Learning how to style your freshly cropped pixie cut can seem overwhelming and confusing.
By Day Two you’re already out of styling ideas – cool or otherwise.
Sure you expected your first time with a pixie to be an adventure. Just not the Lost In Space kind.
No doubt it can frustrating. But hopefully not frustrating enough to get you thinking about styles for growing out a pixie. At least not yet.
Still your close-cropped cut doesn’t exactly greet every day looking selfie-ready.
You need to know some tricks to use to get your chicken head to look flirty, feminine yet polished and chic.
So you gave hair styling wax a try. To both domesticate the cut a bit while imparting some piece-y texture.
Only instead of looking super sexy you ended up looking more like that super spud Mr. Potato Head. With those short strands kinda plastered in place.
Still if effortless chic is the goal you might not want to give up on wax just yet. Instead up your game and master the technique needed to give your pixie WOW factor to spare.
So the question is “How to style your pixie cut with wax?” Start by rubbing the least amount of wax needed to do the job between your fingers to warm and soften it. Working from the crown forward use your finger tips to work the product into your hair. Begin in the back because that’s where you hair is the thickest. Reversing that order risks making your front hair look slick.
Finish off by twirling small sections around your fingers. This will help them develop the texturized piece-y look you’re going for. It can’t hurt to give ends that need extra attention some wax love too.
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- VIDEO: Revive Your Bedhead Pixie With Wax
- 5 Mistakes To Avoid With Hair Wax and Pixie Cuts
- What Does Hair Wax Do For Your Hair?
- Is Hair Wax Good Or Bad For Your Hair ?
- Is Wax How To Add Texture To A Pixie Cut?
- Do You Use Hair Wax On Wet Or Dry Hair?
One Girl’s Technique To Revive Her Bedhead Pixie With Wax
The big idea is to rub the wax into your hair every which way, not just the direction you want it to ultimately go in, for thorough coverage. Then you’re free to shape it into whatever style your heart desires.
Hair wax can also be used on the sides to help the hair stay down, flat and smooth yet be totally natural looking and not greasy. Think of it like giving direction to your strands so you end up with what you want.
It can also help make your ‘do look a little fuller. Good to know if you have thinner or finer hair.
Sure a pixie is a bold, devastating look on its own. But the right amount of texture or volume can make it to die for dazzling.
Remember too some feel that hair wax is the last line of defense between you and a bad hair day.
Which is why you don’t want to make these mistakes when trying to create stand out locks.
5 Mistakes To Avoid With Hair Wax and Pixie Cuts
So the proper use of wax can be the difference between a pixie that’s off-the-charts awesome or hair charitably described as a big bowl of “meh”.
But it’s takes some know-how. Because your efforts can all too easily be sabotaged by any of the common mistakes pixie beginners make with wax.
Mistake #1 Going crazy with the wax
Using too much is probably the biggest sin. You likely need a lot less wax than you might think to do the job. Besides, you can always add more if it’s needed.
Sure wax is great for effortlessly creating piece-y texture. But overdo it and you can weigh things down or be left with an undesirable stringy look.
So please practice wax restraint. Meaning do not give in to the urge to use too much.
Depending on your cut you may find you need no more than a pea sized dab. Dime sized at most. Most start out grabbing a finger flick that’s much more and then wonder what went wrong.
The idea is to lightly coat the strands without losing the nuances of your style.
Mistake #2 Picking the wrong product for the job
Not everyone one’s hair needs toughness. For some finesse is more like it. For them a light weight wax is the best option. Save the heavy weight stuff for those with a thick mane full of coarse strands.
Mistake #3 Subjecting your pixie to blunt force trauma
A pixie is a short delicate cut.
Styling it often requires more subtly than brute force.
Fingertip styling would be considered subtle. Smearing your hair with palms laden with wax is more brute force.
Best advice? Go for precision. Leave the brute force for breaking up rocks.
Mistake #4 Getting off to a bad start
Knowing where to start applying is more than just good to know. It can be a difference maker.
