A pixie cut may seem like a low-maintenance dream, but don’t underestimate the care that goes into keeping up with the short haircut. The pixie is proof that great hair takes work, regardless of length. To find out everything about sustaining an ultra-cool cropped cut, we consulted the pros. These experts let us know when to rebook at the salon, what products are right for shorter hair, and their personal hacks for pixie dream girls. Discover how to maintain a pixie cut below!
Stick to a Schedule
No matter who you are, consider a pixie the ultimate revamp. To keep it looking fresh, prepare to make a reoccurring appointment at your salon. Howard McLaren, co-founder and creative director of R+Co notes that frequent cuts are crucial. “A short haircut needs a lot more maintenance than many other cuts unless the client is okay with the upkeep, as they may need to get a cut every six to eight weeks,” he says.
“It really depends on how fast your hair grows,” adds celebrity stylist Ramon Garcia. “I recommend that my clients come in every six weeks, but always encourage them to come when they feel the haircut is becoming bulky.”
Know Your Products
Because the cut requires steady salon visits (if you skip out or delay an extra week it’s actually noticeable), Adam explains that using the right pixie hair products is key. “I would suggest becoming well versed in styling products and options so you can get the most out of it no matter what stage of growth you’re at,” he says. With a pixie, you want to choose products that cut the bulk and add definition. “It’s important to bring out the texture, and reduce the puffiness,” he continues. “For an easy natural look, I really like Oribe AirStyle Flexible Finish Cream because it gives the hair soft, second-day definition and separation, with a natural, satin finish.”
“A lot of my clients use Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray for a more tousled, undone look,” adds Aaron. The spray works on wet or dry hair and can be finger brushed in. “You can use it to add texture while you style, then set the style with it to finish,” he suggests.
What does Ramon rely on to create hold and for added definition? “I really love Paste by The Men’s Groomer. It’s a lightweight paste that I use on all my pixie clients,” he tells us.
Own Your Texture
And if you’ve already been blessed with texture, own it. “Textured and curly pixies can look really cool,” says Aaron (all the experts agree). “To enhance your natural curl, use Sold Out Curl-Enhancing Basecoat on damp or dry hair. Twist and scrunch as you spray to get a more defined curl pattern. You can add Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm and Rich Kid Coconut Oil Air Dry Styler to the ends for more hydration and shine,” he advises.
“I love short, curly hair,” exclaims Adam, who notes that the right products are key for keeping ringlets under control. “Choose a frizz taming shampoo/conditioner like Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Moisture and Control, and always put a styling product in it for definition and control,” he says. “My favorite is mixing Oribe Supershine Light and Rough Luxury Molding Wax in equal parts in my hand and applying it to damp hair for shine and definition without the crunch.
“With a lot of texture, deflating the hair is important,” notes Howard. To achieve this, he recommends High Dive Moisture + Shine Crème, Tinsel Smoothing Oil, and Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray. Although products are definitely crucial, “the haircut is the key to a successful and happy experience,” he explains.
If you’re a curly-haired girl, embrace it. “Beauty comes in all colors and textures,” says Ramon.
Pick the Right Pixie Cut
A pixie is a great cut to really experiment with as even a subtle change can appear drastic (but in a good way). “A pixie is all about the style, but the style doesn’t have to be difficult,” says Aaron.
“With the right cut, you can easily just use one product and go,” Howard agrees, stressing the importance of a good foundation. “Choosing the right products and the haircut itself is crucial, so make sure you get a great consultation using references you like. Remember, the hair has to fit your needs.”
But, as Ramon reminds us, the care and maintenance that goes into a pixie are unlike what you may be used to with longer-length hair. “The grow-out is a lot different from a long layered haircut,” he says.
Ultimately, just because you’re rocking shorter strands doesn’t mean your options are limited—it’s quite the opposite! “Have fun with styling it. Just because it’s short doesn’t mean it’s not versatile,” says Adam. “Try a sleek parting, try a slick-back, try a soft, feathered look. Experiment!”
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