By: Dr. Stephanie “Steff” Garcia
Short hair is fun, easy, and sexy! Styling it should be a no brainer too! For the last couple months, I’ve enjoyed styling my new pixie using a few key products and tools. I do want to mention that if you have color treated hair, you’ll want to use products that help to enhance that color and protect it. Here are a few of my “must have” pixie cut items.
Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean it’s immune to damage. In fact, shorter hair often amplifies damage, split ends, and dryness more so than long hair. I’ve been loving the Living Proof Restore Instant Protection spray ($28), because I can spay it on my damp or dry hair. This product has a pleasant scent and a little goes a long way. I like this product because it also provides UV protection, meaning it protects my hair from sun damage.
All hair needs hydration, no matter what the length and type. I’ve enjoyed using the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner ($20) for at least a year now. This product contains no sulfates, silicones, or parabens. It DOES contain Argan oil, Coconut oil, and Rosehip oil to nourish and hydrate. I use this product on clean, towel-dried hair. It does not cause oiliness nor does it weigh my hair down. I use this product in conjunction with a platinum blonde color protecting spray and it works just fine. A leave-in conditioner is crucial for those of you who regularly color treat your hair or expose it to heat styling.
No pixie cut would be complete without an amazing wax, pomade, and/or paste. I have two that I am going to share with you. These have been my go-to styling gems for the past couple months, and I would be lost without them. Other than hairspray, these are the only styling products I use.
First up is the KENRA Platinum Texturizing Taffy ($22). I bought this first because of its lavender color (which is good for platinum hair), and second for its claims. This was my first KENRA experience but it’s definitely not going to be my last! This taffy allows me to easily slick down the sides of my hair and spike up the top. It’s sticky, but in a good way.
The second product I’ve been loving is the Aquage Transforming Paste Lite ($24). This product adds the perfect amount of texture to my hair to give it a soft, piecey look. If you have fine hair, this is the product for you! It also works well on medium to longer length hair.
Hairspray is a must for working with short hair. Sometimes you just need those tiny pieces to lay in place or the spikes to stay up! I have one hairspray that I use on almost a daily basis and that’s the Sexy Hair Texture High Tide Hairspray ($19.95). This provides a medium hold, but gives my hair a beachy type of look (especially when it was longer). It also adds body and volume to my fine hair. I’ve used this hairspray for over a year now and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Mini Flat Iron
I’ve had the same mini flat iron for the last six to seven years and while I haven’t used it daily that entire time, I have been using it a lot more now that I have this pixie cut. The BabylissPro Mini Straightening Iron, $34.99, has ½ inch titanium/ceramic plates and comes with a travel pouch. This is the PERFECT size for any pixie do. I use a heat protectant glove just to be able to maneuver the iron more easily through my hair. Mini flat irons are great for any short haircut and of course bangs. You can even use it to curl hair as well. This mini BabylissPRO heats up pretty quick too.