I cut my shoulder-length hair into a pixie cut about a year ago. It was the scariest change I'd ever made to my hair. While many hairstylists had refused to do the cut, part of me was sure, no matter what their reservations, that I was meant to have very short hair. When I did find a guy willing to make the big chop, it was a revelatory experience. Without my long hair, I had one less thing to hide behind -- not counting my giant glasses.
Having short hair is something everyone should try at least once. Because, and here's the beauty of our follicles, most of the time, your hair will grow back. The only bummer of going short? Learning how to style your new 'do. You'd think less hair = less styling woes. Eventually that's true, but at the start, there's a definite learning curve.
Until you've figured out how to deal with your short hair, odds are you'll be a little panicked. Cow-licks, fly-aways, and mysteriously traveling parts are all things you'll be contending with. I promise you, it will allll work out. When it does, and you get a handle on your kicky new cut, it will take so much less work than it ever did before. Trust me: I don't even blow-dry anymore. For reals, yo.
There are some things you can do to get to feeling confident with your new look faster. These include enlisting a product or two that you adore. I've put together a list of a few that are sure to help without breaking the piggy bank. Because it's a pretty cute bank, and I'd hate to see it sullied in any way.
1. Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste ($10.99, Amazon)
This one's a mouthful, but ohhhhmygoshworth it. This light, fresh, pomade-paste is great for those hoping for a sleek but still textured look. It's softer than a lot of waxes, but provides just the right amount of manageable hold. Plus, it's a mostly-natural product! Did I mention it smells redonk good? It smells redonk good.
2. Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray ($9.79, Amazon)
As a long-haired girl, I was obsessed with obtaining "beachy" hair. You know those perfect loose waves that make you want to yank them off someone else's head? No? Just me. ANYWAY. I had this spray left over from my long-haired days and experimented with it on my short hair. For a less sleek, funkier, dare I say, sporty look -- this stuff is the business.
3. Aveda Light Elements Defining Whipped Finishing Wax ($25, Amazon)
I almost didn't include this one because it's a tad pricey and also has a name so ridiculously long that only a British Monarch could love it. Still, in terms of best fusion products around, this one is probably it. It's got a nice mousse-like feel for those looking to blow out their hair, with the workable wax element some folks need in a product. Gives nice, piece-y definition.
What products do you use on your short locks?
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