Your Ultimate Pixie Cut Product Guide

What you'll really need to maintain your crop.

As they say, less is more. This rings true for styles like the pixie cut. You may have opted for cutting your hair into this chic crop because it looks like it’s less maintenance, but then you realized that the at-home maintenance wasn’t as easy as you once imagined. The hair products that you’ve used prior to making the cut, may not work as well for your new ‘do. The pixie cut can be less of a hassle once you have the right products for maintaining and styling the look. If you’ve found yourself in this pixie cut rut, here’s a quick guide to the hair care products you need to add to your routine.

Hair Products Every Pixie Cut Needs

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Take control of your pixie cut with the right styling products. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Step aside shampoo, refresh your hair with dry shampoo.

One of the selling points of getting shorter hair is less drying time — we all want to be out the door in a flash! Just because your hair is short and drying time is quick, doesn’t mean you’ll be in the mood to wash your hair everyday, right? Save yourself some of the hassle during the week and refresh your short crop with some dry shampoo. To help maintain fluffier and voluminous pixie cut styles opt for a dry shampoo that removes oil and adds volume to your hair like the Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo. 

2. Get your best slick back style with hair wax.

Not all hair waxes are created equal. Some leave hair crunchy, and others add way too much shine. A good hair wax for achieving your best slicked back style will help create texture, provide hold, and protect against humidity all while giving your look a natural looking finish sans the greasy look. Try a hair wax like the Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream to help you whip up natural-looking straight hairstyles.

3. Use a defining mousse for texture.

Pixie cuts are great for curly and wavy haired girls alike, but the key to nailing and really owning your texture is finding a mousse that gives you optimal definition. For a well defined, crunch-free, and bouncy look opt for using Dove Style + Care Curls Defining Mousse. Rake the product through clean and damp hair, air-dry for a natural-looking finish.

4. Try styling gel for sculptural styles.

Not only used in lieu of a hair wax for sleek styles, styling gels are also used for sculpting your pixie into the shape you want. Add a gel like Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel into your routine to achieve looks like finger waves, or to create piecey bangs.

5. Protect your strands with heat protectant.

To achieve most straight, wispy, and curly styles a heat styling tool of some sort will need to be used. For textured pixie cut hair (curly, wavy or thick) that’s more prone to dryness, use a heat protectant that helps prevent moisture loss like the TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray

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