There is nothing better than a super-duper short 'do to keep you cool during the dog days of summer.

The trendlet

Unlike her spiky fraternal twin, this subdued pixie is clean, tapered, and mature. In other words, she's all grown up.

Another recycled classic, eh?

Pretty much. Actress Jean Seberg was one of the first women to sport a severely short cut after she lopped off her long blond mane to play Joan of Arc in the 1957 movie Saint Joan. The film flopped, but the boyish cut became the signature style of 1960s  influencers like Twiggy and Mia Farrow.

There have been multiple noteworthy pixies in the decades since: Sandy Duncan in the '70s, Annie Lennox in the '80s, Toni Braxton in the '90s, and Halle Berry in the early 2000s.

The pixie undercut — also known as the Robin Wright, after the actress who plays first lady Claire Underwood on Netflix's House of Cards — is a shaggy version. Katy Perry's early summer pixie crop helped convince fashionistas the shorter the hair, the better.

Come on now, Perry’s pixie can’t be the only reason the pixie is back?

Well, no. For some, a drastic chop was the easiest way to return to their natural hues after the recent (longer than expected) rainbow hair, don't care moment. Others have gone short because they want all remnants of their relaxer or keratin treatments gone. And others are evening out all manner of half-shaves and tapered cuts.

Joy Harris’ cute, uber-tapered sides are courtesy of Vince Loc of Next Salon Plus in Queen Village.
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Joy Harris’ cute, uber-tapered sides are courtesy of Vince Loc of Next Salon Plus in Queen Village.

What about your model?

Joy Harris, 42, is a true pixie-wearing professional. Four years ago while vacationing in Paris, she decided it was time to do something different with her long brunette bob. She walked into a salon, and a stylist asked her how afraid she was to go short. "Not at all," she said.

Does Harris still get her hair cut in Paris?

These days, Harris goes to Vince Loc at Next Salon Plus (1107 S. Second St., 215-551-6610) every three to four weeks.

Would Elizabeth wear it?

I love love love the look, but I just don't have the face for hair that short.