Self Portrait Sunday // Curly Pixie


Last weekend, I finally found the courage to cut my hair in a style that I’ve been wanting to try out for the longest time = the “curly pixie”.

And I couldn’t think of a better way to help officially introduce the new ‘do to the blog than with a self-portrait sunday post. :)

curly-pixie^^ How I felt on inside as I watched my hair get cut off lol

The truth of the matter is that when I walked into the salon to get my hair cut, I almost punked out and told my hair stylist, Osy, to just “give me a trim.”

But then my conscious kicked in and said “Setarra, don’t be no biotch” which led me to show Osy my hairspiration. When she saw that I was going for a curly pixie, she asked “you sure?” I said, “I’m 99%” and she said, “Close enough. Let’s do this.”

But the whole time, as I watched lobs of hair fall to the ground, my heartbeat was off the charts and I kept thinking to myself, “What have I done? What if this looks horrible?”



But then, after she washed and styled my hair, when she turned me around to see what the final result was… I felt a wave of elation because I loved it.

It was such a relief to finally have my hair styled in a way I’ve been seriously wanting to try out for the past couple of years.

Heck, if I’m gonna be really honest, I’ve been a fan of this haircut since the 90’s. As a kid, I used to be obsessed with Meg Ryan’s curly pixie hair but never thought that this style would look good on me.

I had been told by hair stylists growing up that my face was too round and/or my chin was too weak to rock a pixie so I’m really happy to have found a curly hair stylist who was totally down to give me the look of my childhood dreams.


The most consistent reaction I’ve gotten so far is one of shock liiiike “who are you and what have you done to the Setarra I know?” Followed by “This cut surprisingly suits you, I really like it.”

When I sent my mom a selfie right after my hair appointment, she texted me back almost immediately saying, “Oh my gosh! Why did you cut it so short?! What does Charles think?!”

To which I responded,”Because I wanted to” and “He’s a smart husband. Of course he likes it.” ;)

Not that I care what anyone else thinks about my hair but I do find it so interesting how hair can really affect how you’re perceived as a person… I, apparently, look “more edgy” and “free spirited” with this new look.

But I think my favorite reaction so far was from a friend who said “you’re giving me ethnic Tinkerbell vibes.” LOL. I’ll take it.


My cut has been referred to as a “summer hair-do” but I think I might keep this hairstyle around for much longer than one season.

So far what I love most is the freedom and low maintenance that comes along with rocking a curly pixie.

And overall… It feels great to finally look like how I feel, if that makes any sense.

Would you ever rock a pixie haircut?

P.S. More Self Portrait Sunday Posts Here.

  • Good for you for taking the plunge and doing something most people are wayyyyy too chicken to try out! I personally think it looks awesome and there’s a lot to be said about a woman who can confidently rock short hair. I chopped my hair off when I went to India and the reaction was similar to yours and I’ve since decided to grow it out. That’s the beauty of trying new hairstyles, it’s not permanent and you can now play around with various stages of ‘regrowth’ if you decide you prefer it longer! :)

    • Thanks Malou! I’m really glad I finally made the chop and totally agree, experimenting with hairstyles is sooo much fun knowing that it’s not permanent and is easily changeable :) xo

  • I love the cut!!! You know what they saw, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”. You accomplished so much and has came and still will come and as a reader I’m here for the ride lol. Hair is hair and it will grown back.

  • I love it, I love it, I love it! I’m glad that you didn’t punk out because you are werking it! I always love shorter hair on women. All I gotta say is yaaaasssss!

  • I loveeee it! Seriously. And you know what’s even better than your hair? Your attitude to cutting your hair, love that.