But what is it that makes a crop work? Who suits a short 'do as seen on the likes of Michelle Williams, Maggie Gyllenhall and Emma Watson? The answer is, largely and unsurprisingly, in the face shape. It's perfect for those with delicate features and a heart shaped face defining your cheekbones and showing off a chiselled structure. That being said, the crop leaves little to hide behind, making it a tricky look to pull off if you don't have the confidence to match the boldness of your barnet. John Frieda, hairdresser to the stars and a little bit of a hair god, reckons whether you'll suit taking the chop is determined by the length of the base of the ear to the bottom of the chin. If this distance is quite large, Frieda claims your jaw will look heavier, and as a result, you'll look less feminine – but I'm not sure if this isn't just something a touch of mascara won't counteract. If you've a large forehead, a set of sweeping bangs can soften your features and help to add a ladylike touch.
Not only are J-Law's face shape and strong features are perfect for a pixie, she's right to give her hair an overhaul by keeping it short. If your hair is in particularly bad condition, going to the salon for more than just a trim and a conditioning treatment is worth considering. Though a crop can be really low maintenance, especially if you've got super straight hair, it generally needs shaping every four weeks which can prove to be costly. The pixie cut is the perfect opportunity to break away from any style you've been wearing for years. Some say there are two choices in life, the simple choice and the risky choice. If that's the case, a short crop is certainly the risky choice, but it's one that can pay off. If you fancy giving it a go, do your research. Find a bunch of pictures showing styles you like and take them with you – but be guided by your stylist on what will work best.
Written by Alice-May Purkiss