    You look amazing!

  • Jane

    Love the hair cut!!

  • Liz Bereza

    I want to do this, but I am scared… this article helps though :-)