The scariest part of a new haircut is knowing how to style it. A drastic change is exhilarating but also very intimidating. Since cutting my hair into a pixie, handfuls upon handfuls of women- some close and some whose names were never known to me- have made the statement, "I wish I were brave like you. You pull it off so well, I wouldn't know what to do with it!" I say, if you really want to do it, you never know until you try.
Just before entering pixieland, many hours were spent searching the internet for different ways to style the cut and what kind of products would be beneficial. The hard part is, everyone's hair is different so it really is a trial and error thing. Getting your hair cut on a weekend, or during a few days when you don't have things going on, will allow you to figure out what will work for you. Today, I wanted to share the products I tried that worked for my hair and certain styles I have loved as a little grown fairy. I got them all at drugstores but I have linked them in amazon for you to check out possible prices. Don't mind all of the selfies. Still can't quite bring myself to turn my husband into my own professional paparazzi.
This Pixie Play by Garnier Fructis is a go to for when wearing a chic, relaxed straightened pixie. The lotion like consistency feels great when being applied to freshly straightened hair. A little goes a long way. Usually a nickel sized amount does the trick. Simply rub the product between the tips of your fingers and shake it through your hair before smoothing it back out. For a little more texture, grab a tiny bit of product.. and I mean tiny.. and pull random strands of hair and apply the product through to the ends. Here's a style where I used this product:
When I want to style my hair like the picture at the top of this post, I use the pixie play product as well, but I use a little before softly curling my hair with a straightener and then top it off with just a bit of the next product in line.
Another Garnier Fructis product. There are a few of these putties that you can choose from. The Mess Maker worked best for me and what I wanted it for. This product's consistency is very different from the Pixie Play. I can't explain it any better than being putty like. Its hold is much stronger on my hair which makes it perfect for edgier styles that I need to stay in place. Definitely a "go to" when doing a look with swept back bangs. Apply this similar to the Pixie Play, but in a few layers for a better hold.
For the next look, I used the Mess Maker as well as this product:
I use the Txt It Waves Spray in a lot of different looks. After softly straightening my hair in different directions, I sprayed a teensy bit of this spray and shook it through my hair before applying the Mess Maker.
What I love about this spray is that it feels natural after going on. It doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky, heavy, or greasy. I often spray it on my hair after using a curling iron too. Sometimes I brush out the curls more than others. I love that it still holds the form of the curls but the overall hair doesn't look too "springy."
Next up, dry shampoo. At the moment, Not Your Mother's Clean Freak is my favorite. It doesn't leave my hair with a weird feeling afterward which is one of my biggest complaints about dry shampoos. I've used it for months, too. Sometimes it seems like, just as with regular shampoo and conditioner, I need to switch up my dry shampoo because my hair gets used to it. Haven't had that problem here yet!
This look is wonderful for day old hair. After a day and night of having my normal straight and relaxed pixie, I like to spray Clean Freak, tease up my hair, give it some hair spray, then messily slick it back using the Mess Maker. Letting it fall to either side a bit is fun. Top it off with some more hairspray and you're good to go!
For me, Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold (ooo la la) is the best hairspray. It does the trick and never leaves me dissatisfied. I commonly spray my hair after any style as a safety cushion. Naturally wavy hair tends to do crazy things in the right (or wrong) kind of Ohio weather... so hairspray, you are my truest friend.
Speaking of my natural waves, there is not much to taming them with a pixie. Pixies are fun because messy texture is cool. Applying a little of this next product when hair is still slightly damp and then blow drying while scrunching can be an effortlessly cute style when you don't have the time to put into your hair. If you don't have natural waves, the same technique can be used to create waves easily.
As a warning, Not Your Mother's Beach Babe ( <-lol ) gives a lot of texture and truly leaves your hair feeling like you spent a day on a beach off the Gulf of Mexico. It's a great summer time product for that beachy feel! I don't have a picture of a style with this product at the moment. I may add one later!
So those are the products I have be loving with my pixie. If you have any other questions, don't forget to leave a comment below!