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Tempted to go (really) short this season? Here's what you should know beforehand.
Written By Evelyn Crowley
Lessons On A Pixie Cut with Serge Normant  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

— PHOTOGRAPH OF JEAN SEBERG DURING THE FILMING OF "BREATHLESS" 1959 / MPTVIMAGES.COM

Hairstylist Serge Normant is famous for creating luxurious, full-volume looks — from Blake Lively to Sarah Jessica Parker — that typically fall well below the shoulder. That’s not to say he believes that one cut fits all. On the set of Ellen Barkin’s recent VIOLET GREY photo shoot, Normant drew inspiration from the patron saint of pixies, 1960s actress Jean Seberg, to devise a sleek, clipped crop that neatly framed Barkin’s face. “When you cut your hair that short, it’s like getting rid of a security blanket,” he says, referring to a woman’s tendency to hide behind her hair. “It’s very liberating.”

Here, Normant offers tips along with product selections from his eponymous line (available with the launch of the VIOLET GREY hair curation and approved by The Violet Code) for letting go of your length and making the cut. 

Pixie cuts 101

“When you have straight hair, the cut shouldn't be too spiky. For curly hair, make sure to crop it very short so you don’t see the length of a curl.”
— SERGE NORMANT, HAIRSTYLIST 

Tip: If your hair is fine, try a dry shampoo like Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo for added texture and thickness. For unruly locks, Normant recommends the Sedu Revolution Styling Iron to ensure hair looks smooth and sleek. 
“With long hair, if you don’t have time for styling, you can just put it in a ponytail. However when you have a pixie, you have to make sure that you wash and dry [and style] it every morning so it looks good.”
— SERGE NORMANT, HAIRSTYLIST

Tip:  Normant recommends using a daily volumizer. A reliable one like his Meta Lush Volumizer will boost roots and give extra-short hair much-needed structure and body. Activate the volumizer with a blow-dryer. (Normant recommends the Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000.)
“It should never look contrived. When Michelle Williams had her short hair, she would show up on the red carpet, and it looked like she’d done it herself (of course, she hadn’t). But that’s why it was so appealing. It should look like you ran your hands through your hair, and that’s it.”
— SERGE NORMANT, HAIRSTYLIST

Tip: Skip the hairspray and mousse, and opt instead for the subtle effects of a dry oil like Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray to provide frizz control and a muted shine. If necessary, says Normant, use a Sedu Revolution Styling Iron to add extra smoothness. 

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