How to Maintain A Pixie Haircut: My Favorite Products and Tools

how to maintain a pixie cut - african american hair

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.

products and tools for maintaining a pixie cut - african-american hair

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 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 TherapyAlfaparf 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.

One thought on “How to Maintain A Pixie Haircut: My Favorite Products and Tools

  1. Reblogged this on READY TO BE THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON GOD CALLED YOU TO BE? and commented:
    Ladies, another important thing about living a balanced Christian life is being able to take great care of the vessel God has given you.

    Taking care of your vessel includes paying attention to every part of your body and treating them well: hair included.

    According to this post, t’s all about having the right tools and products in order to maintain a beautiful pixie haircut like this.

    If there is one thing i can definitely swear by out of this list is the Design Essential brand. The DE products are amazing and are available at any of the iMart stores or Collins here in Barbados.



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