It’s been 10 months since my pixie cut.
Since then, I’ve lost count of the number of times people tell me, “I’ve been dying to cut my hair short but it seems like too much to maintain.”
At first, maybe. But with practice and the right products and tools, it gets better. I promise.
I’ve been able to maintain my pixie cut between salon visits, with everyday products available at major beauty supply stores. What’s more, I don’t have to break the bank to do it.
1. Professional-Grade Shampoo & Conditioner
I’ve discovered that my winning combo is Design Essentials Honey Crème Moisture Retention shampoo, followed by Stimulations Super Moisturizing conditioner. The latter in particular leaves hair untangled and the scalp feeling tingly and, well, stimulated. It’s delightful!
2. Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Sculpting Foam
My hair stylist in Barbados often used this to mold and sculpt my pixie but I always assumed it was for professionals only. Imagine my excitement when I found it on the shelves of my favorite stores! I apply Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam after towel-drying my hair and sculpt my pixie before I sit under the dryer.
3. Bonnet Dryer
It’s always amusing to see how people react when they see a salon-style dryer in my guest room. To some, it’s a bit much but for me, it’s essential to maintaining short relaxed hair at home. My go-to is the Gold ‘N’ Hot Professional Stand Bonnet Dryer. It’s a one-time investment ($115 on Amazon.com) that will save you loads on salon visits and come in handy when your stylist is unavailable.
4. Styling Serum
Hair serum has changed my life! When I apply it after drying, the result is a frizz-free, soft, lightweight coif. I’ve used quite a few during the past decade: Biosilk Silk Therapy, Alfaparf Illuminating Serum and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. But recently, I’ve found the Paul Mitchell product to be especially kind to my hair. Plus, it smells great.
5. Styling Strips
I’m in love with styling strips, which keep my hair under control while I sleep and while i’m under the dryer. Unlike head wraps and silk scarves, they keep styles intact without leaving a harsh demarcation at the nape of the neck. Win!
6. Professional Shears
Every now and then, I need to clean up scraggly strands around my ears and my bangs. A little snip here, a little clip there, and my pixie looks as good as new! I bought the Fromm Diane Sunflower 5 1/2 inch shear made of Japanese steel from Ulta and it’s been a dream!
7. Flat Irons
Every other day, I use flat irons to give my pixie a fresh look. My picks: the 1-inch Brocato Vibrastrait Oscillating Flat Iron for my longer tresses and a budget 1/2-inch Conair travel-size mini ceramic iron around the sides and back. Together, they’re awesome!
What are your go-to products for pixie styling? Share in the comments. I’d love to hear about your faves.