6 Tips for Styling This Season’s Hottest Hair TrendBack
Pixies are having a major moment, and we can see why: When styled well, they're edgy, playful, feminine, and cool—and after what feels like years of rampant hair extensions, they're also a breath of fresh (h)air. Here, six expert tricks for styling your pixie cut.
Keep Bangs Soft Or Piecey
To feminize a boyish pixie cut, blow-dry bangs to the side using a small round brush. Wearing the bangs soft and side-swept can help minimize a square jaw and make a short cut look less severe. If bangs are short, pieciness can accomplish that, too. For a wispy effect, flatiron the face-framing sections, then tousle, and separate them with your fingers.
Use Products That Add Texture
Want to look like Charlize Theron? (Don't we all?) The trick to keeping hair like hers, modern and youthful, is using products that add toughness and texture. That means picking lightweight waxes or pomades and tossing anything you associate with sleekness, like gel or frizz fighters.
But Don't Over Do It
Waxes and pomades are great for getting a piecey texture, but use too much and you could wind up with a greasy, spiky situation. A dime-size dab is usually enough to get a roughed-up look. Or, if you don't trust your ability to practice pomade restraint, avoid it altogether. Instead, use : "I like to use beach spray on dry hair to add grit and make hair look a little bit dirty and sexy.
Change Your Part
People have a misconception that just because you have short hair, you always have to wear it the same way. Consider that myth busted: Changing the placement of your part can make a pixie feel entirely new. If you have long hair on top you can sweep your hair to the side, part it in the middle, or even pull it back.
A little bit of lift can turn a cool cut glamorous—and adding volume is easy. Long hair has all of that bulk and weight pulling it down, but a short cut can make you feel like you suddenly have so much more hair. For even more body, flip your head upside down while you're blow-drying it—the va-va-voom results will make the head rush worthwhile.
Bust Out Your Flatiron
If your hair is naturally curly, wavy, or thick, tame it with heat. First, rub a very small amount of a concentrated serum between your hands and run them through your strands. Then working quickly in small sections, use a flatiron to smooth them. This is the best way to style extremely coarse or thick hair — the iron adds shine and makes hair easy to control.
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