One of the reasons I hacked my long hair off last December was that, honestly, I could not be bothered to style it. I loved texturized beachy waves look but was never able to achieve it: my hair would get oily at the roots, dry at the ends and just lay flat on my scalp. It was just a mess I would pull back into a ponytail and try to forget about.
The situation did change with a short haircut. Most days, I was forced to style it somehow to avoid bed head (not the cute kind my husband tends to get) and it was also so much quicker than styling long hair. Through trial and error, I found some products that work really well with my straight fine, but abundant hair, so if your style is short and you're looking for something new to incorporate into your routine, stay tuned.
1. I wash my hair every day/ every two days with TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Damage Level 2 Recovery Shampoo. The shampoo is aimed at dry, damaged hair, which my hair is definitely not. Here's the trick though: I don't condition my hair. My tresses being oily, the conditioner would weigh down the short hair, and with frequent visits to the salon, I've yet to see any damage to the ends. Plus, the TIGI shampoo is also a hit with the Mister :)
2. When I remember (which is not often), I spritz some TRESemme 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray/ massage in some TRESemme Naturals Lightweight Mousse into damp, towel dried hair. I only use a little bit, mostly at the front section to give it more body and texture for further styling. I then go on my day (or night), letting my hair air dry, which only takes about 30-40 minutes.
3. Now, the fun part: styling. My absolute favorite for styling my pixie is the Ojon Tunu Elastik Flexible Finishing Paste, partly because it smells like... chai tea. Awesome! The product contains natural latex and when you rub it between your fingers, you can see lots of tiny fibers appearing (see the photo below). After warming it in my hands, I massage it mostly onto the roots, avoiding the fringe, which gets oily the fastest. I like to have my hair voluminous on top and sleek on the sides, a bit like a fauxhawk, and this product is perfect for that without making your hair scrunchy, stiff or greasy.
If I still feel like adding more volume, I reach for Aussie Aussome Volume Maximum Hold Hair Spray and spray it directly on the roots for added lift. And, on the second day hair, I still like to use my TRESemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo, it gives a lot (and I mean A LOT) of volume and not much of a residue, provided that you brush it out well.
Here you have it! It may look complicated in writing, but really, I don't spend on my hair probably more than 10 minutes a day, including washing. I hope this helped some of you, lovely short haired gals! Let me know in the comments your favorite products for styling short hair.