Finding the best hair wax to keep a short hairstyle in place is not without its challenges. Between running around keeping pace with the stuff of life to looking selfie-ready at every turn, short hair requires products that keep it looking fresh and groomed, but still retain the nuances of its style.
First and foremost, these products have to be reliable. Remember, a quality hair wax is the little pixie cut’s last line of defense in keeping a good hair day. No longer just a guy’s thing, women have also been looking at hair wax to tame their short haircuts and give their overall look some added personality.
Understanding hair wax
Hair wax is a hair product with a paste, balm or clay-like formula optimum for creating texturised looks. Most hair waxes have a rubber-like consistency that enables you to restyle your hair during the day even after product has set on your hair, making it one of the more versatile styling products out there.
Unlike gels, which can contain alcohol, wax can allow for a variety of different finishes, from glossy and spiky to fluffy and bedhead-like. It doesn’t keep your hair locked in place in extreme conditions — like, say, during a convertible ride or if you’re caught in a tropical thunderstorm — but it does a great job of providing some stylish definition with natural-to-medium hold.
The best hair wax to style a pixie cut
1. For piecey bangs
Using hair wax that’s been warmed on your palms, rake the product through the tops of your hair, concentrating on the fringe. Create some piecey definition in your bangs using your fingertips while sweeping them to one side to impart an edgy feel to your pixie.
2. For volume and lift
Wax can also give a fluffy, voluminous feel to short haircuts, especially those that have a more rounded shape at the crown. After blowdrying hair into place, shake through some VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax (£2.99*) using your fingers in a front-to-back direction for a tousled, airy feel. Pat down the hair near your temples to refine the sides.
3. For a neat and clean look
Just because your cut is wash-and-wear, it doesn’t mean you can’t play around with some texture. Cropped, gamine pixie cuts can benefit from some strategically-placed product on the back of their heads (to prevent cowlicks) and to define their parting. Spray some Toni&Guy Creative Style Spray Wax (£7.49*) onto your hair and pat down problem areas as desired.
4. For side-swept glam
Pixie cuts with longer hair on the fringe area can be styled with the bangs sweetly parted to one side and the rest of the hair combed in place. For some hold and shine (and a bit of lift), start with a blowdrying lotion, like the TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Blow Dry Lotion (250ml, £5.50*), and finish with a tiny amount of VO5 Soft Moulding Wax distributed near the roots — comb it through your strands in a downward motion using your fingers for some modern tousle.
What do you consider the best hair wax for short hair?
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