Again starting back at the crown is best because that’s usually where your hair is thickest. It also helps you avoid ending up with a ton of product in the front which can suffocate that flirty pixie cut with side swept bangs.
Mistake #5 Not being an “Even Steven”
Try to distribute the wax as evenly as you can. Show as much of your strands some love as possible and you’ll get a better outcome.
If you have an extremely short pixie you’ll want also to remember that such short cropped hair leaves little room for application error.
Should your hair wax fail you there is no fallback. No Plan B. Nowhere to hide should thing go south on you.
Yet once you master working with wax you’ll see that pixie cuts truly offer a variety of styling options.
Anyway avoid issues like these and don’t be surprised that you end up with a devastatingly cool look that impresses even your stylist.
What Does Hair Wax Do For Your Hair?
It’s a great way to go from hair that’s blah to a shimmering, badass Tinkerbell.
It helps your ends keep their texture, separation and shape.
It can let you create root lift and volume.
It may even help you tame any frizz you’re fighting.
Not to mention it lets you go all edgy and spikey if that’s what your mood calls for.
The right wax definitely lets you say buh-bye soccer mom … hello sexy, red carpet starlet.
TIP: The general rule of thumb is the longer your pixie the harder the wax you should buy. Your longer strands will need the support to help them defy gravity or to create the illusion of fullness.
Remember too that the idea is to let the product do the work for you. Here’s some things to keep in mind when trying to decide which one is best for you.
Is Hair Wax Good Or Bad For Your Hair?
Hair styling wax is a versatile product.
A little goes a long way.
Plus it’s appealing because you don’t need to know a lot to make it work for you.
But what about your hair? Is it good or bad for it?
It can be bad if you use too much. Not bad bad. But your hair can have an unwanted “greaser” look to it.
Given it usually doesn’t contain alcohol it won’t be drying. Which is a good thing.
It can be bad if you don’t wash it out properly so you end up with an ever growing case of wax buildup. Not common but it does happen.
Another good thing is that for some the wax might actually soften their hair with repeated use.
There’s really little reason to shy away from this product. As long as you don’t go crazy there is very little downside to using it.
Is Wax How To Add Texture To A Pixie Cut?
Granted styling wax is a great way to get plenty of texture to showcase with your pixie cut.
What holds many back from pulling it off is they don’t know how to use wax right.
But that doesn’t change the fact it’s a great way to texturize.
Hopefully you’ve picked up some ideas here. Let’s add a couple more.
Here’s a seldom shared tip for those looking for hold that lasts. Mix a dab of styling gel in with the wax as you’re warming the wax up. You may be surprised what that can do for your look.
One more? Don’t brush the product out.
Do You Use Hair Wax On Wet Or Dry Hair?
Okay so when should you apply hair wax to your cropped cut?
Some suggest applying this right product after towel drying. Using it on hair that is somewhat to slightly damp.
Others swear it’s best to only use on dry tresses which means after turning off your blow dryer. Using the heat to get to the rough shape you seek for the day.
Others still are adamant that it doesn’t matter if your pixie is wet or dry.
It would seem there is no right or wrong way to go about this. Only one that may be a bit better. For you.
The risk with using this on wet hair is that as the little bit of hair you have dries it will turn into a shape shifter. Meaning it may change shape from what you left the bathroom with. Leaving you with a different style than you started with.
You may also find your pixie ultimately suffers a volume outage when the wax is applied to roots that are wet.
What works best for you can honestly only be figured out by trial and error. Keeping in mind that some wax products and water, like oil and water, don’t mix so good.
All that said most recommend applying it on dry hair. Especially if using it as a body booster. You might be able to get away with using this on towel dried somewhat dampish hair. But dry is probably best.
I know this isn’t a lot to go on. Still you should have an idea as to when you should apply hair wax so you can decide for yourself what works best.
Let’s wrap this up with one more quick demonstration of how to apply wax to a longer pixie to make the style your own.
Who knows? You may just pick up a tip that makes all the difference in yours.
So there you go. Now tell me, what does a pixie cut say about you?
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